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Review: The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada #4

The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada #4

Wait, did THAT really just happen in the last cliffhanger? Oh, man… Can Toyo’s team recover in The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada #4 or will they never be the same again? Trust us, you don’t want to miss the acclaimed limited series about the world’s most powerful man.

The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada has become more than a typical miniseries. It is the capstone of Joshua Dysart‘s phenomenal run with the character that spans Harbinger and Imperium. It’s more than just the story about the end of a character’s life. It’s also a story about how sometimes the best of intentions don’t justify the means to achieve them – and yet sometimes the end does justify the means, but that not everybody will be happy with the results and chaos can still ensue.

The fallout to the last issue begins The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada #4 in earnest, with the character’s each coming to their own realization and dealing with the emotional fallout from The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada #3 (you can probably guess what it is, but because I am staunchly anti-spoiler I am refraining from just outright saying what it is). The scope of the series is vast, but the focus this issue on a handful of characters brings you back to a more human – such that they are – look at the messianic Toyo Harada through their eyes. It’s a reminder that for all his vast power, he’s also had an incredible impact on those around him.

This is also reinforced with the subplot set during the sixties with an amnesiac Harada becoming an all together different sort of messiah as his philosophy of emptiness resonates with the drug fueled hippy commune that forms around him. It’s another aspect to the character, that he can’t help but inspire people, that’s brilliantly explored in this issue.

Toyo Harada is the kind of character that doesn’t come around often, and when they do, they’re always divisively popular as they begin to make one question whether they are truly villainous or merely driven by their goals. Harada was often framed as the villain in Harbinger, though one can argue that was simply because of the side of the story we were following, rather than the character being evil (again, there’s the divisive aspect of the man – there are more times than not that I find myself agreeing with his goals, but not always his methods). As Alan Moore wrote in Watchmen “I understand. Without condoning or condemning, I understand.”

I wrote this in the review of the second issue, and felt it needed repeating. This is a book that lives in the moral grey areas, and I love it.

Artistically, The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada #4 is freaking awesome. Cafu and Diego Yapur is joined by colourists Andrew Dalhouse and Diego Rodriguez. The artists craft yet another visual masterpiece that perfectly compliments the depth of Dysart’s writing. This book is one of the very finest things on the racks this week. Either the art or the writing alone would be enough to earn my recommendation. Together, they’re like peanut butter and chocolate. Two great things that are made even better together (if you like that combination).

I don’t know what you’re reading this month. If it isn’t The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada then you’re missing out on a comic that all comics fans should be reading. Because this is a series that highlights what comics are capable of; telling a great story whilst also exploring some very interesting themes about saviors, hope and the government military machines.

Story: Joshua Dysart Art: Cafu and Diego Yapur
Colours: Andrew Dalhouse
and Diego Rodriguez Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided a FREE copy for review, but this is a book I’ll be buying when it hits the racks.

Preview: The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #4 (of 6)

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #4 (of 6)

Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by CAFU, DIEGO YAPUR
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN
Cover B by KEN LASHLEY
Cover C by NEN CHANG
Pre-Order Edition Cover by CAFU
On sale June 12th, 2019
$4.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | Full Color 

Wait, did THAT really just happen in the last cliffhanger? Oh, man… Can Toyo’s team recover or will they never be the same again? Trust us, you don’t want to miss the acclaimed limited series about the world’s most powerful man.

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #4 (of 6)

Early Preview: Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #8

BLOODSHOT: RISING SPIRIT #8

Story by ELIOT RAHAL and KEVIN GREVIOUX
Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by JOHN K. SNYDER III
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by FELIPE MASSAFERA
Cover B by AJ JOTHIKUMAR
Cover C by MICHAEL WALSH
Pre-Order Edition by KEN LASHLEY
Final Order Cutoff June 3rd, 2019
On sale June 26th
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | Full color

Will we finally learn the truth behind Bloodshot’s origin? This issue will change everything you know about the nanite-filled supersoldier. The action-packed ending of BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT!

BLOODSHOT: RISING SPIRIT #8

Review: Bloodshot Rising Spirit #7

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #7

In Bloodshot Rising Spirit #7, A rogue Project Rising Spirit agent is trying to finally show Bloodshot his true origin. Will he succeed? And Project Rising Spirit is under attack! Who will be left standing when the dust settles?

After five somewhat forgettable issues, this series is starting to find its feet. Issue #6 was a step in the right direction, and Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #7 continues that direction. It almost is enough to make me wish we had more than an issue left in this series. That’s quite the turnaround given I was genuinely tempted to not read the series after the third issue. That would have meant not even touching the review copies). But with the turn around in the series, possibly aided by the addition of Eliot Rahal, I found myself actually looking forward to this issue with cautious optimism.

This issue delivers what I have been hoping for from this series since the first issue. Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #7 actually has me looking forward to the next issue in this series. The comic has me finally anticipating the upcoming Bloodshot series coming later this year when Rising Spirit concludes.

There is one glaring problem with the comic. There’s an oddly distorted Bloodshot in the air from a slightly odd perspective. And that, honestly, is the only nit for me to pick here, which is a far cry from the first five issue in the series.

At the end of the day, this isn’t enough to redeem the series. Rahal will end the series on a high note if he keeps going like this.

Story: Kevin Grevious, Eliot Rahal
Art: Rags Morales and John K. Snyder III
Colourist: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #7

BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #7

Story by ELIOT RAHAL and KEVIN GREVIOUX
Script by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by RAGS MORALES, ALESSANDRO MICELLI, CHRISCROSS WITH JORDI TARRAGONA, DIEGO YAPUR, GREY WILLIAMSON 
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by RENATO GUEDES
Cover B by AJ JOTHIKUMAR
Cover C by VERONICA FISH
On sale May 29th, 2019
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | Full Color 

A rogue Project Rising Spirit agent is trying to finally show Bloodshot his true origin. Will he succeed? And Project Rising Spirit is under attack! Who will be left standing when the dust settles?

Toyo Harada Heads Back to 1969 in The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #4

Toyo Harada is dead! I mean, you had to expect it with a title like THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA, right? Which makes issue #4 all the more intriguing! Check out this early preview and make sure to order the series! The final order cut-off is today.

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #4 (of 6)

Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by CAFU, DIEGO YAPUR
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN
Cover B by KEN LASHLEY
Cover C by NEN CHANG
Pre-Order Edition Cover by CAFU
$4.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On sale JUNE 12th

Wait, did THAT really just happen in the last issue? Oh, man… Can Toyo’s team recover or will they ever be the same again? Trust us, you don’t want to miss what happens next!

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #4 (of 6)

Review: The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada #3

The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada #3

Wait, did we kill Toyo Harada in the middle of his own series? It is called THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA, after all… A young Toyo spends some quality time with one of the most brilliant men in history: Albert Einstein. Yes, really. And things get veeeeery violent with Toyo’s savage alien friend, LV-99…

I won’t lie, reading the above preview text before the comic kind of gives away more than it should, and left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth as I read the above before the comic itself. I am, after all, a man who abhors spoilers (even ones from the publisher). So when I say that despite the above text acting like a pair of weights around a sprinter’s ankles as they start the race, I still thoroughly enjoyed this issue.

The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada is a journey, and not a comic that needs to have every revelation hit you without you seeing it come. That being said, I did strike through the worst of the offending text above.

The opening to the second issue was breathtaking in what it achieved with the raging power of a storm depicted on the page, and so it was with some surprise that the third issue is equally as breathtaking, but in an entirely different manner. Joshua Dysart has Harada meet a man I never would have expected, and the encounter in interspersed throughout the comic, culminating in a scene that will leave you thinking about the consequences of the seemingly innocuous actions you’ve taken – and just how things can be twisted.

Toyo Harada is the kind of character that doesn’t come around often, and when they do, they’re always divisively popular as they begin to make one question whether they are truly villainous or merely driven by their goals. Harada was often framed as the villain in Harbinger, though one can argue that was simply because of the side of the story we were following, rather than the character being evil (again, there’s the divisive aspect of the man – there are more times than not that I find myself agreeing with his goals, but not always his methods). As Alan Moore wrote in Watchmen “I understand. Without condoning or condemning, I understand.”

I wrote this in the review of the second issue, and felt it needed repeating. This is a book that lives in the moral grey areas, and I love it.

Artistically, this book is just as wonderful as the previous issues. Cafu is joined this issue by Adam Polina, and the two artists create a visual epic that dances between the deepest of human emotions and the serenity of unaided flight. This is a book that has the artists running free, and there’s a true sense of that freedom on every page that you’ll read. This is truly wonderful stuff.

Once again, there’s honestly very little about this issue that I can fault – the only gripe you may have would be resolved by reading more about Harada (though Dysart does an admirable job conveying all you need to know about him in this series alone).This is currently the front runner for my miniseries of the year, because The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada is a series that highlights what comics are capable of.

Story: Joshua Dysart Art: Cafu abd Adam Polina
Colours: Andrew Dalhouse and Kat Hudson Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.4 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided a FREE copy for review, but this is a book I’ll be buying when it hits the racks.

Preview: The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #3

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #3 (of 6)

Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by CAFU, ADAM POLLINA
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE, KAT HUDSON
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN
Cover B by PAULINA GANUCHEAU
Cover C by AJ JOTHIKUMAR
Pre-Order Edition Cover by CAFU
On sale May 15th, 2019
$4.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | Full Color 

Wait, did we kill Toyo Harada in the middle of his own series? It is called THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA, after all… A young Toyo spends some quality time with one of the most brilliant men in history: Albert Einstein. Yes, really. And things get veeeeery violent with Toyo’s savage alien friend, LV-99…

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #3 (of 6)

Bloodshot Unleashed in Bloodshot Rising Spirit #7

The penultimate chapter of Bloodshot Rising Spirit is off to a gripping start! Who will be left standing when the dust settles in the action-packed Bloodshot Rising Spirit #7? Enjoy a preview of the exciting issue below!

Story by ELIOT RAHAL and KEVIN GREVIOUX
Script by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by RAGS MORALES
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by RENATO GUEDES
Cover B by AJ JOTHIKUMAR
Cover C by VERONICA FISH
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale MAY 29th

A rogue Project Rising Spirit agent is trying to finally show Bloodshot his true origin. Will they succeed?

The mastermind behind Bloodshot’s memory implants revealed!

Project Rising Spirit is under attack! Who will be left standing when the dust settles?

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #7

Preview: FCBD 2019 Bloodshot Special

FCBD 2019 BLOODSHOT SPECIAL

Written by TIM SEELEY, DAN ABNETT
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO, JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ, ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVID SHARPE, JEFF POWELL
Cover by DAN BRERETON
Available May 4, 2019
$0.00 | 32 pgs. | T+ | Full Color

Prepare yourself as the most ambitious moment in Valiant’s history launches forward with two original stories, exclusive to Free Comic Book Day 2019!

Before Sony’s live-action BLOODSHOT blockbuster film takes movie theaters around the globe by storm in 2020, discover a breathtaking new tale of Valiant’s brutal one-man army!

Then, the 41st century dawns anew with a pulse-pounding prologue to FALLEN WORLD, a shocking new event series starring Rai—the formidable protector of a future Earth— that launches just days before Free Comic Book Day… and a working copy can be found towards the bottom of this email!

FCBD 2019 BLOODSHOT SPECIAL
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