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Review: Harbinger Renegade #3

hr_003_cover-c_paloszReunited, but once again torn from the lives they’d carefully rebuilt, the Harbinger Renegades have found themselves attacked on all sides by a vicious new enemy – a radicalized army of psiot zealots determined to bring the system down by any means necessary. Can this band of former friends become the fighters they once were, or will they succumb to the temptation of a new power that’s more vicious than anything they’ve ever faced before? With Torque and Faith in mortal jeopardy, Peter Stanchek and Kris Hathaway must put the past behind them…and embrace their chosen destiny in what lies ahead.

Of all the comics Valiant released this week, this was the one that surprised me the most.

Rafer Roberts has the unenviable task of following the man who has been guiding the Harbinger story for 50 odd issues, Joshua Dysart, and although Roberts has been subject to some criticism simply because he’s a new writer taking on the property, I’ve been enjoying what he’s been doing with Harbinger Renegade thus far. And honestly? I think this is probably the best of the three issues so far.

Apologies for the minor spoilers to follow. If you don’t want to read past this point, then all you need to know that issue is worth buying.

Alright, so this issue we finally get to see Peter Stanchek arrive back on earth with a fresh new beard and hair style (that of the Unkempt Spaceman) that almost invokes a saviour like image when we first see him actually on earth, except… you can almost see the weight of the world on his shoulders in that first panel. It’s a brilliantly subtle piece of visual story telling from Darick Robertson, but it adds a lot to the rest of the comic as events unfold.

Harbinger Renegade is a departure in tone and style from the other book Roberts was writing for Valiant, the dearly departed A&A, but it’s every bit as good as you want it to be, and then some.

Story: Rafer Roberts Art: Darick Robertson Inks: Richard Clark
Colourists: Diego Rodriguez and Brian Reber
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Harbinger Renegade #3

HARBINGER RENEGADE #3*

Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by DARICK ROBERTSON with JUAN JOSE RYP
Cover A by DARICK ROBERTSON (NOV161937)
Cover B by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE (NOV161938)
Cover C by MONIKA PALOSZ (NOV161939)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (NOV161940)
Variant Cover by DAVE JOHNSON (NOV161941)
Variant Cover by JIM MAHFOOD (NOV161942)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JANUARY 18 (FOC – 12/26/16)

Mind games!

Reunited, but once again torn from the lives they’d carefully rebuilt, the Harbinger Renegades have found themselves attacked on all sides by a vicious new enemy – a radicalized army of psiot zealots determined to bring the system down by any means necessary. Can this band of former friends become the fighters they once were, or will they succumb to the temptation of a new power that’s more vicious than anything they’ve ever faced before? With Torque and Faith in mortal jeopardy, Peter Stanchek and Kris Hathaway must put the past behind them…and embrace their chosen destiny in what lies ahead.

Join Harvey Award-nominated writer Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and superstar artist Darick Robertson (The Boys, Transmetropolitan) as they push the most dangerous superhero team in comics past the point of no return…and bring them roaring towards revolution!

*INCLUDES MAIL-AWAY COUPON #3 (of 4) FOR HARBINGER WARS 2 #0

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Preview: Harbinger Renegade #2

HARBINGER RENEGADE #2

Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by DARICK ROBERTSON with JUAN JOSE RYP
Cover A by DARICK ROBERTSON (OCT161966)
Cover B by ADAM POLLINA (OCT161967)
Cover C by MONIKA PALOSZ (OCT161968)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (OCT161970)
Variant Cover by KANO (OCT161971)
Variant Cover by JIM MAHFOOD (OCT161972)
Valiant Cat Cosplay Cover Also Available (OCT161969)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale DECEMBER 21 (FOC – 11/28/16)

They’re in your towns. In your schools. And inside your head…

Kris Hathaway, Peter Stanchek, Faith Herbert, and John Torkelson thought they could go underground. They thought they could get their old lives back. They were wrong. As four psionically powered “psiots” that can defy the laws of physics with a thought alone, this extraordinarily dangerous team of renegades won’t be able to escape the fight that society has brought to their door. As a violent, new superpower movement spreads across the suburbs, America’s only hope will be the teenagers it wished it could forget.

Chaos is coming home as Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and superstar artist Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan, The Boys) continue the most subversive, most fearless new superhero series of the fall!

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Harbinger Renegade #2 – Rafer Roberts & Darick Robertson March Toward Harbinger Wars 2

The road to war is paved with grim intentions!

Valiant has released a preview of Harbinger Renegade #2 – the next action-packed chapter of the stunning, smash-hit ongoing series from multiple Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts and superstar artist Darick Robertson! On December 21st, the road to Valiant’s cataclysmic 2018 event, Harbinger Wars 2, draws nearer as the Renegades’ manipulative new adversary, Alexander Solomon, begins a gambit that will redefine the fate of the entire Valiant Universe! Scattered throughout the nation, can Peter Stanchek, Kris Hathaway, Faith, and Torque reunite in time to confront Solomon’s actions head on? And as they battle an enemy who can predict the future, can they be sure that they’re not playing right into his hands?

Plus: Incendiary artist Juan Jose Ryp joins Rafer Roberts and Darick Robertson for the next startling chapter of Solomon’s never-before-revealed origin as the rise of Valiant’s next great villain stands revealed!

Kris Hathaway, Peter Stanchek, Faith Herbert, and John Torkelson thought they could go underground. They thought they could get their old lives back. They were wrong. As four psionically powered “psiots” that can defy the laws of physics with a thought alone, this extraordinarily dangerous team of renegades won’t be able to escape the fight that society has brought to their door. As a violent, new superpower movement spreads across the suburbs, America’s only hope will be the teenagers it wished it could forget.

Featuring covers by Darick Robertson, Adam Polina, rising star Monika Palosz, Clayton Henry, Kano, and Jim Mahfood!

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Preview: Bloodshot U.S.A. #2 (of 4)

BLOODSHOT U.S.A. #2 (of 4)

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (SEP162055)
Cover B by STEPHEN SEGOVIA (SEP162056)
Cover C by DAVE JOHNSON (SEP162057)
Variant Cover by DARICK ROBERTSON (SEP162058)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN (SEP162059)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale NOVEMBER 23rd (FOC 10/31/16)

There are more than eight million people in New York City. And every single one of them just became Bloodshot.

With the flip of a switch, Project Rising Spirit has just infected every man, woman, and child in New York City with a designer “nanite virus,” instantly transforming them into hard-coded killing machines. Now, block by block, the citizens of America’s greatest metropolis are falling prey to their own destructive urges…and Bloodshot is the only soldier tough enough to go head-to-head with the entire Big Apple gone bad! With the humanity of an entire city on the line, Bloodshot is waging a one-man assault on Manhattan to root out the source of this machine-made infection before it hits the heartland… but will bullets and brute force be enough to stop the spread of a pandemic deadlier than anything in human history?

The city that never sleeps is about to get a wake-up call! Lock and load with New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Old Man Logan, Moon Knight) and blockbuster artist Doug Braithwaite (NINJAK, ARMOR HUNTERS) as the most hostile comics event of the year heads into the heart of the concrete jungle!

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Valiant Debuts an Animated Trailer for Harbinger Renegade, On Sale November 16th!

Valiant has released a fully animated video trailer for Harbinger Renegade #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES by multiple Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts and superstar artist Darick Robertson with special guests Raul Allen and Juan Jose Ryp in stores on November 16th!

Already sold out of its 46,000-copy print run at the distributor level, the most important Valiant series of the year arrives tomorrow with an explosive 40-page first issue packed with all-new content and an all-new jumping-on point for Valiant’s most subversive team of superpowered teenage upstarts! After kicking off with an all-new introduction to the world of Harbinger with artwork by Raul Allen, meet the Valiant Universe’s next major adversary with the first appearance of Alexander Solomon – the titular “renegade” that will forever change the fate and ultimate future of Peter Stanchek, Faith “Zephyr” Herbert, and the rest of Valiant’s high-powered superteam – in a never-before-seen prologue with artwork by Juan Jose Ryp!

Anyone you know could become a psionically powered “harbinger” with the potential to reshape the course of human history. Your neighbor. Your boss. Your best friend. Your kids.

Six months ago, a secret team of renegade whistleblowers leaked the existence of these extraordinarily dangerous individuals to a stunned world. Today, all across the country, crude, DIY psiot activation attempts have left hundreds brain damaged…or worse. The emergence of a new psiot in a community often leads to riots and mass violence. Gun sales are through the roof.

America is terrified of what could happen next.

With this revolutionary upheaval now in motion, Kris Hathaway, John “Torque” Torkelson, Faith “Zephyr” Herbert, and Peter Stanchek are about to discover their calling. Together, the Harbinger Renegades are moving from town to town, building their ranks, and subverting authority one mind at a time…and setting out to prove once and for all that behind their power, there has always been a purpose.

Preview: Harbinger Renegade #1

HARBINGER RENEGADE #1

Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by DARICK ROBERTSON with JUAN JOSE RYP, and RAUL ALLEN
Cover A by DARICK ROBERTSON (SEP162040)
Cover B by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (SEP162041)
Cover C by DAVE JOHNSON (SEP162042)
Cover D by KANO (SEP162043)
Valiant x CGC Variant Cover by PERE PEREZ (SEP162044)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (SEP162046)
Variant Cover by BOB LAYTON (SEP162047)
Variant Cover by JIM MAHFOOD (SEP162048)
Blank Cover Also Available (SEP162045)
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On Sale NOVEMBER 16 (FOC – 10/24/16)

Anyone you know could become a psionically powered “harbinger” with the potential to reshape the course of human history. Your neighbor. Your boss. Your best friend. Your kids.

Six months ago, a secret team of renegade whistleblowers leaked the existence of these extraordinarily dangerous individuals to a stunned world. Today, all across the country, crude, DIY psiot activation attempts have left hundreds brain damaged…or worse. The emergence of a new psiot in a community often leads to riots and mass violence. Gun sales are through the roof.

America is terrified of what could happen next.

With this revolutionary upheaval now in motion, Kris Hathaway, John “Torque” Torkelson, Faith “Zephyr” Herbert, and Peter Stanchek are about to discover their calling. Together, the Harbinger Renegades are moving from town to town, building their ranks, and subverting authority one mind at a time…and setting out to prove once and for all that behind their power, there has always been a purpose.

This November, the most fearless superteam in comics is going underground for AN ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES from Harvey Award nominated writer Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and superstar artist Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan,The Boys)!

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Harbinger Renegade #1 Sells Out of Its 46,000 Print Run

Valiant has announced that Harbinger Renegade #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES by multiple Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts and superstar artist Darick Robertson – has sold out of its complete 46,000 copy print run at the distributor level in advance of its November 16th street date. The comic is getting a second printing that will be available immediately.

To make sure adequate supplies are available in stores nationwide, participating retailers will receive bonus copies of the Harbinger Renegade #1 Second Printing in 50% proportion to their orders of the Harbinger Renegade #1 first printing A cover by Darick Robertson. Further copies of the Harbinger Renegade #1 Second Printing have also been made available for order through Diamond code: SEP168553.

Packed with 40 explosive pages of all-new content, the comic kicks off with an all-new introduction to the world of Harbinger with artwork by Raul Allen! Then, meet the Valiant Universe’s next major adversary with the first appearance of Alexander Solomon – the titular “renegade” that will forever change the fate and ultimate future of Peter Stanchek, Faith “Zephyr” Herbert, and the rest of Valiant’s upstart superteam – in a never-before-seen prologue with artwork by Juan Jose Ryp!

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Advanced Review: Harbinger Renegade #1

hr_001_cover-a_robertsonAnyone you know could become a psionically powered “harbinger” with the potential to reshape the course of human history. Your neighbor. Your boss. Your best friend. Your kids.

Six months ago, a secret team of renegade whistleblowers leaked the existence of these extraordinarily dangerous individuals to a stunned world. Today, all across the country, crude, DIY psiot activation attempts have left hundreds brain damaged…or worse. The emergence of a new psiot in a community often leads to riots and mass violence. Gun sales are through the roof.

America is terrified of what could happen next.

With this revolutionary upheaval now in motion, Kris Hathaway, John “Torque” Torkelson, Faith “Zephyr” Herbert, and Peter Stanchek are about to discover their calling. Together, the HARBINGER RENEGADES are moving from town to town, building their ranks, and subverting authority one mind at a time…and setting out to prove once and for all that behind their power, there has always been a purpose.

Alright, so let’s get something out the way right away. I have only read one issue of Harbinger, so I have only the slightest familiarity with the characters involved in the comic – aside from Faith, that is. One of the questions I’ll be asking with this review, is whether new readers can enjoy Valiant‘s newest series, or if you need to read the thirty plus issues of Harbinger and Imperium before picking this comic up, which is a feat I intend to undertake after reading this issue. Which brings up another question: if you read this before the other related series, are you spoiling those for yourself?

Obviously, if you do read Harbinger Renegade #1 before either Harbinger or Imperium then there will be some spoilers; but if you’ve been reading Faith then you’ll already have a pretty good idea about what’s happened (or rather what will be revealed to you) in the other series, but aside from a very general overview, this issue alone doesn’t delve too much into the past other than a two page what has gone before type recap.

So, in answer to my earlier question, despite the rich history of these characters, this comic is absolutely accessible to new readers. Especially those who have found their way here from Faith, which I’m sure Valiant are hoping will happen.

But is the comic actually worth reading?

The short answer is absolutely. The way that Rafer Roberts has written the introductory pages is fantastic; everything a person unfamiliar with the Harbinger story so far will need to understand what follows will be a story about people taking responsibility for their actions. Roberts sets the story very well, showing a different side to his writing than he does with A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong‘s far more comedic slant, with Harbinger Renegade already feeling much different in tone than that series. Make no mistake, this is going to be a darker series than A&A, and as far as my understanding of the Harbinger story goes, that’s going to be a very good thing for fans.

Another good thing for fans is the artwork in the issue.

There’s three different teams contributing to the first issue, and they read like a who’s who of Valiant’s artistic talent. Raul Allen and Patricia Martin handle the art and lettering on the introduction pages, Juan Jose Ryp and Frankie D’Armata provide the art and colour art respectively for the prologue, with the main story featuring Darick Robertson on pencils, Richard Clark on inks and colourist Diego RodriguezDave Lanphear is the letter for the prologue and the main story, tying those two teams together.

The three art teams do a fantastic job overall, but it’s in the final pages that we find a brilliant sequence where the there’s no need for too much expository dialogue, and Rafer Roberts allows his artists to depict a superb sequence.

Harbinger Renegade #1 does two things; it gets you thoroughly invested in the series (which is exactly what you want), but it also tells a complete story. If this was a one-shot, I’d be happy with the comic, but as the first issue on the journey to Harbinger Wars 2, I’m as happy as a pig in shit with this comic.

Story: Rafer Roberts
Artists: Raul Allen & Patricia Martin, Juan Jose Ryp, Darick Robertson (P) and Richard Clark (I)
Colourists Frankie D’Armata, Diego Rodriguez
Story: 8.75 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

 

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Rafer Roberts, Darick Robertson & Juan Jose Ryp Blow Minds in Harbinger Renegade #2

This December, the Renegades reunite…and a new enemy rises!

Valiant has released a first look inside Harbinger Renegade #2 – the next can’t-miss chapter of the essential Valiant ongoing series debut of 2016! On December 21st, join multiple Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts, and superstar artist Darick Robertson as they push Valiant’s high-powered team of psiot upstarts off of the sidelines and into the firefight of their lives! Alexander Solomon – the renegade pupil of Toyo Harada – can predict the future, and his plans for the future could transform the world – or end it altogether. Now, as the Harbinger Renegades reassemble their lives and learn to be a team, Solomon will force them toward a new purpose in his campaign for a disturbing new tomorrow

Kris Hathaway, Peter Stanchek, Faith Herbert, and John Torkelson thought they could go underground. They thought they could get their old lives back. They were wrong. As four psionically powered “psiots” that can defy the laws of physics with a thought alone, this extraordinarily dangerous team of teenagers won’t be able to escape the fight that society has brought to their door. As Alexander Solomon’s violent, new superpower movement spreads across the suburbs, America’s only hope will be the teenagers it wished it could forget.

Plus: Incendiary artist Juan Jose Ryp joins Rafer Roberts and Darick Robertson for the next startling chapter of Alexander Solomon’s never-before-revealed origin as the rise of Valiant’s next great villain stands revealed!

Featuring covers by Darick Robertson, Adam Polina, rising star artist Monika Palosz, Clayton Henry, Kano, and Jim Mahfood!

HARBINGER RENEGADE #2 
Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by DARICK ROBERTSON with JUAN JOSE RYP
Cover A by DARICK ROBERTSON (OCT161966)
Cover B by ADAM POLLINA (OCT161967)
Cover C by MONIKA PALOSZ (OCT161968)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (OCT161970)
Variant Cover by KANO (OCT161971)
Variant Cover by JIM MAHFOOD (OCT161972)
Valiant Cat Cosplay Variant Also Available (OCT161969)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale DECEMBER 21 (FOC – 11/28/16)

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