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Armor Hunters: Harbinger #3 review

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Armor Hunters: Harbinger #3 is the thrilling conclusion to this Armor Hunters tie-in miniseries, and boy was it a ton of fun! I thoroughly enjoyed every panel of the first two issue, but will this final issue live up the rest of the series?

The story

We were made for this. Our powers born through torture in a lab. Always meant to be submissive to the sweeping arc of our creator’s ambition…always and forever, soldier-slaves to the larger story.

What a way to start an issue! The quote above is from the first few panels of the book, and if you’re familiar with the journey that Generation Zero has taken since Harbinger Wars, you’ll quickly understand that this issue will be about change, and about these kids finally owning their own place in the world. Before we review the story, let’s do a quick recap of the issue.

1410453735867screencapture After the alien insect hive exploded in last issue, Generation Zero must find a way to stop the continued onslaught in Mexico City while saving themselves from the invasion. Through her ability to connect to the insects’ collective consciousness, Cloud manages to find a kill-switch to destroy the insects. We learn the reason for creation of this insect species, and get a glimpse at the future of Generation Zero.

To fans of Harbinger, it should be no surprise that Joshua Dysart continues to hone his skills as a writer and create a world that is fascinating, character-driven, and extremely intricate. This miniseries has served as a great introduction to all the Generation Zero kids, and I am amazed at the amount of development these characters have received in just three issues. The dialogue is spot on, and the pacing is superb.

Some readers may find the resolution of the story with Cloud simply turning off the insects as somewhat of a cop-out, but I found it to be a great way to explore a character which has taken a back seat through much of the story. What I loved about the issue is that each plot element is advanced not necessarily by events in the book, but by the characters and the powers they possess. Really an impressive issue!

The art

There just aren’t enough things I could say about Robert Gill’s art. Since this miniseries came out I have become a huge fan of his style and technique even going back to his Eternal Warrior run and picking up a few Batgirl issues from DC. As always, this book is gorgeous, with intricate line work and beautiful colors provided by Romulo Fajardo. This book is pure eye candy.

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Overall

Armor Hunters: Harbinger served as a great introduction to characters which we’ll definitely be seeing more of. Joshua Dysart is a masterful writer, and the art team of Gill and Fajardo is top-notch. Whether you’re a Harbinger fan or not, this book is a definite buy. I cannot wait for a Generation Zero ongoing.

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Issue information

Written by Joshua Dysart
Art by Robert Gill
Covers by Lewis La Rosa and CAFU
Price: $3.99
Release date: September 10, 2014

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