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Collecting HARBINGER #6-10 by New York Times best-selling author Joshua Dysart and an all-star cast of comics' top artistic talents, get ready for the second stunning volume of the series Ain't It Cool News calls "simply astonishing.
Posted September 29, 2014
This is the second TPB released by Valiant for their new re-imagining of the Harbinger series. This story picks up where the first left off. We see Peter, Kris, and Faith try to recruit some additional Harbingers in their war with Harada.
The best thing about this book was the development of the characters. The first TPB served as a great introduction and backstory to Peter (and Kris), as well as introducing Faith, but this TPB knocks it out of the park with the introduction of Flamingo and Torque, as well as the continued development of Kris, Faith, and Peter, and the group dynamic of all of them.
The five characters are remaining relatively true to their original namesakes from the 1990s, but even after these few issues I feel like the book is much more rounded. The backgrounds of Torque and Flamingo are more developed, and I immediately have a better handle on them. There are some changes (the changes in the Torque character are great, but I won't spoil them here). Faith is already showing her strength as a potential leader of the group, and she takes on the Harbinger Foundation by herself to save the others. And Kris is much more developed than previously, and her relationship with Peter is much more complex.
The art is great as well. It is straightforward and to the point. There is a lot of detail in the art. One of my biggest pet peeves initially was how they drew Faith (she is supposed to be overweight, but she isn’t as overweight as she seemed to have been drawn initially). The artists have toned it down somewhat and the characters are really starting to develop. It is great when you can read a comic book and each character actually looks different from the others!
This book is even better than the first TPB, and I am eagerly awaiting the next in the series. Strongly recommended for all comic fans.
Posted January 27, 2014
To clarify, this is the second book in Valiant's 'Harbinger' series, collecting comic issues #6-#10, and is every bit as good as the first, and better!
This second book naturally picks up the Harbinger story right where the first left off, and takes the story to a much higher level. This book essentially revolves around the formation of the protagonist's group of psiots, who later come to be known as the 'Renegades'.
The reason that "the book takes the story to a much higher level" for me is that whilst the art remains on a similar level to the first (which I also reviewed here on Amazon and cited as "decent art with fantastic colours"), it's the writing that really is brilliant in this book, as the whole story kicks up a notch and becomes _very_ exciting.
Having said that, the book isn't ALL ABOUT action sequences, far from it in fact. In this book the writer first of all treats us by introducing two new characters, who become part of the 'Renegades' team. He also once again shows his fantastic ability for writing characters with really good depth: Throughout this book we see (excluding the main character, who already had his 'depth' written in the first book) all of the main characters given a generous amount of 'character building' page space, which really helps to establish them in the story and gives the reader the ability to identify with or sympathise with them, which gives you a real desire to want them to succeed, especially toward the latter end of the book.
Speaking of which, this is where the books' action sequence occurs: And it really is big and exciting. I won't give away what happens, but the 'Renegades' find themselves squeezed into a very tight spot and have to pull together to attempt to come out of the situation intact. This is where the writer proves that he really understands the idea of a 'team book', and shows his talent at being able to write a very good one. I found myself willing the characters to come up with some way to get themselves out of the situation, and I also badly *wanted* them all to come out of it in a good state: but whether or not that happened is up to you to find out. Needless to say the sequence was really well written and drawn, and was undoubtedly a tense and exciting read, and made an excellent finale in the back of the book.
However, as good as the big action sequence was (it's not the *only* action sequence in the book, just incase you were wondering), it's certainly not the significant ending: A small, quiet event that happens afterwards is truly the 'big ending' of the book, and is a cool, sort of 'victorious' moment that happens right in the second to last panel. It really is a big, significant moment in 'Harbinger' story, as it completely sets up not only the next book but the whole future of the series: And once again my only problem with the book was that I put the book down *dying* to know what happened next!