By Joshua Dysart, Clayton Henry and Brian Reber
Harbinger kicks of a new story arc with issue number twenty. We start this issue out with the end. Harada is in front of the media telling them that the world needs him. After a few pages from the soon to be future, we are transported back to the present, where a new player has been stealing from some very powerful people and leaking important information. Harada want him brought in, but can the renegades get to him before it’s too late?
This issue was very Harada centric, which is never a bad thing because he’s a very interesting character. Dysart writes him so well, that you can’t really hate him. He continues to flesh out the character and show that he’s not just some power hungry war monger, his scene with Stronghold is a perfect example. It’s pretty much gotten to the point where Josh Dysart is becoming the Geoff Johns of the Valiant universe. Everything he touches becomes wonderfully written and action packed. Bonus points for mixing up the storytelling method too. Non-Linear stories demand the reader use their brain while going through the book. Another great issue on Dysart’s part.
Clayton Henry is in on the art duties this issue and he doesn’t disappoint. Lines are crisp and clean and everything looks so well drawn. The perspective in some of his panels is good enough to make everyone take notice. The time, effort and detail that Henry puts into this issue does not go unnoticed either. Images far off in the background have distinguishing features that show that Henry is a man who loves what he does, and excels because of it. Wonderful work.
The renegades barely appear in this issue and it is still an enthralling read. Dysart and Henry are a powerful team that have great chemistry and appear to be on the same page. The quality of this book keeps going up and so does it’s fan base. A sure fire hit of a series.