By Todd Allen

Enough Marvel news for today.  Valiant has slipped us a 5-page preview for the second issue of their surprisingly dark teen psychic book, Harbinger. Looks like the alternate cover gives us a peek at the new Harbinger uniform.  Regarding the first page (and the extent to which this is a really dark take on the original) — the young lady is our hero’s early childhood crush and he sort of… gave her an attitude adjustment.

Official PR, followed by the preview:

The hunt for Peter Stanchek intensifies after an epic battle with Pittsburgh S.W.A.T forces him to use his powers in an all too public episode. Now he faces the most difficult decision of his life – continue to put his friends in harm’s way or abandon them for the safety of Toyo Harada’s Harbinger Foundation?

There’s a battle brewing for the fate of humanity – but just where do the lines between right and wrong, between revolution and all-out anarchy fall in the Valiant Universe? Peter Stanchek chooses his side as the definitive super-hero coming of age story for a generation with nothing to lose gambles on its future this July 11th inHarbinger #2 – arriving in stores the same day as Bloodshot #1!

Written by Joshua Dysart
Art by Khari Evans & Lewis LaRosa
Cover by Arturo Lozzi (MAY121313)
Variant Cover by Doug Braithwaite (MAY121314)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.


  1. I have to say I’m looking forward to this — I picked up #1 on a lark while at a local shop because I heard a lot of good buzz, and it was pretty damn good.

    It’s definitely one of the more satifying first issues I’ve read in a long time that didn’t feel like someone wrote a 90+ page story and just ripped out the first 22 pages. #1 didn’t answer every question posed, but I felt like it did give me enough of a feel for the concept and characters and a baseline idea of what the series is going to be about in a clear, consise storytelling manner, instead of being cute and coy and dropping obtuse hint after hint and making me stick around for several issues just to get to the central theme or hook.

    Was never a huge Valiant fan in their previous incarnation, but this is definitely interesting — reminds me a lot of the feel of Stephen King’s Firestarter, a darker take on super-slash-psychic powers, and I hope they can resist the urge to start shoving inter-title continuity down my throat and let this comic be itself for at least a while.