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Bloodshot Reading Order Guide

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Enhanced with nanotechnology in his blood, Bloodshot is the unstoppable super-soldier. After years of decades of service and having his memory erased, he is out to find out who he really is and get vengeance on those who transformed him into the killing machine he is.

Since the modern revival of Valiant Entertainment, Bloodshot has become one of the publisher’s biggest characters and has had many different series since 2012. Each one has explored the character in a different way as his status-quo shifts and as he finds meaning beyond what he was created to do.

If you’ve recently discovered Bloodshot from the feature film and want to read the comics then you’ve come to the right place. This reading order guide put the various Bloodshot comic book series in the recommended reading order, with plenty of notes along the way. Soon you’ll be able to experience all the comic book action of one of the most explosive characters in the Valiant Universe.

Do I Have To Read Everything?

Nope, with each new Bloodshot series, Valiant has tried to make every issue #1 a good jumping-on point for new readers. You can start with the original 2012 series or jump ahead to one of the later series and get a clean start.

Bloodshot (2012 series) #1 cover by Arturo Lozzi.
Bloodshot (2012 series) #1 cover by Arturo Lozzi.

First Modern Series

The modern Valiant Universe kicked off in 2012 and introduced readers to Bloodshot in this self-titled series.

Bloodshot (2012 series) #1 (Read this issue for free)

Bloodshot (2012 series) #2

Bloodshot (2012 series) #3

Bloodshot (2012 series) #4

Bloodshot (2012 series) #5

Bloodshot (2012 series) #6

Bloodshot (2012 series) #7

Bloodshot (2012 series) #8

Bloodshot (2012 series) #9

Bloodshot (2012 series) #10 (Harbinger Wars tie-in)

Bloodshot (2012 series) #11 (Harbinger Wars tie-in)

Bloodshot (2012 series) #12 (Harbinger Wars tie-in)

Bloodshot (2012 series) #13 (Harbinger Wars tie-in)

Note: Harbinger Wars is the first crossover event of the modern Valiant Universe, with Bloodshot #10-13 tieing into it with a standalone arc. Check out this reading order if you want to read all of Harbinger Wars.

Bloodshot (2012 series) #0

Note: Bloodshot #0 is a standalone flashback story that explains his origin.

Note: The series is renamed Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps from issue #14 onwards.

Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #14

Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #15

Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #16

Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #17

Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #18

Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #19

Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #0

Note: Bloodshot crosses over with Archer and Armstrong (2012 series) for a four-part story called Mission: Improbable.

Archer and Armstrong (2012 series) #18 (Mission: Improbable Part 1)

Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #20 (Mission: Improbable Part 2)

Archer and Armstrong (2012 series) #18 (Mission: Improbable Part 3)

Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #21 (Mission: Improbable Part 4)

Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #22

Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #23

Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #1 (of 3) (Armor Hunters tie-in)

Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #2 (of 3) (Armor Hunters tie-in)

Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #3 (of 3) (Armor Hunters tie-in)

Note: Armor Hunters: Bloodshot is a standalone miniseries that ties into the Armour Hunters event. You can find out more about this event here.

Bloodshot (2012 series) #24

Bloodshot (2012 series) #25

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Bloodshot Reborn #1 cover Juan Doe.
Bloodshot Reborn #1 cover Juan Doe.

Bloodshot Reborn

In the wake of 2014-15 event series The Valiant, Bloodshot was relaunched as Bloodshot Reborn. This series continues his story with a new mission and different outlook on life.

The Valiant #1 (of 4) (Read a preview of this issue)

The Valiant #2 (of 4)

The Valiant #3 (of 4)

The Valiant #4 (of 4)

Bloodshot Reborn #1 (Read this issue for free)

Bloodshot Reborn #2

Bloodshot Reborn #3

Bloodshot Reborn #4

Bloodshot Reborn #5

Book of Death: The Fall of Bloodshot #1 (Book of Death Tie-in)

Note: Book of Death: The Fall of Bloodshot #1 is a one-shot that ties into the Book of the Death event. This possible future tale tells the final fate of Bloodshot. As it is set in the future it can be read at any time.

Bloodshot Reborn #6

Bloodshot Reborn #7

Bloodshot Reborn #8

Bloodshot Reborn #9

Bloodshot Reborn #10

Bloodshot Reborn #11

Bloodshot Reborn #12

Bloodshot Reborn #13

Bloodshot Reborn #14

Bloodshot Reborn 2016 Annual #1

Bloodshot Reborn #15

Bloodshot Reborn #16

Bloodshot Reborn #17

Bloodshot Reborn #18

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4001 A.D.: Bloodshot #1 (4001 A.D Tie-in)

Note: 4001 A.D.: Bloodshot #1 is a one-shot tie-in to the far-flung future comic book event 4001 A.D. As it is set in the future it can be read at any time.

Bloodshot U.S.A #1

Bloodshot U.S.A #2

Bloodshot U.S.A #3

Bloodshot U.S.A #4

Bloodshot Reborn #0

Bloodshot’s Day Off #1

Bloodshot Salvation #1 cover by Kenneth Rocafort.
Bloodshot Salvation #1 cover by Kenneth Rocafort.

Bloodshot Salvation

Bloodshot Salvation is a 12-part series told in the present as well as years in the future. While Bloodshot has usually been a weapon for others, he finally has a reason to fight – his family.

Bloodshot Salvation #1

Bloodshot Salvation #2

Bloodshot Salvation #3

Bloodshot Salvation #4

Bloodshot Salvation #5

Bloodshot Salvation #6

Bloodshot Salvation #7

Bloodshot Salvation #8

Bloodshot Salvation #9

Bloodshot Salvation #10

Bloodshot Salvation #11

Bloodshot Salvation #12

Harbinger Wars 2: Prelude #1

Harbinger Wars 2 #1 (of 4)

Harbinger Wars 2 #2 (of 4)

Harbinger Wars 2 #3 (of 4)

Harbinger Wars 2 #4 (of 4)

Harbinger Wars 2: Aftermath

Note: Harbinger Wars 2 is the sequel to Harbinger Wars, which involves Bloodshot.

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Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #1 cover by Felipe Massafera.
Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #1 cover by Felipe Massafera.

Bloodshot Rising Spirit

This 8-part series explores the true origins of Bloodshot.

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #2

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #3

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #4

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #5

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #6

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #7

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #8

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Bloodshot (2019 series) #1 cover by Declan Shalvey.
Bloodshot (2019 series) #1 cover by Declan Shalvey.

2019 Series

This self-titled series, which kicked off in 2019, is the current Bloodshot comic book. As a result, this section will be updated as new issues come out.

Free Comic Book Day 2019 Bloodshot Special

Bloodshot (2019 series) #1

Bloodshot (2019 series) #2

Bloodshot (2019 series) #3

Bloodshot (2019 series) #4

Bloodshot (2019 series) #5

Bloodshot (2019 series) #6

Bloodshot (2019 series) #0

Note: Bloodshot (2019 series) #0 is another flashback story about Bloodshot’s past.

Bloodshot (2019 series) #7

Bloodshot (2019 series) #8

Bloodshot (2019 series) #9

Bloodshot (2019 series) #10

Bloodshot (2019 series) #11

Bloodshot (2019 series) #12

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Future Bloodshot Comics

The 2019 Bloodshot series ended with issue #12 back in 2021. However, Valiant has announced that a new Bloodshot series will be launching in September 2022 and will be called Bloodshot Unleashed. I will update the guide when there is more information.

Trade Paperback Order

Prefer to read your comics in the collected format? These are the trade paperbacks you’ll need to track down.

Bloodshot Volume 1: Setting The World On Fire
Collects:
Bloodshot (2012 series) #1-4

Note: I have discussed Bloodshot Volume 1: Setting The World On Fire as part of the A Valiant Read column.

Bloodshot Volume 2: The Rise and the Fall
Collects:
Bloodshot (2012 series) #5-9

Bloodshot Volume 3: Harbinger Wars
Collects:
Bloodshot (2012 series) #10-13

Harbinger Wars
Collects:
Harbinger Wars #1-4

Bloodshot Volume 4: H.A.R.D. Corps
Collects:
Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #14-17 and Bloodshot (2012 series) #0

Bloodshot Volume 5: Get Some!
Collects:
Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #18-19, #22-23 and H.A.R.D. Corps #0

Archer & Armstrong Volume 5: Mission: Improbable
Collects:
Archer & Armstrong: Archer #0, Archer & Armstrong #18-19, Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #20-21

Armor Hunters: Bloodshot
Collects:
Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #1-3 and Bloodshot #0

Bloodshot Volume 6: The Glitch and Other Tales
Collects:
Bloodshot (2012 series) #24-25 and Directors Cut of Bloodshot (2012 series) #1

The Valiant
Collects:
The Valiant #1-4

Bloodshot Reborn Volume 1: Colorado
Collects:
Bloodshot Reborn #1-5

Bloodshot Reborn Volume 2: The Hunt
Collects:
Bloodshot Reborn #6-9

Bloodshot Reborn Volume 3: Analog Man
Collects:
Bloodshot Reborn #10-13

Bloodshot Reborn Volume 4: Bloodshot Island
Collects:
Bloodshot Reborn #14-18 and Bloodshot Reborn Annual #1

Bloodshot U.S.A.
Collects:
Bloodshot U.S.A. #1-4 and Bloodshot Reborn #0

Bloodshot Salvation Volume 1: The Book of Revenge
Collects:
Bloodshot Salvation #1-5

Bloodshot Salvation Volume 2: The Book of The Dead
Collects:
Bloodshot Salvation #6-9

Bloodshot Salvation Volume 3: The Book of Revelations
Collects:
Bloodshot Salvation #10-12

Harbinger Wars 2
Collects:
Harbinger Wars 2: Prelude #1, Harbinger Wars 2 #1-4, and Harbinger Wars 2: Aftermath #1

Bloodshot Rising Spirit
Collects:
Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1-8

Bloodshot (2019 series) Book One
Collects:
Bloodshot (2019 series) #1-3 and material from Valiant: Bloodshot Free Comics Book Day 2019 Special

Bloodshot (2019 series) Book Two
Collects:
Bloodshot (2019 series) #4-6

Bloodshot (2019 series) Book Three
Collects:
Bloodshot (2019 series) #7-9 and Bloodshot (2019 series ) #0

Bloodshot (2019 series) Book Four
Collects:
Bloodshot (2019 series) #10-12

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Comments (2)

  • Great list! A couple notes though: 1) Bloodshot Salvation takes places before Harbinger Wars II and, 2) you could also make a note that the Book of Death and 4001 A.D. one-shots can be read after everything, seeing as they take place in the future. The only issue is that the final arc of ‘Salvation’ takes place after those one-shots, although it wouldn’t spoil it really.

    • Hey Chris, thanks for pointing those out. I’ve made the changes and added some clarifications.

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