By Joshua Dysart, Barry Kitson, Riley Rossmo and Ian Hannin
Harbinger #18 feels like three different issues in one. This may be due to the fact that we have several realities in this single issue, which include Peter’s mind, the events unfolding in Torquehalla and reality. The funny thing is, all of these are very interesting and engaging.
This issue we get to see inside Peter’s mind and see some of his memories manipulated by Harada. We also see the toll manipulating Peter’s memories has on Harada himself; as well as the unfolding drama in Torquehalla. It appears as if Kris and Charlene have a death wish and Torque has just given up. Exciting stuff.
Josh Dysart just has a great feel for the people in this book. If given enough time, he could probably make me like any character. One thing that he has been building for a few issues, is the relationship between Charlene and Kris. This continues to grow, and is becoming one of the more fun aspects of this title. His Faith continues to be the voice of reason that many readers can relate to, which is cool, because she’ not the main character in the book. The way Dysart weaves through the different realities should also be mentioned. Some times when writers do this, it fails and feels disjointed, but Dysart keeps the story flowing at a nice pace.
The art in reality is handled by Barry Kitson, and in Peter’s mind Riley Rossmo takes over. Kitson is good as usual, but near the end of the issue, the quality takes a small dip. The first half of the issue, Kitson is at the top of his game, but things seem to get rushed and affect the book a little. The panels drawn by Rossmo are awesome. They are a different way to show an alternate reality, which is welcome. The texture and colors on Peter’s face and everything else are priceless, well done all around by Ian Hannin. A solid effort for the entire team.
As this arc begins to unravel, some interesting plot points are placed for future storylines, which is what Dysart has done for his entire run. He really has a good vision for this book, and that is why it continues to be a must read.