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ECCC 2017: Death Comes to Valiant for “Massacre” in Harbinger Renegade #5

This summer…a major Valiant hero will fall as the countdown to Harbinger Wars 2 begins!

As revealed today at Emerald City Comicon 2017, Valiant has announced “Massacre” – a new, four-part assault beginning this July in Harbinger Renegade #5! This summer, The Road to Harbinger Wars 2 – Valiant’s seismic 2018 crossover event – starts here as writer Rafer Roberts and artist Darick Robertson bring a newer, deadlier, and brutally efficient H.A.R.D. Corps crashing down on America’s renegade team of teenage superhumans!

Toyo Harada’s former protege – Alexander Solomon, a “psiot” with the ability to predict and analyze potential futures – has been waiting for this moment. With the Harbinger Renegades – Peter Stanchek, Faith, Kris Hathaway, and Torque – now reunited as a result of his covert manipulations, his ultimate gambit can now begin. But he’s not the only one who has been watching. Major Charlie Palmer has just re-assigned a new division of the militarized psiot hunters codenamed H.A.R.D. Corps to active duty…and they’re about to bring a torrent of blood and calamity roaring into the streets of a major American metropolis for an all-out firefight.

The Harbinger Renegades. Livewire. Alexander Solomon. Generation Zero. Toyo Harada. Secret Weapons. Imperium. None of them are safe… and, when the smoke clears, a pivotal Valiant hero will become the first sacrifice of the massive Harbinger War that is to come.

Also coming in the pages of “Massacre”…discover the true face of the antagonist that will bring Harbinger Wars 2 to bear in 2018! The first appearance of Valiant’s most formidable villain yet happens right here, only in Harbinger Renegade #5!

For more on what awaits in “Massacre”, join writer Rafer Roberts alongside Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons and Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani this weekend for the VALIANT: THE ROAD TO HARBINGER WARS 2 panel presentation on Sunday, March 5th at 2:30 p.m. PT in room TCC301!

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Review: Harbinger Renegade #4

hr_004_variant_cheungFaith Herbert, the heart and soul of the Harbinger Renegades, has been captured! Now, Peter Stanchek, Kris Hathaway, and John Torkelson must put their powers to practice and rescue their beloved ally from a radicalized group of psiots bent on fraying the fabric of society. But as the rechristened Renegades make their move, their newfound rivals strike first by making Peter an offer he can’t refuse. As the clock ticks closer to tragedy, will the omega-level harbinger make a do-or-die decision to save his friends… or himself?

I’ve read three Valiant comics this week; this, Divinity III #3, and an advanced review copy of X-O Manowar #1. While I really quite enjoyed Harbinger Renegade #4, I did feel that it was the weakest of the three offerings from the publisher – although when that can be said about a comic this good, that’s more a statement of admiration for Valiant’s comics and the high standard they set for themselves.

Harbinger Renegade #4 concludes the first story arc that ends up feeling more like a new introduction to the Renegades (Peter, Torque, Faith and Kris) and their new companions than it does the epic return that many, myself included, were hoping for.

That being said, I understand why Rafer Roberts has framed the first arc as he did, as there would have been some readers new to the franchise that would have otherwise been lost (the same thing that happened to yours truly when picking up Imperium), and in order for any series to thrive you need to attract new readers. The first arc was successfully accessible to new readers, easing them into the characters while still providing long time fans something to enjoy.

Overall, this was a solidly entertaining book that left me wanting more. I can’t ask for more than that in a comic.

Story: Rafer Roberts  Penciler: Darick Robertson 
Inker: Richard Clark Colourist: Brian Reber
Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Harbinger Renegade #4

HARBINGER RENEGADE #4*

Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by DARICK ROBERTSON with JUAN JOSE RYP
Cover A by DARICK ROBERTSON (DEC162044)
Cover B by DAVE JOHNSON (DEC162045)
Cover C by MONIKA PALOSZ (DEC162046)
Variant Cover by DAVID LAFUENTE (DEC162047)
Variant Cover by CRYSSY CHEUNG (DEC162048)
Variant Cover by JIM MAHFOOD (DEC162049)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale FEBRUARY 22 (FOC – 1/30/17)
*INCLUDES MAIL-AWAY COUPON #4 (of 4) FOR HARBINGER WARS 2 #0

Retaliation!

Faith Herbert, the heart and soul of the Harbinger Renegades, has been captured! Now, Peter Stanchek, Kris Hathaway, and John Torkelson must put their powers to practice and rescue their beloved ally from a radicalized group of psiots bent on fraying the fabric of society. But as the rechristened Renegades make their move, their newfound rivals strike first by making Peter an offer he can’t refuse. As the clock ticks closer to tragedy, will the omega-level harbinger make a do-or-die decision to save his friends… or himself?

Valiant’s latest smash-hit series fires back onto the frontline as multiple Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and superstar artist Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan, The Boys) present the final moment of truth!

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Harbinger Renegade #2 and Savage #3 Have Sold Out and Will Return in March

Valiant has announced that two of this winter’s most critically acclaimed comics have sold out at the distributor level and will return to store shelves everywhere with the Harbinger Renegade #2 Second Printing and the Savage #3 Second Printing! On March 1st, discover why Valiant is blazing the trail in cutting-edge superhero storytelling as two of their most highly praised titles return for encore presentations!

First, Valiant’s team of teenaged psiots blast off of the sidelines and into the firefight of their lives for the Harbinger Renegade #2 Second Printing! Join multiple Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts, and superstar artist Darick Robertson as they continue the march to Harbinger Wars 2…and chronicle the rise of the Valiant Universe’s next major antagonist, Alexander Solomon!

Then, Valiant’s bone-breaking origin story goes primal for the Savage #3 Second Printing! Release the animal within as acclaimed writer B. Clay Moore and explosive artists Clayton Henry and Lewis LaRosa sharpen their killer instincts for the must-read debut of Valiant’s next major hero! Marooned in an unforgiving prehistoric landscape, high society’s most privileged celebrity family is fighting tooth and claw – literally – for survival. Once they lose everything – and each other – what part of them will endure? Where will the man inside each of them end…and the animal begin?

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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.

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