Title: Harbinger Wars 2 #1
Script: Matt Kindt
Art: Tomas Giorello
Publication Date: May 30, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: For the rare and immensely powerful subset of humanity known as psiots, their unique abilities have come with an enormous cost. Once, their existence was known only to a select few. Now, the revelation that thousands of these latent telekinetic “harbingers” secretly live among us…with the potential to be activated at any moment…has led the American government to a dramatic tipping point…
Valiant’s newest, universe-spanning event, Harbinger Wars 2, has been teased and talked about and has gotten a good deal of hype for quite some time, and now, Issue #1 has finally arrived. With so much that’s been promised, the question on my mind when I began reading the issue was, “Will this live up to the hype?” After reading through the book, I am happy to report that the answer to my initial question is an undeniable yes.
Sure, it’s still too early to deem Harbinger Wars 2 a success, after all, this is only the first issue, but it’s clear that the creative folk at Valiant are treating this universe-spanning event the way that they should; there’s no larger-than-life villain or supernatural force that threatens all of existence, and from the looks of it, there isn’t a laundry list of required reading either. The prelude and tie-in issues will add to one’s enjoyment and understanding of this event, but they don’t have to be read.
Harbinger Wars 2 #1 does everything that a first-issue should and more; there’s exposition and there’s excitement. Matt Kindt has done a fantastic job in kicking this event off with an opening chapter that explains just as much as it entertains. His script is sharp and packed full of tight, well-polished writing and overall, offers a pleasurable reading experience that appeals to new and long-time readers alike.
Back in my first few reviews of the current X-O Manowar series, I raved about Tomas Giorello’s artowrk; saying that I was pleased to hear that he was yet again working with Matt Kindt on Harbinger Wars 2 is an understatement. Giorello’s illustrations are highly-detailed, hyper-realistic, and so very smooth. Each panel is a work of art in its own right.
The Bottom Line:
Valiant’s ambitious, universe-spanning event, Harbinger Wars 2, is off to a solid start. Harbinger Wars 2 #1 is a well-written, wonderfully-illustrated issue that is surprisingly accessible and enjoyable for new and long-time readers alike.