Wicked! The world of Valiant’s Harbinger is so much more complicated than I gave it credit as you will find in the enormous trade paperback The Life and Death of Toyo Harada. It’s a big read, hence my delay, and completely worth it.
The Life and Death of Toyo Harada
Written by Joshua Dysart
Illustrated by Cafu,Mico Suayan,Butch Guice,Adam Pollina,Diego Yapur, Kano,Doug Braithwaite
Colored by Andrew Dalhouse, Dan Borwon,Kat Hudson, Diego Rodriguez
Lettered by Dave Sharpe
Genre: Scifi, superhero, mature
Not for kids.
If you can’t read you won’t like it.
Synopsis: In 1945, the bombing of Hiroshima awakened an immense and terrifying power inside young Toyo Harada, a power that he could one day use to build a better world. With the existence of superpowered psiots revealed to the world and his Harbinger Foundation left in ruins, Harada has been run to ground, and the world’s most powerful man is about to become its most dangerous.
The writing is top notch. As a standalone I wish it had one more issue upfront to fill in the characters and details that we need. As a result, not being a Harbinger reader I had to push through the first chapter with some hope that it would pay off.
Life and Death of Toyo Harada is a completely worthwhile read. The art is stale and pasteurized as it looks like it is largely a production of photoshop-filtered or Inkscape-traced photos. It’s not what I buy comics for. Give me human hands.
Dave Sharpe makes a couple of mistakes with letters but I doubt anyone (else) will notice.
I’m recommending Life and Death of Toyo Harada as a buy with four out or five stars.
Get it at your local comic shop or online here.
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.