Harbinger #23

Writer: Joshua Dysart Artist: Clayton Henry Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: May 28, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 5
8.9Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

Dead. Means. Dead.

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal May 28, 2014

    I wish I could say more, but that would be cruel. With so much hype around this issue, so much build up, I was afraid it wouldn't deliver" but it did. That's actually a lot harder to do than you'd think. What has a greater difficulty is exceeding expectations" and it did that as well. Every issue is someone's first so why not start here? It's one of the best issues of the series so far. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze May 28, 2014

    Harbinger #23 is a roller-coaster of emotions that leaves you hurt that you are losing a character who has been with you since the start, and yet satisfied by how that Renegade's death was handled. After this issue anything goes for all who are left in this fight. I really wish there was something I could say that could have gone better, though if I'm being honest with myself it's just not possible. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Adam Alamo May 28, 2014

    With Harbinger #23, Dysart has demonstrated that he's a master of his craft. As the lead in to the final showdown between the Renegades and the Harbinger Foundation, he took an issue in the middle of a story arc and make it matter. He also paid homage to the original Valiant Universe, whose own Renegades suffered a loss that had lasting effects. He did it in a way that didn't feel cheap or gimmicky. On the contrary, he managed to make this issue one of the most anxiously awaited releases of this or any other title in the company's history. It is an issue that may have some fans lamenting the loss of their favorite character, but I have no doubt that in the end everyone will agree that this was an issue not to be missed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Jeffrey Jun 2, 2014

    If you've been reading Harbinger for the last two years, there's no reason you shouldn't buy this book. If you haven't been reading Harbinger, here's not the place to start, but go buy the trades because when you get caught up this issue is like a flying elbow drop to the gonads. But, like, in a good way… Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Capeless Crusader - Asaph Bitner May 27, 2014

    “Harbinger #23″ has very good action, deep and interesting characterization, and a well-conceived plot. And yes, as Valiant pointed out, the death of a Renegade. This issue, however, is worth reading not because of a cheap gimmick like the death of a character; rather, its worth reading on its own merits, one of them being that Harbinger is a series where the death of a character isn't really just a cheap gimmick. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl May 30, 2014

    All in all, Harbinger #23 solidifies Harbinger as the strongest book in Valiant's line up right now. Sure, this issue has a couple of missteps, and some events take up too much panel space, while others take up far too little. It's a matter of striking a balance between the big spectacles and the smaller moments. Both of them are here, and both are extraordinarily well done, but I'm left feeling that perhaps there could have been a little bit more small, character driven moments, and that a lot of the heavy action sequences (namely Peter vs. Harada, even though that's awesome), could have been saved for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Jun 2, 2014

    Flamingo's death is heroic but foolish. She leapt in without thinking, empowered as she was by her bond with her friends. Were her actions necessary? Ion would have splattered on Liberty Avenue before Zephyr, releasing his hold and allowing her to regain her levitation field, which she seems to quickly do anyway. Zephyr and Torque are now burdened with the knowledge that their friend died to save them. Pete, who activated Flamingo's psiot ability and her self-worth, led her towards a life that looked like it allowed her more control over her own destiny. Instead she gives her life in service to Pete's agenda. She now becomes a martyr to the cause, a rallying point as seen by Kris' spray paint tag on the server farm. Whether she serves the Renegades better that way remains to be seen. When the dust settles there will be some real soul searching to do in this comic book, and the answers these kids find will decide whether this new loss gains them anything at all. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho May 27, 2014

    This issue should meet the hype for most fans, as Dysart delivers a good script that is bound to get a reaction out of the reader. The duo of Henry and Evans drew the issue wonderfully and with great passion. For any Harbinger fan this is a must read, and remember that the most interesting stories should be the ones that deal with the aftermath. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Herotaku - Steven Lawrence May 27, 2014

    Valiant again delivers with an extremely excellent comic book. What has seemed to become a trend lately, is. Valiant writers like Joshua Dysart continue to push the limits of our minds, giving us hope for one thing and then completely ripping that notion from our fleshy finger tips. We try to reason with one scenario to only succumb to the truth we are just not worthy! Harbinger #23, the moment it caresses your skin at your local comic shop, or maybe your so cool and went digital, you will appreciate this issue, in more ways than one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman May 28, 2014

    HARBINGER once again proves it's a very well-written and thoroughly exciting series. The conflict between team Toyo and team Peter is massively satisfying and it leaves you beyond anxious to see what'll happen next. Yes, the big death didn't tug at my heart as much as it could have, but this is still an incredibly compelling story with consistently impressive visuals. Read Full Review

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