Harbinger #1

Writer: Joshua Dysart Artist: Khari Evans Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: June 6, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 2
8.4Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

Read minds. Bend steel. Break all the rules. Teenager Pete Stanchek is out of work, on the skids, and – unbeknownst to him – a psionic-powered “harbinger” with the potential to reshape the course of human history. Toyo Harada is a wealthy business magnate, a respected philanthropist and the most powerful harbinger of all – or so he thought. As they forge an uneasy alliance, will Harada offer Pete a chance for redemption ­– or attempt to induct him into a secret network of conspiracy, subversion and control? Pete is about to discover that he’s not alone in the world and, soon, the generation who has nothing will take on the man more

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Jun 3, 2012

    Harbinger (2012) #1 triumphantly fills the void that long suffering Valiant Comics and Harbinger fans have been laboring with for well over a decade, while re-introducing a brilliant concept in brilliant tones, both written and drawn. This is the book that you need to be reading in order to get on the ground floor of what is going to be one of the most important, well written, and drawn comic book series of the decade, and those yet to come. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Examiner - Brian Thomer Jun 5, 2012

    Harbinger is a tale of redemption as Peter has committed the ultimate invasion upon another human being. Dusart does a tremendous job of portraying Stanchek as a good person driven to desperation and the art is executed masterfully by Evans and Hannin. Valiant Comics is off to a great start with their second ongoing title. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jun 6, 2012

    I couldn’t really find anything I didn’t like about this book. I don’t relate to Peter’s drug problem or his runaway lifestyle, but it was the charm of his character and the situation he was in that I enjoyed. As much as I liked X-O Manowar, I actually grabbed for this title first this week and I’m glad that I did. From start to finish I was hooked on the book and can’t wait till next month when it’s a three way dance with Bloodshot. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Nov 26, 2012

    The answer might be found in the definition of the word. In one definition: A harbinger spreads the word of another person's coming. In another: The harbinger is a sign of things to come. Is Harada the harbinger for Stanchek, or are the powers they both exhibit a precursor for something else? That and more may be answered in the issues to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Walt Kneeland Jun 7, 2012

    I mentioned the old Harbinger series above; the vague memories I have of that reading experience I'm sure partially informs my experience now, especially suspicions of Harada as well as where this series may be headed. However, that's on a more meta-level...this is a completely new series, a new take on that, and you don't need to have any prior knowledge of Harbinger at all to get into this new issue. I was generally aware of the old Valiant, but was never all that invested in it. That said, I really enjoyed this issue, and look forward to the next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekality - Josh Pierce Jun 5, 2012

    The story is written well but by the end I had enough of the teen talk, especially with some of the panels mixed in. Khari a puts forth some good art, but his close ups look way to similar. Hopefully they get a hold of a few problems and have them corrected for next issue. Here's hoping the next one is a doozy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Jun 8, 2012

    The illustrations are by Khari Evans (Daughters of The Dragon : Samurai Bullets) who draws incredible facial expressions, like sunken faces & piercing eyes that give depth to the characters (Mr. Tull, Joe Irons & the Chinese army). With the help of colorist Ian Hannin, they have created one beautiful looking first issue. Grant it, individuals with mind powers are nothing new in the world of comics (see X-Men, JLA etc), but if you have a solid story, lovable characters with a chance for development & a decent enough creative team, than the possibilities are endless. Having just read & enjoyed X-O Manowar #2, Valiant is definitely on a roll. It remains to be seen if they can keep up the streak with upcoming titles like Bloodshot and Archer & Armstrong. From what Ive seen so far, I believe they will. From Valiant Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Examiner - Michael Seigler Jun 7, 2012

    The art in Harbinger is not nearly as stellar as that of X-O Manowar - however, it still looks pretty (thanks again, in large part, to the coloring), and already a unified aesthetic for the new Valiant Universe is starting to make itself apparent. Its worth noting how effective (and subtle) the use of color is in the book's early scenes. Peter's vibrant yellow hoodie singles him out as, visually, the one bright spot in a world full of drab, unhappy people - and yet in reality, he's the darkest of them all. Josh Dysart has the start of an extremely compelling protagonist in Peter (Much more so than the character of Aric in X-O Manowar) - if he can convincingly redeem his actions over the course of time, Harbinger could well shape itself into a strong cornerstone of the exciting new Valiant run. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Jun 8, 2012

    It's exciting to see such a strong new offering from Valiant as the publisher begins its launch of new books. Dysart's reputation as a talented writer precedes him, but he delivers on that reputation absolutely in this first issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - BigJ Jun 5, 2012

    Overall “Harbinger” #1 is another impressive re-launch for the new Valiant Entertainment. In a year with a plethora of fantastic books hitting the store shelves, both “Harbinger” and “X-O Manowar” earned their spot on readers pull-lists by emphasizing the foundation that the original Valiant was built on; strong storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Jun 6, 2012

    So far, with two titles under its belt, Valiant is doing a fantastic job of relaunching their line of comics. Harbinger #1 is a well written, well drawn comic book that is worth reading. It is going to have to prove itself very quickly though, because readers are not going to stick with it if they feel like they have seen all it has to offer before. Those of us that grew up with Harbinger know it still has a few tricks up its sleeves, let's just hope they bust them out soon. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jun 6, 2012

    This is an interesting debut. The potential is here for an exciting story but the groundwork necessary to get there drags. Dysart has a track record with books like Unknown Soldier and B.P.R.D., hopefully he's able to channel the higher concepts at work here into more compelling character work. Evans' work might just get better as the stakes are raised. Harbinger #1 could become the exciting and challenging title it once was but right now it's a little rough around the edges. Read Full Review

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