Review: ‘Harbinger Wars’ #1

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We’ve been very vocal about professing our love for Valiant’s reboot of Harbinger. Writer Joshua Dysart has turned this band of misfits with latent abilities into the best damn team book on store shelves. Now after months of building the storyline to a slow boil, Dysart is ready to make this book explode in this “Harbinger Wars” story arc. This massive crossover event will see “Harbinger” and “Bloodshot” cross paths in their monthly books, as well as duel it out in this new four issue mini-series.

WRITTEN BY: Joshua Dysart
ART BY: Clayon Henry, Mico Suayan and Clayton Crain
PUBLISHER: Valiant
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: April 3rd, 2013

Dysart does a great job of pulling both books together and making it seem natural. The idea that Toyo Harada found a way to turn Bloodshot against Project Rising Spirit in order to further his own agenda was a brilliant twist. This is a pivotal plot point that creates a bridge for this story to happen between these books, and sets up a massive showdown between Bloodshot and Harada. This is the perfect way to leave fans salivating for more after reading the first issue.

The art in this first issue was split up between a couple of Valiant’s best artistic talents in Clayton Henry, Mico Suayan and Clayton Crain. The bulk of the issue was drawn by Clayton Henry who has a style that works perfectly for “Harbinger”. On top of that, his depiction of Bloodshot is one of the best renderings of the character that has been done since the mid ’90s. Henry is a master at conveying emotion within his artwork and in this issue, his work truly shines bright. Switching artists, Clayton Crain comes in to deliver a gorgeous flashback sequence that is done in a slick painted style that looks simply amazing. Then, Mico Suayan turns out a dark, hyper-detailed dream sequence between the Bleeding Monk and Peter Stanchek that rivals the work of Marvel superstar Steve McNiven. Somehow the three artists come together to make the issue work and deliver one of the best looking books Valiant has released yet.

Valiant’s first major crossover event looks like it will live up to the hype as “Harbinger Wars” escalates to its violent, bloody pay off. Writer Joshua Dysart is turning out career defining work on “Harbinger”. “Harbinger Wars” #1 is the culmination of a year’s worth of carefully planned plot threads that finally pay off at all once.

4.5/5 Skulls

Reviewed By – Big J