Bloodshot's about to undergo a big makeover.
Come 2016, Valiant's tech-driven super-soldier will no longer be on the cutting edge of technology -- when compared to what exists thirty years in the future, at least. That's right -- "Bloodshot Reborn" is jumping ahead a few decades to a time where the titular soldier has become a relic of the past.
The ambitious four-part storyline, titled "The Analog Man," comes from writer Jeff Lemire and artist Lewis LaRosa and kicks off with January's "Bloodshot Reborn" #10. Bloodshots place in the Valiant Universe won't be the only thing that's changed in the interim either -- the entire Valiant U will have undergone an apocalyptic change. Residing in the remnants of Los Angeles, the outdated Bloodshot will have traded in his grand ambitions for smaller ones; he'll be the protector of a small town that's put to the test when a band of marauders show up.
In addition to featuring the first sequential art from Lewis LaRosa in a while, the inaugural installment of the story will feature many variant covers -- including ones from Dave Johnson, Tula Lotay, David Lafuente, Lewis LaRosa and Jeff Lemire.
More information will be revealed about "The Analog Man" during Valiant's "25 Years of Valiant: Book of Death and Beyond" panel at New York Comic Con on Saturday, October 10th at 5:15pm. You can check out the new preview pages in addition to the already-revealed ones, as well as the official press release, below.
Official Press Release
NYCC 2015: Jeff Lemire & Lewis LaRosa Leap Forward for THE ANALOG MAN in BLOODSHOT REBORN #10 - Coming in January!
In 2016...Bloodshot kicks off the New Year with a mind-bending comic book event that must be seen to be believed!
As revealed today in advance of New York Comic-Con 2015, Valiant is proud to announce THE ANALOG MAN - a new four-part bombshell beginning in BLOODSHOT REBORN #10 from New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (THE VALIANT, Extraordinary X-Men) and blockbuster artist Lewis LaRosa (The Punisher)! This January, Valiant's smash-hit ongoing series leaps forward 30 years into the future to reveal a world where Bloodshot is no longer the height of technological achievement...and the heroes of the Valiant Universe have given way to a ravaged and inhospitable wasteland...
Many years from now, Los Angeles has become a post-apocalyptic no-man's land and the once unstoppable killing machine known as Bloodshot has become THE ANALOG MAN. Hopelessly outdated, Bloodshot's taken on a new role as the protector of a small town, eking out a subsistence existence with the great love of his life - Magic - and protecting a group of stragglers who've weathered the storm. But when a gang of marauders arrives, the settlement's survival is threatened, and Bloodshot is forced to bring justice to the distorted and disjointed badlands of the Valiant Universe!
"Bloodshot has found some peace at last. Or at least he thinks he has," writer Jeff Lemire told io9. "And then, of course, I'm going to rip that all away from the poor guy and send him on an adventure like none he's ever had before...[and] it looks amazing. Lewis LaRosa is doing career-defining work. Wait until you see it! Monster trucks, Shadowmen, Ninjak, old Bloodshot. He nails it all."
THE ANALOG MAN will also mark the first full-length story arc in nearly a decade from acclaimed artistLewis LaRosa - a penciller renowned for his incredibly lifelike characters, intricate detail and dynamic storytelling. Noted for his acclaimed runs on The Punisher, Immortal Iron Fist, Amazing Spider-Man and more, LaRosa is one of Valiant's most prolific cover artists, having previously contributed to hit series including BLOODSHOT, NINJAK, UNITY, X-O MANOWAR and many others. THE ANALOG MAN will mark his first complete storyline for Valiant Entertainment.
"Over the coming year, BLOODSHOT REBORN is going to be building towards a critical moment that has widespread implications for all of Valiant's biggest heroes. That road begins in THE ANALOG MAN - a widescreen action epic that is every bit as searing and intensely electrifying as a full-blown summer blockbuster," said Valiant Editor-in-Chief, Warren Simons. "Jeff Lemire and Lewis LaRosa are firing on all cylinders and outdoing themselves with each new issue that comes in. Simply put, this is one of the most formidable creative teams anywhere in comics."
This January, jump forward into the gasoline-soaked future of the Valiant Universe when Jeff Lemire and Lewis LaRosa kick THE ANALOG MAN into gear with an all-new jumping-on point for Project Rising Spirit's state-of-the-art soldier! Featuring covers from a murderer's row of the biggest talents in comics - including Larosa, Ryan Sook (Wednesday Comics), Dave Johnson (Superman: Red Son),Jeffrey Veregge (Red Wolf), Tula Lotay (Supreme: Blue Rose), David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-Man) and Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth) - the pivotal next chapter of Bloodshot's devastating path to redemption starts here, only in BLOODSHOT REBORN #10!
To find out more about THE ANALOG MAN, join an all-star panel of Valiant creators and staff at New York Comic-Con 2015 on Saturday, October 10th at 5:15 pm ET for the 25 YEARS OF VALIANT: BOOK OF DEATH AND BEYOND panel presentation, featuring even more news and announcements live from NYCC 2015!
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BLOODSHOT REBORN #10 (NEW ARC! "THE ANALOG MAN" - PART 1)Written by JEFF LEMIREArt by LEWIS LAROSACover A by LEWIS LAROSACover B by RYAN SOOKCover C by DAVE JOHNSONCover D by JEFFREY VEREGGE Variant Cover by TULA LOTAYVariant Cover by DAVID LAFUENTEB&W Sketch Variant by LEWIS LAROSAValiant Linewide Variant by JEFF LEMIRE$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | ON SALE IN JANUARY!