I'll be the first to admit, I'm not all that familiar with the Valiant Comics
universe. I'm sure I had a couple of copies of Ninjak back in the day, but that's about it.
I train in Muay Thai under Jason David Frank
and when he announced that he would be playing Bloodshot in the upcoming Valiant Entertainment shared universe I was intrigued.
That interest paired with the fact that Jeff Lemire was writing Bloodshot's reboot was enough for me to pick up the first volume of Bloodshot Reborn
You know what? I'm glad I did.
We find Bloodshot working as a maintenance man in a motel. He's lost his nanites and with them the his powers and need to kill. All that being said, Bloodshot is still haunted by his past, his dead lover and Bloodsquirt.
Then he discovers that his nanites have been released and are taking over innocent people, causing them to go on killing sprees.
Only Bloodshot can stop the nanites, so he goes on a cross country odyssey to stop the killing and come to terms with his past.
Lemire does what he does best here. He takes a character from rock bottom back to the top. The quest sets Bloodshot apart from many of the characters who came along at the same time during the gun-toting 90s.
The later issues in the collection veer away from the straight ahead narrative into a dystopian future Valiant Universe. Its an abrupt tone change, but an interesting story.
With the future of Valiant and Bloodshot looking bright, this is a great jumping on point for fans, new and old. Give it a look if you're a fan of the original series. Give it a look if you're a JDF fan. Give it a look if you like redemption or dystopian stories. Hell, just give it a look.