Harbinger Volume 1: Omega Rising
Written by Joshua Dysart
Illustrated by Khari Evans, Lewis Larosa and Ian Hannin
Peter Stanchek has a mentally ill junky friend named Joe. The two of them escaped from the institution together and have been on the run ever since. They get by using Peter’s powers to secure food, clothing, transport and…anti-psychotics to keep Joe from totally stepping into the worthless zone. A side trip to his old neighborhood gets him a chance to hook up with his crush from elementary school, using to force to persuade her of course, then gets him captured by a super philanthropist (villain).
This was a fun read and the art was pretty good. I especially liked the illustrator(s) delivery of the Harbinger school kids and teachers. The photo-negative of a Marvel product, Valiant has done an excellent job here making certain they do not fall into that trope. That being said here is my after-taste. It feels like a middle finger to, the comic giant that shall not be named again because they have way too much inertia, and as such I respect it but it is not why I read Indie. I may read volume 2 or I may just move on to original stuff that doesn’t seem like ‘so much sticking it to the man’.
Five entertainment points for the artwork, three for the anti-story gives me a four for overall enjoyment.