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Secret Weapons #1 and Harbinger #5 Get New Printings

Valiant has announced that Harbinger Renegade #5 and Secret Weapons #1 (of 4) – two of the much-talked-about new releases setting the stage for 2018’s seismic crossover event, Harbinger Wars 2 – have once again sold out at the distributor level and will return to store shelves everywhere with new printings on August 30th!

Harbinger Renegade #5 is written by Rafer Roberts with art by Darick Robertson. Secret Weapons #1 is written by Eric Heisserer with art by Raul Allen. This is the second printing for Harbinger Renegade #5 and third for Secret Weapons #1.

Preview: Harbinger Renegade #6

HARBINGER RENEGADE #6

Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by JUAN JOSE RYP
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (JUN172070)
Cover B by DARICK ROBERTSON (JUN172071)
Cover C by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (JUN172072)
Character Design Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (JUN172073)
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE (JUN172074)
B&W Sketch Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (JUN172075)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 9th (FOC – 7/17/17)

A HISTORIC HARBINGER MOMENT! After “MASSACRE”…witness the brutal beginning of the Renegades’ murderous new foe!

At the height of the Dark Ages, one of the world’s first psiots has made a terrible discovery: he is not alone. Lurking in the shadows, a mind as sadistic as it is powerful waits – a predator with a darkness so great, it will consume any rivals that dare reveal themselves. How will the secret of these legendary figures come to bear on the modern day… and how will it shape the catastrophic Harbinger War that is to come?!

“MASSACRE” enters an insidious interlude revealing the origin of the Valiant Universe’s greatest threat, as Harvey Award-nominated writer Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and incendiary artist Juan Jose Ryp (BRITANNIA) plot the next step in the road to HARBINGER WARS 2!

Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s Happy! Gets a Trailer

Meet Nick Sax, an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hitman. After a hit gone wrong, his inebriated life is forever changed by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse named Happy.

Happy! is one of the latest comics turned live action getting a series on SyFy. Written by Grant Morrison with art by Darick Robertson it was a four issue mini-series that debuted in 2012 and wrapped in 2013.

The series follows Nick Sax (Christopher Meloni) – an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hit man – who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. After a hit gone wrong, his inebriated life is forever changed by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse named Happy (Patton Oswalt).

At San Diego Comic-Con, SyFy released a first look at the series.

Spoiler Free Review: Harbinger Renegade #5

HR_005_COVER-A_ROBERTSON“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.”

I will tell you right now: I was really excited to read this issue – so much so that I literally dropped the other features (because I frequently have multiple balls in the air at once) to read the comic. Understandably, Valiant are extremely cautious about spoilers for this issue, so I won’t reveal anything about the story itself beyond the preview text above. However, it will certainly help your enjoyment of the comic if you’re familiar with some, or all, of the comics and characters mentioned above (The Harbinger Renegades. Livewire. Alexander Solomon. Generation Zero. Toyo Harada. Secret Weapons. Imperium.)

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The comic comes with this as a wrap around cover to warn the audience as to the content inside.

So what can I say about this comic? Well it was perfectly okayRafer Roberts has written a story doesn’t quite live up to the hype generated by the machine Valiant set in motion for Harbinger Renegade #5, although it’s pretty solid, and honestly I needed multiple readings to really get the most out of it. Obviously I can’t tell you why without risking the spoilers – nor can I tell you some of the reasons I felt the issue didn’t work. Instead, I’ll move on. Artistically, the comic isn’t anything spectacular, but nor is it unremarkable; it’s just about good enough to serve the story without any major hiccups (but again I can’t discuss those). Essentially, where as a good story can lift a comic where the art struggles and vice versa, both story and art are on the same level here; they’re both just hovering between okay and good.

Out of respect for Valiant and their wishes I’ve avoided spoilers, probably far more than I needed to, so what I can say is limited. At the end of the day, this is the weakest of the five Renegade books that have been released thus far, which is a shame given the amount of push that Valiant have out behind it. Though I do wonder if that is a result of Harbinger Renegade #5 simply being a book that didn’t deliver verses it being a comic that just wasn’t able to live up to the hype. I’m edging toward the latter.

If you’re a Valiant fan, whether of the publisher in general or of this property, then you’re going to want to read this. Be prepared for it to be a little disappointing given all the buzz, but I also expect this to fly off the shelves because of the warning on the cover.

Story: Rafer Roberts Art: Darick Robertson
Inks: Richard Clark Colours: Diego Rodriguez
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Harbinger Renegade #5

HARBINGER RENEGADE #5 (“MASSACRE” – PART 1)

Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by DARICK ROBERTSON
Cover A by DARICK ROBERTSON* (MAY171957)
Cover B by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (MAY171958)
Cover C by CLAYTON CRAIN (MAY171959)
Wraparound Variant Cover by MARC LAMING (MAY171960)
B&W Sketch Variant by DARICK ROBERTSON (MAY171961)
Gold Foil Linewide Variant by MONIKA PALOSZ (MAY171962)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JULY 12th (FOC – 6/19/17)

Harvey Award-nominated writer Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and superstar artist Darick Robertson (The Boys, Transmetropolitan) begin THE ROAD TO HARBINGER WARS 2 – Valiant’s seismic 2018 event – right here with a bang that will reverberate throughout the entire Valiant Universe…and claim the life of a major hero!

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.

*All covers for HARBINGER RENEGADE #5 will ship with a special advisory overlay.

Witness the Death of a Major Valiant Hero with “Massacre” in Harbinger Renegade #5

Valiant has released a first look inside Harbinger Renegade #5 – the FIRST ISSUE of “MASSACRE”, a high-powered jumping-on point that will mark the fall of one of the Valiant Universe’s most powerful icons…and jumpstart The Road to Harbinger Wars 2, Valiant’s seismic 2018 crossover event! On July 12th, the most shocking comics moment of the summer takes aim as multiple Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts and superstar artist Darick Robertson launch the bloodied path towards the cataclysm that will shape the Valiant Universe in 2018 and beyond…and ignite a ruthless showdown with the H.A.R.D. Corps. that will leave a beloved comic book icon dead in their sights…

Retailers and fans, please be advised: Due to the shocking on-panel death in Harbinger Renegade #5, Valiant will also be taking the unprecedented step of wrapping each issue in a specially manufactured advisory overlay – complete with a clearly marked warning label – that will ship on all copies of the issue at no extra-added cost.

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.

Featuring covers by Darick Robertson, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Clayton Crain, Marc Laming, and Monika Palosz!

A CENSORED First Look: “Massacre” in Harbinger Renegade #5

Valiant has released a CENSORED sneak preview of the highly classified, tightly guarded script of Harbinger Renegade #5 – the FIRST ISSUE of “Massacre”A SHOCKING NEW JUMPING-ON POINT that will claim the life of a major comics icon and begin The Road to Harbinger Wars 2! On July 12th, the march toward Valiant’s seismic 2018 crossover event starts here as multiple Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts and superstar artist Darick Robertson send in the H.A.R.D. Corps for a surgical strike on a major American metropolis…and wind up drawing one of Valiant’s most beloved heroes into the fatal crossfire for a sacrifice that will send shockwaves through the entire Valiant Universe!

Valiant will also be taking the unprecedented step of wrapping each issue in a specially manufactured advisory overlay – complete with a clearly marked warning label – that will ship on all copies of the issue at no extra-added cost.

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.

Featuring covers by Darick Robertson, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Clayton Crain, Marc Laming, and Monika Palosz!

Harbinger Renegade #5 is Getting a Special Advisory Overlay

Retailers and fans, please be advised: Due to the shocking on-panel death of a major Valiant hero in July’s Harbinger Renegade #5, Valiant will be taking the unprecedented step of wrapping each issue in a specially manufactured advisory overlay – complete with a clearly marked warning label – that will ship on all copies of the issue at no extra-added cost.

From multiple Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts and superstar artist Darick Robertson, Harbinger Renegade #5 is the FIRST ISSUE of “Massacre” – a four-part jumping-on point laying the foundation for 2018’s seismic Harbinger Wars 2 crossover event – and will be one of the most consequential and shocking single issues Valiant has published to date. As a newer, deadlier H.A.R.D. Corps team lays siege to an American metropolis, one of Valiant’s most beloved heroes will pay the ultimate price – and the immediate and lasting ramifications of their death will send shockwaves across the Valiant Universe as The Road to Harbinger Wars 2 begins in full force.

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.

Featuring covers by Darick Robertson, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Clayton Crain, Marc Laming, and Monika Palosz, witness comic book history in the making right here – shipping with a special advisory overlay on top of each cover!

Felicia Day Returns to Dark Horse with The Guild Library Edition

The long-awaited The Guild Library Edition Volume 1 HC is coming! From Dark Horse Comics and the famed YouTube comedy web series The Guild, this deluxe oversized hardcover includes every Guild comic, including two new stories by Felicia Day—the first to be published since 2013!

Felicia Day, who most recently teamed up with Netflix for the revival of Mystery Science Theater 3000, brings her original webisodic sensation to comics with help from The Guild cast and crew (including producer Kim Evey and director Sean Becker).

The Guild first came to comics in 2010, with stories set before the web series began, following lonely violinist Cyd Sherman trying to navigate a frustrating personal life as she stumbles on an online MMO called The Game. As Cyd gathers friends in-game, she gains confidence to confront all the problems in her real life. With, ahem, varied results.

The Guild Library Edition Volume 1 features thirty-four pages of brand-new comics—drawn by Mike Norton, Francesco Francavilla, and Naomi Franquiz—as well as the exciting one-shot written by Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton spotlighting his character Fawkes, and the short Free Comic Book Day story by Felicia Day and Jonathan Case. Also featuring art by Becky Cloonan, Darick Robertson, Adam Warren, Tim Seeley, Jonathan Case, and more!

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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