Harbinger: Renegade #1

Harbinger: Renegade #1

Writer: Rafer Roberts Artist: Darick Robertson Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: November 16, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 3
8.9Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

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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 (A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and superstar artist Darick Robertson (Happy!,The Boys)!

  • 10
    All-Comic - Jesse Izdepski Oct 31, 2016

    Since 1992, Harbinger has stood as a flagship title and beacon of hope for comic book excellencein the Valiant Universe; as well as the entire comic book genre. Harbinger: Renegades is a nostalgic, yet fresh and captivating joyride thatbrilliantly blends the best of the yesterday and today. This is a very strong beginning to what appears to be a quality approach to Valiant Entertainment's next chapter in outstandingseries. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Joshua Rathbun Nov 1, 2016

    Harbinger Renegade was one of the books from the Future Of Valiant presentation earlier this year that I was the most eager to read and there is no disappointment here. Being a long-time reader of Valiant, I was very pleased with this. The trick will be to bring new readers into the fold but Harbinger Renegade is a good enough book to do that. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Nov 9, 2016

    'Harbinger Renegade' #1 is the perfect entry point into the Valiant universe and this well-executed stunner of a story. New and old readers will love this new series that reads like an action-packed sci-fi/superhero movie. If you miss X-Men then this will satisfy your soul. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - Logan Dalton Nov 17, 2016

    With memorable art and powerful colors from Darick Robertson and Diego Rodriguez that meld well with the powerful conflict plotted out by Rafer Roberts, Harbinger Renegade #1 is the superhero team book for young people trying to survive in Trump's America. The comic begins on a down note, and there are no big epiphanies or traditional "Avengers Assemble" type moments except for when Faith swoops in and grabs Jay ,which ends up being the beginning of a hasty retreat. Kris, Jay, and Faith's mentors and adult figures have failed them, and they must try to make sense of world filled with surveillance on "subversive" activities and people like the Consortium, who just want to exploit them and use them as lab rats in a selfish quest for power and glory. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comicsverse - Brandon Guerrero Nov 16, 2016

    How will they deal with both Harada and the new threat? What new abilities do you think we'll see? Comment below with your thoughts! Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Nov 15, 2016

    Harbinger Renegade #1 is an exciting start to the new series setting the stage for the return of the Renegades in an entertaining way. The prologue is highly intriguing creating an atmosphere of suspense early on. However, the hunt for new psiots putting Jay and Faith right in the middle is the real driving force this issue. And the conclusion is everything I could've hoped for coming into this issue. Now I can't wait to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Oct 31, 2016

    The issue leads off in an interesting way, bringing back an older character from previous Renegade stories, and his introduction is visually stunning. Cast against the backdrop of space, it's hard not to be impressed by the artwork by Valiant. In fact, the entire issue is visually impressive. It manages to hit you hard during it's tragic moments, but helps bring the heart and soul of Jay and his father to life. Overall, Harbinger Renegade #1 is a comic that you shouldn't miss out on, regardless of whether you're familiar with the Valiant Universe or not. This is the perfect place to start. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Nov 3, 2016

    Harbinger Renegade #1does two things; it gets you thoroughly invested in the series (which isexactly what you want), but it also tells a complete story. If this was a one-shot, I'dbe happy with the comic, but as the first issue on the journey toHarbinger Wars 2, I'm as happy as a pig in shit with this comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Nov 10, 2016

    Harbinger Renegade #1 is a welcoming reintroduction of Valiant's misfits. Roberts' ability to tap into these characters' personalities exceeds expectations. Furthermore, the narrative itself plays with the coming-of-age tropes associated with Harbinger from a fresh and exciting perspective. Add to it one hell of an effort from the art team, and Harbinger Renegade #1 is an easy recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Broken Infinite - Frank Rodriguez Nov 14, 2016

    Harbinger Renegades #1 is a shining beacon of a beginning that should what happens after you pull something big off. There are consquences and those consequences have long reaching effects that leave impressions on people. Roberts crafts this theme throughout the issue and allow the characters to bathe in those consequences and their feelings. The art was truly superb by each art team, allowing readers to be drawn into the world of Harbinger again. This first issue gave a lot to old fans while been easy and accessible to new readers. Harbinger Renegades # 1 hit all the right moves in this first issue while leaving enough dangling plots out for the series to continue for some time. This book had a little bit of almost everything and it's a solid read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Oral Frier Nov 15, 2016

    Harbinger Renegadeis a grittier, no holds barred Gen Xfor a new era. It tackles the clash between youth culture and authority head on, and the series really shines because of it. Valiant once again has struck gold with another of their series, and I expect to stake my claim now. I suggest you do the same. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Nov 16, 2016

    Harbinger Renegade #1 is heavy. This is not a team comic that focuses on lighthearted compassion. Each of them are struggling to make sense of their lives as they are, as well as the places they find themselves in. From the looks of the first issue, this will be a dark series, so even the bright moments may still be tinged with shadow. I think its worth a shot if you want more context about the Harbingers, especially if you read Faith, though be prepared to face some of the difficulties of the human experience within these pages. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Nov 16, 2016

    Harbinger Renegades #1 was a satisfying start to genuinely making the psiots relevant in the Valiant Universe again. Their place in it specifically because the core idea of what it means to be a psiot is not something you can get from someone so villainous as Harada. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Nov 16, 2016

    My rule of thumb lately is that I don't read what I'm not reviewing because I review a lot. That means I've missed a lot of Valiant's titles over the past year. With their new books releasing, though, I'm taking this chance to get caught back up and while they're not all winners in my book, it's good to see that the vast majority of their publishing line is good to great. I still have a hard time thinking of another publisher I can say that about which is a credit to Valiant. Lastly, I'm just really glad to have a Harbinger title to read again and will be looking forward to more Renegades as we approach Harbinger Wars 2. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Nov 17, 2016

    With a direction that looks to appease fans old and new, Harbinger's return is one worth watching. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GAMbIT Magazine - Alan D.D. Nov 19, 2016

    If you like different stories with unique proposals, as well as something that can, and probably will make you feel a little uncomfortable while reading, then Harbinger Renegade #1 is the right choice for you. It's not perfect, but I really want to see how this continues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Nov 3, 2016

    After a couple of years of being lowkey, the Harbinger side of Valiant has been making its way back in full force under new creative guides. With "Renegade", there is plenty of opportunity ahead, now we need time to see if it follows through. Read Full Review

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