Harbinger Renegade #5

Writer: Rafer Roberts
Artist: Darick Robertson
Inks: Richard Clark
Colors: Diego Rodriguez
Publisher: Valiant

Detroit has been taken over by a group of super-powered children called Generation Zero, and renamed as the Free City of Rook. A group of mercenary soldiers are sent in free the city from “terrorists”, and a bloodbath with casualties on both sides ensues.

Issue #5 of Harbinger Renegade is the first part in the Massacre story arc, and it delivers on its namesake, with deaths left and right on both sides. Unfortunately, and this doubles as a disclaimer, I haven’t read any of the previous 4 issues, so these deaths meant nothing to me. In fact, I’m not even sure who I was supposed to be rooting for, though a fictional Trump tweet supporting the actions of the mercenary group seems to paint them as the villains.

There isn’t much room for characterization or plot, the issue is mostly action. Big explosions, severed limbs, and gory headshots. All of it is well-drawn by Darick Robertson, though things can get a little hectic, and it’s hard to keep track of which characters have which powers, and how their powers are being used. A text box at one point claims a character is able to drain the life from people, but he either never uses it or it isn’t clear if he does, and another character shows up without any introduction, and I’m left to assume they had powers based on the bluish glow around their movements, but I have no idea what it meant. It creates a sense of action, but struggles with the details.

I’m really not sure what my final judgement on this comic should be. I have no idea who these characters were or why they were fighting, and the cliffhanger ending means nothing to me, so I just don’t know what to think about a large part of this comic. To me, this comic was a well-drawn, but somewhat confusing action-scene, and that’s it. I can’t exactly recommend it, so I’m leaning on a negative score, but again, someone who has more context might feel differently.

Rating: 2/5

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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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