For the past several years, Valiant has built a complex yet approachable superhero universe from the ground up, putting top name industry talent on books featuring unique characters, and they've been reaping the rewards with almost universal praise and a strong and growing readership. But now, it seems, that's not enough for The Flying V, as they want in on some of that sweet, sweet reboot action that the Big Two engage in once every six months or so.
But Valiant isn't just going to reboot a book one time. No, that's for lesser publishers. Instead, Valiant has announced plans to cancel Harbinger after a super-sized Harbinger #25, reboot it as a three issue mini-series called Harbinger: Omegas, and then reboot THAT with a new Harbinger series yet to be announced.
Will Valiant stop there? Why not reinvent the reboot paradigm and keep the book in a constant state of reboot? Who's to say they won't? Suck on that, Marvel and DC!
Here's the press release:
WonderCon 2014: HARBINGER #25 and HARBINGER: OMEGAS #1 – A Brand New Era Begins This Summer!
Spinning out of the deadly consequences of "Death of a Renegade" in next week's HARBINGER #22, Valiant is proud to announce two major milestones coming this summer for the wildly acclaimed ongoing series HARBINGER by New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart!
As detailed today at WonderCon 2014, the title will reach its long-planned finale with July'sHARBINGER #25 – an oversized, anniversary milestone issue featuring the final chapter of Dysart's long-running confrontation between Harbinger's super-powered team of teenage Renegades and their omega-powered ex-mentor, telekinetic zealot Toyo Harada.
"I've always tried to remind readers that these are kids and they're in over their heads and they've never been very good at what they do. There's just repercussions to this kind of behavior even if you have superpowers," writer Joshua Dysart told Comic Book Resources. "That's what we're moving toward, we're moving toward that final statement – really saying that strongly for the reader, 'This is what the story was always about.' It was about inexperience in the face of great danger."
Clocking in at a massive 48 pages, HARBINGER #25 will also feature the return of original series artistKhari Evans (Archer & Armstrong) – plus all-new stories and artwork from an incredible cast of talents, including Barry Kitson (Adventures of Superman), Justin Jordan (The Strange Talent of Luther Strode), Lucy Knisley (Relish: My Life in the Kitchen), Riley Rossmo (Bedlam), Ron Wimberly(Prince of Cats), and many, many more.
Then, in August – out of the ashes of HARBINGER #25's devastating climax – find out what happens next to the most powerful players in the Harbinger universe as Joshua Dysart and heat-seeking artistRafa Sandoval (Red Hood and the Outlaws) pick up of the pieces with an all-new, three-issue mini-series – HARBINGER: OMEGAS #1 (of 3) – that closes the door on one generation of Harbinger Renegades…and prepares the foundation for another.
"[HARBINGER: OMEGAS is] about both the surviving members of Harbinger and how they move on from the loss and the finality of the event at the end of the Harbinger book; and it's also about Harada rebranding, changing his empire, dismantling Harada Global HTC and refashioning himself as really, for lack of a better term, what we would see as a more traditional super villain in comics, because he hasn't been given a choice," said Dysart. "It's a bridge story about the change in these environments and how we're going to get to the next chapter of the Valiant Universe."
Jump on board the convention-defying series that the Onion/A.V. Club calls "the crown jewel of Valiant's line-up" with HARBINGER: OMEGAS #1 (of 3) in August – an all-new starting point that reveals what happens when the full extent of Harada's secret superhuman empire is exposed to the public, and just the how the surviving members of the Renegades recover from a catastrophic loss that will change their lives… their team… and their destinies forever.
Read Joshua Dysart's complete interview about HARBINGER #25, HARBINGER: OMEGAS #1 (of 3), and his future plans for the HARBINGER universe at Comic Book Resources.
Look more major Harbinger news to follow during summer 2014.
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HARBINGER #25 (ANNIVERSARY SPECTACULAR)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART with JUSTIN JORDAN, LUCY KNISLEY, and MORE!
Art by KHARI EVANS, BARRY KITSON, LUCY KNISLEY, RILEY ROSSMO, RON WIMBERLY, and MORE!
Covers by MICO SUAYAN and JENNY FRISON
Variant Cover by LUCY KNISLEY
Throwback Cover by SEAN CHEN
Variant Cover by BARRY KITSON
COMING IN JULY!
HARBINGER: OMEGAS #1 (of 3)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by RAFA SANDOVAL
Cover by LEWIS LAROSA
Variant Cover by GLENN FABRY
COMING IN AUGUST!