Review – Harbinger: Omega Rising

Joshua Dysart’s reboot of Valiant’s popular Harbinger series has a brain, but may lack a heart. But while the book is uneven, I’d still say it’s worth checking out for anyone interested in a smart new take on the grim ‘n gritty anti-hero tropes.

A fairly nondescript cover for a surprisingly dark title.

A fairly nondescript cover for a surprisingly dark title.

A year ago, I had never heard of Valiant. I suspect that’s true of plenty of current comic readers. But after a high-profile launch last year that came complete with solid sales and rave reviews, I suspect there are very few regular readers who haven’t heard of Valiant now. With a couple high-profile storylines finally hitting (X-O Manowar’s “Planet Death” and theHarbinger Wars crossover) in the coming weeks, I thought now would be a good time to check out what’s going on with Valiant.

From its broad description – superpowered-but-emotionally-tortured teen on the run is found and mentored by a mysterious but powerful older man – Joshua Dysart’s Harbinger sounded like the most traditional offerings on Valiant’s slate, and while Dysart takes the ‘emotionally tortured’ part of that sentence a little bit more seriously than most modern gritty reboots, I’d say it still qualifies, in the broad strokes, as a fairly typical super-hero story. Collecting the first 5 issues of the series, Harbinger: Omega Rising follows an immature super-powered teen who slowly comes to realize that, say it with me, “with great power comes great responsibility.”

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Top Ten Best Comics of 2010


I’m actually getting this thing out on time? It’s a Kwanzaa miracle! This is my list for the top ten stories of 2010! Woo hoo! Now, before we get to all the fun of me voicing my opinions and you disagreeing with them, I have to get a few rules out of the way.

1. These are the top ten stories/arcs/whatever. Not comic in general, not trade, but best stories (What can I say, I’m trying to be somewhat unique).

2. These are stories that ended in 2010. They could begin at any time, but as long as they concluded in 2010, they’re eligible.

3. I tried to keep the list as diverse and reader-friendly as possible. I love certain writers, but it would be boring if it was three Morrison books, two Ennis books, etc. So, a writer/artist will only appear once on the list. I tried to spread the love evenly. You will see Marvel, DC, and even Indies on this list.

Wow, with all those rules, how did I come up with a great top ten? Well, I hope I did. Anyway, let’s begin the fun!

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