What’s the most exciting event in comics this summer? The return of Valiant Comics. In the ’90s when most companies were more concerned with gimmicks and trends, Valiant consistently put out books with strong writing and artwork month in and month out. The company is finally set to return this summer and our inner fanboy couldn’t be happier.
One of Valiant’s flagship titles, Bloodshot, is set to re-launch in July 2012 with writer Duane Swierczynski and art by Arturo Lozzi and Manuel Garcia. Bloodshot is the tale of a man brought back to life through technology to become the ultimate killing machine. They have also announced at the beginning of March that Bloodshot has been picked up by Columbia Pictures for a film adaptation.
USA Today had the following information about Bloodshot:
Swierczynski hates to say something horribly pretentious about Bloodshot like “This is one’s man violent and dangerous quest for his own identity …,” but that’s pretty much what the book is: “Bloodshot has no frickin’ idea who he is.”
The ultimate killing machine full of dirty secrets in his mind and nanites in his body to help him heal and control electronics, Bloodshot has many, many memories, of being a guy named Angelo Mortalli and also of being a guy named Ray Garrison. He’s going to want to figure out who he really is, whether he’s a living weapon whose soul is burning away, or if there’s a man still under there looking for answers and redemption.
Plus, “nanomachine technology has come a long way in the 20 years since Bloodshot first appeared,” the writer reports. (Bloodshot is also headed for the big screen —Columbia Pictures announced March 1 that it was closing on a deal to adapt the comic into a movie produced by Neal H. Moritz.)
Swierczynski admits that he missed the original Bloodshot series from the 1990s but had a meeting with Simons last July at Comic-Con in San Diego, where they dug around the character’s history to see what made him tick.
“He’s my favorite kind of noir hero: tortured yet determined to do the right thing, no matter what kind of horrible things he may — or may not — have done in the past,” Swierczynski says.
“Warren would’ve had to put a bullet in my head to get me to back off.”