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Sommer K reviews Harbinger #0, the first zero issue from Valiant Entertainment. Read more to find out why its the best Valiant comic yet.

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Sommer K reviews Harbinger #0, the first zero issue from Valiant Entertainment. Read more to find out why its the best Valiant comic yet.

[Caution: Possible spoilers ahead.]

 

The Valiant of yore was known for bringing #0 issues onto the comics scene, and the new Valiant is staying true to its roots this week by releasing its first #0 issue, Harbinger #0. And it is certainly a doozy. Harbinger #0 reveals important incidences in Toyo Harada’s past that have shaped him into the powerful, ruthless, empire builder that he is. It also depicts a more recent mission in which Harada guides his child ward, Darpan, through a strategic attack in Syria. Fans of the Harbinger series should read this issue because it offers an exciting glimpse into the deeper motivations of Harada, the fascinating and complex character that we have grown to love and hate. It also stands well on its own, so the issue is an excellent jumping on point for new readers. But most of all, people should read this comic because it is simply spectacular.

Writer Joshua Dysart expertly weaves together several storylines - Harada’s rise to power as an orphan in Hiroshima, Darfan’s mission in Syria, and a related mission in Qatar - with them all tying together beautifully in the end. The story is suspenseful and riveting; it reveals, while also creating more mystery in the end. I experienced it almost as though I were watching a great action film rather than reading a comic. I could not look away. I loved Dysart’s use of real events within the story: the inclusion of the bombing of Hiroshima and the recent civil war in Syria brought out our already existing experience with these events and made the story feel even more realistic.  Then there was the beautiful and true-to-life art by Mico Suyuan and Pere Perez to top it all off. They did a great job creating a different look for each storyline so that I could easily follow the tale as it flowed back and forth through time and space.

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To be honest, Harbinger has not been my favorite of the new Valiant titles. Until now, I have been much more into X-O Manowar and Archer & Armstrong. But I can honestly say I enjoyed Harbinger #0 more than any of the X-O or A&A issues I have read so far. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say it’s the best single issue from any publisher so far this year. Period.

5 stars

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