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Valiant Masters: Bloodshot Volume 1 - Blood of the Machine Hardcover – November 6, 2012

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Product Details

  • Series: Bloodshot (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Valiant Entertainment, LLC; First Edition edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979640938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979640933
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Originally introduced (as I've mentioned in my Bloodshot Vol. 1 - Setting the World on Fire review) in Rai #0, Bloodshot was one of the original characters that spawned from the valiant bible that was Rai #0, of things to come and stories yet to be told. With one of the first Chromium covers to hit the stands with striking artwork by Barry Windsor Smith, Bloodshot very soon became a very popular character among the fans. Kevin Van Hook was chosen for the writing even though as he states in the introduction he had not written a large amount prior to doing that job and came in to Valiant as an editor and production assistant and veteran penciller Don Perlin (who oversaw the inhouse production staff known as Knob Row) of such 70's Marvel books as The Defenders and Ghost Rider. Perlin was backed up by inker Chris Ivy who in my opinion made Perlin's work look the best it did on Bloodshot and it was a shame when he left to work at Marvel right after this) With this new blood working with the old blood, the result was a pretty good mix. Kevin mentions that Don was invaluable with story ideas or by drawing some neat thing that he would have never conceived which made the story better because of it. This collaboration lasted till around issue #17 when Perlin left to work on other projects at Valiant (Timewalker if memory serves) and Van Hook stayed on for almost the entire run until issue #41 when Mark Moretti (and a few other writers continued on until the books cancellation, less than a year later along with the rest of the VH1 line when Acclaim rebooted all of the properties in the late 90's).Read more ›
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Format: Hardcover
Bloodshot - An amazing character and my favourite in the Valiant universe, this book reprints his first arc from his original appearance (issues #1-#8) back in the 90's.

Fans of the current day Bloodshot series will love the book, and I myself in many ways find these older stories just as exciting and interesting as the current day ones, and for a new Valiant reader like myself, it's really interesting to see the original take on today's revised version of the story.

Not to mention the 100% *NEW* story that's in the book, created by the original creative team, and really nice touch by today's Valiant. So that's 9 comics in one hardback. Not bad at all.

The writing is fantastic and full of lots of detail regarding the character and his circumstances, as well as genuinely exciting action scenes, all portrayed by some fantastic art, especially considering the 'typical' comic book style that was common around this time. To summarise, the art is better than anything by Marvel from this era.

At these prices you can hardly go wrong.
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I'm a fan of run and gun characters, but there's just not much to Bloodshot to chew on. He's violent but lacks an edge or motivation. It's a story of "What if a man had Nanites in his bloodstream and killed, Killed, KILLED!? And Revenge Too!" It's just not very compelling, and despite the foreword's praise the art isn't that great either, it's serviceable but not exactly Mike Grell if you catch my meaning. Workmanlike is the word I would use. Bloodshot is one of those characters who looks awesome and you want to like but just doesn't cut it.
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Format: Hardcover
Bloodshot gets the HardCover treatment ~ WITH BONUS material.
Whats not to love?

Its great to see the current relauch of valiant has not forgotten its past. Now you can read the new stories, and if you wish go back and see how it all started.

Not just a reprint, but Valiant called in the original creators to write a new story! Which cannot be found anywhere else. So enjoy, reminisce and then go to your local comic shop and purchase the new series or by the tradepaperbacks here.!
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I will be honest - Bloodshot was never one of my favorite Valiant titles. I liked some of the issues, and could go without the others. Reprinting these is a great way to see Valiant of old, so the current Valiant can also reflect on what has been, in addition to the great comics they are putting out now.

Bloodshot is a good read - it isn't as action packed as the current incarnation (and the Valiant "house style" certainly doesn't highlight action and gore) but if you like a good story about a soldier who is uncertain about his past, who he is, and why he is a killing machine (literally imbued with nanites to help him out), then this master work edition has the right stuff for you.
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