If you aren't using your mind-powers to make chicks sleep with you, you're not using them correctly.
Credits & Solicit Info:
Harbinger #1 - "Omega Risng: Part 1"
Writer: Joshua Dysart
Artist: Khari Evans
Valiant Comics 2012
Based on the cover, I know most of you are thinking that Harbinger #1 is probably just a What Women Want sequel that doesn't include Mel Gibson. Most of you would be close: Harbinger is a comic book about young people with powers of telekinesis and mind control that doesn't include Mel Gibson. So you had the lack of Mel Gibson part correct.
The main teen character, Peter, is on the run from an unknown government agency and breaking laws with his mind-powers along the way. While some of the crimes Peter commits are not horrible and done with good intentions (such as getting medication and shelter for his friend), one of Peter's mind controlling actions crosses the line completely. This final mental crime causes another powerful man, a Mr. Harada, with psionic abilities to reach out to Peter and conduct a one on one intervention.
Will Peter choose to take the advise and assistance offered during his intervention or will Peter continue down a road of eventual self destruction? And more importantly, should we continue on with Harbinger #2 to find out?
The idea of Harbinger does not feel entirely original after the first issue. It has a X-Men tone to the second half of the issue when the Professor X type character, Mr. Harada, tries to recruit Peter for psionic training. The old wise man who has mastered his skills is trying to help the young similar man who is being hunted by the government...kind of thing. With that said, there are differences between the X-Men situation and Harbinger.
As of now, it seems as if people with psionic powers are not known of by the general public, and thus looked down upon as freaks or outcasts. They seem to be valued by the government (probably as a weapon...those bastards) and in positions of a respectable nature. The slight difference is enough to make the story, and world, it's own, so I think Harbinger warrants a few more issues before determining if it is a keeper or not.
The art by Khari Evans was above average, and actually quite nice for a non-major publisher, and the dialog and general story was handled very well by Joshua Dysart. The rebelious youth sounds rebellious and the evil government agent sounds menacing. Check and check.
My one problem with Harbinger #1...accountability. Without spoiling what Peter's probable major crime in the issue was (referenced previously), I think it is pretty obvious that Peter will not be sent to prison for committing it. In real life something like that would not get so easily dismissed because he is immature. It can be argued that severe crimes can be committed by people of power, but those people of power are then hated and despised. I don't think we are supposed to hate the main character down the road. As mentioned, I refer to the crime as "probable" because we don't actually see it...but the signs that it happened are there.
Besides that, Harbinger #1 was a nice first issue that has earned a few more purchases to determine if it makes the monthly purchases list.
Review by: Dom G
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