Jeff Lemire and Lewis LaRosa's Bloodshot Reborn: The Analog Man #1 will get a 48-page "Director's Cut" release in February, Valiant announced on Friday.
The issue will drop on February 24, less than a month after the January 27 release of Bloodshot Reborn #10, the issue it's reprinting, which begins a new arc by the creative team. The Director's Cut will be titled Bloodshot Reborn: The Analog Man Director's Cut.
Stripped down to pencils and letters alone, the release will be fans' first chance to get an up-close look at LaRosa's hyper-detailed pencil artwork from Bloodshot Reborn #10, alongside Lemire's complete and expurgated script for the first time anywhere.
Having seen some of LaRosa's penciled pages during a publicity event, this writer can tell you that it will be worth the money to pick up a copy. You can check out a sampling below.
Many years from now, Los Angeles has become a post-apocalyptic wasteland and the once unstoppable killing machine known as Bloodshot has become The Analog Man. Hopelessly outdated, Bloodshot's taken on a new role as the protector of a small town, eking out a subsistence existence with the great love of his life – Magic – and protecting a group of stragglers who've weathered the storm. But when a gang of marauders arrives, the settlement's survival is threatened, and Bloodshot is forced to bring justice to the distorted and disjointed badlands of the Valiant Universe!
"The Analog Man is a benchmark event for Valiant – one that's not only loaded with action, emotion, and impact, but that will also have dire consequences for Bloodshot," said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. "Jeff and Lewis' first issue alone is nothing short of staggering, and, even in raw black and white, it stands tall as a monumental piece of comics storytelling. That's why, for the first time ever, we're giving fans the opportunity to experience The Analog Man in pencils alone in this deluxe Director's Cut edition. Come 2016, Bloodshot Reborn is going to be one of the most beautiful books on the stands, plain and simple."
You can check out the solicitation text and preview pages below.
BLOODSHOT REBORN #10 (NEW ARC! "THE ANALOG MAN" – PART 1)
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by LEWIS LAROSA
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (NOV151688)
Cover B by RYAN SOOK (NOV151689)
Cover C by DAVE JOHNSON (NOV151690)
Cover D by JEFFREY VEREGGE (NOV151691)
Variant Cover by TULA LOTAY (NOV151692)
Variant Cover by DAVID LAFUENTE (NOV151693)
B&W Sketch Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (NOV151694)
Valiant Linewide Variant by JEFF LEMIRE (NOV151695)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JANUARY 27 (FOC – 1/4/15)
BLOODSHOT REBORN: THE ANALOG MAN – DIRECTOR'S CUT #1
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art & Cover by LEWIS LAROSA
$4.99 | 48 pgs. | T+ | On sale FEBRUARY 24 (FOC – 2/1/16)