Harbinger, Volume 1: Omega Rising

Harbinger, Volume 1: Omega Rising

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by Joshua Dysart
     
 

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  • Super-powered teenager Peter Stanchek is on a dangerous path. Skipping across the country in a desperate attempt to stay one step ahead of the authorities, Peter is quickly realizing that he's a psionically-charged
    "harbinger" with the potential to reshape the course of human history. But
    Peter's plight has not gone unnoticed. Respected philanthropist

Overview

  • Super-powered teenager Peter Stanchek is on a dangerous path. Skipping across the country in a desperate attempt to stay one step ahead of the authorities, Peter is quickly realizing that he's a psionically-charged
    "harbinger" with the potential to reshape the course of human history. But
    Peter's plight has not gone unnoticed. Respected philanthropist and fellow harbinger, Toyo Harada, is about to offer Peter the chance at the things for which the boy has always longed — family, inner peace, self-control
    — and induct him into the sprawling, secret network of conspiracy and subversion known as the Harbinger Foundation. Now, Peter begins his long road towards a destiny that will shake the very foundations of the Valiant Universe.
    His first lesson? All power comes with a price!
  • Collecting the first five issues of the critically acclaimed series by
    New York Times best-selling author Joshua Dysart (Unknown
    Soldier
    ), acclaimed artists Khari Evans (Carbon Grey) and Lewis
    Larosa (PunisherMAX), this is the perfect place to catch up with the series that Comic Book Resources calls "superheroes at its best."

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/25/2013
Peter Stanchek possesses an unfortunate combination of teenaged vanity with vast powers of mind. Unable to master his abilities Peter and his companion Joe live a hand-to-mouth existence, at least until billionaire philanthropist Toyo Harada takes notice of Peter and his destructive potential and elects to capture the young man in the hope that Peter can be rehabilitated. Peter discovers that he is not alone, that Harada and many others are fellow "Psiots", humans with godlike powers; he soon learns Harada has an agenda in which there may be no place for a monster like Peter. Author Dysart and his team of illustrators explore the theme of the moral effects of unchecked power, something speculative fiction authors have done for decades and more mundane authors for centuries; finding something new to say or at least a novel way to express old ideas is something of a challenge, one the creators are not up to. There is no element of the story better authors have not used to greater effect before, including the decision to make their protagonist a rapist who uses his powers to compel adoration from others. Although the art is competent enough, it cannot compensate for overly familiar storyline. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780979640957
Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment, LLC
Publication date:
01/22/2013
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
310,389
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
13 - 16 Years

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Harbinger, Volume 1: Omega Rising 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
cjv13 More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of the previous incarnation of Harbinger (from the 1990s) and eagerly have been awaiting its rebirth. While very different from the original, this new version adds some new twists and turns, and make for a very exciting read. The overall premise is similar, but there are enough differences to make it worth a read. While I admit it did take some getting used to (the older characters were very well developed), the new storyline has proven intriguing in its own right, and a strong addition to the new Valiant universe.
Joel_G More than 1 year ago
The BEST of the BEST of Valiant Harbinger in the 90's was a title I never got into.  I approached this volume with an open mind though and very soon, this has become my favorite of all the valiant titles.  This collection reprints the first 5 issues of Harbinger and is an amazing story.  Writer Johsua Dysart really makes the characters come alive on the pages.  The same is true for all the Valiant titles, however, there is an amazing amount of personal touches to the characters that really make them feel real. The premise is that there are people with varied powers and abilities and in the Valiant universe, they are referred to as Psiots. From the main character, Peter Stancheck, his friend Joe and even billionaire Toyo Harada, all of these characters have more depth to them than some real people I know!  They do what they feel they must for themselves, and in the case of Harada, for the good of the world.  Peter is a troubled young man who has been on the run for a long time.  Him and his friend Joe have been pursued by the law due to Peter using his powers to do what he has to to get by in life.    Harada is a billionaire who is set on using his Psoit abilities and his wealth to mold the world into what he believes it should be, for the betterment of all.  We see the good guys commit bad actions and the bad guys doing the right thing too.  People doing what they believe is right, and damn the consequences.  This is an amazing ride, and I was happy to be along for it! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Harbinger takes the term “Super Hero Team” and flips it on its head. There are no “Good Guys” per se, as ALL characters have flaws and/or also redeeming qualities that add MUCH depth to both the storyline, as well as the characters themselves.  This is what Marvel’s X-Men was supposed to have been. Think about it; when you take a group of misfits and rebels and give them god-like abilities, how might you suppose they would honestly act? Would they be responsible upstanding citizens, or would they have a number of inner demons to deal with along the way. This is what makes Harbinger so interesting, in that you can not only see where Peter Stanchek and co are right in their actions, but also where they often are wrong and the consequences that come from such things. Much of the plot is not simply limited to a black and white view of morality or right vs wrong: it is quite grey and undefined. Honestly, a series could be made surrounding the villain, Harada and it would be equally as interesting and fun to read.  The Harbinger story was perhaps the best of the 1990’s, and with this re-boot those same elements have been not only greatly expanded upon, but significantly improved as well. The art is stunning, and as a whole is amongst the finest work in print today in the comic book industry.