The Harbinger War is over.
But how did the struggle between the Harbinger Foundation and Project Rising Spirit begin? That, is, in part, what we finally have revealed to us in the latest issue of Harbinger.
Here, it is really clear that Toyo Harada, not Peter Stanchek, or his Renegades, is the real star of the title. Sure, the kids get all the attention, but the old man is the one with the real dramatic juice. Dysart uses this arc as a chance to explore Harada’s history and help explain what motivates him. How did he became who he is? Perhaps even shed a bit of light on what his final goals really are? That’s not to say there isn’t plenty of Renegade action. Their part of the story goes into more detail about the events that unfolded in last week’s Harbinger Wars #4, and the battle with Bloodshot, the PRS psiots with him, the H.A.R.D. Corps, and even the US Air Force.
Artwise, this has been one of my favorite issues of the title since the first arc last summer. Khari Evans delivers his A-game here, along with an able assist from the always impressive Trevor Hairsine. (Who recently went exclusive with Valiant, and is the artist on the upcoming Eternal Warrior.) The two use visually contrasting styles. Evans polished look, and smooth lines look just right in the issue’s present day scenes, while Hairsine’s rougher, more textured pages look and feel just right for the flashback scenes. It would be remiss of me not mention the rest of Harbinger’s amazing art team, inker Stefano Gaudiano and colorist Ian Hannin deserve just as much praise.
If you are not the kind of comic collector that has to get every variant cover (and who is these days, money is too tight to mention) you’ll be hard pressed to choose between two incredible covers. Clayton Crain delivers an amazing regular cover. While Patrick Zircher’s variant cover (above) is just as spectacular.
Harbinger #14 is a perfect conclusion to the Harbinger Wars. It ends of the story arc it also makes you want to come back for more. Like all the amazing comics coming from Valiant these days, Next month, and the next issue is just too far away.
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