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4LN Advanced Comic Review – Bloodshot Reborn #14 (New Arc)

Series: BLOODSHOT REBORN
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Mico Suayan
Publisher: Valiant Comics

Summary from Valiant Entertainment:

ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! Welcome to “BLOODSHOT ISLAND”!

Stranded on a mysterious desert island, Bloodshot is running for his life! But as he tries to make sense of his surroundings, he’s quickly discovering that this is no ordinary tropical getaway… Surrounded by decommissioned relics of the same bloodstained project that created him – World War II Bloodshot, Cold War Bloodshot, Vietnam Bloodshot, and other antiquated experiments – Bloodshot is about to find out where Project Rising Spirit sends it old soldiers to die. Can this seasoned band of killers trust each other long enough to survive the threats that lie in the jungle around them…and unlock the secret at the heart of the island’s existence before they’re each permanently retired? And who or what is the sinister force called DEATHMATE that now hunts them at every turn?

This summer, superstar creators Jeff Lemire (Extraordinary X-Men) and Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN) send Bloodshot screaming into his most action-packed adventure yet as “BLOODSHOT ISLAND” ups the ante for the Valiant Universe’s most formidable soldier!

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This book has been on almost every Valiant fan’s radar since they announced it a while back.  They teased us with images of more Bloodshots (one looking like a mix between Bloodshot and Robert Downey Jr.’s character in Tropic Thunder) which was like throwing chum in the water for fans.  Needless to say there was a lot of hype leading up to this book.  For many people, that much hype can lead to unrealistic expectations and ultimately being let down by the very thing that you loved most….  Was that too much?  Anyway, worry not Jeff Lemire and Co. will not let you down.  This book is phenomenal.  What follows is a spoiler-free look at BLOODSHOT REBORN #14 “BLOODSHOT ISLAND.”

As you might have guess by the description above, this plot is reminiscent of The Most Dangerous Game… except exponentially more dangerous because there is a mysterious new character that shares a name with a particularly infamous crossover event from the 90’s, and she’s powerful enough to hunt multiple Bloodshots.

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Yes, as shown in the previews, BLOODSHOT ISLAND is full of multiple Bloodshots that hail from multiple periods of conflict (Vietnam, Gulf War, etc), and they have their own canine side-kick appropriately named Bloodhound (before reading this issue, I was hoping that was the name of the dog… that or Bloodspot).  And yes, it is as awesome as it sounds.

Jeff Lemire is setting up a plot that is brilliant as it is terrifying.  This particular issue plays out like a science-fiction, horror film, with a some mind-blowing action sequences beautifully illustrated by the talented Mico Suayan.  His art is insanely good.  Every panel is packed with detail, and all of the character designs are perfect.  I was kind of worried because on the cover, the villain has ENORMOUS hands.  Luckily within these pages, her design is great, and seeing her in action is awe inspiring.  Mico also treates us to a two page splash where we get our first look at the Squad and it is is mesmerizing!

I was fortunate enough to read this book early, but I still can’t wait for Wednesday so I can see how it looks on the actual page.  For new readers, this is a good jumping, but be warned – Valiant is addicting.  BLOODSHOT REBORN #14 is a mind-bending 5 out of 5, and needs to be in your hands this Wednesday.

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4LN Comic Review – 4001 A.D.: Bloodshot

Series: 4001 A.D.: Bloodshot
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Doug Braithwaite, with Brian Reber on Colors
Publisher: Valiant Comics

Summary from Valiant Entertainment:

“Once upon a time…in the year 4001 A.D…

Centuries ago, Bloodshot was the man called Ray Garrison. Now, in the year 4001 A.D., Ray Garrison is no more…but the nanites that once thrived inside him endure still. With their master long since gone, the microscopic machines that once drove Bloodshot through every firefight, healed every wound, and calculated every outcome have one final directive left to execute…but what could it possibly be? And how will the forces of the future react when the infamous man-turned-machine called Bloodshot returns to fight another day?

The future starts now as New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS) bring Bloodshot barreling into the 41st century of the Valiant Universe with an all-new, standalone tale at the epicenter of 4001 A.D.!”

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Overview:  The 4001 A.D. event has been incredible thus far.  If there is one thing Valiant knows, it’s how to pull off a great summer event, that is neither contrived or money grabbing.  Lemire’s 400l A.D. BLOODSHOT continues this tradition.

I’m not going to lie, when I first saw the new look for Bloodshot I was a little hesitant.  The amorphous, nanite body with the Bloodshot head seemed a little far-fetched, even in a world with timewalkers, hive-mind aliens, and beings with the power to manipulate time, space, and matter.  After reading it though, I have to admit that it’s pretty damn cool.  Lemire’s story is great, frequently pulling scenes directly out his work on BLOODSHOT REBORN and last years BOOK OF DEATH: FALL OF BLOODSHOT book, and even providing a sense of closure after what happened at the end of FALL OF BLOODSHOT.  As far as the art is concerned, Doug Brathwaite and Brian Reber pull off some KILLER panels throughout the course of this book.  There were several pages where I just stared at the page taking in every little detail – and there is a LOT of detail.

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Bloodshot is just such a cool character, possibly even one of the greatest in Valiant’s pantheon of heroes, and Lemire has him dialed in.  His stories are frequently introspective, which is hard to pull off with a character who’s primary purpose is murdering people to death in a variety of ways.  His run on BLOODSHOT REBORN shows us a more subdued Ray Garrison, who is still trying to find his place, and 4001 A.D.: BLOODSHOT gives this fantastic hero both closure, and a possible new beginning.

If you are a fan of Bloodshot, sci-fi, or stories about artificial intelligence, then this is the book for you.  Not that it is a contest, but I liked this one-shot even better than X-O Manowar’s, and that book was also fantastic in its own right.  Make sure you head over to a comic shop (or Comixology if you prefer digital comics) and pick up 4001 A.D.: BLOODSHOT (out June 8), as well as the rest of the 4001 A.D. event books.

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The Valiant Summit 2016

From Valiant Comics:

As revealed today during the #ValiantSummit 2016 event live from New York City’s renowned UCB Theatre, Valiant Entertainment is proud to announce “THE FUTURE OF VALIANT” – an all-new wave of ongoing series, prestige format projects and standalone events from a star-studded roster of some of comics’ most visionary talents. Beginning in July with the first, much-demanded ongoing series for the breakout hero of the year, FAITH, “THE FUTURE OF VALIANT” will extend throughout 2016 with a total of seven epic series – each introducing an innovative array of new concepts and characters…and firmly establishing Valiant’s place as the premier publisher of creative storytelling in comics today:
  • FAITH #1 by Jody Houser, Pere Perez & Marguerite Sauvage in July
  • GENERATION ZERO #1 by Fred Van Lente & Francis Portela in August
  • BRITANNIA #1 (of 4) by Peter Milligan & Juan Jose Ryp in September
  • BLOODSHOT U.S.A. #1 (of 4) by Jeff Lemire & Doug Braithwaite in October
  • HARBINGER RENEGADES #1 by Rafer Roberts & Darick Roberston in November
  • SAVAGE #1 (of 4) by B. Clay Moore, Clayton Henry & Lewis LaRosa in November
  • DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1 (of 4) by Matt Kindt & Trevor Hairsine in December

“With ‘THE FUTURE OF VALIANT,’ Valiant is entering an ambitious new phase – one that will challenge not only the size and scale of the stories we choose to tell, but even the very notion of what a Valiant comic can be,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “In just a short time, Valiant has established itself as the industry’s best reviewed publisher and a creative force to be reckoned with. Now, with ‘THE FUTURE OF VALIANT,’ we’re taking the mission of creating the best comics possible even further, and expanding with astonishing new concepts, a bold line-up of new characters, and one of the most talented rosters of creative talent working anywhere today.”

“Within the past year alone, Valiant has made unprecedented strides by bringing some of comics’ most celebrated characters to the fore. But DIVINITY and FAITH were just the first salvos,” said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. “In ‘THE FUTURE OF VALIANT,’ we’re about to witness the next great Valiant heroes of tomorrow come roaring out of the gate with GENERATION ZERO, BRITANNIA, and SAVAGE. And we haven’t even revealed the full extent of what’s coming for BLOODSHOT U.S.A. and HARBINGER RENEGADES, let alone the universe of new ideas that is DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE… For new fans or old, this is a phenomenal time to find out why Valiant has succeeded in building the most acclaimed and accessible line of comics on the shelves.”

Rewatch all of “THE FUTURE OF VALIANT” announcements on Twitch HERE with an exclusive live stream of today’s #ValiantSummit 2016 event, or find complete details on each series individually below:

FAITH #1
Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by PERE PEREZ and MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
Cover by KEVIN WADA
ONGOING SERIES | BEGINNING JULY 2016

AN ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES! The high-flying hero that captured the imagination of the world is back with a colossal new comics milestone!In a city under siege by robots, aliens, monsters and even worse… celebrities, there is only one woman the people of Los Angeles can count on: the stratospheric superhero called Faith! Aspiring reporter by day and dedicated crime-fighter by night, Faith has tackled every obstacle in her path with confidence – like those crushing deadlines at work, the long-distance boyfriend half a world away, and the missing back issues that plague her comics collection! But, unbeknownst to her, Faith is about to collide with the one force she never saw coming: an up-and-coming super-villain bent on snuffing her out once and for all! But who is lurking behind the mask of her new foe…and could they just be the one person capable of rendering Faith powerless?

Jump on board now to find out why Valiant’s one-of-a-kind hero is inspiring a whole new generation! Be here as FAITH moves from her sold-out mini-series…and into the history-making debut of her first-ever ongoing series!

GENERATION ZERO #1
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover by STEPHEN MOONEY
ONGOING SERIES | BEGINNING AUGUST 2016

Because you demanded it! Exploding out of the pages of HARBINGER WARS comes AN ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES starring GENERATION ZERO from New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (IVAR, TIMEWALKER) and blockbuster artist Francis Portela (FAITH)!If you have a problem… If your parents won’t help… And if your cause is worthy… Log onto network #ZERO…because Generation Zero is listening.

Years ago, the children of the experimental strike team known as Generation Zero were taken from their families by Project Rising Spirit, a private weapons contractor, and raised to be psychic soldiers. After years of taking orders, they have fought for and won their freedom. Now, the world’s most wanted teenagers have pledged to protect each other tooth and claw, while using their extraordinary abilities to right wrongs for a generation without a future… To fight for kids, just like them.

One of those kids is Keisha Sherman, whose boyfriend just turned up dead after a suspicious car crash in Rook, Michigan – a newly booming tech town that sprang from rags to super-riches seemingly overnight. When Keisha makes a desperate plea into her webcam, the local high school suddenly finds itself with several unusual new students… But as word of Generation Zero’s presence spreads rapidly through the halls, this volatile band of teenage upstarts is about to discover that they’re far from the most extraordinary thing lurking behind Rook’s stainless-steel facade..


BRITANNIA #1 (of 4)
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by JUAN JOSE RYP
Cover by CARY NORD
PRESTIGE FORMAT LIMITED SERIES | BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 2016

On the fringes of civilization, the world’s first detective is about to make an unholy discovery…Ruled by the Fates. Manipulated by the Gods. Commanded by Caesar. In the year 65 A.D., one’s destiny was not his own. At the height of Nero’s reign, a veteran of Rome’s imperial war machine has been dispatched to the farthest reaches of the colonies to investigate unnatural happenings… In the remote outpost of Britannia, Antonius Axia – the First Detective – will become Rome’s only hope to reassert control over the empire’s most barbaric frontier…and keep the monsters that bridge the line between myth and mystery at bay…

From comics mastermind Peter Milligan (X-Statix, Shade the Changing Man) and incendiary artist Juan Jose Ryp (NINJAK, Clone) comes a psychological journey into terror, temptation, and bloodshed – presented in an all-new prestige format limited series!

BLOODSHOT U.S.A. #1 (of 4)
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover by KANO
STANDALONE EVENT SERIES | BEGINNING OCTOBER 2016

In Bloodshot we trust! Project Rising Spirit – America’s greatest exporter of classified weapons technology – has achieved a breakthrough: a contagious, airborne nanite dispersion prototype that can turn the population of any city into an army of indestructible soldiers. A doomsday virus capable of destroying an enemy nation from the inside out. A machine-made pathogen that can completely rewrite human physiology…and hardcode every man, woman, and child with the same cutting-edge technology that created their greatest weapon: Bloodshot.

But now…Project Rising Spirit’s top-secret contagion has been released onto the streets of America’s greatest metropolis: New York City. As mayhem engulfs Manhattan, Bloodshot must lead the most dangerous invasion ever waged on American soil and keep a runaway pandemic from toppling armies and governments…and threatening to destroy humanity itself.

In the tradition of THE VALIANT, the Big Apple turns blood red in pivotal new standalone comics event from New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Extraordinary X-Men) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS, Justice)!

HARBINGER RENEGADES #1
Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art & Cover by DARICK ROBERTSON
ONGOING SERIES | BEGINNING NOVEMBER 2016

Anyone you know could become a psionically powered “harbinger” with the potential to reshape the course of human history. Your neighbor. Your boss. Your best friend. Your kids. Six months ago, a secret team of renegade whistleblowers leaked the existence of these extraordinarily dangerous individuals to a stunned world. Today, all across the country, crude, DIY psiot activation attempts have left hundreds brain damaged…or worse. The emergence of a new psiot in a community often leads to riots and mass violence. Gun sales are through the roof.

America is terrified of what could happen next.

With this revolutionary upheaval now in motion, Kris Hathaway, John “Torque” Torkelson, Faith “Zephyr” Herbert, and Peter Stanchek are about to discover their calling. Together, the HARBINGER RENEGADES are moving from town to town, building their ranks, and subverting authority one mind at a time…and setting out to prove once and for all that behind their power, there has always been a purpose.

This November, the most fearless superteam in comics is going underground for AN ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES from rising star Rafer Roberts (A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and superstar artist Darick Robertson (Happy!, The Boys)!

SAVAGE #1 (of 4)
Written by B. CLAY MOORE
Art by CLAYTON HENRY and LEWIS LAROSA
Cover by LEWIS LAROSA
PRESTIGE FORMAT LIMITED SERIES | BEGINNING NOVEMBER 2016

Fifteen years ago, the world’s most famous soccer star and his former supermodel wife – pregnant with their unborn child – disappeared without a trace. The world believes they are dead… But, in reality, their private jet crash-landed on a mysterious, unknown island ruled by by prehistoric creatures from another time…This is the story of how they lost their humanity.

This November, acclaimed writer B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick) and explosive artists Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS) and Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN) present a relentless epic of survival in a cold-blooded land ruled by instinct alone as SAVAGE makes his brutal entrance into the Valiant Universe!


DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
PRESTIGE FORMAT LIMITED SERIES | BEGINNING DECEMBER 2016
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So there you have it folks! All the great new Valiant series’ to get excited about through the end of the year and beyond! Most of these series were teased in the Valiant 2016 Free Comic Book Day preview comic, but there are two significant absences… Psi-Lords, and Shadowman. Both were also teased with full page ads in the FCBD issue but were not mentioned during the summit so I guess we’ll just have to keep a lookout for info on those in the future. There’s still much to be enthused about with what was announced though, so let us know in the comments below which newly announced Valiant series you’re most excited about! ¡Viva la Valiant!

4LN Comic Review: Moon Knight #1 (2016)

Series: Moon Knight
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Greg Smallwood
Color Artist: Jordie Bellaire

358507._SX360_QL80_TTD_Summary from Comixology: “The book you’d be insane to miss! Marc Spector (a.k.a. Moon Knight/Jake Lockley/Steven Grant) has been fighting criminals and keeping New York City safe for years…or has he? When he wakes up in an insane asylum with no powers and a lifetime’s worth of medical records, his whole identity (identities) are called into question. Something is wrong, but is that something Marc Spector himself? Jeff Lemire and rising star Greg Smallwood are calling everything you know about Moon Knight into question.”

There is only one way that I can accurately describe Moon Knight #1, and that with three simple words: “Trippy. As. F–K.” This book really makes you question everything you know about Moon Knight, and I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about the character to begin with. All I know about Marc Spector is what I read in Warren Ellis’ fantastic, albeit brief, run from a couple years ago. I know the basics of the character, but a lot of those core beliefs are stripped away and questioned here in the first issue of Lemire’s run, Welcome to New Egypt: Part 1 of 5.

Jeff Lemire is one of my favorite writers in the industry at the moment, and I think his weird style fits the feel of the character perfectly. I am also really looking forward to Lemire (hopefully) doing some art for this book, because not only does his writing match the style, but his art would be beautifully trippy with his character. The issue seems like a beautiful homage to “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”, where Marc is stuck in a Mental Institute and is trying to escape, and one of the characters that Marc meets straight reminds me of Jack Nicholson as Mac. The deeper you get into the book, the more “confusing” it gets. I unfortunately can’t quit describe how it’s confusing without giving spoilers, but trust me, you’ll want to read this issue.

Greg Smallwood and Jordie Bellaire make a perfect art team for this book, the colors are just fantastic. I wholeheartedly believe that Bellaire is the best colorist in comic books. Smallwood’s linework and attention to detail is just phenomenal. There are multiple pages where a lot of things are happening but it’s still so easy to tell what’s going on, and the splash page towards the end… WOW. It absolutely makes the book worth the price tag. In the summary from Comixology they call Smallwood a “rising star” and this book might have just proven why that’s true.

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If you are a fan of Moon Knight, or just looking for a new series to get into, Moon Knight #1 is the book for you. It has everything you could possibly want: Egyptian gods, mental hospitals, shock treatment, corrupt nurses, and Moon Knight just being a complete badass. $4.99 seems like a high cost for a comic, but this first issue convinced me that the series is worth it.

 

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4LN Comic Review: Bloodshot Reborn #1

Series: Bloodshot Reborn
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Mico Suayan and David Baron
Publisher: Valiant

Summary from Comixology:

From New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (THE VALIANT, Green Arrow) and red-hot rising star Mico Suayan (HARBINGER, Moon Knight), VALIANT NEXT delivers an all-new ongoing series for Valiant’s most unrelenting hero!

Bloodshot’s nanites made him a nearly unstoppable killing machine. His enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and healing made him the perfect weapon, and he served his masters at Project Rising Spirit – a private contractor trafficking in violence – very well.

Now, Bloodshot is a shadow of his former self. He lives in self imposed exile, reeling from the consequences of his past life and the recent events that nearly drove him mad. But when a rash of shootings by gunmen who appear to look just like Bloodshot begin, his guilt will send him on a mission to stop the killers, even if it means diving headlong into the violence that nearly destroyed him.

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Overview-

When Valiant first announced this book a while back, I wasn’t all that excited.  It’s not that I didn’t love Valiant (if you’ve been reading this website you should know that I am a pretty big Valiant fan), it’s that I didn’t really know much about Bloodshot.  I head read a lot of the other Valiant titles, but Bloodshot hadn’t been one of them (I had a LOT to catch up on).  After reading Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt’s The Valiant, and catching up on the first Bloodshot run thanks to the marvelous Scribd app, I had a new appreciation for the nanite-powered, killing machine.  The Valiant laid out an awesome groundwork for who the new Bloodshot could be — a hero — and I was really excited to pick this up when it hit the stands on April 15, 2015.

Highs-

All of the action in this book occurred in either flashbacks or hallucinations, and that is absolutely alright with me.  This issue focuses on a recently de-powered Bloodshot (aka Ray) who is dealing with the tragedy that occurred at the end of The Valiant, and coming to terms with the life he led for so long.  Lemire does an awesome job showing us Ray’s struggle to cope with his past while working as a nobody in a small Colorado town.  The story is mostly told through inner-dialogue with very few actual conversations, and it totally works. After all of the stylized violence that Bloodshot is known for in his earlier series it’s almost jolting seeing him as a normal guy working as a handyman, but I loved it.

Suayan’s realistic art style plays well with Lemire’s thoughtful story.  A lot of the panels showing Bloodshot/Ray dealing with his inner demons, along with the small town setting, reminded me of True Detective.  He really captures Ray’s despair and struggle to figure out who he is in light of the previous events.  The last panel, when it looks like he’s about to get back in the game, is also really cool and very reminiscent of the Punisher.

Also, if you haven’t read a single book in the Valiant Universe, you should have no problem following along thanks to the succinct recap found in the opening pages.

Lows-

There aren’t really any lows in particular.  I will say that some might find the tragedy that occurs near the end of the book a little too similar to another tragedy in Colorado, but it didn’t seem distasteful to me.  It also might seem a bit slow to some people, but I think that’s where this book gets it’s charm.

Final Say-

Bloodshot Reborn was a strong start to what is shaping up to be a great addition to the Valiant line.  Lemire was able to take a killing machine, make him vulnerable and depressed, and still tell a poignant story about coming to terms with oneself in the face of tragic events.  This book earns a strong 5 out of 5, and it makes me excited to see where the Valiant Universe is headed.  Head on out to your local comic shop and pick you up a copy!

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4LN Comic Review: Descender #2

Series: Descender
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Dustin Nguyen
Publisher: Image

Summary from Comixology:”As the brutal robot hunting Scrappers close in on TIM-21, the events that first brought him to the mining colony on the outer edges of space are revealed.”

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Overview-

I thought the first issue of Descender was absolutely fantastic.  It laid the groundwork for what seems to be an epic, science-fiction tale that is one part Mass Effect (the Harvesters) and another part A.I. (Tim-21) with post-apocalyptic space drama thrown in for good measure.  That being said, if you try to read this second issue before reading the first, you are going to be so very lost.

Highs-

Lemire and Nguyen are crafting a beautiful, thought-provoking story that happens to be set in space, which is refreshing with the myriad of space westerns that seem to be lining the shelves lately. I loved the way the creators weave Tim-21’s creation/back-story in with the current narrative.  The left pages show Tim’s attempted escape from the robot-hunters known as “Scrappers,” while the right pages show snippets of his creation and upbringing with his adoptive family (he is a companion bot, which is like a really advanced Tamagotchi except he is actually helpful and you don’t stuff him under your mattress after a day and a half).

The storytelling is striking, and the tone is matched perfectly by Nguyen’s art.  The back-story is laid out in beautiful, sepia-toned black and white, and the way the panels are laid out is fantastic (which is something I rarely notice).  This might not make sense unless you enjoy this book, but the scope of Descender is both epic and intimate at the same time.

If you can’t tell, I really enjoy pretty much every aspect of this book.

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I couldn’t find anything wrong with this book. If you aren’t into beautifully executed science-fiction, then this might not be the book for you, I guess?

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If you aren’t on this title yet, good news – it just started!  Your local comic shop almost definitely has a few Descender #1’s lying around, so you can pick up both issues at the same time.  Only two issues in, this book is already becoming one of the books that I can’t wait to read each month.  5 out of 5, I couldn’t recommend this book more.  Do yourself a favor and go get it.

 

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4LN Comic Review: The Valiant #4

Series: The Valiant
Written by: Jeff Lemire & Matt Kindt
Art by: Paolo Rivera
Publisher: Valiant Comics

The Valiant #4: Digital Exclusives Edition

Overview-
I’ve been waiting for this book since The Valiant #1 hit the shelves. The previous issues have been terrific, but I had no idea how it would end. Will the combined strength of the greatest heroes of the Valiant universe be enough to save Kay, the Geomancer, from the Immortal Enemy? After millennia of fighting will Gilad, the Eternal Warrior, finally succeed in putting an end to the Immortal Enemy’s reign of terror? Is Bloodshot as big a bad-ass as he appears to be? And, most importantly, will we finally find out what’s in the box? This book answered all of these questions in a book that was a great ending to a great, universe changing miniseries.

click for super-sized previews of The Valiant #4: Digital Exclusives Edition

Highs-
This story was awesome from page 1 issue 1 to the end. The writing team, Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt, put out a phenomenal story that didn’t pull any punches. They did a great job of highlighting the best aspects of some of Valiant’s most popular heroes while putting them in one of the bleakest situations I’ve seen in the current Valiant books. This story was complemented perfectly by Paulo Rivera’s fantastic art. There were some seriously epic scenes throughout this series, and the finale was no exception. His sets and fighting sequences are tremendous, but his work really shines with his characters. The Immortal Enemy is terrifying, Ninjak looks awesome, Gilad (both the bearded and unbearded versions). There isn’t a single panel in this miniseries that seemed rushed or thrown together.

Bloodshot answers the question of whether or not he’s a bad-ass with a resounding yes. The run-and-gun fight between Bloodshot and the Immortal Enemy was terrific, but his interactions with Kay in this issue show that there is more to him than just a partially invulnerable amnesiac killing machine. It also appears to have set up Lemire’s upcoming Bloodshot Reborn really well.

click for super-sized previews of The Valiant #4: Digital Exclusives Edition

Lows-
Surprise, this miniseries is terrific, especially if you are a fan of the Valiant universe. The only problem I have with it is that it’s finished now.

click for super-sized previews of The Valiant #4: Digital Exclusives Edition

The Final Say –
This book was a great ending to a great miniseries. If you are unfamiliar with the Valiant universe this series is a great jumping on point (although I would recommend going back a reading a majority of the current stuff, it’s worth it). I give this issue, as well as the entire miniseries, a 5 out of 5. It answered all the questions it asked and provided a great story with equally as great art. Go to wherever you get your comics and buy it, or just wait for the trade paperback which will hit the stands in May.

Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and Paolo Rivera Mark the Last Stand of THE VALIANT #4 (of 4)

After ten millennia and three sold-out issues, the battle for the heart and soul of the Valiant Universe is about to reach its gut-wrenching conclusion!

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of THE VALIANT #4 (of 4) – the long-awaited final chapter of the four-issue epic from New York Times best-selling writers Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Descender) & Matt Kindt (NINJAK, RAI) and Eisner Award-winning artist Paolo Rivera (Daredevil)! Be here on March 25th as Lemire, Kindt, and Rivera bring the magnum opus of 2015 to a universe-spanning climax that will leave everyone it touches forever changed in its wake!

The Immortal Enemy has all but won and only Bloodshot and the Geomancer are left to stand against his darkness. Are they willing to save humanity even if it means losing their own…and each other?

Everything has led to this…and, on March 25th, the darkness is now! Don’t miss the shocking last stand of the series that Entertainment Weekly calls “a great introduction to the wider Valiant Universe” as Bloodshot, Geomancer, and the rest of the world’s most formidable heroes confront unthinkable evil head on in THE VALIANT #4 (of 4) – featuring covers by superstar creators Paolo Rivera (Mythos), Jeff Lemire (Trillium) & Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT), and Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie)!

The first series to be released in the VALIANT PRESTIGE format, THE VALIANT #4 (of 4) comes complete with deluxe matte-laminate card stock covers, custom-designed end sheets, and exclusive creator-curated back matter – all with no advertisements and a standard $3.99 cover price!

It’s not too late to find out why fans and critics are heralding THE VALIANT as the ultimate introduction to Valiant’s award-winning cast of heroes and villains:

A blockbuster that still feels personal, a big comic book story stuffed to the gills…shepherded by acclaimed creators doing fantastic work.” – Entertainment Weekly

[THE VALIANT] has the potential to become a true superhero epic.” – The Onion/A.V. Club

This is a high point for Valiant as a publisher and as a universe… [THE VALIANT] is on track to be a classic.” – Comic Book Resources

An event book with a beating heart… A near-perfect introduction to an ascending cosmos, and more importantly, a damn fine comic.” – Paste Magazine

Kindt, Lemire, and Rivera are creating a must read comic together… [THE VALIANT] is a striking introduction filled with action, humor, and some of the best storytelling in superhero comics. If you’re not reading Valiant comics, this is the place to start.“– ComicBook.com

If you’re looking for a gateway into Valiant’s growing comic book universe, you’ll be hard-pressed to do better than THE VALIANT… [It’s] one of the most visually stunning comics on the stands.” – IGN

THE VALIANT is awesome and it deserves your attention, people… It’ll be your proper introduction to this universe.” – Comic Vine

Plus: don’t miss each essential new series from VALIANT NEXT! In the aftermath of THE VALIANT, VALIANT NEXT continues with five blockbuster new series, starring Valiant’s biggest, most-demanded heroes alongside all-new, never-before-seen characters, throughout 2015: • IVAR, TIMEWALKER #1 by Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry in January • DIVINITY #1 (of 4) by Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine in February • IMPERIUM #1 by Joshua Dysart and Doug Braithwaite in February • NINJAK #1 by Matt Kindt, Clay Mann and Butch Guice in March • BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 by Jeff Lemire and Mico Suayan in April

For more information, visit Valiant online at Facebook.com/ValiantComics, ValiantEntertainment.Tumblr.comTwitter.com/ValiantComics, and ValiantUniverse.com.

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THE VALIANT #4 (of 4) [VALIANT NEXT]

Written by JEFF LEMIRE & MATT KINDT

Art and Cover by PAOLO RIVERA (JAN151658)

Interlocking Variant Cover by JEFF LEMIRE & MATT KINDT (JAN151659)

Variant Cover by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (JAN151660)

$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | ON SALE MARCH 25 (FOC – 3/2/15)
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4LN Advance Review with Preview — The Valiant #3

Series: The Valiant
Writer: Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt
Art: Paolo Rivera and Joe Rivera
Publisher: Valiant

Summary from Valiant Entertainment: “As the world teeters on the brink of a new Dark Age, superstar creators Jeff Lemire (Green Arrow, Animal Man), Matt Kindt (RAI, Mind MGMT), and Paolo Rivera (Daredevil) recruit each of Valiant’s most formidable heroes into the 10,000-year-old battle for the fate of all mankind!

The entire Valiant Universe faces off against the Immortal Enemy! Can they help Eternal Warrior succeed where he has failed so many times before? Civilization’s best hope against the darkness may lie in the unlikeliest of romances…”

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The first two books in this mini-series have been absolutely fantastic.  Lemire and Kindt are weaving a terrific tale that is both beautiful and a bit disconcerting.  The Valiant #3 is no exception.  I won’t reveal too much because this is a series everyone needs to be reading, but this issue oscillates between Gilad and Co. combating the Immortal Enemy and Bloodshot trying to get Kay the Geomancer away from the fighting.  The battle sequence is told in the style of Boondock Saints (I assume that’s not the technical term), in that Gilad’s plan is being narrated as the battle itself is taking place.

There were a lot of highlights in this issue.  First of all, Paolo Rivera is doing some amazing work on this series.  His work is so crisp that he is slowly becoming a personal favorite as far as artists are concerned.  One of the opening panels has a majority of the heroes of the Valiant Universe ready to begin battle, and epic is the only way to describe it.

Another highlight for me is the back and forth between the curious Kay and Bloodshot.  This issue has Bloodshot portrayed as a complete BAMF.  He is the strong, silent type that doesn’t really care for the inquisitive Kay’s questions.  Their exchanges are at times both hilarious and touching, and serve to flesh out the personalities of the two characters.

Also, the Immortal Enemy is terrifying, and gets steadily creepier in each new issue.  As we saw in the last issue, one of Mr. Enemy’s powers (besides apparently immortality judging by his name) is to play on the fears of those he is facing.  For Kay, he chooses the form of Mr. Flay, the terrifying storybook character from her childhood, but his battle with the large group of Valiant heroes gives the writers and artists the chance to flex their creative muscles.

All things considered, this title is shaping out to be a nearly perfect mini-series.  The creative team is as good as it gets, and they are consistently putting out an amazing product.  If you aren’t reading this book you need to be.  It’s an excellent jumping on point for the Valiant Next initiative, and is giving an already amazing company a great leg to stand on moving forward.

The Valiant #3 hits the stands next Wednesday! Below you can check out the preview images that our friends over at Valiant were kind enough to send us:

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4LN Comic Review: The Valiant #2

Series: The Valiant
Writer: Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt
Art: Paolo Rivera
Publisher: Valiant

Summary from Comixology: “From comic book superstars Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and Paolo Rivera – the year’s most epic new adventure ratchets up the stakes as Bloodshot is drafted into the eons-old war against mankind’s oldest, darkest enemy! The Immortal Enemy has crawled out from the black depths of history to destroy this generation’s Geomancer and send Earth back to the Dark Ages! Now…the Eternal Warrior, Ninjak, and Kay McHenry must overcome their worst nightmares before the unlikeliest of white knights rides in to save the day. Will he be enough to battle back the unyielding evil that threatens to plunge the Valiant Universe into the darkness?”

The Valiant #2: Digital Exclusives Edition

Overview –
Like my fellow 4LN writer/good pal Cameron, I’ve recently gotten into Valiant Comics. Our friend, and favorite comic shop guy, Steve tried to get us into their books for months and we just never really bit. Eventually I picked up the first Bloodshot trade and Cam added Eternal Warrior to his pull list. Then we began to discover the other series, and I feel safe speaking for both of us when I say… we are most certainly on-board the Valiant Train.

Enter: The Valiant series. To clarify for those of you uninitiated, Valiant is the name of the publisher, and this is a current, 4-issue limited series they are running called “The Valiant”.

I’m a huge fan of what Jeff Lemire did with Animal Man over at DC, so I was pretty pumped when I heard he was going to be working on some Valiant series. The way he and Matt Kindt bring all these great Valiant characters together in this series is really exciting and I this issue in particular was really fun and dark.

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Highs –
One of the things that drew me too Lemire’s Animal Man run was how dark and creepy it is. This issue reminded so much of that. The villain, known as The Immortal Enemy, has the ability to take on the appearance of your greatest fear. Jeff and Matt perfectly blend their comic-writing specialties here. Lemire with the (previously mentioned) dark & creepy, and Kindt with his knack for writing action. It’s rare that comic capture these two styles. Normal it’s one or the other, with *maybe* some humor incorporated. I’m leery about using the term “horror” when talking about The Valiant because it’s not really a horror book. However, Lemire’s style is very much horror-influenced and that shows through here a lot. Also, Kindt can really capture tension well, and that’s something that really makes this issue stand out as well.

The artwork is wonderful, especially the panels depicting the Immortal Enemy. He literally makes my skin crawl. Rivera is proving that he’s a master of his craft on this series.

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Lows –
No “Lows”. Couldn’t find a damn thing I didn’t like about it.

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The Final Say –
Valiant Comics has been stepping up the game for a few years, and now they’re poised to make the biggest impact they ever have. The Valiant is a huge step in them moving to the next level, and I’m confident this series is only the tip of the iceberg on what they have in-store for us ahead. I’m giving The Valiant #2 4 out of 5 stars. It perfectly continues the adventure set up in the first issue and gets you really excited to see where the next two take us. If you haven’t picked it up already, head out to your local comic shop and grab a copy today!

 

Music Pairing –
If you’re so inclined, I feel like you could pair reading this comic with the newest Down release “Down IV – Part II“. Down perfectly blends groovy riffs with dark, heavy sludge. For me, it was a great partner to The Valiant #2.

Down IV – Part II