Harbinger #5

Writer: Joshua Dysart Artist: Khari Evans, Matthew Clark, Jim Muniz Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: October 17, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 3
8.2Critic Rating
9.7User Rating

Toyo Harada and Peter Stanchek. Master and apprentice. Creator and destroyer. Alpha and omega.

Humanity’s most powerful psionic, Pete Stanchek, has been run to ground. His few friends and family are gone. He is loved is by no one. At the nadir of his brief, 18-year existence, he has been drugged, deceived and deluded by a corporate master. But now he’s finally had enough. Tonight, the human race will find out exactly how powerful he is. Tonight, the boy who has nothing will go to war against the man who has everything. And soon the Valiant Universe will discover that anything can end – even the world.

  • 10
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Oct 26, 2012

    It's been an amazing run of work thus far from a pair of creators at the top of their game and hopefully readers of the comic will get to enjoy their efforts for quite some time. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Oct 17, 2012

    All of the new Valiant books are good if not great, but this series stands out the most for me. It consistently has your heart pumping as you read it and as I said before the characters stubbornness keeps it very interesting. It’s great to see human nature truly captured in a comic book about extraordinary powers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Oct 15, 2012

    Not without a few surprises, Harbinger #5 neatly wraps up the title's first story arc and lays a strong foundation for where Dysart is looking to take this series next. A pivotal issue in the young series' life, Harbinger #5 is not to be missed. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Oct 17, 2012

    The art in this issue is better than it has been the entire series. Khari Evans (with assists from Matthew Clark and Muniz) delivers big time. By the end of the issue, Pete looks so bloodied and broken that it almost hurts to read. The book just has a raw, visceral look that jumps off the page. There are so many cool moments in this issue, so many incredible panels to gaze at. All in all, Harbinger has become one hell of a kick ass series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Walt Kneeland Oct 19, 2012

    If you've not been reading this as singles, I definitely recommend picking up the (hopefully sooner than not) collected volume. And if you've been reading along...the last four issues have built the foundation for this issue, which pays off quite a bit, while leaving plenty for what's yet to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Oct 22, 2012

    The dialogue is vivid and fun, and Peter in particular is as cheekily witty as ever, with lines like, "you totally boned the structural integrity of that ceiling." Faith's dialogue is adorably fun and happy, and her exuberant arrival near the end of the issue, followed by a silent, ominous last-page sequence featuring the Bleeding Monk, make for a great one-two punch of dramatic contrast for the end of "Harbinger" #5 and also neatly bookends a strong if fight-heavy issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Oct 17, 2012

    Valiant has been absolutely killing it. Each title is crafted exceptionally well and HARBINGER is all about Peter's flawed character and an assortment of superbly cool powers. With The Bleeding Monk finally taking center stage, I have a feeling you won't want to miss what's to come. Don't let the extra dollar on the price tag scare you away from this fantastic book. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Oct 30, 2012

    This all has very much been set up, where the series goes from here is key. The dominoes are in place and where it falls and goes we'll see. The bigger is what the greater implication for the Valiant universe will be. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Vanessa Gabriel Oct 19, 2012

    Joshua Dysart uses furious pacing that quickly defines the enemies and allies of our star-crossed protagonist. Peter's anger leads him into a pivotal showdown, and his suffering will inevitably have you rooting for him. As the psionics are unleashed, Khari Evans packs some serious punch into 14 pages of dynamic action. With assists from Matthew Clark and Jim Muniz, the art is intense and emotionally charged. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geekality - Joe Sarnicola Oct 19, 2012

    The only flaw I found with this issue was Harada, the main villain, didnt come across as villainous or as in control as he should have. Well have to see what happens in forthcoming issues. Overall this book really held my interest. Read Full Review

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