Never let it be said that Valiant isn’t willing to try something new. Harbinger Wars 2 is launching in a format that sounds like a cross between 2 old school formats: the DC Dollar Comics of the late 70s/early 80s and Marvel’s old Strange Tales / Tales of Suspense / Tales to Astonish split books. Which is to say, Secret Wars 2 with contain 2 stories per issue, but they’re both 22 pages long. So 44 pages of comics (roughly like the old Dollar format) and 22 pages per strip, instead of Marvel’s old 11/12 pages. And here’s the extra surprising part: the press release still has the price at $3.99.
The scenario is that the government has hired OMEN, a private defense contractor, to start eliminating superhuman threats. Particularly psiots (think mutants and you’ll be close). So in the Matt Kindt/Tomás Giorello portion of the book, the Harbinger Renegades are travelling from the East, looking to activate more psiots and build a resistance. In the Eric Heisserer/Raúl Allen portion of the book, Livewire and her Secret Weapons crew are out West trying to figure out their allegiance.
Meanwhile X-O Manowar is heading back to Earth and Bloodshot & Ninjak are on a mission.
Which makes a person think, if half the book starts in the East and the other half in the West, there might be a heck of a throw down in Des Moines or Omaha, come issue #4.
Official PR follows:
In advance of New York Comic Con 2017, Valiant is proud to announce the full scope and scale of 2018’s must-read crossover event, HARBINGER WARS 2 – beginning on May 2nd, 2018 from two of the most powerful creative minds in comics today, New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, DIVINITY) and Academy Award nominee Eric Heisserer (SECRET WEAPONS), alongside the powerhouse artistic team of Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR, NINJA-K) and Raúl Allen (SECRET WEAPONS)!
Utilizing an expansive, new and never-before-attempted comics format, each issue of the HARBINGER WARS 2 event will come fully loaded with 48 pages of content and two complete, full-length 22-page stories chronicling dueling fronts in the nationwide battle that will soon consume the Valiant Universe’s most powerful forces. The first, by writer Matt Kindt and artist Tomás Giorello – the blockbuster creative team that launched X-O MANOWAR, the most successful independent series of 2017 – will feature the head-on collision of the Harbinger Renegades and the newly returned X-O Manowar. The second, by writer Eric Heisserer and artist Raúl Allen with Patricia Martín – reuniting the all-star creators behind SECRET WEAPONS, 2017’s most successful independent limited series – will thrust Livewire and her new team of recruits into the center of a power struggle with the potential to tear America apart…
“The team at Valiant has set out to make HARBINGER WARS 2 the biggest and most impactful comic book event in a generation,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “Never before has a publisher attempted to accomplish this much within the confines of the monthly ‘event comic’ format. For one single admission price, we’re going to be giving readers twice the page count, twice the creative firepower, and twice the scale of a standard comics crossover – all while hopefully redefining expectations of what these kinds of stories can accomplish. For fans new and old, HARBINGER WARS 2 will the ultimate introduction to the Valiant Universe and its greatest characters from a truly all-star group of some of the most talented creators – Matt Kindt, Eric Heisserer, Tomás Giorello, and Raúl Allen – working anywhere in the medium today.”
For the rare and immensely powerful subset of humanity known as psiots, their unique abilities have come with an enormous cost. Once, their existence was known only to a select few. Now, the revelation that thousands of these latent telekinetic “harbingers” secretly live among us… with the potential to become active any moment… has led the American government to a dramatic tipping point…
Armed with new extra-governmental authority, the deep-black military contractor known as OMEN as been authorized to identify, evaluate, and, if need be, eliminate all super-normal threats to the homeland. H.A.R.D. Corps units have been deployed into cities and towns across the United States to enforce their orders.
In the east, one of the most powerful minds on Earth, Peter Stanchek, is leading his band of Renegades across the country, activating any potential psiots willing to join them, and building an insurrection force of ultra-powerful and unwieldy new powers that will soon bring war to OMEN’s doorstep… and the unstoppable force known as X-O Manowar raging back to Earth…
In the west, Livewire – the telekinetic technopath with the ability to bend machines and computers to her will – will be forced to choose between her former allies… or her newfound team of Secret Weapons. As the situation escalates beyond human control, the United States will be plunged into darkness from coast and coast, launching Bloodshot and Ninjak into a dangerous mission to neutralize their one-time teammate – and setting the stage for the most shocking, most violent, and most consequential clash of powers ever witnessed in the history of the Valiant Universe!
“Only Valiant would dare to tell a story as big, as demanding, and, frankly, as bold, as what Matt, Eric, Tomas, and Raúl have in store,” added Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. “For the past year, we’ve seen the dominoes behind HARBINGER WARS 2 line up across the Valiant Universe in series like X-O MANOWAR, SECRET WEAPONS, HARBINGER RENEGADE, and more. Now, all of those pieces – including Valiant’s most central heroes and villains – will be drawn into the eye of a conflagration that might just be the single most ambitious piece of comic book storytelling released in 2018. This is a world war for the Valiant Universe – a conflict so big that it engulfs multiple armies on multiple fronts on an unthinkable scale. By the time it’s all over, the axis of our universe will have fundamentally shifted once and for all time…and there will never, ever be any normal status quo to return to.”
Next summer, the seismic comics event of 2018 erupts in full force as X-O Manowar, Livewire, the Harbinger Renegades, Bloodshot, the Secret Weapons, Ninjak, and a cast of thousands draw their battle lines in HARBINGER WAR 2 #1 (of 4) – featuring covers by superstar artist J.G. Jones (Final Crisis) and more top talents soon to be revealed!
Scheduled to detonate in comic shops everywhere on May 2nd, 2018 – just days before Free Comic Book Day – find out more about what awaits within the pages of next summer’s history-making comics conflagration at New York Comic Con on Friday, October 6th at the VALIANT PRESENTS HARBINGER WARS 2 panel presentation! Join HARBINGER WARS 2 co-writer Eric Heisserer and interior artists Raúl Allen and Patricia Martín, alongside HARBINGER RENEGADES’ Rafer Roberts, Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons, and Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani for even more announcements and artwork torn for the trenches of HARBINGER WARS 2!
HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT & ERIC HEISSERER
Art by TOMAS GIORELLO & RAUL ALLEN
Cover by J.G. JONES
$3.99 | 48 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 2nd, 2018