Review: Harbinger Wars #1
For decades, Toyo Harada’s Harbinger Foundation and the government’s own Project Rising Spirit have been waging a secret war over the rarest resource known to man – the unruly superhuman telekinetics known as Harbingers. Over the years, they’ve each collected a small army of these empowered children to inflict their agendas on the world. But now, the reformed Harbinger hunter known as Bloodshot needs to atone for his crimes – and he’s going to start by releasing two dozen of the most volatile Harbingers from their PRS prison and into the world.
This is it, the beginning of a chaotic event. No winners, just survivors. Harbinger Wars is Valiant’s first major crossover event since it’s return and trust me, it will be a bloody, battle royale. Three factions are front and center, tied to an outcome guaranteed not to be all sunshine and rainbows. Bloodshot sworn himself to protect the psiot children, Toyo Harada and his Eggbreakers wants to keep them in control, and Peter and The Renegades wants to give them freedom. The conflict alone has great consequences that can not only determine the fate of psiots, but the fate of the world.
Joshua Dysart and Duane Swiercynzski handle the story and writing as they’re tasked to weave in the both Harbinger and Bloodshot. It is well done, with both of the stories’ past events are revisited leading up to the confrontation. The characterization is strong and personal, even when some characters have little time within the panels. There is a lot to be taken in being the first issue, but it is pivotal as it does lay down the groundwork for the war to begin.
Art team Clayton Henry, Clayton Crain, Mico Suayan, colorist Brian Reber and letterer Dave Lanphear are fantastic. I loved the change of styles and tones in the book, being strong and perfectly executed. It’s evident that the artists separate the duties amongst each other when the past, present, and the psiot realm are display in rich visuals that will capture the attention of the reader. Where it would prove to be a distraction when not handled properly, the communication within the art prevents it from falling apart.
Harbinger Wars is a great start for this major event. I’m looking forward to reading more and seeing how it will unfold. With the story and art being well done, we’re in for a great ride.