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Valiant Teases Harbinger Death in USA Today Without Spoiling It

Valiant Teases Harbinger Death in USA Today Without Spoiling It

In a completely baffling move, Valiant snagged some mainstream press and didn't use the opportunity to spoil their storyline for readers.



Source: Press Release

It's been an industry tradition as of late. Marvel, or occasionally DC, gets a mainstream press outlet to cover one of their upcoming stories, and they allow the outlet to completely spoil the storyline. Why would they do that knowing that it will ruin the experience for readers? It's a lack of self respect. Used to being spurned by the mainstream media as funny books and kids stuff, Marvel and DC, like fat chicks or dudes who have suddenly lost a bunch of weight and become hot, don't realize how attractive they are in the wake of all their film and television success, so they're willing to pretty much degrade themselves in any way requested if a major outlet like USA Today will show them even a little bit of attention.

Yes, that's right. We're slut-shaming Marvel and DC.

"Mmmpppphhh," said Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada when asked for comment, as he was in the process of allowing the New York Post to perform a Cincinnati Bow Tie on him.

Luckily, Valiant's executives raised the fledgling company with more respect, because when they got an article in USA Today, they managed to simply tease an upcoming death in the next story arc of Harbinger, Death of a Renegade, rather than spoil it outright. Beginning in Harbinger #22, the three part story will see one member of the team die, according to Valiant, permanently. Good for you, Valiant!

Asked for comment on the publicity coup, Harbinger writer Joshua Dysart told The Outhouse:

Valiant is the best publisher in the game! When you try us with a sorry media outlet like USA Today, that's the result you gonna get! Don't you ever talk about me!

 

Strong words, but Dysart can back them up.

Here's the press release:

USA TODAY Reveals "DEATH OF A RENEGADE" – A Major HARBINGER Milestone Beginning This April!


Anyone can be killed.

This April, the critically lauded, best-selling series Harbinger will deliver its most gut-wrenching story yet when a beloved member of Valiant's band of Renegades pays the ultimate price. Peter. Kris. Zephyr. Flamingo. Torque. Standing head-to-head against Toyo Harada, the superhuman CEO behind the Harbinger Foundation, one of these daring teenage heroes is about to lay their life on the line.

As revealed this morning by USA Today, it all begins in HARBINGER #22 – the FIRST ISSUE of DEATH OF A RENEGADE, a new three-issue story arc from New York Times best-selling creators Joshua Dysart (Harbinger Wars, Unknown Soldier) and Clayton Henry (Harbinger WarsArcher & Armstrong)!

United by their unique abilities, five teenage misfits have come together under the leadership of troubled runaway Peter Stanchek – a psionically-powered “harbinger” with the potential to reshape the course of human history. Recruited into the Harbinger Foundation by wealthy business magnate and omega-powered harbinger Toyo Harada, Peter quickly discovered the true purpose of Harada's secretive superhuman empire – subversion, conspiracy and control on a global scale. Now, with only the rejected recruits of the Renegades to aid him, the one boy to ever challenge Harada's vise-grip on the future of humanity has been left with no choice to expose his former mentor to the world – then bring the fight to his front door.

"It's not hyperbole to say that EVERYTHING will change after this," Joshua Dysart told USA Today. "People say that, but in the past we've proven that we mean it. And this time I think people will be very surprised as to what's going to happen in this book."

"We're losing one of our most important characters forever," said Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons. "This isn't a decision we take lightly – there was heated debate about this in all quarters – but it's a necessary choice, even if it means breaking the hearts of our beloved Harbinger fans."

One of the most critically acclaimed new series debuts of 2012, Harbinger has been repeatedly cited as one of the best ongoing series in comics today by leading industry sources including Ain't It Cool News, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek and Uproxx, with series writer Joshua Dysart also named as "Best Writer of 2013" by Comic Impact. 

Now, find out why the Onion/A.V. Club calls Dysart's Harbinger "one of the most binge-worthy superhero comics currently available" with an all-new beginning – and a sudden end – for Valiant's premier team of teenage heroes. Start reading here with DEATH OF A RENEGADE, beginning this April in HARBINGER #22 – the opening chapter of the most important Harbinger story ever told and the perfect jumping-on point for new readers.

Read more right now at USA Today.
 
For more information, visit Valiant on Facebook, on Twitter, and at ValiantUniverse.com.
 
For Valiant merchandise and more, visit Valiant.CinderBlock.com.

HARBINGER #22 ("DEATH OF A RENEGADE" – PART 1)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by CLAYTON HENRY
Cover by MICHAEL WALSH
Interlocking Variant by ZACH MONTOYA
Variant Cover by BARRY KITSON
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
COMING IN APRIL!

HARBINGER #23 ("DEATH OF A RENEGADE" – PART 2)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by CLAYTON HENRY
Cover by MICO SUAYAN
Interlocking Variant by ZACH MONTOYA
Variant Cover by KHARI EVANS
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
COMING IN MAY!

HARBINGER #24 ("DEATH OF A RENEGADE" – PART 3)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by CLAYTON HENRY
Cover by LEWIS LAROSA
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
COMING IN JUNE!

 

 





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