- Super-powered teenager Peter Stanchek is on a dangerous path. Skipping across the country in a desperate attempt to stay one step ahead of the authorities, Peter is quickly realizing that he's a psionically-charged -harbinger- with the potential to reshape the course of human history.
- Super-powered teenager Peter Stanchek is on a dangerous path. Skipping across the country in a desperate attempt to stay one step ahead of the authorities, Peter is quickly realizing that he's a psionically-charged -harbinger- with the potential to reshape the course of human history. But Peter's plight has not gone unnoticed. Respected philanthropist and fellow harbinger, Toyo Harada, is about to offer Peter the chance at the things for which the boy has always longed -- family, inner peace, self-control -- and induct him into the sprawling, secret network of conspiracy and subversion known as the Harbinger Foundation. Now, Peter begins his long road towards a destiny that will shake the very foundations of the Valiant Universe. His first lesson? All power comes with a price
- Collecting the first five issues of the critically acclaimed series by New York Times best-selling author Joshua Dysart (Unknown Soldier), acclaimed artists Khari Evans (Carbon Grey) and Lewis Larosa (PunisherMAX), this is the perfect place to catch up with the series that Comic Book Resources calls -superheroes at its best.-
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-03-25
- Reviewer: Staff
Peter Stanchek possesses an unfortunate combination of teenaged vanity with vast powers of mind. Unable to master his abilities Peter and his companion Joe live a hand-to-mouth existence, at least until billionaire philanthropist Toyo Harada takes notice of Peter and his destructive potential and elects to capture the young man in the hope that Peter can be rehabilitated. Peter discovers that he is not alone, that Harada and many others are fellow "Psiots", humans with godlike powers; he soon learns Harada has an agenda in which there may be no place for a monster like Peter. Author Dysart and his team of illustrators explore the theme of the moral effects of unchecked power, something speculative fiction authors have done for decades and more mundane authors for centuries; finding something new to say or at least a novel way to express old ideas is something of a challenge, one the creators are not up to. There is no element of the story better authors have not used to greater effect before, including the decision to make their protagonist a rapist who uses his powers to compel adoration from others. Although the art is competent enough, it cannot compensate for overly familiar storyline. (Jan.)