Harbinger Wars 2 Prelude #1
Written by: Eric Heisserer
Art by: Raul Allen and Patricia Martin
Published by: Valiant Comics

Reviewed by: Ryan McLelland

So here it is. Harbinger Wars 2 Prelude #1 – the lead-up to the Earth shattering Valiant Comics summer event that we’ve all been waiting for. I even clipped coupons so I could get a limited edition Harbinger Wars 2 #0 book because I was so excited for the event. It’s finally here but there is a bit of sadness to all this. I open the book to see it is edited by Warren Simons. The writer is Eric Heisserer. The key players are in place but it feels a bit like listening to Let It Be. The Beatles have already broken up and we were given the last of their music to feast on. It feels the same with Harbinger Wars 2. It feels like we are getting that same Valiant quality but who knows what is in store for us after this event.

Feeling like a direct sequel to Heisserer and Raul Allen’s Secret Weapons miniseries, the Prelude sees Livewire going into the belly of the beast as she allows herself to be taken in by Homeland Security and one Director Martin. Martin wants peace between his agency and the psiots out there. Livewire isn’t having any of it. She knows what went down at Rook (where HARD Corps went in guns blasting to kill a bunch of psiot kids). She knows what the agency is capable of. Even though there is psiot dampening equipment in use, Livewire soon learns of the agency’s true motives.

Meanwhile the Secret Weapons kids finally get some new digs but they only have about 3.8 seconds to put their stuff down before secret killer agents bust in looking to take all of the kids down. Nicole, Owen, and Avichal are once again forced to show their stuff and how their “lame powers” still make them an incredible threat even against a well armed covert death squad.

The intrigue goes back and forth between these two scenarios while setting us all up for what is to come in a few short weeks when Harbinger Wars 2 #1 finally lands. So how is the Prelude? It does its job well. It gives us at least the basic notion of what is to come in the miniseries without giving too much away. It reintroduces the Secret Weapons gang so if you missed that miniseries (shame on you if you did) then you at least get to know them before the Harbinger Renegades team comes rushing in.

While I thought the first Harbinger Wars was okay, I’m really looking forward to what the sequel will bring. It looks bigger. It looks badder. The stakes look higher than ever. The art in this issue is fantastic but that’s what I’ve come to expect from Raul Allen. The writing is excellent but that’s what I expect from Eric Heisserer.

Except Heisserer passes off the torch to Valiant stalwart Matt Kindt for Harbinger Wars #1.  Is this then the end of Heisserer’s work at Valiant? I’m not sure but, if I was a betting man, I would say yes. After Harbinger Wars 2 will we see Kindt leave X-O and Valiant? I’m not sure but that is a possibility as well. Is it stupid to think of such things when I still have this entire miniseries to look forward to? Perhaps. Perhaps not. But as Kylo Ren once said, “Let the past die. Kill it.” I also feel that the new Valiant may be thinking the same thing. Will the past 5+ years go down the drain with the new Valiant? We shall see. But perhaps I am getting ahead of myself.

As for this issue? It is a well executed issue that has me truly excited for the upcoming Harbinger Wars 2. It serves it purpose and now I’m looking forward to the first issue that arrives at the end of the month. If this truly is the end of an era, I truly hope this goes off with a huge bang.


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