Seraph’s Sanctions: 4001 A.D.: Bloodshot # 1

Seraph's Sanctions logoWriter: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Doug Braithwaite
Colors: Brian Reber
Letterer: Dave Lanphear 
Publisher: VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT (June 2016)



The Breakdown:

The na4001-BLOOD_001_003nites that composed of our present day Bloodshot are alive and well in the future. They have a final mission that they are need to do to be “free.” Yet, they need a new body, since Ray died. The nanites are determined as the section that they were caught in fell to Earth and Bloodshot is reborn … Again.


The Good:

I want to point out immediately how much that this story is actually a link to last year’s Book of Death: the Fall of Bloodshot one shot. This seems to pick up at the end of that story and builds on it while being its own animal and I want to completely and utterly applaud Lemire and Braithwaite for doing so.  And by the way … that one shot and this one are done by the same team. Continuity! I love it. Clearly, Lemire wanted to build on more of what he did during the course of what he did in Book of Death: The Fall of Bloodshot while introducing the new 4001 A.D. Bloodshot. Lemire’s characterization and plot are on point. And while you don’t need read last year’s one shot, it does make the issue that much more impactful. The nanites have gain a higher level of sentience and want to continue, but need to finish something. Lemire creating a story in this fabulous futuristic world. The nanites are finding their own way, their own idenity while kind of completely an important ‘final mission.’ Lemire really does tackle the themes of rebirth, moving on and moving forward. It’s amazing how well Lemire builds our new Bloodshot in this single issue.

Braithwaite and Reber’s art is absolutely stunning. The framing of the issue is superb as we get to see how the nanites come together with a new body and vigor. Braithwaite constructs a great rich, detailed panels, allowing readers to really taken in this world of 4001 A.D. as well as the new look and feel of Bloodshot. The panels get near cinematic at certain points, allowing readers to really get dragged into the tale and display itself.  Reber’s colors allow themselves a new intensity that just bring out the best of Braithwaite. The power of the art is superb.

The Bad:

Hhahahahahahahahahahahahha … where is the ongoing 4001 A.D. Bloodshot series?

Moment of the Book:

Honestly … I teared up when Bloodshot completed their “final mission.”

The Verdict:

This one shot does so much with so little. The pacing is wonderful. The story was excellent. The art is beautiful. There is a lot of characterization while dealing with the themes of putting your past behind you and moving forward. It’s very powerful. Lemire, Braithwaite and Reber adds not only to 4001 A.D., but to the character of Bloodshot. It is a very rich ending and new beginning all in one comic. It’s a triumph that will only make readers want more. And I’m looking forward to more of Bloodshot of 4001.