Media Release — As first revealed at Comic Book Resources, Valiant is proud to unveil the complete battle plan for HARBINGER WARS 2 – A SEISMIC, SIX-PART EVENT uniting New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, DIVINITY, Mind MGMT) and superstar artist Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR, NINJA-K) with Academy Award nominee Eric Heisserer (SECRET WEAPONS, Arrival) and visionary artists Raúl Allén (SECRET WEAPONS) and Patricia Martín (BLOODSHOT REBORN) for an epic conflagration at the epicenter of the Valiant Universe in May!
This summer, the most powerful Valiant event ever attempted erupts in full force as X-O Manowar, Livewire, the Harbinger Renegades, Bloodshot, the Secret Weapons, Ninjak, and a cast of thousands draw their battle lines in HARBINGER WARS 2 – the ultimate, action-fueled entry point into the most acclaimed superhero universe anywhere in comics today! Spanning six essential issues between May and September 2018, the complete HARBINGER WARS 2 saga will encompass the four-issue main series, as well as a self-contained, new-reader-friendly prelude introducing the main players behind the conflict, and a standalone aftermath special chronicling the scarred landscape of the post-HW2 Valiant Universe:
HARBINGER WARS 2: PRELUDE #1 | ON SALE MAY 2nd
HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4) | ON SALE MAY 30th
HARBINGER WARS 2 #2 (of 4) | COMING IN JUNE
HARBINGER WARS 2 #3 (of 4) | COMING IN JULY
HARBINGER WARS 2 #4 (of 4) | COMING IN AUGUST
HARBINGER WARS 2: AFTERMATH #1 | COMING IN SEPTEMBER
“What I love about these events with Valiant is they grow organically…” series writer Matt Kindt told CBR. “I don’t want to be writing some big, sprawling story with no real heart to it, and it’s just about connecting different books and characters. I think the thing that attracted us all to this idea was the heart of the story and the characters driving it, and telling a good story with heart. Eric had a great idea with Livewire, and really makes it about these character moments. The big event just happens around it.”
“It’s not as much about the event as it is about spotlighting these amazing characters, and pulling back a bit and showing how the universe is shared, and the friction that comes from the sharing of it,” he added.
FIRST: Before HARBINGER WARS 2 begins, JUMP ON BOARD with HARBINGER WARS 2: PRELUDE #1 – a STANDALONE INTRODUCTION TO THE VALIANT UNIVERSE’s most powerful forces from all-star creators Eric Heisserer, Raúl Allén, and Patricia Martín, the master storytellers that brought you SECRET WEAPONS, on May 2nd!
The Harbinger Renegades have been scattered across America…battered by the brutal MASSACRE that decimated their ranks.
Now, behind them, Livewire – leader of the Harbinger Foundation’s most unusual group of Secret Weapons – is about to incite the coast-to-coast clash that brings them all together in an inescapable collision of power.
Pushed to the brink by the government she once served, Toyo Harada’s former star pupil is about to make an irreversible decision…and deactivate America’s power supply in a last-ditch bid to save the extraordinary individuals called “psiots” from extinction. As a nation goes dark, the paths of our world’s most powerful heroes will soon converge…and the stage will be set for the most cataclysmic confrontation in the history of the Valiant Universe!
On May 2nd, witness the ground zero moment for the future of the Valiant Universe with a startling, self-contained initiation into the senses-shattering clash of 2018, only in HARBINGER WARS 2: PRELUDE #1 – featuring covers by Raúl Allén (BLOODSHOT REBORN), Michael Cho (Batwoman), Cary Nord (X-O MANOWAR), and Felipe Massafera (Flashpoint: Abin Sur)!
THEN: On May 30th, X-O Manowar, Livewire, Bloodshot, the Harbinger Renegades, Faith, Ninjak, the Secret Weapons, H.A.R.D. Corps, and all of Valiant’s most enduring icons draw fire in HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of the world-shaking comics event from creators Matt Kindt and Tomás Giorello, the superstar creative team behind the chart-topping rise of X-O MANOWAR!
For the rare and immensely powerful subset of humanity known as psiots, their unique abilities have come with an enormous cost. Once, their existence was known only to a select few. Now, the revelation that thousands of these latent telekinetic “harbingers” secretly live among us…with the potential to become active at any moment…has led the American government to a dramatic tipping point…
Armed with new extra-governmental authority, the deep-black military contractor known as Omen has been authorized to identify, evaluate, and, if need be, eliminate all super-normal threats to the homeland. H.A.R.D. Corps units have been deployed into cities and towns across the United States to enforce their orders.
In the East, one of the most powerful minds on Earth, Peter Stanchek, is leading his band of Renegades across the country, activating any potential psiots willing to join them, and building an insurrection force of ultra-powerful and unwieldy new abilities that will soon bring war to Omen’s doorstep…and the unstoppable force known as X-O Manowar raging back to Earth…
In the West, Livewire – the telekinetic technopath with the ability to bend machines and computers to her will – will be forced to choose between her former allies…or her newfound team of Secret Weapons. As the situation escalates beyond human control, the United States will be plunged into darkness from coast to coast, launching Bloodshot and Ninjak into a dangerous mission to neutralize their one-time teammate – and setting the stage for the most shocking, most violent, and most consequential clash of powers ever witnessed in the history of the Valiant Universe!
This summer, Valiant’s biggest and most ambitious event yet takes hold…and, on May 30th, all of America will witness the raw, unrepentant power of the Valiant Universe unleashed in HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4) – featuring covers by J.G. Jones (Final Crisis), Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN), Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA), Felipe Massafera (Green Lantern/Planet of the Apes), and Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT SALVATION)!
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HARBINGER WARS 2: PRELUDE #1
Written by ERIC HEISSERER
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN with PATRICIA MARTÍN
Cover A by RAÚL ALLÉN
Cover B by MICHAEL CHO
Variant Cover by CARY NORD
HW2 Icon Variant by FELIPE MASSAFERA
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 2nd (FOC – 4/9/18)
HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO
Cover A by J.G. JONES
Cover B by MICO SUAYAN
Interlocking Variant by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
HW2 Icon Variant by FELIPE MASSAFERA
Brushed Metal Variant by LEWIS LAROSA
Blank Cover Also Available
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 30th (FOC – 5/7/18)