Harbinger Wars #1

Event\Storyline: Harbinger Wars Writer: Joshua Dysart, Duane Swierczynski Artist: Clayton Henry, Clayton Crain, Mico Suayan Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: April 3, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 3
8.1Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

HARBINGER WARS, Valiant's first family crossover event, begins here! A decades-old secret is about to put BLOODSHOT and HARBINGER on an inescapable collision course - and, soon, the most powerful forces in the Valiant Universe will be drawn into a battle without sides, without rules, and without mercy. Two dozen undisciplined, untested and untrained superhuman children have just escaped from a top-secret research facility and into the world. When Bloodshot, Toyo Harada and Peter Stanchek join the chase, will the Valiant Universe be ready for its first all-out superhuman showdown? Start reading here for a high-stakes tale that will put Valian more

  • 10
    Comic Book Therapy - Muy Mareado! Apr 3, 2013

    Harbinger Wars is a great start for this major event. I'm looking forward to reading more and seeing how it will unfold. With the story and art being well done, we're in for a great ride. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Apr 3, 2013

    HARBINGER WARS is finally here and it's off to a tremendous start. Relatively minor complaints aside, it does a more than able job setting the stage for what's to come while diving deep into characters and providing a more than fair amount of entertaining violence. Assuming HARBINGER WARS keeps at this pace (and given the publisher's track record, it's safe to say it will), it'll absolutely live up to the hype and was well worth the wait. With BLOODSHOT's brutal nature and the rich characters from HARBINGER, what's not to love?I get many of you have a limited budget and $3.99 is frightening to see on a cover, but it's totally justified here. We're talking about a 30 page issue (includes a preview for their upcoming book, QUANTUM AND WOODY, too) that actually offers character development, fun action, and lays out a solid overall narrative. It's 30 pages of pure goodness. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Crux - Wesley Messer Mar 4, 2013

    If you havent been introduced to the Valiant Universe yet, give Harbinger Wars a shot. Dysart does a good job of introducing these characters to you as a reader. Id lost track of the books myself over the past couple of months and I had little trouble following the story. The pacing is just enough that you wont get lost as to whats happening here. Harbinger Wars isnt about throwing ideas and characters around, but putting them into a coherent story, and thats how it's successful and why I can give this my highest recommendation. Go forth and read Harbinger Wars, a cool way to introduce new ideas and strengthen old ones. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Apr 1, 2013

    Finally, a publisher delivers an action packed, character driven, commentary laden, and all around brilliant and multifaceted crossover event that will appeal to a wide range of readers. Thank you Valiant Entertainment for making crossovers not only fun to read again, but worth reading again. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - joedwardlewis Apr 4, 2013

    The artistic team of Henry, Crain and Suayan, with their contrasting styles, work wonders with the material " at no point does it feel jarring or disjointed. Valiant's trick is to let each have different scenes, whilst timelines are distinct, they are woven deftly. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - BigJ Apr 8, 2013

    Valiant's first major crossover event looks like it will live up to the hype as “Harbinger Wars” escalates to its violent, bloody pay off. Writer Joshua Dysart is turning out career defining work on “Harbinger”. “Harbinger Wars” #1 is the culmination of a year's worth of carefully planned plot threads that finally pay off at all once. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Apr 3, 2013

    There are three artists working on this issue, but it manages to never feel jarring or stitched together. Clayton Henry, Clayton Crain and the non-Clayton named Mico Suayan all have incredibly different styles, but Harbinger Wars is structured brilliantly and allows for each of these guys to do their thing without disrupting the flow or feel of the book. The trick is that the artists all handle different scenes, times, and settings. Crain does a violent flashback. Suayan renders a bizarre dream-type sequence. Henry gives us the here and now. Harbinger Wars features a lot of different threads coming together, and it accomplishes that daunting task with style and vigor. Issue #2 can't get here soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Roderick Ruth Apr 4, 2013

    So whether you're painting a red circle on your chest or putting on a blue Harbinger jacket, this issue seems to be promising a lot of action and fun for forthcoming issues of Harbinger Wars. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - JDOC Apr 17, 2013

    The story concludes with the committee learning of Harada's plan freeing the psiots using Bloodshot, and Bloodshot meeting with Harada, telling him he's everyone's problem, since he wont allow Harada to take in the freed psiots for his own ends. To be continued next issue (# 2)……. There's also a breif preview for the upcoming Quantum and Woody series coming July 10th from Valiant. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - David Vandervliet Apr 3, 2013

    Unlike many crossovers, this story is very approachable for new readers. You won't get lost if you're not reading all the titles involved.You don't need intimate knowledge of the complete continuity of every character featured. They have done a great job and making this event a great jumping on point for new readers. So if you have been putting off trying out Valiant, this event gives you a perfect chance to get in on some of the best comics out today. The Harbinger Wars continues in the Harbinger and Bloodshot monthly titles. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Maxwell Majernik Apr 3, 2013

    Harbinger Wars #1 can be enjoyed by new and old fans alike, but the old fans may not get as much out of it as they would like. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Elkin Apr 10, 2013

    So, am I actually giving a Crossover Event Comic Book four out of five stars? I think that is testament to what Valiant has been up to with their relaunch. This is now the third Valiant book I've had the opportunity to take a look at, and I've enjoyed reading all of them. Valiant has been hyping Harbinger Wars hard, and if the rest of the event continues along these lines then the kit and the kaboodle will live up to it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Apr 12, 2013

    It's yet to be seen if Harbinger Wars will pay off the potential of the concepts at the heart of Harbinger and Bloodshot, but the book is a success by being what many superhero crossovers refuse to be: a stripped down meat and potatoes action story with cool ideas and some heart. It doesn't hurt that, like a soldier between his third and fourth tour and an unemployed graduate on the grounds of Zucotti Park, there are a lot of good reasons for these concepts to occupy the same space. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - David Harper and Brandon Burpee Apr 4, 2013

    It's a really solid book, but it was a little less spectacular than the last issue. Not bad, definitely good, just not great. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geekality - Josh Pierce Apr 2, 2013

    The problem that I found was the emotion evoked as a reader was less then I wanted to it to be as I read the pages. Nothing makes me want to read this again, and that's the problem. I will surely read issue #2 and I hope that given time in the series I will be aloud to invest my emotions in the story. Because at this moment that's what's stopping me from really loving this issue. But, if you're a fan of action, and mystery then this is definitely the issue for you. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Apr 4, 2013

    Newer readers might feel overwhelmed, but Harbinger Wars #1 offers just enough to make me want more. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Apr 6, 2013

    This book mixes various elements from both Harbinger and Bloodshot to great effect, although it does so without much excitement. It may have a little bit of trouble on the art side of the equation with two styles that don't mesh well together and the plot seems to be starting rather slowly, but we can still see the sheer potential behind the comic when we see all the pieces on display here. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Apr 5, 2013

    "Harbinger Wars" #1 isn't a bad start, but it's also not as fun as I would have expected. After all the build-up to this moment, this should've been a huge explosion of energy and action. Instead? It's plodding along in places. This is a comic that had so much good material setting it all up, it's ultimately a little frustrating that it isn't living up to all of that promise and source material. Read Full Review

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