harbinger-renegade-5If you thought that the ‘Harbinger Wars 2’ was going to be big news by itself then this surprise announcement from Emerald City Comic Con will have you on your toes. There is a 4-part “Massacre” kicking off in ‘Harbinger Renegade’ #5 that will bring the death of a major Valiant hero! The story arc is being penned by Rafer Roberts (‘Plastic Farm’) with art by Darick Robertson (‘The Boys’,’Transmetropolitan’.)

In this miniseries, we’ll see “a newer, deadlier, and brutally efficient H.A.R.D. Corps crashing down on America’s renegade team of teenage superhumans!” Unless we get a surprise out of left field it seems like the H.A.R.D. Corps will be the ones responsible for the murder which was mentioned above.

Things clearly don’t look good with death in the air though they don’t say if it is one of these heroes who bite the big one or who will even be involved.

According to Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons:

“The death that occurs in HARBINGER RENEGADE #5 is going to have a profound effect on the trajectory of the Valiant Universe for at least the next year. HARBINGER has always been about the stakes and real-world consequences of power in practice. The events of ‘MASSACRE’ are going to rip through the Harbinger Renegades like a shockwave. This is a key moment that will directly lay the groundwork to HARBINGER WARS 2.”

It sounds like a major player is going to die and we know a few safe names from upcoming title announcements, like ‘Bloodshot Salvation‘, though it hasn’t been narrowed down that much quite yet.

Roberts added in that:

“Everything we’ve already done in HARBINGER RENEGADE and everything we are going to do is akin to placing bricks along a path. We are building a road; a road that leads to war.”

Clearly, the groundwork for the next year is being laid for Valiant in this miniseries and will likely not just be for the war but for all of the “Icons” titles which are becoming a prime focus for the publisher.

Oh, did I mention that we’ll also find out who the antagonist behind the ‘Harbinger Wars 2’ will end up being in this miniseries? I can’t stress enough that we’re going to be in for some shocking moments in this title!


Toyo Harada’s former protege – Alexander Solomon, a “psiot” with the ability to predict and analyze potential futures – has been waiting for this moment. With the Harbinger Renegades – Peter Stanchek, Faith, Kris Hathaway, and Torque – now reunited as a result of his covert manipulations, his ultimate gambit can now begin. But he’s not the only one who has been watching. Major Charlie Palmer has just re-assigned a new division of the militarized psiot hunters codenamed H.A.R.D. Corps to active duty…and they’re about to bring a torrent of blood and calamity roaring into the streets of a major American metropolis for an all-out firefight.

The Harbinger Renegades. Livewire. Alexander Solomon. Generation Zero. Toyo Harada. Secret Weapons. Imperium. None of them are safe…and, when the smoke clears, a pivotal Valiant hero will become the first sacrifice of the massive Harbinger War that is to come.

Valiant Entertainment will kick off the “Massacre” by releasing ‘Harbinger Renegade’ #5 to comic shops this July!

Source: Valiant Entertainment

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