Harbinger Wars #4 Review


The final chapter to the Harbinger Wars is here and if you are looking for a neat, clean resolution then look again. The conclusion isn’t typical but it is satisfying if you like great storytelling.

Official description from VALIANT:

It all comes down to this! H.A.R.D. Corps vs. Bloodshot vs. Toyo Harada vs. Peter and the Renegades! Who will be left standing amidst the wreckage once called Las Vegas?

Between Valiant’s two titles Harbinger and Bloodshot we are getting a whole lot of comic and it’s been well worth the time as all the story lines have been leading to the finale of the Harbinger Wars. The battle for Las Vegas is at it’s peak with all the various groups of psiots and soldiers coming to the fight and like most wars the results are mixed based on your perspective. Peter and the Renegades are going head-on with Bloodshot and in the end Bloodshot proves to be as formidable of an opponent to Peter as Toyo Harada has been. Some of the biggest gut punches comes from the H.A.R.D. Corps vs. Chronos and Generation Zero. Harbinger Wars pulls no punches as the casualties begin to pile up. We knew going in that this wasn’t going to be pretty and writers Joshua Dysart and Duane Swierczynski certain deliver a story with no real winners only survivors.

Dysart and Swierczynski have crafted one of the better company wide events of the year with Harbinger Wars. Unlike most big events whose outcome rarely lives up to their hype the Valiant creative teams surpass theirs. The ending of this chapter changes the dynamics and certainly has major character implications moving forward. Clayton Henry continues to do great work for Valiant. He has a strong grasp on the characters and makes a visually stunning impact with his art that compliments the writing. He captures the action and the horror of battle that moves the eye and captures your emotions.

Valiant does it again! Harbinger Wars ends on a high note although still tragic and the repercussions will be felt across the Valiant Universe like no other. Harbinger Wars has real consequences and as a reader you can feel the satisfaction of solid storytelling. Valiant deserves the praise it’s received because it chooses great storytelling over empty promises. Readers are the real winners with Harbinger Wars and Valiant.


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