Book of Death: The Fall of Harbinger #1

A showdown. An apocalypse. An ending. 

Many years from today, Peter Stanchek, the Renegades, the Harbinger Foundation, the Bleeding Monk, and Toyo Harada’s Imperium all reach their terminus, as the entire planet becomes the battlefield for the most devastating psionic combat humanity has ever seen. The Great Destroyer, long prophesied and foreseen, comes to Earth at last. Who will survive…and what will be left of them?

New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart (IMPERIUM, HARBINGER) and blockbuster artist Kano (THE DELINQUENTS) journey to the far end of the Geomancer’s BOOK OF DEATH to reveal the final, unavoidable end for two of the Valiant Universe’s most powerful foes.

 
Writer:
Joshua Dysart
Pencils:
Kano
Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment

A fitting end to the Harbinger part of the Valiant universe, Book of Death: The Fall of Harbinger finds a future where two men, who respect one another and have created peace on Earth, are forced go head to head to save it at any cost.

Having only a passing familiarity with the psionic part of the Valiant line, a lot of the scenes and characters didn’t mean much to me. But that Joshua Dysart was able to imbue the world with a feeling of history and events happening outside of any of the characters was very much appreciated. It made it a lot easier to get into the story certainly, and the broad strokes the various characters are given were enough for me to feel for them.

Meanwhile Kano’s pencils continue to impress. Stylised for the most part but giving way to detail when needed, it’s a tribute to the colorists of the issue that they could take some of the detailed images portrayed and present them so distinctly.

Overall, I was very impressed with the issue. I’m a regular reader of Imperium, but thanks to this one shot, I may be tempted to give Harbinger a shot too. That’s the mark of a good one shot to me and puts it above most of the other spin off releases from the Book of Death series. I recommend it highly.

Book of Death: The Fall of Harbinger is available from Valiant.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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