Book Of Death: The Fall of Harbinger #1

Event\Storyline: Book Of Death Writer: Joshua Dysart Artist: Kano Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: September 30, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 4
8.7Critic Rating
9.2User Rating

A showdown. An apocalypse. An ending. Many years from today, Peter Stanchek, the Renegades, the Harbinger Foundation, the Bleeding Monk, and Toyo Harada's Imperium all reach their terminus, as the entire planet becomes the battlefield for the most devastating psionic combat humanity has ever seen. The Great Destroyer, long prophesied and foreseen, comes to Earth at last. Who will survive...and what will be left of them?

  • 10
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Sep 30, 2015

    If you are reading Book of Death, then Book of Death – Fall of Harbinger #1 is another must read tie-in as it hits you just as hard as the others. Fall of Bloodshot, Ninjak, Harbinger, you care for how they die and they all passed in a manner most acceptable to their character. Everyone dies at some point, and this is how they go. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Broken Infinite - Frank Rodriguez Sep 30, 2015

    KANO's art is stunning, gripping and moving. Dysart's writing is compelling, intriguing and complex. This single issue gives so much with so little, like other Book of Death one-shots. Yet, this certainly does it best. The art is amazing, showing the complexes and colors of the universe. There was a lot of great moments in this issue that felt fulfilling: particular the fate of Zephyr aka Faith… and finding out which Valiant character she ended up married to. The story is self contained while builds upon both Harbinger and Imperium. Definitely, one of the best single issues I have ever read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Amy Okamoto Sep 28, 2015

    Book of Death: The Fall of Harbinger is a must-read for any Valiant fan. Emotional and intelligent, this story of endings leaves readers with such a sense of peace and hope, that it isnt an ending at all, but a rebirth. Like a phoenix rises from the ashes. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Oct 2, 2015

    Impenetrable to new readers, but an absolute love letter to the characters and themes and fans that have been built since 2012. Take a bow, gents. You earned it. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Sep 30, 2015

    Book of Death: Fall of Harbinger #1is an enlightening issue that details its end in an exciting manner consistent with the characters. It's good seeing what becomes of Harada's Foundation Zone and the eventual impact on the Earth as well as the impact of other characters on this future. The mystery behind Harada's return is intriguing, and the answers are well worth the wait and leave a lasting impression. The current Imperium series is one of my favorites and I'm glad this issue captured the essence of what makes it so great. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Sep 30, 2015

    "Book of Death: The Fall of Harbinger" #1 is an artistic and literary masterpiece, melding excellent characterization with stunning artwork that provides one possible conclusion to Dysart's ongoing and evolving storyline. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Brett I Oct 1, 2015

    If you want fun, continuity rewarding superhero stories, Valiant is the place to be. With an incredibly fun and effective one shot, this is an issue to check out. While it may not have the same effect storywise without knowing Valiant a little, the art is worth the price of admission. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Oct 1, 2015

    While not without their moments, thus far Valiant's run of The Book of Death finales have been more miss than hit, often feeling rushed in their push to deliver a solid end to their franchise leads. It's fitting then that they've saved the best for last, as Joshua Dysart and Kano's The Book of Death: Fall of Harbinger #1 is easily the most complete of the bunch. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicsverse - Alex Nader Oct 6, 2015

    BOOK OF DEATH: FALL OF HARBINGER is a fantastic, stand-alone comic that shows a possible future for the characters of HARBINGER and IMPERIUM. It ties plot elements from both series as well as other parts of the Valiant universe to make an effective and powerful issue with gorgeous art and a clear story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Sep 29, 2015

    Book of Death: The Fall of Harbinger #1 is a heavily character-driven book that looks at both Peter Stanchek and Toyo Harada. However, the beauty of Dysart's writing allows him to incorporate larger concepts such as death and rebirth and multiple dimensions as well. Kano provides solid artwork from the layouts to the world design to the action sequence that brings out the conflict in Stanchek's mind as well as the actual physical threat of the Harada Mind. Book of Death: The Fall of Harbinger #1 is one you can't miss with excellent storytelling and artwork. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Sep 30, 2015

    If you're not reading Imperium or you didn't read Harbinger, then you're probably thinking, "I should skip this issue." Well here's the strange thing. Dysart actually treats this issue as more of a recap to everything he's done with the franchise from day one. He still manages to craft a rewarding story, but he also gives new readers the Cliffsnotes of everything they've missed. If you've been curious about this franchise, don't be afraid of this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Sep 29, 2015

    Book of Death: Fall of Harbinger #1is the lone shining star in an otherwise weak summer event. Although Kano's standard humans look a little wonky, his surreal scenes of mind and monster are so gorgeous that they more than make up for it. Story-wise, Dysart's written a thoughtful script here that feels like a respectful and tender funeral for the entire Harbinger concept. If this were truly the end, it wouldn't have been the worst way to go. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Infinite Comix - Daniel Gehen Sep 28, 2015

    Despite its inherent flaws, Book of Death: The Fall of Harbinger is a solid tie-in to Valiant's big event. The wonderful art by Kano is a big reason this issue works better than expected, but also the structure of these one-shots plays to Dysart's strengths as a writer. The Fall of Harbinger may still prove challenging for those unfamiliar with Stanchek and his allies, but those willing to dig into the details will be rewarded with a layered and powerful narrative. Read Full Review

  • 7.5 - John McCubbin Sep 29, 2015

    Book of Death: Fall of the Harbinger is yet another amazing one-shot look at the final days of a Valiant character, as although these tales haven't focused heavily on the event they tie into, they're nevertheless an inviting read. This issue in particular also gives us some poetic twists, with a finale that is pure genius. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Karcossa Sep 30, 2015

    At the end of the day, Fall Of Harbinger just doesn't add enough to the main Book Of Death story line to justify my recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    First Comics News - Richard Vasseur Oct 5, 2015

    Peter and Harada do have a huge battle but it is not what you were expecting. It is much more. The results of it though do have a lasting effect on Earth. Read Full Review

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