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What they say: This 192-page deluxe hardcover edition collects the full Harbinger origin story from Harbinger issues 0-7 digitally recolored and remastered, and also features an all-new “Origin of Harada” story written by comics legend JIM SHOOTER and illustrated by BOB HALL (Shadowman). This “Origin of Harada” story includes its own original cover and features the first appearance of a new character in the Valiant Universe! Valiant’s goal is to make this deluxe hardcover edition something special for Valiant fans and a great introduction to the Harbinger saga for new Valiant fans.
What I say: I don’t think there was a bigger Valiant fan back in the 90’s than me. I loved and lived this stuff. I even went crazy and bought all the variants and gold covers. I was all about Valiant until Jim Shooter was canned. Then I cried, got over it, and kept reading.
Harbinger was one of my faves at the time, so it was nice to revisit the book again. There are two more collections available from Valiant, I can’t wait to dig into those. This collection contains story lines that pretty much kicked off the entire valiant cross continuity, so hopefully these themes can be revisited and followed up on.
The book has a really nice dust jacket featuring artwork of the main character and the main villain. Back cover has a description of the contents. The cover is black with the Harbinger logo embossed on the front with the new Valiant logo on the back.
The book its self is pretty nice, it contains Harbinger #’s 0-7 completely re-colored with the newest technology. This is the part I was most worried about before seeing the book, as I thought the colors on the original books were just fine and really unique for the time. However, I had nothing to worry about. It is re-colored with more detail added; it is VERY faithful to what came before.
As for the new 8 pager? Well, it was pretty good. In some ways it was like Big Jim Shooter never left. It certainly felt like a classic Valiant story. Jim slipped right back into writing Harada. But will this new character ever be seen again? Will Big Jim return for new Valiant comics? The answers to all these questions are unknown. All I know is Valiant is back and I couldn’t be happier!