Harbinger #14 – Harbinger Wars Tie-In
Writer: Joshua Dysart
Pencils: Khari Evans and Trevor Hairsine
Inks: Stefano Guadiano
Colors: Ian Hannin
Letters: Rob Steen
Covers: Clayton Crain and Patrick Zircher
Review by Scott Keys
Last week saw the final issue of the Harbinger Wars miniseries, which was pretty awesome in its own right. In Harbinger #14, we get to see the final moments of the Harbinger Wars from the point of view of our titular characters. If you haven’t been reading the Valiant books…WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU?!?! These books are A-MA-ZING, especially Harbinger! This book has been awesome from issue one, and with a team like Joshua Dysart, Khari Evans, and Trevor Hairsine (lest we forget Stefano Guadiano’s inks tightening up those pencils), things are only going to get BETTER!
First, let’s talk about Dysart’s story. Dysart utilizes the flashback sequences very well in this book. Not only do we get to see adventures of a younger, more pro-active Harada trying to take out PRS, but by using the flashbacks at key moments in the story, we get into Harada’s “mind” and catch a glimpse of his “long-game” with PRS. Dysart uses every page to move the story forward, even when looking back…BRILLIANT!
Let’s not forget about the art team. I love how they have different artists doing the flashbacks and present day scenes. It gives the readers a nice definitive line that “this isn’t happening right now,” without taking them completely out of the story. Of course, Guadinao helps keep the looks consistent with his inks, while keeping the pencils distinct. Khari Evans has been killing it from the beginning, and I’ve enjoyed Hairsine’s work since Cla$$war (remember that one? look it up, good stuff), and REALLY look forward to his work on the upcoming Eternal Warrior title!
Harbinger has been one of my favorite books of the Valiant relaunch (actually, I’ve loved them all so far), and issue #14 is another example of great storytelling. I don’t think you’d be disappointed if you gave this book a shot.
Harbinger #14 is out today from Valiant Entertainment at your local comic shop and digitally.
Art: 4.5 / 5
Story: 5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5
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