Silverwolf: Hello everyone and welcome to the latest installment of Silverwolf Suggests! I’m here with Elessar to talk about Harbinger Volume 1: Omega Rising from Valiant Entertainment. Elessar, could you please give a brief summary of the comic for our readers?
Elessar: …Wait, I was supposed to read it? Then what’s the point of you suggesting it to me?
Ahem. Harbinger is devoted to Peter Stanchek. Peter is a psionic, which is this week’s copyright friendly term for “Person With Superpowers.” In this case, he’s got telepathy and telekensis, amongst other things.
He’s on the run from…the government I think, when he’s contacted by Toyo Harada, an extremely powerful psionic who runs the Harbinger Foundation (think Google crossed with the Justice League… also Hogwarts).
They want him to join the Harbinger Foundation, and when the government catches up with him and his schitzophrenic friend (plus a girl he’s been…let’s say controlling, to keep it polite), he’s more or less left without a choice
And…that’s about all I can say at this point without spoiling.
Silverwolf: Cool stuff, that’s a pretty good overview of the first arc. Out of everything I suggested, why did you pick Harbinger?
Elessar: It sounded the most like it would appeal to me. I’ve always been pretty fond of super hero stories where the characters react realistically to getting super powers (Chronicle, Misfits, etc. etc.) and this sounded a little like that, at least from the description.
Silverwolf: That’s a fair assessment, especially as Valiant tries fairly hard to root their titles in the “world outside your window.”Now, what was your favorite scene or issue of Harbinger, and why?
Elessar: Hm…should I drop a spoiler warning or not?
Silverwolf: Sure, that’s fine.
Elessar: Alright, spoiler alert, but my favorite scene happens in the last issue of the arc, when ______ is falling to his death and ______ demonstrates her powers for the first time and saves him.
Silverwolf: Ah yes, that’s definitely a fan favorite scene, and is often talked about, even three years later. Why did you like this scene in particular?
Elessar: Well even if *Female Name Spoilered* begins to trip into cliche territory at times, she’s an interesting character and definitely fairly atypical for a superhero comic.
And while I kind of get the whole Akira thing *Male Name Spoilered* has going on in the last issue or so, it’s very nice to see that he can rely on, and interact with, other characters, which keeps the Tetsuo comparisons to a minimum.
Silverwolf: Fair points. With that said, I’m guess (female character) is your favorite? Or was it someone else?
Elessar: I was actually a pretty big fan of Livewire. I dunno why, but she’s the character I was gravitating to the most.
Silverwolf: If you like Livewire, you totally need to read Unity; she’s a MAJOR player in that title. But I digress: were there any scenes and/or characters you weren’t particularly fond of?
Elessar: Uh, well, I’m not a huge fan of the lead. As I said, he’s got a Tetsuo from Akira vibe, but Tetsuo was the villain of that movie. Plus, I think they brush off his *ahem* treatment of Kris a little too fast.
Silverwolf: I feel like I’m cheating a bit saying this, but Peter does receive a lot of development, and his actions towards Kris are addressed in the following arcs.
Elessar: Okay, that’s good. I was hoping that would be the case, but in the issues itself, I’m surprised no one was more horrified about it at the Harbinger School for Gifted Youngsters and Wizardry.
Silverwolf: Well, I’m not sure how explicitly they say this in the first arc, but Toyo Harada keeps his psiot-related activities a complete secret. His goals are discussed more in the following issues as well, but ultimately they do hint a bit at his desire to prevent cataclysm and save humanity.
Now, with that in mind, do you plan to continue reading Harbinger?
Elessar: Hm…I’m trying to find a word that’s halfway between Probably and Possibly. Prossibly? I’m not about to sprint down to my local comic shop and buy the next volume, but I’m intrigued enough to want to see how it progresses.
Silverwolf: That’s fair. Well, in my opinion the second volume is amazing, as it introduces a number of new allies for Peter, and has Kris confront him about his despicable actions from the first issue. Do you have any questions for me concerning Harbinger, Valiant, or comics in general?
Elessar: Uh…not really. I mean, it’s pretty straightforward, so I’m not sure I need to be asking a ton of questions.
Silverwolf: That’s true. Some of the previous people I talked with for this column sometimes had questions about where the story might be going, or clarification about the comic’s setting, but if you’ve got nothing to ask, I won’t hold it against you…much.
Elessar: Uh…have you seen Misfits? Cause you should see Misfits. There. I asked a question.
Silverwolf: No I haven’t. But with that, we should probably wrap up this installment of Silverwolf Suggests. Join us again next month when another writer and I discuss yet another awesome comic!
Elessar: And with that, I too am away. WOOSH!