In 2017, Valiant Entertainment is celebrating 25 years of its fan-favorite antihero, Bloodshot, created in 1992 by Kevin VanHook, Don Perlin and Bob Layton. The nanite-powered character first appeared in “Eternal Warrior” #4 and proved to be an immediate hit with readers. Bloodshot was in high demand from the onset, resulting in a relatively long-running series, and cementing himself in the world of comic books.
In honor of Bloodshot, Valiant is releasing “Bloodshot’s Day Off,” a one-shot special commemorating 25 years of the character. Written by Eliot Rahal, who also wrote “Divinity III: Escape From Gulag 396,” the book features artwork by Khari Evans, best known for his work on “Harbinger” and “Harley Quinn.”
Set to debut on July 5, “Bloodshot’s Day Off” takes place in the immediate aftermath of Jeff Lemire’s “Bloodshot Reborn” series. Towards the end of the series, an airborne Bloodshot-related nanite virus, released by the enigmatic and malevolent Project Rising Spirit, had overrun New York. Having discovered other projects like him, Bloodshot, accompanied by additional heroes from the Valiant Universe, teamed with Tank Man and Viet Man, two characters with abilities similar to Bloodshot, to win the day.
After the battle, while Tank Man and Viet Man could not be cured of the Bloodshot nanites, the other Valiant heroes recognized the pair’s bravery and outfitted them with the ability to blend in as normal-looking people as a reward. “Bloodshot’s Day Off” is what comes next.
Valiant’s official synopsis for the one-shot is as follows:
For the first time in over 30 years, two nanite-enhanced soldiers once controlled Project Rising Spirit – codenames: “Tank Man” and “Viet Man” – have finally earned their freedom and some government-sanctioned downtime, courtesy of Uncle Sam. After enduring a lifetime of war, blood, and fire, all these two semi-retired commandos want is a little vacation. But how long can this pair of highly trained tourists unwind and enjoy the sights of New York City… before they find trouble in the city that never sleeps?
Two hardened veterans, after years of fire and blood, find that falling back into civilian normality is one of their biggest struggles of their life. Presumably, their romp through New York will be a humorous one, accompanied, perhaps, by a bit of action.
Bloodshot’s Day Off #1 features at least five covers; including one seen here by artist Kano, and a second by Khari Evans. While the covers do not reveal much in the way of story, they both help in setting the tone. On the one hand, Evans’ cover shows the two men sitting together in an apartment, clearly unsure of what to do now that their fight is over. Kano’s cover, however, elicits the feel of troops coming home after a battle, tired, but ready to finally find peace and happiness in the simple pleasures of life. Covers will also include variants by Ben Tiesma, Renato Guedes and a “Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe” variant.
Valiant’s “Bloodshot’s Day Off,” written by Eliot Rahal with art by Khari Evans, arrives in stores July 5.