Comic Book Review: Secret Weapons #0

Title: Secret Weapons #0
Publisher: Valiant
Writer: Eric Heisserer
Artist: Adam Pollina
Colorist: David Baron
Lettering: A Large World Studio
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “Before the fall of the Harbinger Foundation… Before the opening pages of SECRET WEAPONS #1… Academy Award-nominated writer Eric Heisserer (Arrival) and legendary artist Adam Pollina (X-Force) present all-new, standalone prelude to the year’s best-selling independent limited series!
“Meet high school senior Nikki Finch… She’s a gifted athlete with an unusual set of medical ailments and high-aptitude test scores that have drawn the attention of an obscure and little-known NGO calling itself the Harbinger Foundation. With seemingly limitless resources at its disposal, the Harbinger Foundation has just offered Nikki a place in their newest class of recruits for a prestigious, but secretive, mission: to unlock her hidden potential via the invasive, dangerous and often deadly process known as “psiot activation”…
“If they succeed, Nikki could become an extraordinary example of Toyo Harada’s vision for the future of post-human biological superiority. If they fail, she’ll likely die on the operating table…or be locked away for future study in the mysterious research facility known as The Willows…
“An essential new chapter in the Harbinger mythos is about to be revealed as Nikki Finch – a future founding member of Livewire’s squadron of misfit telekinetics – relives the never-before-told saga of her recruitment and activation at the hands of Toyo Harada’s Harbinger Foundation in a must-read standalone special from two of Valiant’s most accomplished storytellers!”

As promised in the publisher’s summary of the book, Secret Weapons #0 works successfully as a prelude to Secret Weapons, and in this chapter, a great focus is placed on high school senior Nikki Finch.

More so than just an origin story of a pivotal character, Secret Weapons #0 is a solid read that provides insight while also containing enough original substance to stand on its own feet as an entertaining work that is worth reading. Sure, fans and readers of Secret Weapons will undoubtedly get the most out of this book, but the book is approachable and there is a whole lot for newcomers to admire.

What stands out most in this book is its purposeful straightforward approach to storytelling. Panel after panel, Nikki remains at the center of attention (as she should) both in terms of the book’s script and its appearance. Every word and every illustration serves its purpose. Again, this is straightforward storytelling at its best.

The Bottom Line:

This prelude, Secret Weapons #0, is a beautiful standalone chapter in the Harbinger mythos that centers around Nikki Finch. Cinematic in its progression and flow, and at times quite emotional, this book is one that fans should not miss.