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Valiant Reveals The Harbinger #1 Metal Cover and Gift Bundle

The Harbinger #1 Metal Cover

Ahead of the release of The Harbinger #1 on October 27th, Valiant Entertainment presents a first look at the special Metal Variant Cover and The Harbinger Gift Bundle.

From the mind of Valiant’s Director of Design and Production Travis EscarfulleryThe Harbinger #1 Metal Cover breathes new life into Robbi Rodriguez’s eye-catching artwork that appears on the debut issue’s primary cover. Featuring a four color print over metal, the vibrant cover is available exclusively to participating retailers who will obtain one metal cover for every 250 copies they order of The Harbinger #1.

In addition to receiving the limited metal cover for ordering 250 copies of The Harbinger #1, comic book shops will also get an exclusive The Harbinger Gift Bundle. This limited gift bundle includes one The Harbinger slipcase box set, one The Harbinger pin, four The Harbinger postcards, one The Harbinger poster, and one THE HARBINGER bookplate signed by co-writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing. Aside from The Harbinger pin, these items will only be available with the Gift Bundle.

Pre-order The Harbinger #1 at your local comic store by October 4th. The Harbinger #1 goes on sale October 27th. Contact your local comic book store for more information about ordering.

The Harbinger #1 is co-written by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing, illustrated by Robbi Rodriguez, colored by Rico Renzi, and lettered by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. Check out our exclusive interview with Kelly and Lanzing about the series!

The Harbinger #1 Gift Bundle

Exclusive: Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing Let us know what they think of Peter Stancheck and their plans for The Harbinger

The Harbinger #1

Can you make the world better if you can’t be better? Writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing explore that question as Peter Stancheck returns in The Harbinger. Launching in October from Valiant, The Harbinger features art by Robbi Rodriguez, color by Rico Renzi, and lettering by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.

We got to use Psiot telepathic abilities to pick the brains of Kelly and Lanzing to dive into what we can expect in their upcoming run.

Graphic Policy: Hi, how are you both?

Jackson Lanzing: We’re fantastic. We just returned from vacation, it’s a beautiful day in Los Angeles and we’re heading to San Francisco next weekend for the wedding of two of our dear friends.

Collin Kelly: It’s been a bit of a hurricane of work for us these last few weeks (months?), but when you’re working on projects this exciting, it tends to give you more energy than less.

Not great for sleep though.

JL: No, we are not dudes who get a lot of sleep these days.

GP: How did y’all come aboard the project?

JL: The short answer is persistence. I had something of a personal obsession with getting the Hivemind in the loop over at Valiant since 2015, when we started developing a take on Shadowman. But nothing ever quite materialized – largely because the Valiant Universe is so tightly coordinated, which was the thing that drew us there in the first place. So instead of helping steer the ship, we sat back and read the universe as fans – with a special love for the Harbinger line, written by Joshua Dysart, Jody Houser, and Rafer Roberts. We honestly never dreamed we’d follow them up. For that, all credit and blame goes to editor extraordinaire Heather Antos.

CK: NYCC 2019, she asks us “what do you guys think of Peter Stanchek?” And truthfully, we didn’t know Heather that well at the time – we weren’t particularly close, we were all just fans of each other’s work. So we’re a little caught off guard, but we answer with something like, “he’s absolutely amazing as a character, but he’s also done some terrible things, and it would be hard to tell a story that doesn’t take that head on.” And it turns out, she agreed. If Peter’s story was going to continue, it couldn’t be a retelling or a one that forgave his sins on page 1 – he needed to move forward, face his past, and evolve into the version of himself that he was always meant to be. It all started there – and by the end of the con, we had a take that excited the whole team.

The Harbinger #1

GP: How closely does The Harbinger #1 follow the events of Harbinger, and Harbinger Renegade, and do you need to be aware of those events?

CK: To answer your second question first; you can have never read a Harbinger title in your life and still absolutely love this book. That’s not a brag – that’s by design. We want new readers to be able to meet Peter for the first time… because that’s exactly what Peter is doing as well. Our Peter starts as a complete blank slate, discovering who he is hand in hand with the new reader. Of course, for readers who know his story quite well (and now, back to the first question), they’ll realize that we are starting about eight months after Harada’s fall. The Harbinger Foundation has been gutted, its assets sold off. The world seems like it’s constantly under attack… and Psiots are the ones taking the blame. And Peter Stanchek? We all know how dangerous Peter Stanchek is… thank god he hasn’t been seen in months…

GP: There’s been numerous series out with this title and these characters. What is influencing this take?

JL: Harbinger stories all share something in common: they’re always about the moment in which they’re being told. The Harbinger is no different – it’s a story that is reckoning specifically with the reflective and reconstructive moment we’re having across many levels of our society. Written during the height of the Trump Administration, it’s influenced by the police brutality, factionalization, and the self-reflection offered when living in a dystopian world that serves only the rich and powerful. It’s a story about organization and responsibility – about standing fearlessly against injustice. But it’s also got a lot of joy underneath all the madness – like a spontaneous dance party in the middle of a protest. It’s inspired equally by bands like IDLES and artists like RÜFÜS DU SOL – we’re really trying to embrace the whiplash between oppression and community.

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GP: Peter being a blank slate is obviously a great entry method for new readers or ones who have forgotten what happened. Where did the idea come from?

CK: Once again, we circle back to Heather Antos. Jack and I are collaborators to the core, so when someone has the best idea, we listen – and that day, she had the best idea. Which for the Hivemind gave us questions of our own: how do we get there, and what happens next? Finding those answers started us on the journey that leads to the book in your hands.

JL: It’s actually a core mystery of the book: who left Peter Stanchek without his memories? Who gave him this second chance – and why? Was it a gift… or an attack? Peter’s going to be looking for those questions, and readers are on that journey with him. We love how relatable that makes the character and his journey, regardless of how mindblowing all his context is.

GP: Peter has always been hovering over the line between hero and villain depending on your perspective; are you approaching this as a redemption arc or as the introduction of a new yet familiar character?

JL: This will sound like a cop-out, but this story is absolutely both of those things. First and foremost, this is the introduction of a new hero to the Valiant Universe – The Harbinger. If you’ve never read a Valiant book, Peter’s journey from Renegade to superhero will hold your hand and walk you into the deep end of the pool. But if you’ve been reading this universe for any length of time, you know full well who Peter Stanchek is and what he is capable of. Moreover, you know some of the terrible things he has done in the interest of selfishness. This book does not offer forgiveness or absolution for those things – but rather a reckoning. And how Peter handles that reckoning is going to define what kind of hero The Harbinger becomes.

The Harbinger #1

GP: You’re working on the origin of Kang over at Marvel – can you talk about the differences in the series and publishers?

CK: Plus, we just announced BATMAN BEYOND: NEO YEAR at DC, so we have a full superhero publisher hat-trick! Seriously though, regarding the publishers… there are small differences, sure, but they’re honestly very similar: we are incredibly lucky to only work with outstanding editors who absolutely love telling stories, and artists who are putting their hearts on the page. Whatever logo is on the front of the book, that’s the experience of making it.

Now, in terms of KANG: THE CONQUEROR and THE HARBINGER… both Kang and Peter have to grapple with the sins of the past, and the hopes for the future. They both have incredible power, and severe impulse control issues. But Kang… his story is a tragedy; we know who Nathanel Richards will become, and it’s not a hero. Peter Stanchek on the other hand… he still has that chance. (And for the record, Terry McGinnis has his own set of problems, which readers can discover in BATMAN: URBAN LEGENDS #7!)

JL: Working on these books at the same time has actually been really psychologically rewarding – every time we get pulled down into the darkness by Kang, we can move back into the sky with The Harbinger. They’re both books that are to some degree about the damaging aspects of imposed masculinity on young men – something we’ve both experienced a lot in our own lives – so these stories come from a very personal, heartfelt place. The feelings on the page are ours.

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GP: Valiant has been great about balancing enjoying just a series but the series also playing into a greater narrative and “meta” story of the universe. How does it differ from writing for that?

JL: Honestly, we really thought of this story as standing fully on its own, with only the context of the previous Harbinger books that needed to be woven into our mythos. We’ve had situations where our launch on a book had to serve many masters – our Green Arrow run played clean-up for No Justice and Heroes In Crisis before being cancelled to pivot the characters into Event Leviathan – and this story is just about the opposite working condition. We’re setting the table for the next steps of the Valiant Universe, with new heroes, new settings, new villains, and a new status quo for Psiots. We’re pushing things forward… and looking forward to coordinating tightly with the rest of the universe once our part of the universe is defined and operating on its own.

GP: Valiant has a very vocal fan base; does that add any pressure to what you’re writing?

CK: Not much? The core of everything we write boils down to one thing: can we make you feel something. That’s always our goal, and how we do it doesn’t change because of what we think readers do or do not want. It’s not about them (sorry y’all) – it’s about telling the best story for the character, in the raddest way possible. For us, that means getting out of Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi’s way, so that they can deliver some of the most eye-catching and kinetic storytelling on the shelves. I’m actually very excited to really get to know the Valiant fan base – when they love the book, I hope they’re vocal as hell.

JL: Bring it on, Valiant fans. We love you, we’re into it, let’s geek out.

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GP: Speaking of pressure, there’s a film that’s been in the works. Does that play into the creation process at all? Do you think that this might be the possible entry into the comics whenever that film is released?

JL: I’m perfectly happy to report that the movie has nothing to do with anything we’re doing. The Harbinger stands on its own – and we can just wait like the fans to see what comes out of Hollywood for Peter and the gang.

GP: What can you tease about the upcoming issues?

CK: How about questions of my own: What happened to the Eggbreakers? Where are the H.A.R.D.Corps? Who – or what – is The Warning? But most of all… who took Peter’s memory?

What was he forced to forget?

…also, there’s a cat.

JL: It’s a Hivemind book. There’s always a cat.

GP: What would you say is the most exciting thing about writing this series, and comics in general?

JL: In this case, those things are one and the same: the excitement of collaboration with incredible artists of line, color, and letter. Every project brings a different dynamic and alchemy – so the process is always one of discovery. Robbi’s way of seeing the world is so fundamentally unique, so powerful, and so singular that our scripts and stories take on a new life every time. It’s like getting to join a new band on every project – and it really feels like this one is making one hell of a record with The Harbinger.


The Harbinger #1 comes to comic shops on October 27.

Early Preview: The Harbinger #1

THE HARBINGER #1

Written by COLLIN KELLY, JACKSON LANZING
Art by ROBBI RODRIGUEZ
Colors by RICO RENZI
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by ROBBI RODRIGUEZ
Cover B by ROD REIS
Cover C by CRIS DELARA
Pre-order Cover by DAMION SCOTT
Blank Cover also available
1:250 Metal Variant to be revealed soon
On sale OCTOBER 27th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+ | Pre-order deadline is October 4th 

Can you make the world better if you can’t be better?

A telepath with no memory. A city of superpowered teenagers suppressed.

Redemption. Destruction. Rebirth. A new era of HARBINGER begins here.

THE HARBINGER #1

Valiant Teams Up with Kowabunga Comics for an Exclusive Harbinger #1 (1992) Facsimile Reprint!

Valiant Entertainment has announced a new reprint of the classic Harbinger #1 from 1992, available exclusively through Kowabunga Comics.

The historic and must-read Harbinger #1 launched nearly three decades ago, paving the way for one of the industry’s most iconic super-hero teams whose impact can still be seen today. From writer Jim Shooter and artist David Lapham with inker John Dixon, colorists Janet Jackson & The Knobs and letterer John Costanza comes the ultimate super-hero team series that debuted back in Harbinger #1! The new Dawn of Man is upon us – and the world needs the awesome power of four seventeen year-olds on the road to hell…or heroism!

Return to 1992 and rediscover the hit comic Harbinger #1 with this facsimile reprint that is sure to delight new and longtime fans alike. This Harbinger #1 facsimile reprint edition also includes the original mail-away coupon as well.

The Harbinger #1 (1992) Facsimile Reprint comic can be purchased HERE exclusively from Kowabunga Comics. This reprint is limited to just 5,000 copies.

The new The Harbinger series from writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing, artist Robbi Rodriguez, colorist Rico Renzi, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou is on sale October 27th, 2021.

Skeletons From My Stack: Goddess Mode

Goddess Mode

Welcome to another edition of Skeletons from my Stack. A review series wherein I finally get around to reading graphic novels that have been sitting on the “to-be-read” stack on my nightstand for far too long. Thanks to a three day holiday weekend, I finally had a chance to read Goddess Mode. This limited series, written by Zoë Quinn and drawn by Robbi Rodriguez, was on my radar well before the first issue hit stands. Unfortunately, with all the other comics I was reading, I couldn’t afford to buy it in single issues. At the time, and outside of my review projects, I read titles by DC Comics exclusively, and as excited as I was for this unique series, I had no choice but to wait for the trade paperback. Meanwhile, the pandemic occurred and shutdown comic book production and shipments. Once things started to open back up, there was still a lull between my comic book store reopening and Diamond resuming shipments. Making the most out of a bad situation, I was finally able to purchase a copy of the Goddess Mode trade paperback from my local comic book shop.

Goddess Mode takes place half in the real world and half in the completely digital world of Azoth. In the technological realm of Azoth, science meets magic as Oracles battle against Daemons. Oracles, people whose minds have been dragged into Azoth, possess abilities unique to themselves. In order to escape from Azoth, an Oracle must defeat a Daemon, the dark pieces of corrupt code that feed on human suffering. The trade paperback starts with two pages that present the background details I just described in a clever play on a FAQ web page. Unfortunately, this section may have been misplaced. The beginning of this comic not only has really slow pacing but has little to do with the info provided on the first two pages. Further, many of the pieces of information that are mentioned in the opening FAQ are then restated in the first dozen dialogue-heavy pages.

“IF THEY WANT TO BE RELENTLESS, WE CAN BE DAUNTLESS”

The pace picks up soon after, though the book continues to be dialogue heavy. Quinn uses her wordy script to explore her characters. The amount of character development she manages, while still moving the plot forward and sprinkling in elements of mystery, is quite impressive. The Oracles were my favorite part of this mini-series. Unfortunately, by the end of the book, the Oracles don’t get the treatment they deserved. I found the climax to be very confusing. I re-read the last two issues twice, and I still can’t adequately explain the story’s true central conflict, the answer to the overarching mystery, or the Oracles’ true role in Azoth.

I love the contrast of colors between digital Azoth and the analog real world. The neon bright colors Rico Renzi uses for Azoth pop off the page. I also loved Robbi Rodriguez’s character designs. Every Oracle is unique and has their own distinct attitude that’s obvious just from the way they’re drawn. I got the best kind of cyberpunk Sailor Moon vibe (minus the matching school girl outfits) from the Oracles as I read through the book. Simon Bowland is due commemoration for his lettering skills. He not only has to fit a lot of dialogue into most panels, but has to do it across multiple fonts and formats. I do wish the action scenes were drawn a little clearer, specifically the Oracles using their special powers. Most of the fights wind up being talking heads and blurred bodies. When the Oracles use their powers, it’s not always obvious which one’s abilities are manifesting. Other times they use their powers in the background of a panel and the details become so small that it’s hard to tell what’s going on.

“WHEN LIFE IS DOING ITS DAMNDEST TO KILL YOU, EVERY DAY YOU SURVIVE IS A VICTORY.”

Goddess Mode’s story is entertaining but it struggles tonally. Quinn never really finds a balance between elements of mystery and action/adventure. The character development is great but the story itself winds up being confusing. The characters look great when they’re standing still but the visual quality and clarity declines when they’re drawn in motion. Luckily, the colors and lettering keep panels looking interesting even when it becomes hard to tell what’s going on. All in all, I’m glad I finally got around to reading this Skeleton from my Stack, but I don’t think I’d ever choose to read Goddess Mode a second time.

Story: Zoë Quinn Art: Robbi Rodriguez
Colors: Rico Renzi Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 3.5 Art: 5.0 Overall: 4.3


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Preview: Robotech Remix #4

Robotech Remix #4

Author(s): Brenden Fletcher
Artist(s): Elmer Damaso
Cover Artist(s): Elmer Damaso (A), Daniele Di Nicuolo (B), Rico Renzi (C)

A strange new mech and its mysterious pilot have left their mark on Dana Sterling – faced with ghosts of a future yet to come, can a girl out of time save the SDF-1? Brenden Fletcher (Motorcrush, Isola) and artist Elmer Damaso (Robotech/Voltron, Speed Racer) continue the first story of Robotech Remix!

Robotech Remix #4

Preview: Robotech Remix #3

Robotech Remix #3

Author(s): Brenden Fletcher
Artist(s): Elmer Damaso
Cover Artist(s): Elmer Damaso (A), Koi Karreon (B), Rico Renzi (C)

A strange new mech and its mysterious pilot have left their mark on Dana Sterling – faced with ghosts of a future yet to come, can a girl out of time save the SDF-1? Brenden Fletcher (Motorcrush, Isola) and artist Elmer Damaso (Robotech/Voltron, Speed Racer) continue the first story of Robotech Remix!

Robotech Remix #3

Preview: Robotech Remix #2

Robotech Remix #2

Author(s): Brenden Fletcher
Artist(s): Elmer Damaso
Cover Artist(s): Elmer Damaso (A), Robert Wilson (B), Rico Renzi (C)

Dana Sterling traveled back in time and saved her past – but has she lost her future? Faced with new enemies, old friends, and parents who barely know her name, can the half-Zentraedi Robotech ace carve out a place for herself in the cosmos? Brenden Fletcher (Motorcrush, Isola) and artist Elmer Damaso (Robotech/Voltron, Speed Racer) continue the first arc of Robotech: Remix!

Robotech Remix #2

Sea of Stars’ First Volume Gets Collected in January

The first story arc of the epic, critically acclaimed science-fiction adventure Sea of Stars—by writing duo Jason Aaron and Dennis Hallum, artist Stephen Green, with colors by Rico Renzi, and with letters and design by Jared Fletcher—will be collected into trade paperback and available from Image Comics this January. Sea of Stars, Vol. 1: Lost in the Wild Heavens will collect issues #1-5 of the intense, galaxy-spanning comic book series that features all the scope and heart of The Neverending Story crossed with imaginative weirdness of a Miyazaki animation.

Being a space trucker may sound like a cool job, but in reality it can be boring as hell. In Sea of Stars, Vol. 1 a recently widowed Gil gets a long-haul gig across the universe, he figures it’s safe enough to bring his young son Kadyn along for the ride. But when their “big rig” gets bitten in half by a gigantic Space Leviathan, Gil is separated from his young son—with a breached suit that’s venting oxygen at an alarming rate. He’ll have to defy the odds and stay alive long enough to rescue Kadyn. But Kadyn seems to be getting all the help he needs from a talking Space Monkey riding a Space Dolphin… or maybe it’s the strange powers he’s suddenly manifesting.

Sea of Stars, Vol. 1: Lost in the Wild Heavens trade paperback (ISBN: 978-1-5343-1495-5, Diamond Code OCT190059) will be available on Wednesday, January 15 and in bookstores on Tuesday, January 21.

Sea of Stars, Vol. 1: Lost in the Wild Heavens

Preview: Robotech: Remix #1

Robotech: Remix #1

Author(s): Brenden Fletcher
Artist(s): Elmer Damaso
Cover Artist(s): Karl Kerschl (A), Elmer Damaso (B), Rico Renzi (C), Action Figure (D), Jon Lam (E)
Retail Price: $3.99
Ship Date/Month: October 9, 2019

Robotech is reborn from the ashes of Event Horizon! New writer Brenden Fletcher (Motorcrush, Isola) and artist Elmer Damaso (Robotech/Voltron) boot up Robotech: Remix, an all-new series that will take beloved characters and iconic mecha to places fans have never seen before!

Robotech: Remix #1
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