Jeff Lemire Uses Ballpoint Pen and Lined Paper to Cover HARBINGER #8

Valiant Comics has been making a lot of waves since they burst back on the scene earlier this year. Their use of recognizable talent to create quality books seems to indicate that they are determined to make their presence felt in the comic book industry in a real way for the first time since the 1990s.

The latest big name to contribute to Valiant? Jeff Lemire.

Check out this amazing variant cover to Harbinger #8, which does on-sale January 23, done with ballpoint pens on notebook paper:

That beats anything I ever doodled during math class in high school.


  1. Cool cover.

  2. Valiant sure is firing in all cylinders, and I’m loving it

  3. If it’s not too pricey, I might pick this up.

  4. Jeff Lemire, superpimp of the universe.

  5. That is such a cool idea and great execution.

    On a side note, what are some cool Valiant books? I’m not reading any right now and don’t know much about the publisher.

    • I’m really enjoying all four of the titles they’re putting out currently. (X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Archer and Armstrong, Bloodshot) I’ll definitely be trying the ones they’re starting soon as well. (Shadowman, Eternal Warrior, Rai) My favorite of the bunch though is X-O Manowar.

    • You have a pretty diverse pull list so it’s hard to pin down one book. You may like any of them. My favorite is Bloodshot, but they are all excellent. If you are in the mood for a team book, do Harbinger. If you want a buddy book with off-centered comedy, Archer and Armstrong. X-O is kind of like Conan in a war machine suit. Bloodshot is a brutal book about a guy trying to figure out who he is. You should be able to find #1 issues of any of them fairly easily.

    • Thanks! I’ll look into these.

    • I’ve just added Harbinger to my pulls. It’s such a good read; I really enjoy Dysart. The book kind of reminds me of a modern day ‘AKIRA’ with the main character playing the role of Tetsuo.

    • Harbinger is the only one I read and it is excellent. I intend to pick up Shadowman and I’ll probably get around to reading Archer and Armstrong when I have time b/c it was one of my favorites of the original series.

    • For me it’s being Archer & Armstrong as the outstanding book but they’ve all been great so you can’t really go wrong.

  6. Harbinger is the surprise of the year for me. I got caught up with the first 4 issues recently and can’t wait to read #5. Good stuff.

    Cool cover to #8, btw.

  7. Fantastic! My unfamiliarity and cover price has kept me away from these titles. Hope to pick up on some if these in trade in the near future.

  8. That is really cool looking!

  9. thats next level doodling! Lemire is so awesome. love it

  10. I thought Archer & Armstrong would be my favorite, but it being a straight rip off of the original story so far (even though it’s good) has left me cold. Harbinger on the other hand has taken the source material and taken it a step further. Liking this and Bloodshot so far, though I’ve only read the first two issues of bloodshot (the problem with advance ordering, I lost interest before the first issue got to me).

  11. Beginning of a trend? What say you? I hope not because I haven’t forgotten the 1990’s when varients flooded the market. I believe varients should be few and far between. Otherwise its cool & an original idea.