Bloodshot is a character in the Valiant Universe, a violent but heroic super-soldier with nanites in his blood that give him special powers. These powers include superhuman physicality, the ability to regenerate from any wound if he consumes enough matter, the ability to alter his body shape, and the ability to communicate with machines. His body was engineered by the secret government organization Project Rising Spirit to turn him into a living weapon. The process that gave him his powers also made him lose his memories, so Rising Spirit implanted false memories to manipulate and motivate him. Bloodshot would eventually break free of their control and begin living his own life, attempting to atone for his sins and figure out who he truly is.
Bloodshot looks very similar to Rai, a character of Valiant's future timeline who, in Valiant Comics' universe, was designed to look like the legendary Bloodshot by Grandmother, "hoping to invoke the spirit of his heroic exploits in the people."
Bloodshot was created by writers Kevin VanHook, artist Don Perlin, and editor/writer Bob Layton in 1992 at Valiant Comics, originally appearing in the pages of Eternal Warrior #4-5 and Rai (Volume 2) #0. The character was an instant hit and would quickly get his own series Bloodshot (Volume 1) in 1993, initially written by VanHook with illustrations by Perlin. The series would last 52 issues until it concluded in 1996. Valiant was bought by Acclaim Entertainment, who rebooted the Valiant Universe in 1997. This reboot introduced a new version of Bloodshot in the series Bloodshot (Volume 2), written by Len Kaminski with art by Sal Velluto. The series concluded after 16 issues in 1998. Acclaim would eventually go out of business in 2004, and the rights to Bloodshot would be purchased by Valiant Entertainment. The Valiant Universe was rebooted again in 2012 with a new line of comics by Valiant Entertainment. This reboot included a new version of Bloodshot appearing in Bloodshot (Volume 3), written by Duane Swierczynski with art by Arturo Lozzi and Manuel Garcia. Following the Harbinger Wars crossover in 2013, Bloodshot was rebranded with a new title but continued numbering as Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps. This lasted until 2014 when the series went on temporary hiatus for the Armor Hunters event. The crossover included a miniseries titled Armor Hunters: Bloodshot written by Joe Harris. Bloodshot would then return to his own title, which reverted to its original name Bloodshot, until it ended after 27 issues. Jeff Lemire would begin writing a new ongoing series titled Bloodshot Reborn in 2015. This series lasted 18 issues until it concluded in 2016. Lemire would then follow this work with a 2016 miniseries titled Bloodshot U.S.A., and then another 12 issue series in 2017 called Bloodshot Salvation. This series was followed in 2018 by a prequel series titled Bloodshot Rising Spirit Vol 1, written by Kevin Grevioux, Lonnie Nadler, and Zac Thompson, with art by Ken Lashley. The series concluded after 8 issues in 2019, and was followed by a series set in the present simply titled Bloodshot Vol 4, written by Tim Seeley and illustrated by Brett Booth.
Characters in Comic Books
Valiant Comics Era (1991-1996)
Acclaim Comics Era (1996-2002)
Valiant Entertainment Era (2012-present)
- Bloodshot (Valiant Entertainment)
- Bloodshot Squad (Valiant Entertainment)
- Bloodshot Rising Spirit (Valiant Entertainment)
- Bloodshot 4001 (Valiant Entertainment)
- Bloodshot (Valiant High)
Character in Other Media
- Bloodshot (Bloodshot movie) (2020)
Live Action Series
- Bloodshot (Acclaim Entertainment)
- Bloodshot (Volume 1) #0-51 · (February, 1993 - August, 1996)
- Bloodshot (Volume 3) #1-13, 0, 24-25 · (July, 2012 - November, 2014)
- Bloodshot Reborn (Volume 1) #1-18, 0 · (April, 2015 - October, 2016)
- Book of Death: The Fall of Bloodshot #1 · (July, 2015)
- Bloodshot Reborn Annual 2016 #1 · (March, 2016)
- 4001 A.D.: Bloodshot #1 · (June, 2016)
- Bloodshot U.S.A. (Volume 1) #1-4 · (October, 2016 - January, 2017)
- Divinity III: Komandar Bloodshot #1 · (December, 2016)
- Bloodshot's Day Off #1 · (July, 2017)
- Bloodshot Salvation (Volume 1) #1-12 · (September, 2017 - August, 2018)
- Bloodshot Rising Spirit (Volume 1) #1-8 · (November, 2018 - June, 2019)
- Bloodshot (Volume 4) #1-12, 0 · (September, 2019 - March, 2021)
- Bloodshot Unleashed (Volume 1) · (September, 2022 - present)
- Bloodshot (Volume 1)
- Bloodshot (Volume 3)
- Trade Paperbacks
- Trade Paperback Definitive Edition
- Bloodshot Reborn (Volume 1)
- Bloodshot Salvation (Volume 1)
- Bloodshot (Volume 4)
In April 2015 Sony Pictures and Valiant Entertainment's parent company DMG Entertainment announced a five-picture deal to bring Bloodshot, Harbinger, and Harbinger Wars to the big screen. While the Harbinger films moved to Paramount, the Bloodshot movie is still at Sony, starring Vin Diesel as the title character. The film was released globally on March 12, 2020.
Based on the bestselling comic book, Vin Diesel stars as Ray Garrison, a soldier recently killed in action and brought back to life as the superhero Bloodshot by the RST corporation. With an army of nanotechnology in his veins, he’s an unstoppable force –stronger than ever and able to heal instantly. But in controlling his body, the company has sway over his mind and memories, too. Now, Ray doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not – but he’s on a mission to find out.
A sequel to the film was confirmed to be in the works on November 9, 2020. 
- Bloodshot: The Official Movie Novelization (novel adaption of the 2020 film)
A Bloodshot video game for the PC and Playstation was in the works in 1997 by Iguana Entertainment, but was cancelled due to delays. The team involved moved on to work on Shadow Man, and Bloodshot would appear in that game as an unlockable character.
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This section is for footnotes and citations.
- Secrets of the Valiant Universe #3 (February, 1995)
- Sony Pictures and Valiant Announce Five-Picture Deal to Bring BLOODSHOT, HARBINGER, and HARBINGER WARS to Big Screen (April 21, 2015 by The Valiant Voice)
- Harbinger Movie Moves To Paramount, Divides Valiant Comics Movie Universe (Sep 11, 2019 by Screenrant)
- Bloodshot Movie: Synopsis
- Bloodshot Sequel in the Works With Vin Diesel Returning (November 9, 2020 by CBR)
- Bloodshot (by Cyplexia)
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