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Harbinger Wars 2 #2 – Matt Kindt & Tomás Giorello Draw Their Battle Lines on June 27th!

Valiant has released a first look at the lettered pages for Harbinger Wars 2 #2 (of 4), the SEISMIC CROSSOVER EVENT OF 2018! On June 27th, the Earth-shattering crossover continues in full force with another epic chapter, as Eisner-nominated writer Matt Kindt and superstar artist Tomás Giorello unleash X-O Manowar on a world he thought he’d left behind…and fire off the next brutal volley in the coast-to-coast clash of comics icons that will leave no hero unscathed!

From East to West, the nation has been cleaved down the middle as Livewire’s defensive attack on the U.S. power grid envelops America in darkness and sets the stage for the biggest clash of powers ever witnessed… On one side, Peter Stanchek’s ragtag team of Renegades – alongside their newly activated army of untrained and wildly unstable psiots – ready themselves for an unsparing firefight with H.A.R.D. Corps and the agents of Omen. On the other, Ninjak and Bloodshot prepare to enter Livewire’s domain inside blacked-out Los Angeles. But as the casualties pile up and the losses mount on both sides, none of them will be ready to confront the full fury of raw power personified as X-O Manowar makes his long-awaited return after a year of self-imposed exile among the stars…and delivers a single concussive strike that will send shockwaves across the whole of the Valiant Universe!

Featuring covers by J.G. JonesMico SuayanJuan José Ryp, and Felipe Massafera!

Review: Harbinger Wars 2 #1

HW2_001_COVER-B_SUAYANFor the rare and immensely powerful subset of humanity known as psiots, their unique abilities have come with an enormous cost. Once, their existence was known only to a select few. Now, the revelation that thousands of these latent telekinetic “harbingers” secretly live among us…with the potential to be activated at any moment…has led the American government to a dramatic tipping point…

Armed with new extra-governmental authority, the deep-black military contractor known as Omen has been authorized to identify, evaluate, and, if need be, eliminate all super-normal threats to the homeland. H.A.R.D. Corps units have been deployed into cities and towns across the United States to enforce their orders.

In the East, one of the most powerful minds on Earth, Peter Stanchek, is leading his band of Renegades across the country, activating any potential psiots willing to join them, and building an insurrection force of ultra-powerful and unwieldy new abilities that will soon bring war to Omen’s doorstep…and the unstoppable force known as X-O Manowar raging back to Earth…

In the West, Livewire – the telekinetic technopath with the ability to bend machines and computers to her will – will be forced to choose between her former allies…or her newfound team of Secret Weapons. As the situation escalates beyond human control, the United States will be plunged into darkness from coast to coast, launching Bloodshot and Ninjak into a dangerous mission to neutralize their one-time teammate – and setting the stage for the most shocking, most violent, and most consequential clash of powers ever witnessed in the history of the Valiant Universe!

Valiant have been building to this series for some time now, and as with anything a publisher has been building and hinting toward for nearly two years, there are some lofty expectations that Harbinger Wars 2 is going to have to meet. Without any preamble, the first (or second if you count last month’s Prelude as the first) issue of Harbinger Wars 2 establishes a quality that given the caliber of the creative team shouldn’t be a surprise, but it is a welcome relief to know that Valiant’s biggest event in years doesn’t start out with a fizzle.

Instead, Matt Kindt spends the issue carefully establishing where the different aspects of the Valiant universe ahead of the inevitable conflict that fans should expect in the following issues. That isn’t to say that there is no tension within the issue, because while he’s establishing the players Kindt is also setting the stage for which each character will take when the conflict begins. With the stage set for allies to go against allies, at least within the first issue, there isn’t a clearly defined set of antagonists or protagonists which allows the reader to come to their own conclusion as to who they agree with based upon the information at your disposal. As far as these things go, Kindt expertly stays within the grey area and the comic is all the stronger for it.

Harbinger Wars 2 #1 also excels in its visual presentation. Tomas Giorello (art), Diego Rodriguez (colors) and Dave Sharpe (letters) lend the script a suitably moody atmosphere with Giorello’s hyper detailed work complimented by the muted colour palate that Rodriguez uses to emphasize the impending doom in the script.

As far as opening salvos in top billed events go, Valiant have a nigh on perfect offering here. I can’t wait to see where the pieces fall as the story unfolds.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Tomas Giorello
Colors: Diego Rodriguez Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.2 Art: 9.3 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Harbinger Wars 2 #1

HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO
Cover A by J.G. JONES (MAR181983)
Cover B by MICO SUAYAN (MAR181984)
Interlocking Variant by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (MAR181986)
HW2 Icon Variant by FELIPE MASSAFERA (MAR181987)
Brushed Metal Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (MAR181988)
Pre-Order Edition by TOMÁS GIORELLO (MAR181989)
Blank Cover Also Available (MAR181985)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 30th

THE SEISMIC COMICS EVENT OF 2018 STARTS HERE!

From New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR. DIVINITY, Mind MGMT) and superstar artist Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR), the most powerful Valiant event ever attempted erupts in full force as X-O Manowar, Livewire, the Harbinger Renegades, Bloodshot, the Secret Weapons, Ninjak, and a cast of thousands draw their battle lines in HARBINGER WARS 2!

For the rare and immensely powerful subset of humanity known as psiots, their unique abilities have come with an enormous cost. Once, their existence was known only to a select few. Now, the revelation that thousands of these latent telekinetic “harbingers” secretly live among us…with the potential to be activated at any moment…has led the American government to a dramatic tipping point…

Armed with new extra-governmental authority, the deep-black military contractor known as Omen has been authorized to identify, evaluate, and, if need be, eliminate all super-normal threats to the homeland. H.A.R.D. Corps units have been deployed into cities and towns across the United States to enforce their orders.

In the East, one of the most powerful minds on Earth, Peter Stanchek, is leading his band of Renegades across the country, activating any potential psiots willing to join them, and building an insurrection force of ultra-powerful and unwieldy new abilities that will soon bring war to Omen’s doorstep…and the unstoppable force known as X-O Manowar raging back to Earth…

In the West, Livewire – the telekinetic technopath with the ability to bend machines and computers to her will – will be forced to choose between her former allies…or her newfound team of Secret Weapons. As the situation escalates beyond human control, the United States will be plunged into darkness from coast to coast, launching Bloodshot and Ninjak into a dangerous mission to neutralize their one-time teammate – and setting the stage for the most shocking, most violent, and most consequential clash of powers ever witnessed in the history of the Valiant Universe!

Harbinger Wars 2 #2 – Matt Kindt and Tomás Giorello Dive Into the Fray on June 27th!

Valiant has released a first look at Harbinger Wars 2 #2 (of 4), the stunning second installment of the SEISMIC CROSSOVER EVENT OF 2018! On June 27th, Eisner Award-nominated writer Matt Kindt and superstar artist Tomás Giorello deliver a powerful reckoning as the world’s most powerful superhuman forces face off in a no-holds-barred fight for the fate of psiots everywhere!

From East to West, the nation has been cleaved down the middle as Livewire’s defensive attack on the U.S. power grid envelops America in darkness and sets the stage for the biggest clash of powers ever witnessed… On one side, Peter Stanchek’s ragtag team of Renegades – alongside their newly activated army of untrained and wildly unstable psiots – ready themselves for an unsparing firefight with H.A.R.D. Corps and the agents of Omen. On the other, Ninjak and Bloodshot prepare to enter Livewire’s domain inside blacked-out Los Angeles. But as the casualties pile up and the losses mount on both sides, none of them will be ready to confront the full fury of raw power personified, as X-O Manowar makes his long-awaited return after a year of self-imposed exile among the stars…and delivers a single concussive strike that will send shockwaves across the whole of the Valiant Universe!

Featuring covers by J.G. Jones, Mico Suayan, Juan José Ryp, Felipe Massafera, and Lewis LaRosa!

Harbinger Wars 2 #4 – The Final Battle Commences in August! Here’s a First Look.

THE FINAL BATTLE! LIVEWIRE VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE!

Valiant has released a first look at the covers for Harbinger Wars 2 #4 (of 4) – an unstoppable pulse-pounding climax in the SEISMIC SIX-PART CROSSOVER EVENT that will wreak havoc across the landscape of the Valiant Universe! On August 29th, it all ends here as Eisner Award-nominated writer Matt Kindt and superstar artist Tómas Giorello bring the cataclysmic showdown to an unforgettable, heart-stopping conclusion… and when the dust settles, nothing will be the same!

We called it the biggest, most impactful, most ambitious Valiant event ever attempted – and we meant it! From across the Valiant Universe, the paths of all of the world’s most formidable heroes – X-O Manowar, the Harbinger Renegades, Bloodshot, Ninjak, the Secret Weapons, H.A.R.D. Corps, and dozens of newly activated psiots – have finally converged, drawn together by their old ally Livewire’s last-ditch effort to protect the powerless.

Featuring covers by J.G. JonesMico SuayanJuan José RypFelipe Massafera!

 

Harbinger Wars 2 #1 Gets an Extended Preview Before Coming to Shelves May 30th

Valiant has released an extended look into Harbinger Wars 2 #1 (of 4) – a powerful opening volley in the SEISMIC SIX-PART EVENT that represents the most ambitious Valiant crossover ever attempted! On May 30th, recent Eisner Award-nominated writer Matt Kindt teams up with astounding artist Tomás Giorello to strike deep into the heart of the Valiant Universe with an unstoppable collision between some of comics’ greatest titans!

For the rare and immensely powerful subset of humanity known as psiots, their unique abilities have come with an enormous cost. Once, their existence was known only to a select few. Now, the revelation that thousands of these latent telekinetic “harbingers” secretly live among us – with the potential to become active at any moment – has led the American government to a dramatic tipping point…

Armed with new extra-governmental authority, the deep-black military contractor known as Omen has been authorized to identify, evaluate, and, if need be, eliminate all super-normal threats to the homeland. H.A.R.D. Corps units have been deployed into cities and towns across the United States to enforce their orders.

In the East, one of the most powerful minds on Earth, Peter Stanchek, is leading his band of Renegades across the country, activating any potential psiots willing to join them, and building an insurrection force of ultra-powerful and unwieldy new abilities that will soon bring war to Omen’s doorstep…and the unstoppable force known as X-O Manowar raging back to Earth…

In the West, Livewire – the telekinetic technopath with the ability to bend machines and computers to her will – will be forced to choose between her former allies…or her newfound team of Secret Weapons. As the situation escalates beyond human control, the United States will be plunged into darkness from coast to coast, launching Bloodshot and Ninjak into a dangerous mission to neutralize their one-time teammate – and setting the stage for the most shocking, most violent, and most consequential clash of powers ever witnessed in the history of the Valiant Universe!

Featuring covers by J.G. JonesMico SuayanJuan José RypFelipe Massafera, and Lewis LaRosa!

Matt Kindt & Tomás Giorello Fire the Opening Volley of Harbinger Wars 2 #1 on May 30th!

Valiant has released the first lettered look within the pages of Harbinger Wars 2 #1 (of 4), the FIRST ISSUE of the SEISMIC SUMMER EVENT that will forever change the landscape of the Valiant Universe! On May 30th, the team that brought you 2017’s best-selling X-O Manowar series – Matt Kindt and Tomás Giorello – begin an all-out brawl between Valiant’s most powerful players, pitting hero against hero in their most consequential conflict yet!

For the rare and immensely powerful subset of humanity known as psiots, their unique abilities have come with an enormous cost. Once, their existence was known only to a select few. Now, the revelation that thousands of these latent telekinetic “harbingers” secretly live among us…with the potential to become active at any moment…has led the American government to a dramatic tipping point…

Armed with new extra-governmental authority, the deep-black military contractor known as Omen has been authorized to identify, evaluate, and, if need be, eliminate all super-normal threats to the homeland. H.A.R.D. Corps units have been deployed into cities and towns across the United States to enforce their orders.

In the East, one of the most powerful minds on Earth, Peter Stanchek, is leading his band of Renegades across the country, activating any potential psiots willing to join them, and building an insurrection force of ultra-powerful and unwieldy new abilities that will soon bring war to Omen’s doorstep…and the unstoppable force known as X-O Manowar raging back to Earth…

In the West, Livewire – the telekinetic technopath with the ability to bend machines and computers to her will – will be forced to choose between her former allies…or her newfound team of Secret Weapons. As the situation escalates beyond human control, the United States will be plunged into darkness from coast to coast, launching Bloodshot and Ninjak into a dangerous mission to neutralize their one-time teammate – and setting the stage for the most shocking, most violent, and most consequential clash of powers ever witnessed in the history of the Valiant Universe!

Featuring covers by J.G. JonesMico SuayanJuan José Ryp, Felipe Massafera, and Lewis LaRosa!

Harbinger Wars 2 #1 – Matt Kindt & Tomás Giorello Charge into Valiant’s Earth-Shattering Comics Event on May 30th!

Valiant has revealed a first look within the pages of Harbinger Wars 2 #1 (of 4), the FIRST ISSUE of the summer’s most anticipated comics crossover event! On May 30th, writer Matt Kindt and artist Tomás Giorello – the best-selling team behind X-O Manowar – push the Valiant Universe to its breaking point and beyond with a world-shaking opening volley to begin the senses-shattering clash of 2018!

For the rare and immensely powerful subset of humanity known as psiots, their unique abilities have come with an enormous cost. Once, their existence was known only to a select few. Now, the revelation that thousands of these latent telekinetic “harbingers” secretly live among us…with the potential to become active at any moment…has led the American government to a dramatic tipping point…

Armed with new extra-governmental authority, the deep-black military contractor known as Omen has been authorized to identify, evaluate, and, if need be, eliminate all super-normal threats to the homeland. H.A.R.D. Corps units have been deployed into cities and towns across the United States to enforce their orders.

In the East, one of the most powerful minds on Earth, Peter Stanchek, is leading his band of Renegades across the country, activating any potential psiots willing to join them, and building an insurrection force of ultra-powerful and unwieldy new abilities that will soon bring war to Omen’s doorstep…and the unstoppable force known as X-O Manowar raging back to Earth…

In the West, Livewire – the telekinetic technopath with the ability to bend machines and computers to her will – will be forced to choose between her former allies…or her newfound team of Secret Weapons. As the situation escalates beyond human control, the United States will be plunged into darkness from coast to coast, launching Bloodshot and Ninjak into a dangerous mission to neutralize their one-time teammate – and setting the stage for the most shocking, most violent, and most consequential clash of powers ever witnessed in the history of the Valiant Universe!

Featuring covers by J.G. Jones, Mico SuayanJuan José Ryp, Felipe Massafera, and Lewis LaRosa!

Review: Ninja-K #5

NINJA-K_005_COVER-A_HAIRSINE“The murderous assault on MI6 has spilled out of the shadows and onto the streets of Britain’s capital! With his would-be killer unmasked, can Ninjak grapple with the truth behind the bloodstained legacy of MI6’s covert Ninja Programme…and an opponent with more experience, more precision, and more ruthless instincts than any he’s faced before?”

Full disclosure: I loved this comic. Everything about this series is a step above what I actually expect to get – even five issues in, Christos Gage, Tomas Giorelo and Diego Rodriguez continue to exceed expectations. Ninja-K #5 opens with an infiltration sequence as Ninja’s C and K infiltrate the department that ruined C’s life and may have been responsible for ruining K’s life as well. Balancing out the action is an internal monologue from the title character which explains what’s happening when there’s minimal dialogue without spoon feeding you a narration. The sequence is incredibly well presented in comic form by all involved, and provides a chilling look into the effectiveness of these operatives.

Tomas Giorello once again delivers an incredible work of art that is steeped in shadows and murk that the agents of the Ninja Programme live in. It’s art that is perfectly suited to the comic in your hand and it’s elevated by the colouring Diego Rodriguez. The pair deliver a book that is worth buying just to look at, but thankfully it’s also very much worth reading. Gage’s first arc comes to a close, and it does so in a way that will leave you thirsty for more. There’s noticeable character growth over the past five issue, and as Gage continues to explore the solitary nature of Ninja-K I eagerly anticipate more in the future. The first arc is a perfectly balanced tale with an ending that hits all the right notes.

There is literally nothing I can (truthfully) say against the art in this comic.

After the first arc, Ninja-K remains among the best series currently being published by any publisher, and is an absolute must read. Add this to your pull list today.

Story: Christos Gage Art: Tomas Giorello Colours: Diego Rodriguez
Story: 9.6 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Ninja-K #5

NINJA-K #5

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO
Cover A by TREVOR HAIRSINE (JAN182012)
Cover B by LUCAS TROYA (JAN182013)
Interlocking Variant by KENNETH ROCAFORT (JAN182014)
Ninjak Icon Variant by PHILIP TAN (JAN182015)
Pre-Order Edition by TONCI ZONJIC (SEP172024)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MARCH 21st

London falling!

The murderous assault on MI6 has spilled out of the shadows and onto the streets of Britain’s capital! With his would-be killer unmasked, can Ninjak grapple with the truth behind the bloodstained legacy of MI6’s covert Ninja Programme…and an opponent with more experience, more precision, and more ruthless instincts than any he’s faced before?

Acclaimed writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and superstar artist Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR) unlock the secret of “THE NINJA FILES” as Colin King dares death onward!

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