Deathmate Revealed in ‘Bloodshot Reborn’ #14, And She’s Not An Event
Recently, Valiant Entertainment put out a teaser image proclaiming "DEATHMATE IS COMING," leaving everyone to speculate what Deathmate means and what it might have to do with the 1993 Valiant/Image crossover of the same name. It looks now like the new Deathmate has nothing to do with that crossover, because she's not an event, she's a character. I suppose it's possible she's the daughter of Doctor Solar and Void, who loved up on each other in that story, but given who currently owns what, that seems highly unlikely.
In fact, Deathmate seems far less human than even those far-out characters. She appears to be a some sort of incredibly cybernetic (or just robotic) killing machine. She'll make her debut as an antagonist in the upcoming Bloodshot Reborn story "Bloodshot Island," which begins in issue #14, written by Jeff Lemire with art by Mico Suayan. The book goes on sale in June.
Check out covers and interior art below.
Here's the official word from Valiant:
In advance of C2E2 2016 in Chicago, IL, Valiant is proud to announce "BLOODSHOT ISLAND" – an all-new, four-part trial by fire beginning this June in BLOODSHOT REBORN #14! Jump on board one of the most acclaimed series in comics here as New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Old Man Logan, Descender) and blockbuster artist Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN) reunite for a relentless run through the jungle that will bring Project Rising Spirit's nanite-infused soldier head-to-head with fellow Bloodshots from decades past and the secretive killing machine driven to eliminate them each one by one – a calculating engine of destruction simply known as DEATHMATE!
Stranded on a mysterious desert island with no recollection of how he got there, Bloodshot is running for his life! But as he tries to make sense of his surroundings, he’s quickly discovering that this is no ordinary tropical paradise… Surrounded by decommissioned relics of the same bloodstained project that created him – World War II Bloodshot, Cold War Bloodshot, Vietnam Bloodshot, and other antiquated experiments – Bloodshot is about to find out where Project Rising Spirit sends it old soldiers to die…and then rejuvenate and die again! Can this seasoned band of killers trust each other long enough to survive the threats that lie in the jungle around them…and unlock the secret at the heart of the island’s existence before they’re each permanently retired? And just what is the sinister force called DEATHMATE that now hunts them at every turn…and what is its untold connection to the life Ray Garrison left behind?
"DEATHMATE isn't an event or a crossover – she's much, much more. This is an all-new character, created by Jeff Lemire for BLOODSHOT ISLAND and brought to life with a brilliant design by Jeff, Mico Suayan, and David Baron," said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. "The secret of her creation and purpose is a central mystery to BLOODSHOT ISLAND – and, in the very first issue alone, she cements herself as Valiant's newest A-level threat. Moreso than anything that's come before, BLOODSHOT ISLAND is Jeff and Mico firing on all cylinders for what is sure to be BLOODSHOT REBORN's biggest, most action-packed storyline to date. But it's not just bullets and Bloodshots… By the time the smoke clears, the mythology behind one of Valiant's most popular and enduring heroes – and his importance to the broader Valiant Universe – will be forever changed by the revelations that lurk within the jungle of BLOODSHOT ISLAND."