Title: 4001 A.D.: Bloodshot #1
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Doug Braithwaite
Colorist: Brian Reber
Letterer: Dave Lanphear
Cover Artist: Ryan Lee and Allen Passalaqua; CAFU, Ryan Lee
Bloodshot makes his way into the 4001 Valiant timeline, sans Ray Garrison. Serving very much as a follow up to what we previously saw in Bloodshot: Book of Death, a tired Ray had finally passed away after centuries of adventure and heartache. However, the nanites themselves survived and are reactivated as sectors of New Japan plummet back to Earth during Rai and Father’s battle in the main book. Many times offshoot series from a big event can be useless to the main story and go on for more issues than they should. There is no denying 4001 AD: Bloodshot is an unnecessary off-shoot of the main event, but it wisely keeps itself as a focused one-shot. The nanites have one last mission to perform for Ray before they can move on and by the end of the issue they do. Its singular focus keeps it exciting and sets up potential for this very different Bloodshot to have further adventures in the future. This is the way to tag a separate issue onto an event, something which other publishers should take note from. You don’t need to read this to find out anything additional from 4001 AD, but separately, Bloodshot fans will seriously enjoy seeing what has become of the hero.