One of Valiant’s big fall releases is Harbinger Renegades by Rafer Roberts and Darick Robertson, widely teased as “Jack Kirby’s Trainspotting.” But what you didn’t know until right now is that it will be kicking off a whole Harbinger Wars 2 event. It’s a follow up to Valiant’s first event, in 2013, the first Harbinger Wars, which included Harbinger, Bloodshot, Toyo Harada, and Generation Zero in all out mayhem that may have inspired a five picture deal.
Future details to come but here’s the teaser above and a 13 PAGE preview of the expanded to 40 pages Harbinger Renegades debut below.
UPDATE: Oh and here’s more from the official debut at CB.com:
Beginning with the release of the oversized, 40-page first issue on November 16th, HARBINGER RENEGADE #1 will follow Solomon out of his days spent hiding as a long-exiled former disciple of Toyo Harada and into a brilliant but perilous gambit for control of the unique super-powered individuals called “psiots.” As an all-new threat on par with any of Valiant’s greatest villainous minds – from Toyo Harada to Master Darque to Dr. Silk – Solomon’s actions will not only bring him into conflict with the Harbinger Renegades, but also lay the foundation for HARBINGER WARS 2 – Valiant’s biggest, most ambitious and most impactful comic book event to date – in 2018.
“HARBINGER has always been a franchise defined as much by its villains as by its heroes, and HARBINGER RENEGADE is taking that original mission to a terrifying and captivating new place,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “As much as this story belongs to Kris, Pete, Faith, Torque and the rest of HARBINGER’s beloved heroes, it will also be told in equal service to Alexander Solomon – a new counterpoint to the team’s place in the Valiant Universe and an adversary that will utterly redefine their future. What happens in the opening issues of HARBINGER RENEGADE will shape the next two years and beyond of Valiant storytelling as the forces and fractures behind HARBINGER WARS II build toward an epic culmination unlike anything we’ve seen or attempted before.”
At the height of his power, Toyo Harada, CEO of one of the world’s largest corporations and the most powerful psiot on the planet, discovered, recruited and activated Alexander Solomon. Gifted with the power of probability analysis, Solomon is able to predict future events with astonishing accuracy. This ability made him incredibly valuable to Harada. Working together over time, the two grew as close as father and son. Eventually, Solomon would rise to become one of Harada’s most trusted deputies and a member of his inner council…until Harada discovered that his protege had secretly been exploring an agenda in stark disobedience to his wishes. Betrayed, Harada sent a strike team to neutralize Solomon. That strike team’s failure sent Solomon underground…until now…
And, soon, Alexander Solomon’s renegade vision for the future of humanity will put him on a one-way collision course with Valiant’s number-one team of super-powered upstarts: the Harbinger Renegades!
For the series’ first four issues, Roberts will be joined by incendiary artist Juan Jose Ryp (BRITANNIA) for a new series of prologues, detailing Solomon’s origin and rapid ascent through the ranks of the Harbinger Foundation as Harada’s surrogate son and heir apparent. The road to HARBINGER WARS 2continues as the ways and means of Valiant’s next great villain are laid bare!
Plus: Also coming in HARBINGER RENEGADE #1, extraordinary artist Raul Allen (WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR) comes on board for a one-shot primer to the revolutionary world of Harbinger! Exactly what are the extraordinary individuals called “psiots”? How many of them exist among us? What are their incredible powers? And who are the members of the secret psiot team called the Harbinger Renegades?
Set for publication in 2018, further details on the HARBINGER WARS 2 event are currently classified. However, Valiant is offering fans the chance for an advance insight into the conflagration that’s coming with HARBINGER WARS 2 #0 – an exclusive, limited-edition Valiant zero issue that can only be obtained by redeeming mail-away coupons included in HARBINGER RENEGADE #1–4! Featuring a can’t-miss prelude to the landmark comic event of 2018 that cannot be obtained anywhere else, readers simply have to clip and ship their detachable coupons to receive this one-of-a-kind, advance chapter torn from the future of the Valiant Universe! Look for full participation guidelines for redeeming your copy of HARBINGER WARS 2 #0 in the pages of HARBINGER RENEGADE #1, on sale November 16th in comic shops everywhere.
“Rafer and Darick are an exceptional team, and they’re absolutely crushing HARBINGER RENEGADE,” said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. “It’s smart, it’s subversive, and, it’s exceptional to see Darick Robertson – one of the unique voices in our medium – working on the Harbinger mythology and pushing the boundaries of what Valiant has done to date. Rafer Robert has drilled right into the core of these characters – who are some of the most recognizable and beloved of the past 30 years, I should add – and this is going to be a helluva ride.”
The countdown begins on November 16th in…
HARBINGER RENEGADE #1
Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by DARICK ROBERTSON
with RAUL ALLEN and JUAN JOSE RYP
Cover A by DARICK ROBERTSON (SEP162040)
Cover B by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (SEP162041)
Cover C by DAVE JOHNSON (SEP162042)
Cover D by KANO (SEP162043)
Valiant x CGC Variant Cover by PERE PEREZ (SEP162044)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (SEP162046)
Variant Cover by BOB LAYTON (SEP162047)
Variant Cover by JIM MAHFOOD (SEP162048)
Blank Cover Also Available (SEP162045)
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