But to an elite unnamed investigations group assigned to hunt down the world's most dangerous killers, headed by Steve Dark, a new category of killer is being defined....
* Includes the disturbing story of "the 'Rents," three murderous suburbanites!
* Swierczynski's treatment of the titular psychopathic vigilante takes a surprising turn.
"Dark Horse's uber-violent '90s hero is back with a vengeance."—Nerdist
Bloodshot is finally free of the memories that have haunted him since his awakening – but now even greater mysteries remain. Who was he before he was transformed into a walking weapon of mass destruction? And does he have a real family out there somewhere? Unfortunately, the only man with the answers is the former mastermind of Project Rising Spirit, the quasi-governmental science division that created him – and he’s just struck a devil’s bargain with Bloodshot. “Destroy your creators and I’ll reveal everything.” Well, almost everything…
Collecting BLOODSHOT #5-9 by acclaimed writer Duane Swierczynski (Birds of Prey) and artists Manuel Garcia (Black Widow), Arturo Lozzi (Immortal Weapons), and Matthew Clark (Avenging Spider-Man), Bloodshot’s brutal, bullet-riddled tour of duty through the Valiant Universe continues right here in the second shock-inducing volume of the series that Complex calls “hard and heavy with each issue.”
A: A NIGHTMARE.
It is well-known among law enforcement personnel that murderers can be categorized as belonging to one of twenty-five levels of evil—from the naive opportunists at Level 1 to the premeditated torture murderers of Level 25. What almost no one knows—except for the elite investigative group headed by Steve Dark—is that a new category of killer has emerged. Now a new Level 26 killer called Labyrinth is causing a worldwide media sensation by committing crimes so depraved, they’re creating a global panic. Only Dark can stop the killer—if he can solve Labyrinth’s most complex and terrifying riddle.
THE REVELATIONS ARE HERE. ARE YOU READY TO PLAY?
Collecting BLOODSHOT #10-13 by acclaimed writer Duane Swierczysnki (Birds of Prey) and legendary artist Barry Kitson (Amazing Spider-Man), jump headlong into the uncompromising action of Valiant’s first crossover event right here with an all-new standalone story arc that will redefine the weapon – no, the soldier – no, the hero known only as Bloodshot.
Philadelphia, 1965: Two street cops--one black, one white--are gunned down in a corner bar. One of the fallen officers, Stan Walczak, leaves behind a 12-year-old boy, Jimmy.
Philadelphia, 1995: Homicide detective Jim Walczak learns that his father's alleged killer, Terrill Lee Stanton, has been sprung from prison. Jim stalks the ex-con, hoping to finally learn the truth.
Philadelphia, 2015: Jim's daughter Audrey, a forensic science student, re-opens her grandfather's murder for a research paper. But as Audrey digs deeper, she comes to realize that Stanton probably didn't pull the trigger--and her father may have made a horrible mistake...
Charlie Hardie, an ex-cop still reeling from the revenge killing of his former partner's entire family, fears one thing above all else: that he'll suffer the same fate.
Languishing in self-imposed exile, Hardie has become a glorified house sitter. His latest gig comes replete with an illegally squatting B-movie actress who rants about hit men who specialize in making deaths look like accidents. Unfortunately, it's the real deal. Hardie finds himself squared off against a small army of the most lethal men in the world: The Accident People.
It's nothing personal-the girl just happens to be the next name on their list. For Hardie, though, it's intensely personal. He's not about to let more innocent people die. Not on his watch.
Charlie Hardie finds himself in a steel box, tubes and wires attached to his body, trapped inside a satellite parked in orbit 500 miles above the Earth. He's got a year's supply of food, air, water, and no communication back to Earth, and must complete his 12 months' duty or his wife and son will have an "accident."
But when someone all-too-familiar docks on the satellite, informs Hardie he's sitting in a veritable zero-G vault containing the world's most dangerous secrets, and forces a crash-landing in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Hardie must decide whether he's come face-to-face with the partner he needs to save his family--or with his nemesis. After years of exile, Hardie's arming up....and heading home.
• William Raymond Nesbit, first on the list to be captured
• James Earl Ray, assassin of Martin Luther King Jr.
• Ted Bundy, ruthless serial killer
• Ruth Eisemann-Schier, kidnapper and first woman to make the Top Ten
• Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, 1993 World Trade Center bomber
This encyclopedia includes criminals’ photographs, crime details, and “interesting fugitive facts” as well as a brief history of the list and what it has accomplished in more than fifty years.
Collecting HARBINGER WARS #1-4 by acclaimed writers Joshua Dysart (Harbinger) & Duane Swierczynski (Bloodshot) and artist Clayton Henry (Archer & Armstrong), start reading here for a high-stakes tale that will put Valiant's greatest heroes to the ultimate test!
One thing's for sure: This cast of characters wakes up in a much different world by novel's end—if they wake up at all, in Duane Swierczynski's The Wheelman.