Valiant Entertainment has announced that the second book in their reurn to the comic book world will be Harbinger, written by New York Times best-selling author Joshua Dysart (Unknown Soldier, BPRD) with art by Harvey award nominee Khari Evans (Immortal Iron Fist, Carbon Grey).
Harbinger was originally brought to life by Jim Shooter and David Lapham. A cornerstone of the origianl Valiant universe, it was also one of the most critically acclaimed books at the time. Old fans can breathe easy, the relaunch looks to keep to Shooter and Lapham’s original vision.
“The idea of really getting a chance to dig in and build an epic mythology populated by a fully-realized cast of characters, all centered around Jim Shooter and David Lapham’s original premise, is super-exhilarating to me,” said Dysart in the press release. “I’ve been looking for a book to write that could be dark, weird, trippy, fun, real, unreal, violent and thematically ambitious. All the things I look for in fantastic fiction myself. Harbinger is that book, so I’m pretty damn excited about it.”
Skipping across America in a desperate attempt to stay ahead of the authorities, Peter Stanchek is learning that he’s much more than an out-of-work and on-the-run teenager; he is in fact a psionically-powered “harbinger” with the potential to change the course of human history. Now, respected philanthropist and fellow psionic Toyo Harada has come to guide Peter out of harm’s way and teach his new pupil what it truly means to wield power. But Harada isn’t as charitable as he might seem — and the repercussions of these two superhuman harbingers coming face to face might shatter the very planet he hopes to save.
“Peter Stanchek and Toyo Harada come from diametrically opposite places in this world. Peter’s a broke, disillusioned 18-year-old who sees the American Dream as nothing more than a fiction from another time. Toyo Harada is a self-made billionaire who’s watched the promise of the baby boomers disintegrate into self-interest. These two are inexorably linked by their extraordinary powers, but just because they share a bond doesn’t mean they share an ideology,” said Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons in the press release. “Their eventual collision is unavoidable.”
HARBINGER #1 — ON SALE JUNE 6!
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by KHARI EVANS
Cover by ARTURO LOZZI
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by MICO SUAYAN
Variant Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
QR Voice Variant by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
Check out the gallery below for preview pages from the new series! What do you think? Has Harbinger psionically convinced you to add it to your pull list? Do you think that this new creative team will live up to Shooter and Lapham’s original vision?