HARBINGER WARS #1
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Penciler: Clayton Henry
Cover Artist: Lewis Larosa, Clayton Henry, Clayton Crain, Patrick Zircher
Editor: Warren Simons, Jody LeHeup
Size: 0 pages
I’m always hesitant about crossover events, and even though I’ve been enjoying Harbinger since issue 1, my feelings around Harbinger Wars were no different. To my relief, this issue paid out. The inside cover gave me all the Bloodshot info I needed to follow the story, which was very welcomed, and the story itself was designed in such a way as to keep the reader informed without undermining their intelligence.
There is a lot to like here. We meet a new group of psiots, this time ran by Project Rising Spirit, which this whole series seems to center around, and all of the major players are given a good amount of screen time. There is action, plotting, government conspiracy, downtime, and suspense. It’s everything I want out of the first issue of a crossover mini. My only dislike was the pointless “possible future” scene that does a great job of stirring the reader, but ends up being hollow shock. Luckily it was only a few pages, but it knocked the story to a 4 for me.
Art chores were handled by three different artists. Each style was different and used for a different setting, to excellent effect in my opinion. The China mission art really stood out, but it was all good. It will be interesting to see how this is handled as the stories merge in coming issues.
So far, this series feels very Harbinger driven, and that is A-OK with me, although I think Bloodshot will be getting more of the focus in coming issues. The story is layered with lots of action, and has a lot of potential. At the end of this issue I found myself excited for what’s to come, and had the sense that this was somehow important to Harbinger (a book I am currently loving), so they have me sold. If you are reading either Bloodshot or Harbinger and have room in the budget, I would definitely recommend checking this series out.
Art: 4 - Very Good