Saturday, February 25, 2017

Harbinger Renegade #4 Review



Be all you can be...in the Renegades!


Writer: Rafer Roberts Prologue Artist: Juan Jose Ryp
Prologue Colorist: Frankie D’Armata
Penciler: Darick Robertson
Inker: Richard Clark
Colorist: Brian Reber
Letterer: Dave Lanphear Cover Artist: Dave Johnson Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 22, 2017

I really enjoy Valiant’s approach to its take on superheroes. The universe is well diverse and the characters are relatable. While there’s some recommended prior reading for this series to see how they’ve gotten here. You can still hop into this title and have a grasp on what’s taking place. As they give you a run down at the start of each issue of prior events. If you’re looking to change things up outside your more commercial superhero teams, Harbinger Renegade is worth giving a chance. So let's get into the issue.




The issue opens with a quick prologue showing us the day Harada visits Alexander Solomon’s home. Harada has found Solomon in order of convincing him to unlock his psiot power to its full potential. We get insight into Solomon’s intelligence and previous living situation. Giving him a reason to go with Harada to begin his transformation. 

Back in the present, the story picks up where the last issue ended. Kris Hathaway is meeting with Solomon to hear him out. With Kris being the revolutionary of the group, Solomon see’s that she is a key to his big plan. Solomon knowing the outcome of their conversation, has placed everything in motion. Even if their conversation was cut short by the other Renegades coming to Kris’s rescue. Later that day, we get the Renegades regrouped at a secret house. There we see the beginning stages of a new psiot in the Valiant universe. Even if this section feels out of place from the rest of the issue. We get to revisit a plot point started at the beginning of the series. 

Another enjoyable issue from this series. The art has been consistent throughout so far. Knowing I can always count on good art and storytelling elevates my excitement for each issue. Things are placed in motion to move the story along, which will be crucial for what’s to come. The upcoming development for our new psiot leaves me excited to see their role in the overall story. Bummer we’ll have to wait until July for the next issue.

Bits and Pieces:


Solomon has placed things in motion to further his plan to enhance other psiot’s. The art continues to be stunning and a good fit for the book. Although we have to wait until July, the creative team has something great up their sleeves.

8.5/10
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2 comments:

  1. I really like the Solomon vs Harada thing they're setting up.

    The weird problem I have with Valiant though is that I kind of wish they went with more of a cross-over angle than the mini-series heavy angle they're going for. With such a small universe I think the cross-overs would be more effective and have a much better effect while being less annoying.

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    1. I agree. Based on the cover for Issue 5 look's like we're finally getting a reunion of the Harbingers and Gen 0 together. So long of a wait though, I hope it pays off.

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