Review: Armor Hunters: Harbinger #1 (Valiant Comics)

Armor Hunters: Harbinger #1Armor Hunters: Harbinger #1 continues Valiant’s series of spin-offs for their epic summer crossover by bringing the Generation Zero kids from the main Harbinger series into the spotlight, and throws them right in the center of Mexico City to help with relief efforts after the destruction of the city at the hands of the Armor Hunters.

Armor Hunters: Harbinger #1Publisher: Valiant Comics
Writer: Joshua Dysart
Artist: Robert Gill
Price: £2.49/$2.99 from ComiXology or from ComicsPlus

While the title of this book includes the words “Armor Hunters,” you do not need to be reading the event to know what’s happening in this issue. This issue could have easily been part of a new Harbinger ongoing, and that’s a good thing because Armor Hunters: Harbinger #1 serves as a great introduction to some great characters without carrying too much baggage for new readers.

We love what Joshua Dysart has done with the main Harbinger series, and it looks like he’s going to do it again with Generation Zero. Each character is so well defined even after just one issue that it makes me want to see more. While we are introduced to the entire cast, the main character of the story is Cronus, the leader, and the book is told from his perspective. Like Peter, Cronus seems to be a deeply flawed character who is thrust into his leadership role not because of he wants to lead, but because he wants to make his family – the children of Generation Zero – stays safe. It is this same emotion which leads the kids to Mexico City to help in the relief effort.

It was great seeing Faith and Torque involved in this series and I hope they stick around as mentors to Generation Zero. The duo are helping the United Nations provide aid to Mexico City so it makes sense that they would continue doing good and being the superheroes Faith envisions them to be.

It is also great to see Robert Gill doing some more work at Valiant after his amazing run on Eternal Warrior. There were a few panels in this issue which lacked the detail we would expect from Gill’s work, but those were few and far between. Overall, the art is quite fantastic and has a few outstanding panels which really help visualize the dire situation the characters are in. There is so much emotion in this book and Gill’s art does a tremendous job at portraying the destruction and anguish which all the characters are experiencing after the annihilation of Mexico City.

pd_review4“If you’re unfamiliar with Generation Zero, Armor Hunters: Harbinger #1 is a great introduction to the characters. Joshua Dysart’s storytelling remains among the best in comics. Writing an ensemble book can be difficult, but Dysart has cleared defined stories and personalities for each character and it is a joy to read.”

This review comes courtesy of Martin Feretti at Valiant Central, the essential site for all your Valiant news, reviews and interviews.