The Harbinger #7 COMIC REVIEW: interesting moral dilemmas with intense, stunning art



Written by: Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing, Art by: Robbi Rodriguez, Colours by: Rico Renzi, Letters by: Hassan Otsmane-elhaou.


After a reunion with Faith, Peter is shot in the head by the assassin Blam, while Cici and Ago are hovering over Peter's body wishing they could do something. Faith goes after the shooter. With Peter's power being his mind, could he even put himself back together? What could happen to Chicago if he doesn’t survive? Or would the city be safer without him?


After the poor judgment from our “heroes” in the last issue, we again see more examples of it here. Last issue, we saw Peter stealing from citizens to help the Psiots he helped with no objections from Faith. Now we get to see more from Faith and her inability to control herself when she needs a calm head. After Blam starts shooting at her, she realises that she has a few seconds between his reloads. This I thought was a great start. In situations like this, heroes need to be calm and collected. So to be able to analyze these things in such a short space of time shows that she had a level head. Unfortunately, this goes off the rails when she gets to Blam, vowing to kill him if Peter dies. I would completely understand an emotional response to the situation, but any hero would need to be careful as they wouldn’t want to be seen as “the bad guy”. To me, this shows that the character again can’t be classed as a hero, as she’s fully aware of what she’s doing as she started out so methodical. This plot thread would be an interesting one to develop as anyone could be seen as a hero in their own story, but are these protagonists actually them? There’s more evidence to this point when Faith has Blam pinned and he exclaims that he doesn’t want to live in a world where rules don’t apply to the hero’s, but yet the rest are constrained to conformity. There have now been a number of instances in the last few issues where the protagonists are seen as antagonists. Combine that with the unreliable narrator, and this could be an incredible plot thread that would have us guessing about all decisions that have been made. The thing that worries me, is that I don’t think this is going to go anywhere. If it doesn’t, I can’t help but think it’s a wasted opportunity or poor writing.



Another aspect where I thought this issue was lacking, was the sense of dread. Now, I know from reading far too many comics that the good guys will always vanquish evil (unless you’re Alan Moore, in which case there’s so many layers to everything), however there needs to be stakes. As shocking as it was to have your main character shot in the head, at no point did I ever feel that he was out of his depth or in any kind of peril, it just seemed to be dealt with too quickly.



Although the art has never really been my style, I actually appreciated it here. I thought the full pages were stunning and Robbi Rodriguez really has a way to heighten the intensity and menacing look to the antagonists.


Overall, unfortunately this arc isn’t as strong as the first, and I’m starting to lose interest in characters, who just seem despicable despite their hero status.


I rate it 2/5, only saved from being rated a 1 from the art.


The Harbinger #7 was released by Valiant Comics on 27th April from your Local Comic shop as well as comixology


 

Andrew Carr was blessed to grow up watching the animated series of Batman, X-Men, and his favorite, Spider-Man.This started his dive into the comics world, which resulted in meeting his amazing cosplaying wife Imogen. They live in England with their Sinister Six dogs.

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