We’ll be getting to all these ComicsPRo announcements as we can, but here’s one that looks really nice: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA, a six issue “prestige format” mini series by Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER, HARBINGER WARS, Unknown Soldier) and rising star CAFU (RAPTURE).
Each issue will also include flashbacks to Harada’s past by guest artists including Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN), Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT SALVATION), Adam Pollina (X-Force), and more.
Vulture has the deets on the series, which follows the “sweeping, continent-spanning chronicle of the man behind the rise and fall of the Harbinger Foundation…and, in the modern day, his last gambit to remake Earth in his own utopian image…or sacrifice everything in the process.”
“THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA is one of the most ambitious projects Valiant has ever attempted and quite unlike anything we’ve published to date. Joshua Dysart is a master of character, but out of all of his many contributions to Valiant, his depiction of Harada is the one that has perhaps resonated the most,” said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. “But this isn’t just a villain’s tale – Harada is among Valiant‘s most powerful and complex characters, and at his core, he’s still a man. Now, Joshua is painting on a bigger, more expansive, more groundbreaking canvas than ever before to reveal the unseen corners of Harada’s life and the painful journey that shaped him from a child of war into the central force of the Valiant Universe. This is a story of war, of family, of politics, and of ultimate power – exactly the kind of story that we pride ourselves on telling at Valiant.”
“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.” – Toyo Harada, 1992
In 1945, the bombing of Hiroshima awakened an immense and terrifying power inside young Toyo Harada. A literal “child of the bomb,” as a newly orphaned teenager he quickly discovered that the explosion had unlocked extraordinary and extremely rare psionic powers within him. Powers that could allow him to read thoughts and control matter… To bend steel and stop bullets… To manipulate armies and deceive governments… To reshape the wills of men…and build a better world.
Ripped from his own family in a blinding flash of heat and fire, Harada set out to build a new one for himself…and dedicated decades to finding and activating other unique “psiots” – thousands of fellow latent telekinetics unknowingly living across the globe – that could be harnessed to further his mission. Across the years, he publicly became a billionaire businessman and philanthropist as CEO of Harada Global Conglomerates, while in secret, he quietly erected the Harbinger Foundation – a clandestine international operation dedicated to recruiting and training psiots for the day when their skills would be needed.
In 2019, that day will finally come. With the existence of psiots revealed to the world and the Harbinger Foundation left in ruins, Harada has been run to ground and outed as the invisible hand behind the course of recent human history. With his resources dwindling and a death warrant on his head, the world’s most powerful man is about to become its most dangerous…
We’ve been fans of Cafu for a while and this art does indeed look very tasty!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.