Harbinger Wars #1
Written by Joshua Dysart
Story by Joshua Dysart & Duane Swierczynski
Art by Clayton Henry, Clayton Crain and Mico Suayan
Color art by Brian Reber
Letters by Dave Lanphear
Covers by Lewis LaRosa, Clayton Henry, Clayton Crain, and Patrick Zircher
Release Date: April 3, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99
Harbinger Wars #1 is the first effort in a line wide crossover from the newly returned Valiant Entertainment. Now, I haven’t been keeping up like I should have or wanted to with the rest of the Valiant line, but thankfully the whole team has done a great job not to let me get lost and make it an enjoyable read.
Joshua Dysart, the writer of this series, does a nice job in the first few pages in bringing you up to speed on who’s who and what’s what in the Valiant Universe. It’s never confusing or convoluted, and flows naturally with the kind of story telling that he’s using in this issue. That said, I’m not a huge fan of first issues of big crossover story lines because the author normally DOES spend a number of pages catching the audience up with what has come before. Again, that being said, this one is quick and painless and then hits the ground running. This issue certainly gets the ball rolling bringing several of the Valiant Universe characters together in what seems is a confrontation that’s been brewing for awhile. Very cool, nicely written issue.
As for the art this issue, there are three different artists on this issue, all with very different styles and all with different stories to tell. Thankfully, each one of them does a fantastic job at what they’re assigned to do. Clayton Henry, Clayton Crain and Mico Suayan all do fantastic jobs here with each different part of the book. Hopefully, this art team will stay with the book, because it’s really effective.
Is it summer time all ready? Not that I’m complaining but man, summer comic book crossover season sure got here quick! Thankfully, we have a new choice this year from the normal selection of summer comic blockbusters, thanks to Valiant. It’s time for something fresh and here, Valiant has definitely delivered.