As revealed this weekend at C2E2 2015, Valiant is proud to reveal plans for BLOODSHOT REBORN #5 – a special, standalone spotlight issue unlike else you’ll read all summer! This August, journey into the tormented psyche of the man once known as Bloodshot as New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (THE VALIANT, Descender) and special guest artist Raul Allen (Hawkeye) conclude BLOODSHOT REBORN’s chart-topping first story arc by revealing the hallucinatory world of the cartoon sidekick called Bloodsquirt… But just what is this pint-sized killing machine and how long can it continue to destroy Bloodshot from the inside out?
“Everyone at Valiant went to great lengths to keep Bloodsquirt’s existence – and the brilliant way Jeff Lemire has hidden him within Mico Suayan’s artwork – a secret before BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 hit stands,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “We promoted it for months with Jeff’s artwork secretly expurgated from the preview pages. The response to the title since fans discovered what we were hiding – and why – has been phenomenal. With issue #5, they’ll finally get to discover where Bloodsquirt comes from and why he believes himself to be Bloodshot’s kid partner and crime-fighting pal.”
The memories of the thousands of people he killed as Bloodshot aren’t the only things that haunt Ray Garrison. For months now, the specter of the Geomancer and a nightmarish cartoon known as Bloodsquirt have tormented him at every turn. First, on his television…and now in the real world…where Bloodsquirt acts out twisted fantasies that darkly mirror Bloodshot’s own violent past. Are these apparitions real or a just figment of Bloodshot’s broken psyche? And just who are the other members of Bloodsquirt’s “Squirt Squad”…and what could they possibly be planning next?
“So far we have seen Bloodsquirt appearing in Bloodshot/Ray’s world… Now Ray will be pulled into the Squirtverse. A full on, hallucinogenic trip through an insane, violent cartoon version of The Valiant U,” writer Jeff Lemire told Comic Book Resources. “Squirt-versions of other Valiant Universe characters will appear as well… I never want to draw Bloodsquirt again, because Raul does it so much better.”
This August, follow all-star creators Jeff Lemire and Raul Allen down the rabbit hole as Bloodsquirt takes charge for an essential new chapter of Valiant’s smash-hit ongoing series in BLOODSHOT REBORN #5 – featuring covers by Raul Allen (RAI), Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN), Dave Johnson (100 Bullets), and Kano (THE DELINQUENTS)!
Plus: see Bloodsquirt come to alive with BLOODSHOT REBORN #5 QR VOICE VARIANT! Use any QR code smart phone application to activate Bloodsquirt’s fully animated talking action – featuring 10 unique lines of dialogue, recorded by Valiant letterer Dave Lanphear, that alternate after every use! Featuring artwork by newcomer Jay Fabares, look for this one-of-a-kind animated cover on shelves with BLOODSHOT REBORN #5 this August!