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    Exclusive: Four New “Bloodshot: Salvation” Icon Variant Covers

    By | July 11th, 2017
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    Back in March, Valiant announced “Bloodshot: Salvation,” the next iteration of Jeff Lemire’s “Bloodshot” saga. It is part of the Valiant Icon series, a refocusing of some of their core characters – like X-O Manowar, the other character whose title is under that banner currently – and to celebrate these essential Valiant pieces.

    Today, Valiant is announcing that they are taking it one step further with the idea of icons. Each issue of “Bloodshot: Salvation” will feature a variant cover by a comics legend – and icon, if you will – starting with a previously issued cover by Dave Johnson.

    Cover by Dave Johnson

    But we are thrilled to be exclusively revealing the next four covers, by icons Glenn Fabry, Neal Adams, Cully Hamner, and Giuseppe Camuncoli. Check them out, as well as Valiant’s full press release, below.

    Cover by Glenn Fabry
    Cover by Neal Adams
    Cover by Cully Hamner
    Cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli

    Valiant Unveils BLOODSHOT ICON Variant Covers by Johnson, Fabry, Adams, Camuncoli, and More – Beginning in September with BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1!
    Comics’ Most Renowned Talents Spotlight the Fall’s Relentless New Ongoing Series

    As revealed at Multiversity Comics, Valiant is proud to unveil its first wave of BLOODSHOT ICON variant covers, a stunning series of high-end variant covers adorning the most punishing new series of the fall! Beginning with BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of A BLOCKBUSTER NEW ONGOING SERIES by New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (THE VALIANT, Moon Knight) and explosive artists Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN) and Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN) — and continuing monthly on each issue thereafter, Valiant’s BLOODSHOT ICON variant cover series showcases a rotating cast of comics’ most celebrated talents as they take on the violent world of Valiant’s nanite-enhanced soldier.

    Now, for the first time, Valiant can reveal every BLOODSHOT ICON variant spanning BLOODSHOT SALVATION’s introductory story, “THE BOOK OF REVENGE”:

    Bloodshot Icon Variant by DAVE JOHNSON
    (100 Bullets, Superman: Red Son)

    Bloodshot Icon Variant by GLENN FABRY
    (Preacher, Hellblazer)

    Bloodshot Icon Variant by NEAL ADAMS
    (Batman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow)

    Bloodshot Icon Variant by CULLY HAMNER
    (Red, The Shade)

    Bloodshot Icon Variant by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
    (Amazing Spider-Man, Superior Spider-Man)

    “With the launch of X-O MANOWAR (2017) earlier this year, we challenged ourselves to completely redefine Valiant’s approach to covers and variants – from trade dress and logo designs to cover concepts on up,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “That resulted in several innovations that have quickly taken hold amongst fans and collectors, and now we’re refining the process even further for the launch of BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Valiant’s most important series of the fall and a truly heart-wrenching introduction to Jeff Lemire’s Eisner-nominated run on the character. From Neal Adams to Dave Johnson, BLOODSHOT ICONS might just be our of heaviest hitting artistic roster to date – and we have some even more stellar surprises yet to be revealed…”

    Attention retailers: For instructions on how to qualify for each of BLOODSHOT SALVATION’s BLOODSHOT ICON variant covers, please refer to the Diamond Retailer Site or contact a Valiant sales representative directly at sales@valiantentertainment.com.

    A bloody and vengeful new beginning for Jeff Lemire’s Eisner Award-nominated Bloodshot saga begins this September as Ray Garrison escapes his violent past to build the one thing he never thought he’d earn: a family. But when a hateful secret from his true love’s past threatens their fragile peace, Bloodshot will be forced to run headlong into a barrage of blood, bullets, and broken bones for a revenge-fueled assault that will have crushing consequences for those he holds most dear…

    Now: In the arms of his beloved girlfriend Magic, Bloodshot has finally found hope for the future…in the form of the couple’s unborn child. But when Magic’s estranged family – a cruel and sadistic clan of homegrown criminals – re-emerge to lay claim to their lost daughter, Bloodshot will be pushed back to the brink of madness, mayhem, and warfare…

    Continued below

    Soon: Eight years from today, Bloodshot’s daughter has inherited her father’s incredible abilities. Hunted by a high-tech kill squad called Omen, Jessie must hone her powers…and learn how to survive before the world is swallowed whole by the darkness that now pervades America…

    Out of the record-setting success of X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 – the year’s highest selling new series launch from any independent publisher – and the near-universal critical acclaim surrounding the recent release of SECRET WEAPONS #1 (of 4), the next great Valiant ICONS launch of 2017 starts here on September 20th in BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1, an epic new beginning and essential jumping-on point for Valiant’s unstoppable soldier! Across 2017, look for FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE #1 (of 4), WAR MOTHER #1 (of 4), ETERNITY #1 (of 4), NINJA-K #1 and QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 to join the ICONS line-up with major new series as the largest independent superhero universe in comics gears up for a major leap forward.

    On September 20th, Bloodshot charges back into the world of violence and cruelty that created him…and comes face-to-face with his greatest adversaries yet! Jeff Lemire, Mico Suayan, and Lewis LaRosa turn the Valiant Universe on its head for the next great act to one of comics’ most celebrated action epics, only in BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – featuring covers by Kenneth Rocafort (The Ultimates), Monika Palosz (DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE), Tomas Giorello (X-O MANOWAR), Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), Greg Smallwood (Moon Knight), and Dave Johnson (100 Bullets)!

    ALSO: Valiant is rewarding fans who pre-order BLOODSHOT SALVATION’s furious first year with the BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1–12 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE — available only as a pre-order set! The BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1–12 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – twelve, 40-page massively expanded editions of the complete first year of Jeff Lemire’s staggering new series – can only be ordered as a set and must be ordered with your local comic shop by the initial order date of July 27th, 2017!

    Released monthly, each PRE-ORDER EDITION comes packed with eight additional pages of specially expanded bonus content and extra features including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs and artwork, and more at no additional cost!

    PLUS: Fans that order this one-time bundle by July 27th, 2017 will also receive the BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 RAMPAGE REDUX – a FREE, LIMITED EDITION, and FULL-LENGTH COMIC BOOK – polybagged alongside the series’ first pre-order edition! Featuring the raw, black-and-white interior artwork of powerhouse artists Lewis LaRosa and Mico Suayan, plus brand-new bonus features – including “Top-Secret Mission Reports,” “The Biology of Bloodshot,” “Bloodshot’s Body Count,” and “The Complete History of Bloodshot” – this expanded encore presentation of BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 is available ONLY as a pre-order bonus and will never be offered for individual sale!

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    Written by JEFF LEMIRE
    Cover A (Standard) by KENNETH ROCAFORT (JUL172245)
    Cover B (Villains) by MONIKA PALOSZ (JUL172246)
    Cover C (Battle Damaged) by TOMÁS GIORELLO (JUL172247)
    Interlocking Variant by GREG SMALLWOOD (JUL172249)
    Bloodshot Icon Variant by DAVE JOHNSON (JUL172250)
    Brushed Metal Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN (JUL172251)
    $3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale SEPTEMBER 20 (FOC – 8/28/17)

    Written by JEFF LEMIRE
    Covers by RYAN BODENHEIM (JUL172248)
    $3.99 each [12 issues] | 40 pgs. each | T+ | Issue #1 on sale SEPTEMBER 20 (IOD – 7/27/17)

    Brian Salvatore

    Brian Salvatore is an editor, podcaster, reviewer, writer at large, and general task master at Multiversity. When not writing, he can be found playing music, hanging out with his kids, or playing music with his kids. He also has a dog named Lola, a rowboat, and once met Jimmy Carter. Feel free to email him about good beer, the New York Mets, or the best way to make Chicken Parmagiana (add a thin slice of prosciutto under the cheese).