Valiant Entertainment 2021
Written by Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing
Illustrated by Robbi Rodriguez
Coloured by Rico Renzi
Lettered by Hassan Otsman-Elhaou
The Warning unleashed. A hero captured. And a young rebel psiot joins the fight. A new era of Harbinger races forward with Robbi Rodriguez's eye-popping visuals.
Well it’s about time Peter made a comeback and honestly I like the way that this is going so far. I’m impressed with the ideas we see playing around our field of vision. Peter has been gone for a fair amount of time now and he’s gone through some changes, changes even he isn’t aware of and I have my suspicions about what's actually happened but it’s a little convoluted and I don’t want to speak out in case i’m actually correct. I’m pretty sure I am close too but I wanna see how this plays out too and I don’t wanna spoil this for me as well. I really like that there’s something “wrong” with Peter too and this prohibits him from just bursting back onto the scene making some kind of grand sweeping epic return to society. Instead it needs to be as much a journey of personal growth as well as well not falling into the same trap that caused him to become seen as bad as Harada himself was.
I’m very much enjoying the way that this is being told. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is presented exceptionally well. The character development that we see through the narration, the dialogue, the character interaction as well as how we see them act and react to the situations and circumstances which they encounter does a marvellous job in fleshing out their personalities even further. The pacing is excellent and as it takes us through the pages revealing more and more of the story the reveals we get which leads to more questions.
I’m mightily impressed with the way that we see this being structured and how the layers within the story continue to emerge, grow, evolve and strengthen. I’m also liking the way that we see the layers opening up new avenues to be explored. The Warning and why they are kidnapping Psiots for instance are a big one. What this does, regardless if all the avenues are explored or not, is add such great depth, dimension and complexity to the story. How we see everything working together to create the story’s ebb & flow as well as how it moves the story forward are impeccably handled.
The interiors here have a really great style all their own. The linework is clean, crisp and strong while with the varying weights and techniques that we see creating the detail within the work is extremely well rendered. While we see some nice use of backgrounds throughout we could always do with more. I like how they enhance and expand the moments while also working within the composition of the panels to bring out the depth perception, sense of scale and that overall sense of size and scope to the story. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a remarkably talented eye for storytelling. The various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work shows a stellar eye for how colour works.
I love that this book has depth and dimension to the story right off the bat, from the moment that Peter woke up to the last page of this issue there's this crazy complexity to the story that works sensationally well. The writing is impeccable and the characterisation is interesting and dynamic while the interiors do a fabulous job bringing it all to life.