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Review: Harbinger Wars II: Prelude #1

HW2_PRELUDE_001_COVER-A_ALLENThe Harbinger Renegades have been scattered across America… battered by the brutal MASSACRE that decimated their ranks.

Now, Livewire – leader of the Harbinger Foundation’s most unusual group of SECRET WEAPONS – is about to incite the coast-to-coast clash that brings them all together in an inescapable collision of power.

Pushed to the brink by the government she once served, Toyo Harada’s former star pupil is about to make an irreversible decision… and deactivate America’s power supply in a last-ditch bid to save the extraordinary individuals called “psiots” from extinction. As a nation goes dark, the paths of our world’s most powerful heroes will soon converge…and the stage will be set for the most cataclysmic confrontation in the history of the Valiant Universe!

Although there are comics to read before this that will foster your enjoyment of what Valiant are promising will be a crazy event, the first Harbinger Wars isn’t one of them. Think of the name more like the name of the war rather than the name of the story; a person doesn’t need to be intimately familiar with the first to follow the second (think about the NHL videogames – you don’t need to play NHL 17 to enjoy NHL 18). That being said, there are comics to read that will help with your understanding;

  • Harbinger Renegade #5
  • Secret Weapons #1-4

Although there are a few more comics that will enhance your enjoyment, those five are the driving force behind this issue, and as such are the ones you’ll  want to read.

Harbinger Wars II: Prelude #1 was produced by the same creative team behind the Secret Weapons  miniseries, so expectations for writer Eric Heisserer and artists Raul Allen and Patricia Martin are high based upon their prior work. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they combine once again to produce a fantastic comic that can be considered a sequel of sorts or a bridge from that series into the event itself.

With this comic leading into Harbinger Wars II proper, it sets the stage perfectly, reminding you of the tensions in the Valiant Universe that you wouldn’t be aware of if you’re reading the publisher’s other series (Ninja-K, Bloodshot Salvation, X-O Manowar, Shadowman and Quantum & Woody don’t touch as much on psiot activity). Heisserer masterfully builds the tension and anticipation leading into the first issue proper, giving us glimpses of Livewire’s power and the skill with which the Secret Weapons are able to use their formerly useless powers.

As a prelude comic, I honestly can’t fault this in any way, and that surprises me. The writing and art are very on point. If this isn’t enough to get you excited for Harbinger Wars, I don’t know what is.

Story: Eric Heisserer Art: Raul Allen and Patricia Martin
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.3 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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