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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 is ready so just click the link below to carry on.

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


  1. Im able to get some of these issues for a buck a piece is it worth it?

  2. The newsstand editions are much, much rarer than the direct versions