Valiant Comics is aiming for an explosive Free Comic Book Day celebration this coming May, with Bloodshot leading the way.
Dan Abnett and Tim Seeley take up storytelling duties along with artists Tomás Giorello and Juan José Ryp for a story that seems to have new readers in mind. It is no mystery that Valiant is looking at other media as it expands its already impressive presence in the current comics market. Bloodshot has a movie slated for 2020, with Vin Diesel attached to the leading role, and rumors are already hovering over other licenses getting the celluloid treatment. This free comic seems like a strong starting point to get more people on the Valiant bandwagon and to keep them hungry for more.
Having said that, Valiant has been quite effective in crafting story arcs and events that appeal to fans of continuity and self-contained yarns alike. The publisher’s backlog, it can be argued, carries multiple entry points for each of its series, with an air of flexibility and experimentation about them that makes each arc feel inviting and not overwhelmingly intimidating (I’m looking at you X-Men).
The FCBD Bloodshot Special also includes a Fallen World prologue story, where we’re taken to a future in which Rai and Bloodshot reluctantly contemplate working together for the greater good. Great world-building is sure to ensue, even if it’s in the service of blowing it up in the process.
A preview of the FCBD 2019 Bloodshot Special follows below.
FCBD 2019 BLOODSHOT SPECIAL
Written by TIM SEELEY, DAN ABNETT
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO, JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ, ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVID SHARPE, JEFF POWELL
Cover by DAN BRERETON
Available May 4, 2019
$0.00 | 32 pgs. | T+ | Full Color
Prepare yourself as the most ambitious moment in Valiant’s history launches forward with two original stories, exclusive to Free Comic Book Day 2019!
Before Sony’s live-action BLOODSHOT blockbuster film takes movie theaters around the globe by storm in 2020, discover a breathtaking new tale of Valiant’s brutal one-man army!
Then, the 41st century dawns anew with a pulse-pounding prologue to FALLEN WORLD, a shocking new event series starring Rai—the formidable protector of a future Earth— that launches just days before Free Comic Book Day!
Ricardo Serrano is a Social Studies teacher with a Master’s Degree in Comic Books from the University of Dundee in Scotland. He’s also the co-creator of Se Habla Comics, a Puerto Rican podcast geared towards Spanish-speaking comic book readers.