This Friday, March 13th, Bloodshot is making its debut in theaters all across the U.S. Other popular comic book films have come out over the years from publishers other than DC and Marvel like the Hellboy movies (Dark Horse) and Kick-Ass (Image), but this $42 million film will be the opening to a whole new comic book universe, the Valiant cinematic universe. This film touts a cast of big name talent including Vin Diesel, Eliza Gonzalez, Sam Heughan, and Guy Pearce to name a few. Vin Diesel, known for such action movies as Fast Furious, XXX, and Guardians of the Galaxy, is playing the main character Bloodshot. So who exactly is Bloodshot?
Getting to know Bloodshot
Bloodshot like many comic book characters has multiple origin stories. His first appearance is a brief cameo in Eternal Warrior #4 and his first full appearance was in Rai #0 in the early nineties when Valiant first started. The creative team who first created the character were Bob Layton, Kevin VanHook, and Don Perlin. But the movie is pulling from the 2012 “Summer of Valiant” reboot written by Duane Swierczynski.
Bloodshot is the ultimate weapon created by Project Rising Spirit. A hybrid of man and machine former soldier Ray Garrison’s blood is infused with millions of nanites. These microscopic machines give Bloodshot superhuman abilities including enhanced strength, speed, and quickness. The nanites also expand his senses allowing him to see in the infrared and ultraviolet ranges and hear into the ultrasonic. They also allow him to interface and control computers and electronics. And last but not least these nanites give Bloodshot rapid and extreme healing abilities. The nanites can go as far as reconstructing damaged organs and rebuilding bone for rapid and complete recovery from almost any injury no matter how traumatic. Bloodshot’s skills as a soldier being greatly improved upon with his nanite powered healing and super abilities make him a force to be reckoned with, a cross between the Punisher and Wolverine.
So how does an organization like Project Rising Spirit control such a powerful soldier? They control him with mind wipes and implanted memories. Is his past real, his wife, his children? What does Project Rising Spirit need such an extreme soldier for? How many missions have they wiped from his memory or replaced with implanted memories of something more patriotic? I guess you’ll have to watch the movie and read the comics to find out.
A current deal on Bloodshot comics
Humble Bundle currently has the Bloodshot 2020 by Valiant offer online. You can pay whatever you choose to DRM-free PDFs of Bloodshot trades along with trades of other Valiant characters. The offer is good until the end of the week and part of the proceeds go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.