July 22, 2024

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Comic Review: Harbinger Volume 4

The Harbinger Renegades have what should be the perfect day.

The last time we saw the fledgling Harbinger Renegades, they were having their heads handed to them by all parties during the Harbinger Wars.

So, maybe they deserve a little vacation.

The “Harbinger Wars” weren’t good for the Renegades.  Stuck in the middle of a huge brawl over some psiot children between unstoppable assassin Bloodshot, the reactivated H.A.R.D.Corps, and Toyo Harada’s own Harbinger Corporation, they fared poorly particularly since much of what happened to them came as a result of manipulation from some of the very kids they were protecting.

So, why not take a vacation?  After that mess in Vegas, maybe a nice, relaxing beach holiday on Venice Beach in L.A. will be just what they need.  Indeed, Peter for one seems to be the happiest he’s ever been in the entire series.  Torque found some underground metal.  Faith gets to enjoy flying and Peter’s attentions.  Charlene is something of a party girl, so she can relax easily.  But Kris–the lone normal person on the team and the smart one–she’s uneasy.  Something isn’t right about this whole thing.

As it turns out, while Kris may be the first to think something’s gone wrong, she isn’t the only one.  To say more would be telling, and quite frankly, the reader is treated to seeing the fantasy world Torque constructed for himself before his powers were activated and he was just a paralyzed kid stuck in bed all the time.  Peter may be the team’s big gun, but the others are no slouches either.  By the volume’s end, maybe Peter’s team can stop worrying about Harada for a while…but then again, maybe not.

Joshua Dysart continues to make this a book of interesting ideas between Peter’s and Harada’s personal idealism, as both are powerful mentalists with their own ideas on how to live their lives and neither are exactly the villain but both aren’t quite heroes either.  I’ve seen better artwork from Barry Kitson in the past, but it works here.  Nine out of ten pirate dogs.