Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Harbinger Key Comics Part 2

Part 2 and the last part to this Harbinger key comics series. We'll be finishing up volume 1 and the new Valiant reboot. 

It seems the reboot mainly uses characters from the 90s Valiant Universe.

There are some new characters introduced, but not many. Or, at least, there aren't that many notable ones who don't appear and then disappear like a fart in the wind. Anyways, let's wrap this series up. 

If you missed Part 1, just click that link. Other than that, here's more Harbinger key issues.

1st appearance of Camouflage

Wasn't sure whether to throw this one in here, but Camouflage does show up a bit in this series during the later issues. Not entirely sure if he's an important supporting character or not.

I don't think he shows up in the rebooted Valiant Universe, or at least yet. I could be wrong. This has a 235,000 estimated print run. Harbinger #17 and the first appearance of Camouflage was published May, 1993.

Death of Shatiqua

We got more deaths in the pages of Harbinger. This time Shatiqua falls in the war against the Harbinger Foundation. Print run is estimated at 190,000 for this issue.

Harbinger #23 was published November, 1993. Shatiqua is not carried over into the new Valiant least, I don't think she is.

Death of Rock
Death of Screen

Finally, the Harbinger Renegades get their revenge on Rock. He was previously blamed for the death of Torque, but Rock seemed to escape through the fingers of death at the hands of Flamingo and Pete.

In this issue, Rock kills Screen and Pete Stanchek has finally been pushed to the limit. Pete gets his revenge for both Screen and Torque and has an epic battle with Harada.

Pete comes out the victor in the confrontation, and this issue would change everything in the Harbinger universe from here on out. Harbinger #25 was published January, 1994, and this issue has an estimated print run of 240,000.

1st appearance of Sonix and Anvil
1st appearance of Amazon and Microwave
1st appearance of Tyger
The Harbinger series starts anew after the epic battle between Pete and Toyo Harada. It seems Zephyr joins up with the Harbinger Foundation.

This issue sees a bunch of first appearances and most are seen throughout the rest of the series before it's cancelled. However, none of them are carried over into the new Valiant relaunch.

150,000 estimated copies were printed and Harbinger #26 was published February, 1994.

Origin of Toyo Harada

Not just the origin of Toyo Harada, but the secret origin of the character is revealed in this issue. This issue details the events that shaped and molded a young Toyo into the man he becomes.

Might be an over-looked key issue about Toyo. It has an estimated print run of 80,000 copies and was published August, 1994.

1st appearance of Harbinger
Origin of Harbinger
Harada crafts his ultimate weapon in this issue, and Harbinger Files #2 sees the first appearance of Harbinger. This beast would become the linchpin to all of Harada's future plans.

Harbinger would later face Zephyr and her rebels in the final issues of this series. This is a lower print run and has an estimated 50,000 copies. It was published February, 1995.

1st appearance of The Visitor

Part of the Chaos Effect storyline, Faith gets a Visitor from the future, but who could this mystery man be and what does he want? It turns out that the Visitor is Peter Stanchek from the future.

Pete was mainly missing from the comic title starting with issue #26. His future self is reintroduced into the series for a few issues.

November, 1994 is the publishing date for this comic, and it's estimated print run is around 75,000.

1st appearance of Mak
1st appearance of Gridlock
1st appearance of Big Girl
Big Girl and Gridlock make their first appearances in this issue but their comic careers are pretty short. The only first appearance character in this issue to carry over into the new Valiant relaunch is that of Mak.

She does not have that many appearances in the last remaining issues of the Harbinger first series, and she does crossover into the Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps title in the new universe. However, her appearances in the new relaunch are pretty slim so far as well.

This is a later issue so the print run numbers are winding down. Harbinger #35 has an estimated 70,000, and it was published December, 1994.

Newstand copies exist

This isn't a key issue, or if it is, it's not a very important one I think. Not sure about that, so if it is just comment on it below. 

However, just like with the Spawn comics, there are newsstand editions and direct editions for some the Valiants as well.

Newsstand edition have the UPC code slapped on the cover and the direct editions do not. So, should be pretty simple to find them.

I think they last all the way up to the very last issue #41, and since they are already low printed numbers, I wonder if the newsstand editions are more scarce or not. Couldn't find any information on that, but it's possible. Just wanted you guys to know if you didn't already.

Harbinger #38 has an estimated print run of 40,000, and it was published March, 1995. Not sure if the newsstand editions start with this issue or not.

Death of Anvil
Final issue
Another final confrontation as Faith and her fellow rebels take on the mysterious Harbinger, who supposedly has all of their abilities and more. Casualties are imminent, and we see the death of Anvil in this issue.

This is the final issue and has a low print run. The lowest of the regular series if you don't count issue #0. Technically it's the 2nd lowest with an estimated 28,000 copies.

There are newsstand editions and direct editions for this issue as well. If you see more direct than newsstand, the newsstand editions could be pretty rare copies. Not for certain about that though. This final issue was published June, 1995.

1st appearance of the Bleeding Monk
1st appearance of Mr. Tull
1st issue to relaunched Valiant series
Here we are with the first issue to the relaunched Valiant Harbinger comic series that came out June, 2012. This is a re-imagining, but it appears that many of the core characters from the first 90s series does end up in this new series.

Kris Hathaway is reintroduced, and the other reintroduced members of old aren't reintroduced just yet. However, Joseph Irons, the best friend that Pete Stanchek had in the first series, comes back in this revival.

He does die in issue #4 though, and I won't be separately listing it here. Old members that come back as supporting characters for this new Harbinger series are Flamingo, Zephyr, Torque, Stronghold, Ion, Livewire and a few others.

The Bleeding Monk makes his first appearance and he plays an important role in the series. He is a mysterious sage and has advised both Toyo Harada and Pete Stanchek.

The first appearance of Mr. Tull is also in this issue, and he is an agent of Project Rising Spirit that hunts psiots. Pretty minor character.

There is a Gold variant with the title in gold. I put an image on here so you can identify it if you happen to stumble upon it or are gunning for it.

Don't think those are that cheap though. This variant has an estimated print run only about about 1,000 copies.

June, 2012 was when this comic was published and the regular cover has an estimated print run of about 20,000.

1st appearance of Darpan the Mirror

Darpan the Mirror makes his first appearance in this issue. He has the ability to induce trauma related memories during close proximity. In short, he can make you relive your most horrible memories and intensify them so you relive them to the fullest.

Sounds pretty wicked. Toyo Harada adopted him and raised him as part of the Harbinger Foundation. Harbinger #2 from volume 2 was published July, 2012 and has an estimated print run of about 19,000.

1st appearance of Hidden Moon
1st appearance of Ingrid Hillcraft

Hidden Moon is the Head Master at the Harbinger Foundation and has the ability to dampen psionic powers. Pretty cool there, but he doesn't make that many appearances in the new reboot. He'll probably be in the movie though if that happens.

Ingrid Hillcraft makes her first appearance in this issue also, and she is the resident psychologist for the Harbinger Foundation. Since she is one of those, you can bet she makes quite a bit of appearances in this relaunch. 

August, 2012 was when Harbinger #3 was published and it has a low print run of about 17,000 copies.

Origin of Toyo Harada
Origin of Harbinger Foundation

Much like Harbinger Files #1, Harbinger #0 also retells the origin of Toyo Harada and how he becomes the super, bad ass, villain he is in the Valiant Universe.

So sounds like a pretty important issue for the new Harbinger mythos. The Bleeding Monk is also connected to the origins of Toyo Harada. March, 2013 was when this comic was published, about a 9,000 estimated print run.

1st appearance of Hunter
1st appearance of Griffon

Hunter is one of the first Eggbreakers in Toyo Harada's entourage and makes his first appearance in this issue. At least I think he does, but still not sure if it's a cameo or what.

Griffon is a psionic girlfriend from Toyo Harada's from past. Her first appearance could be in this issue also. This is part one to the Harbinger Wars story line in the Harbinger comics. No info about print run, and Harbinger #11 was published April, 2013.

1st appearance of Cronus and Atomus
1st appearance of Astral and Hive
1st appearance of Telic and Traveler
1st appearance of Shadow and Little Castle

There's a buttload of first appearances in this issue. Many are from the team Generation Zero, who are mostly psiots kids that were trained as a strike team for Project Rising Spirit until Bloodshot led an attack on one of their bases and opened a window of escape for them.

Cronus is the leader of Generation Zero and appears to be a semi-important character in the new relaunch. Harbinger Wars is the first crossover event for the new Valiant Universe, and is a four issue limited series. Harbinger Wars #1 was published April, 2013.

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Death of Flamingo

Wow, surprising that they'd have Flamingo bite the dust in this new relaunch. She was a staple member of the first Harbinger series.

Well, apparently she sacrifices her life for her friends in this issue. Harbinger #23 sees the death of Flamingo. Not sure if this is a minor or major key yet. I suppose time will tell. May, 2014 is the publishing date for this comic.

Alright, before I get into some Magnus Robot Fighter, I am going to pump out another key issues series that's non-Valiant related before that. I've already done five Valiants key issues lists in a row, and I agree it's time for a short break from those.

So Magnus Robot Fighter will be coming up soon, but after a little intermission of sorts.

If you missed part one of this Harbinger key comics list, just click the PREVIOUS link below.


Harbinger Key Issues

Gonna have to break up this Harbinger key issues into different parts. The most maybe three, because there are quite a few major and minor key issues in the first series alone.

Harbinger is a fan-favorite and one of the more longer running series for Valiant. Even the 2012 relaunch has quite a few issues already published.

1st appearance of Toyo Harada
1st appearance of Harbinger Foundation

I might as well throw this one here now since the Harbinger Foundation and Toyo Harada are the main villains for this title. Solar Man of the Atom #3 has the first appearance of Toyo Harada, the most powerful and first known Harbinger.

Harada is an Omega Harbinger and commands the full spectrum of psionic abilities including including telepathy, telekinesis, mind-control, as well as others. He can activate the powers of others as well.

Harada created the Harbinger Foundation to actively search for other Harbingers. He is ruthless and believes that humanity will eventually destroy it itself unless he controls the world in order to preserve it. He has tremendous political and financial power and will stop at nothing to achieve his goal.

Pretty important comic not just for Solar or Harbinger, but for most of the Valiant Universe. Solar Man of the Atom #3 was published November, 1991 and has an estimated 65,000 print run.

1st appearance of the Renegades
1st Peter Stancheck
1st appearance of Eggbreakers
The Renegades are the Harbinger Resistance, a group of young psiots that oppose Toyo Harada and the Harbinger Foundation. The Renegade team is led by Peter Stanchek who is also the main character of the titled comic series.

Harbinger #1 has a lot of first appearances. The Renegades in issue #1 that are introduced are Peter Stanchek, Zephyr, Flamingo and Torque. Pete's girlfriend, Kris Hathaway, also makes her first appearance in this issue and she is part of the Renegades despite not having powers.

It's later learned that Pete was unknowingly controlling her mind so she would go out with him. Wow, that's a deal breaker.

As for the Eggbreakers, they are the Harbinger Foundations super powered enforcers. Some introduced in this issue are Eel, Thumper, and Weasel, but not entirely sure.

Harbinger #1 was January, 1992 and had an estimated print run of 48,000. It also contains a coupon for Harbinger #0 Pink send away.

1st appearance of Rock
1st appearance of Swallow
1st appearance of Sparrow
I think all three of these first appearances are for Eggbreakers.  In this issue, the Renegades invade Harada's headquarters and go up against the Eggbreakers stationed there. The Renegades are successful and are able to jack stolen Harbinger Foundation funds.

This issue, like the first 6 issues of Harbinger, also contains the coupon for Harbinger #0 Pink send away. It has an estimated 40,000 print run and was published February, 1992.

1st appearance of Ax
1st Rexo
I spoke a little about the character of Ax in the Bloodshot key issues list. The character makes his first humble beginnings in Harbinger #3. Ax is a computer hacker, but when Pete probes his mind, he finds that he is a Harbinger with the psionic power to control computers.

Looking to find out what was on the stolen disks from the previous issues raid on the Harbinger Foundation, the Renegades meet the obnoxious Ax and discover that the disks reveal several Spider Alien bases.

With the information, the hit up a base and steal an alien spacecraft to fly to one of the alien moon bases where they are captured by Rexo. Rexo was a quadriplegic Vietnam War veteran who became an outcast and bitter.

The Spider Aliens offered to graft living alien armor onto his body to give him full mobility in exchange for becoming one of their operatives. He became a guard on the moon base where he runs into the Renages, and he loves torturing the human captives there.

He's not really a major supporting character, but Ax is a character that frequently appears in the comic title and a few outside of it. Harbinger #3 also has an estimated 40,000 print run and was published March, 1992.

1st appearance of Spikeman
1st appearance of Fort
1st appearance of Boozaka
Finding out that Ax sold them out to Rexo, the group ditch the traitor and part ways when they return back to Earth. Ax gathers his own team of Harbingers and goes after Torque.

As far as I know, Spikeman, Fort, and Boozaka are all Eggbreakers for the Harbinger Foundation. Fort makes the most appearances in the comic series and outside of it out of these first appearances, but the others are pretty much minor characters.

Harbinger #4 was published in April, 1992, and also has an estimated print run of 40,000.

1st appearance of Puff

Harbinger #5 sees the first appearance of Puff, and this guy is an Eggbreaker for the Harbinger Foundation. When the team goes down to the Big Easy, the encounter one of Harada's Eggbreakers lose control of his matter-disintegration power.

Enter Puff, and after Pete and Solar help him to regain control of his powers, the rest of the Eggbreakers arrive for a showdown. Puff is a minor character in the 90s Valiant world.

However, issue #5 has the lowest print run out of the early Harbinger issues with an estimated 35,000 copies printed. It's the 4th lowest print run within the first series, and tied with issue #39.

Harbinger #5 was published May, 1992.

Death of Torque
1st appearance of Flashbulb
1st appearance of Tse Tse
1st appearance of Ghost
With the arrival of the Eggbreakers, it looks like some first appearances are introduced as well. Enter Tse Tse, Ghost and Flashbulb, and they are all on Harada's side.

Of course, you can't have Eggbreakers and not break any eggs. This issue sees the death of Torque and makes the Renegades realize that their war against Harada is very real indeed.

This issue also has an estimated print run of 40,000 and June, 1992 was when Harbinger #6 was published.

Prequel to series

Harbinger #0 originally came with the Pink cover, which the coupons in the first 6 issues was for. The story is an origin of Pete Stanchek and how he comes to wage his war against Harada and his Harbinger Foundation.

Enamored by his new abilities, Pete Stanchek discovers the Harbinger Foundation and decides to join it in order to learn more about his powers. When his best friend questions him and the foundation, Harada has his best friend Joseph Irons killed.

It's that act that turns Pete against Harada and his Harbingers. The order of Pete's death by Harada would forever set in motion a long war between him and Harada. This story is the prequel to #0 was published January, 1992.

This is the Pink cover 1st printing. There was a 2nd printing published in 1993 that has a blue cover. The 1st printing Pink cover has an estimated print run of 6,500. The Blue 2nd print has an estimated print run of around 135,000 copies.

Kris Hathaway reveals baby is Torque's
Unity crossover event
Oh, wow, we got some cheating going on here. Seems like Kris reveals to Flamingo that the baby she is carrying inside her isn't Pete's but Torque's. On top of that, the Geomancer enlists the Renegades to help fight to save the world in the Unity conflict.

Seems like a smart move since Pete finds out Kris isn't carrying his child and unleashes all his rage and fury on Mothergod. Harbinger #8 was published August, 1992 and has an estimated print run of about 120,000.

Birth of Magnus Robot Fighter

In the Valiant Universe, they expanded on the origin of Magnus Robot Fighter. He is the son of Kris Hathaway and Torque, and it's revealed in this issue of the baby's destiny.

Harbinger #9 is part of the Unity crossover event and Mothergod is itching to kill the future Robot Fighter. Despite the tension in between Pete and Kris, she asks him to save her baby.

Pete agrees to do so, and the Renegades storm Mothergod's citadel. Kris gives up her baby to Geoff the Geomancer so that her child can one day fulfill his destiny.

September, 1992 is the publishing date for Harbinger #9, and it has the same estimated print run as Harbinger #8.

1st appearance of Shatiqua
1st appearance of H.A.R.D. Corps
First appearance of Shatiqua in this issue, and she would join the Renegades until her demise. Harbinger #10 also sees the first appearance of the H.A.R.D. Corps and members Gunslinger, Maniac, and Shakespeare.

Of course, with the new Valiant Universe, there are two versions of the character Shakespeare. This Aaron Brillstein version is a balding middle aged white male. The new version is re-imagined as a Black male in his thirties. 

Gunslinger is the leader of the 90s version of H.A.R.D. Corps. His real name is Charles Palmer.

Maniac is also another original member of H.A.R.D. Corps that makes his first appearance in Harbinger #10, and apparently he is as coo coo as his name suggests. He doesn't last very long in the 90s Valiant world.

October, 1992 is the publishing date of this comic and it has an estimated print run of 125,000 copies.

1st appearance of Hammerhead
1st appearance of Superstar
Two more members of the 90s H.A.R.D. Corps team make their first appearances in this issue. Enter Superstar and Hammerhead. I'm not entirely sure if they do or don't make a first appearance in issue #10, so an expert may know and clarify that.

Hammerhead is an original member and the character is one of the few original members who was brought back in the new Valiant relaunch.

There are two versions of Superstar. The original Valiant character was Ricky Silver, a former movie star. The Valiant re-imaging of the character is Victor Salas. 

1st appearance of Warp
1st appearance of Blast
Charlene Dupre, also known as Flamingo and the southern belle hot-head of the Renegades, has constant nightmares about the death of Torque. Finally, the group comes up with the idea of easing her pain by hunting down the Eggbreakers responsible.

Harada learns of their plan and sends an Eggbreaker assault on the Renegades. Harbinger #12 may see the first appearance of Warp and Blast. I think they are Eggbreakers, but not sure.

Another rowdy hah (Gangs of New York) between the Renegades and the Eggbreakers, Harbinger #12 has a print run of 90,000 and was published December, 1992.

1st Zephyr solo story

Had to put this one in here, because of the cover homage to The Dark Knight Returns. It is a key issue also and stars the very popular Zephyr in her own solo adventure. Faith Hebert, called Zepplin by her friends in the Renegades, is an avid comic fan.

In this issue, a group of punks unleashes her fury. Known as the moral compass of the Renegades, she has had enough and hunts them down after a relentless beating they afflicted on her and a homeless man earlier in the story.

Zephyr has the power of flight and is a fan-favorite character. January, 1993 is the publishing date and has an estimated print run of 100,000. Not small, but not huge either compared to 800,000.

1st appearance of Stronghold
1st appearance of Livewire
Edward Sedgewick or Stronghold makes his first appearance in Harbinger #14. This guy use to be a baddie and a senior attendant to Harada.

He has the power to absorb mass and use it to increase his own strength and size. Once part of the Eggbreakers, he later realizes that the Harbinger Foundation is not for him and is recruited by Geomancer to fight Doctor Eclipse, a pawn of Master Darque.

Stronghold is a prominent character and was carried over into the new Valiant relaunch. Another prominent character makes her first appearance and that is of Amanda Mckee, also known as Livewire.

In these early stories she is an Eggbreaker and one of Toyo Harada's most trusted ally's. After she discovers Harada's plans of world domination much later, she flees with Stronghold. In the new Valiant relaunch she is a member of Unity.

Harbinger #14 was published February, 1993. It has an estimated print run of about 115,000 copies.

1st appearance of Scout
1st appearance of Roxy
1st appearance of Twenty-Twenty
This issue pretty much holds the first appearances of minor characters. I'm not sure whether they're part of the Harbinger Foundation or what. So far, I don't think any of them are carried over into the new Valiant relaunch.

This issue sees Ax rejoin his Harbinger henchmen after losing his arm in a battle with Bloodshot. Ax and Livewire are dispatched with the rest of the Eggbreakers to do a serious beat down on Ax and his crew.

First appearances of Scout, Roxy, and Twenty-Twenty. March, 1993 was when this comic was published and the estimated print run is around 165,000.

1st appearance of Screen

Screen was one of Harada's top Eggbreakers before he went rogue and waged a one-man war against the Harbinger Foundation. This would be years before Stanchek and the Harbinger Resistance would take up the fight against Harada.

He would aid Pete, also known as Sting and the Renegades several times. Harbinger #16 was published April, 1993 and sees an estimated print run of around 200,000.

Looks like there will only be two parts to this Harbinger key issues series. There's a lot of minor characters that make very few appearances in this first series, so I'll be omitting some of them especially if they don't crossover into the new Valiant relaunch.

Part 2 and more Harbinger key comics are ready so just click the link below to carry onward.