Known Allies: Kara Murphy; Pulse (deceased); Kay McHenry (deceased); MI-6; Neville Alcott; Unity
Enemies: Morris Kozol; Project Rising Spirit; Simon Oreck; Toyo Harada
Skills/Abilities: Billions of nanites in his bloodstream give Bloodshot enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and accelerated healing, and allow for the short-term alteration of his physical appearance. The machines can also interface with and control electronics, and download new skills and knowledge directly into his brain. Bloodshot’s nanites require a constant supply of protein to sustain these abilities.
Project Rising Spirit’s program to create the ultimate soldier stretches back decades. Though the initial products of the program were crudely enhanced and highly expendable foot soldiers, suited only to the simplest combat scenarios, these early subjects were able to complete high-intensity missions. Over the decades, these results ensured that the “Bloodshot” program was consistently earmarked for further development and continued to break new ground. Throughout the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s, P.R.S. created and refined the nanotechnology that would power Bloodshot, and developed a new artificial intelligence system that allowed his deployment in a wider array of counterintelligence and espionage missions. But while Bloodshot was self-aware to a degree, the human-machine hybrid still caused unacceptably high levels of collateral damage—civilians, women, children…whatever it took to get the job done. It was only the addition of actual implanted memories—recorded by the nanites from the brains of dying soldiers—that gave the Bloodshot subjects the illusion of purpose, humanizing his missions and giving his efficiency a new laser-focus.
In 2007, a P.R.S. scientist named Dr. Emmanuel Kuretich discovered his employers’ intention to redirect the Bloodshot program into a new area—the targeting and capture of the extremely rare, psionically powered children called psiots. Alarmed by this, Kuretich fled P.R.S. for Toyo Harada’s Harbinger Foundation, where he secretly forged a plan to undo P.R.S. once and for all. Kuretich captured Bloodshot several years later, forcibly extracting the records of his missions with the intent of exposing Project Rising Spirit to the world. This also unlocked all of Bloodshot’s false memories at once. Was he ever really a soldier named Ray Garrison? Or was it all an elaborate fiction?
Haunted by the memories of all he did in the service of Project Rising Spirit, Bloodshot—now calling himself Ray Garrison—lives in self-imposed exile. Harrowed by the violence of his past and holding a tenuous grip on his sanity, the man who was once Bloodshot struggles with the consequences of his past life. But a rash of shootings across Colorado by gunmen who look just like Bloodshot—gunmen only Ray can stop—has dragged him back into the violence that nearly destroyed him.
Want to learn more? Check out old and new issues of “Bloodshot” on Comixology or for Chinese fans, check out the first two issues of “Bloodshot” in Chinese at Tencent Comics. Stay tuned to DMG Entertainment for the latest information on Bloodshot’s upcoming movie.