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In 1992, legendary writer Jim Shooter and newcomer artist David Lapham teamed up to reinvent a staple of comic book storytelling - the superhero team genre. Their darker approach more realistically portrayed superpowered teenagers. The characters behaved like real people, blurring the line between good and evil. The heroes were flawed and sometimes loathsome, while the villains were often noble and frighteningly identifiable.
Harbinger became a critical and commercial smash hit, sparking a national obsession with Valiant Comics. Harbinger's first issue was named Collectible of the Decade by Wizard Magazine, appeared on Wizard Magazine s Top Ten list for a then-record eight consecutive months, and in 2006 was named the 1990s Comic Book of the Decade by Sequart. Harbinger also became one of the most popular comic series of the 1990s, selling over 5 million comic books.
Harbingers are human beings with extraordinary powers of the mind. Throughout history, their dangerous abilities tended to lie dormant, emerging in occasional bursts that are brought on by stress. This all changes when Japanese tycoon Toyo Harada, the world's most powerful Harbinger, establishes the Harbinger Foundation. The organization s vast power and resources are dedicated to train other Harbingers and promote Harada's vision of world betterment, no matter the cost. Soon after, the Foundation discovers the existence of teenager Peter Stanchek, the only Harbinger who can rival Harada's own Godlike powers.
Collected here for the first time is the landmark story that revolutionized the superhero team genre. Harbinger: The Beginning is one of the most celebrated stories in modern comics.
- Collects the full Harbinger origin story (Harbinger issues #0-7) by comics legend Jim Shooter and Eisner Award-winner David Lapham for the first time.
- Digitally recolored under the direction of original Valiant colorists.
- Digitally remastered with the approval of Jim Shooter.
- Includes the original rare Story of Harada coupons in full color for the first time.
- Includes an all-new eight page Origin of Harada story by Jim Shooter and original Valiant creator Bob Hall (Shadowman) featuring the first appearance of a new key Valiant character.
About Valiant Entertainment
Valiant Entertainment is a character-based entertainment company that owns and manages some of the most popular comic characters ever created across all media, including feature films, television, video games, new media, publishing, and consumer products. Since their creation in 1990, Valiant characters have sold over 80 million comic books, 8 million video games, and Valiant became one of the three leading comic character-based companies globally. In addition, the Valiant characters are often called the most important characters created since the Marvel revolution of the 1960s (Sequart, 2006). VALIANT characters include X-O MANOWAR, BLOODSHOT, HARBINGER, ETERNAL WARRIOR, ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, NINJAK, SHADOWMAN, RAI, and QUANTUM & WOODY, among many others.
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JIM SHOOTER is an industry legend. He began his professional writing career at the age of 13, a world record, crafting some of the seminal Legion of Super Heroes stories for DC Comics. At the age of 27, he became Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics. During his nine-year tenure, he oversaw some of Marvel's most influential creations and storylines, such as Spider-Man's black costume and the creation of Venom, the X-Men's Dark Phoenix Saga, and Frank Miller's run on Wolverine and Daredevil. In 1990, he co-founded Valiant Comics, where he co-wrote and co-created some of the most popular and critically acclaimed characters since Marvel's heyday in the 1960s, including X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Shadowman, and Archer and Armstrong, among others.
DAVID LAPHAM is an Eisner Award-winning writer/artist (Stray Bullets). In 1992, he began his career at Valiant Comics and quickly became a star creator, co-writing and illustrating Harbinger, Rai, H.A.R.D. Corps, and Shadowman. Lapham has also taken on some of the industry s best known characters at both Marvel Comics (Daredevil Vs. Punisher: Means And Ends; Giant-sized Wolverine), and DC Comics (Batman: City of Crime; Tales of the Unexpected).
BOB HALL is a highly accomplished comic book creator. He began his career at Marvel Comics, where he took on such marquee characters as Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, Captain America, Thor and The Avengers. He then joined Valiant Comics, where he became a fan favorite writer and illustrator for the Shadowman series, defining the character and making it one of Valiant's most popular titles.Review:
The first storyline deserves to be uttered in the same breath as the masterpieces of the art form: Watchmen, Maus, Dark Knight Returns... --Sequential Art Research and Literacy Organization
We were getting phone calls, faxes and letters from all around the country telling us how Harbinger was the hottest thing since sliced bread. Collectible of the Decade. --Wizard Magazine
A realistic and thoroughly modern tale of teenage superheroes, complete with bad judgment and raging hormones. --Variety
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