Review: The Harbinger #8

Who is Peter Stancheck? Find out as he faces off against the Renegade one last time in the stunning and thoughtful series finale of The Harbinger .

The Harbinger #8

Faith, Ago, and CiCi battle for the heart of Psiot City against the army of newly activated Psiots while Peter stares down his greatest fears and doubts. Only one Peter can remain when the dust settles — but which one will it be? Find out in The Harbinger #8!

The series finale of The Harbinger isn’t the drag out smackfest that you’re probably expecting. Oh, there’s definitely some series scrapping going on, but the comic is much more focused on the internal struggle of Peter Stanchek to come to terms with who he was and who he can be. It’s a culmination of the series itself, resulting in an awakening of the character as he’s reinvented into a more traditional superhero (because, being honest, Stanchek was a bit of a dick). If Valiant are intending to present Stanchek as a more clear cut hero with a less questionable past, then they’ve essentially succeeded with The Harbinger; while Stanchek acknowledges his past, he’s not defined by it in the eyes of the other characters (not that he ever was) – but he is trying to do things in a way that is significantly different than before.

It’s a conclusion that does end up somewhat satisfying, though given the publisher’s penchant for not always exploring the results of their limited series over the last couple of years, I’m curious what will come from Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing‘s story.

Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi (artist and colourist respectively) and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou continue to deliver a comic that remains visually exciting, if a touch hectic and confusing at times. There’s a tense oppressiveness to the backgrounds during the comic’s climax, lightening as the night comes to an end and yet never quite losing the tension from the art. It’s an interesting end, and one I’m a fan of.

Kelly, Lanzing et al have been executing this comic on a consistent quality, and The Harbinger #8, the series finale, is no exception to that. The inevitable collected edition is going to be one hell of a story to read all in one go.

Story: Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing Art: Robbi Rodriguez
Colours: Rico Renzi Letters: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Story: 8.7 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

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