Art is often at its best when tackling social issues. We’ve seen that be true throughout history, but most recently with Jordan Peele’s new film Get Out, a racially charged horror-comedy that opened to critical and audience acclaim last week. Valiant Comics’ newest issue of Bloodshot is taking on similar issues, putting white supremacy (and parenthood) at the forefront of their latest release, Bloodshot Salvation, which comes out on September 28 of this year.
The current series, Bloodshot Reborn, written by Jeff Lemiere will end on March 22nd with issue #0. Lemiere will continue on as the writer for Salvation and Mico Suayan and Lewis LaRosa are currently set to illustrate the book. Where Reborn tackled the effects of rampant gun violence in modern culture, Salvation hopes to unpack how something as purely evil as white supremacy could still be alive and well in 2017.
“Violence has always been a big part of [Bloodshot’s] DNA,” Lemire told The Post’s Comic Riffs. “Originally, he was created as this ultra-violent, ’90s anti-hero. Then when I took over the character a couple of years ago, I kind of took a look at that and twisted it inside out. ‘Bloodshot Reborn’ became more of a commentary on violence and specifically mass shootings and gun control in the U.S.”
Canadian-born writer Lemiere hopes to illustrate his ideas by framing the story around the character’s love interest, Magic, who was raised by white supremacists who are now going after her in an attempt to bring her home. Even though it seems crazy to think that white supremacy would be a relevant issue in the 21st century, Lemiere says it is;
“at times seems surreal to put into a comic in 2017 and know that it could be linked to rising real-life sentiments in the United States.”
“It did always feel like that Captain America punching Nazis [moment] was a part of our past. I don’t think I would have ever anticipated the things that have happened over the last couple of years,” Lemire said. “It’s certainly kind of still shocking and in the moment. I never really thought I’d be commenting on this stuff the way I am or feeling compelled to, that’s for sure.”
Although the company has been releasing politically charged material for some time now, Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons wants to assure readers that Valiant is not trying to take a political stance, but rather trying to explore current events in a creative way.
“We’ve always tried to build a big tent that allows for all different kinds of stories,” Simons said. “We have lots of people in the office who are on both sides of the political parties. We definitely try to build an environment where all thoughts are welcome.”
This is an interesting thing to say considering the particular subject matter. It’s hard to believe that there isn’t some kind of political leaning in Valiant’s circle of writers and artists, but readers are curious how the Bloodshot comics are going to approach the current political climate, especially one that’s so firmly divided. Whatever the case may be, Bloodshot Salvation is sure to be another engaging and well-crafted installment in a series that’s never settled for easy answers.
Source: Washington Post