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Valiant’s HARBINGER #1 Release Date & Covers Revealed


Valiant Comics has revealed new details about their newest chapter of The Harbinger series from Jackson Lanzing, Robbi Rodriguez, and Collin Kelly

Warning! Spoilers for The Harbinger #1 by Valiant Comics below.

The Harbinger is returning with a brand-new series from Valiant Comics, and Screen Rant has a new look at the upcoming title as well as details about the first issue’s release. The forthcoming The Harbinger #1 by Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Robbi Rodriguez, Rico Renzi, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, will showcase Peter Stanchek, who becomes the most powerful telepath on the planet and will detail his rise into becoming one of the greatest heroes on Earth.

Last year, Valiant Comics revealed a brand new series for their iconic hero, which will take the popular character in a new creative direction. The Harbinger series first debuted in 1992 and was created by Jim Shooter and David Lapham. Focusing on a group of beings with incredible psionic powers, they try to take down the Harbinger Foundation’s evil organization. Stanchek has led the two previous volumes of The Harbinger, with him fighting alongside a group of resisters. Additionally, the characters Livewire and Faith have starred in their own self-titled series from Valiant.

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The Harbinger brings together the creative team of Lanzing, Kelly, and Rodriguez and will center around Stancheck, who is the only person who’s able to bring out the powers of other people like him. Lanzing admitted that he channeled real-life anxiety about the state of the world to tell a story about “responsibility, redemption, and renewal.” He called the series an examination of “guilt, fear, and self-judgment.” Check out the main cover by Rodriguez.

Three years of work on THE HARBINGER began with two words: be better. From there, Robbi, Collin and I funnelled every bit of our anxiety about the state of the world and our own shattered psychology onto the page – and found in the storm a story about responsibility, redemption, and renewal. This isn’t just a relaunch of Valiant’s most powerful hero and it’s not just “punk rock superhero Akira,” though it certainly is both those things. At its heart, THE HARBINGER is an examination of how guilt, fear, and self-judgement – those things that so often pull us down to earth – can provide us a glimpse into ourselves that can help us fly. This is a story that gives Peter Stanchek a new mission, a new community, and a new sense of self… if he’s strong enough to face up to and reconcile with the worst parts of himself along the way.

Check out the variant cover from Rod Reis.

Lanzing said he’s excited to work alongside Rodriguez, best known for his work in co-creating Spider-Gwen for Marvel Comics, as well as colorist Rico Renzi. He said the creative team has really done a great job in telling a new, groundbreaking story that will be unlike any other book on the shelves.

As for the visual storytelling, the team that Valiant has assembled around The Harbinger is just incredible. Robbi Rodriguez is known for his wild style, but you’ve never seen him do anything like this. Rico Renzi’s colors are stellar, vibrant, and groundbreaking when t comes to visualizing psiotic power – and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou is bringing every word to life with characteristic boundless creativity. From story to art to letters, the whole team is dedicated to making The Harbinger unlike any superhero book on the shelves.

Here’s Chris Delara’s variant cover for The Harbinger #1.

Kelly said it was important to capture Peter’s new sense of self and deconstruct the character for a new audience. He described the hero going on a quest to discover who he is, which shady figure stole his memories, and how he can become a better hero.

To help Peter capture this new sense of self, we needed to take apart who he’s been. When we meet Peter he’s naked and alone, with no memory of who he is, or of the life that he’s led. As a blank slate, he will re-engage with the amazing power at his fingertips… and discover the responsibility he has towards Chicago’s psiot population, a population that has been isolated by the city, the police turning a blind eye to their safety. When a new group of “heroes” start turning this community into their personal hunting ground – and a dark figure begins haunting his steps – Peter will begin a quest to discover who he was, who took his memories… and how he can be better.

Check out the preorder variant by Damion Scott.

Valiant Comics has really upped the ante when it comes to their most recent takes on their iconic heroes. In the last few months, they’ve launched new books on Savage,  NinjakShadowmanand have an incredible new style coming to the Ninjak seriesThe Harbinger from Lanzing, Kelly, Rodriguez, Renzi, and Otsmane-Elhaou looks to continue the strong surge and reinvention of the beloved heroes at Valiant. The Harbinger is set to come to comic book stores on October 27, 2021.

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