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Harbinger Wars 2: Aftermath #1 Review

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Oh, new beginnings! How many threads shall you weave?

Creative Staff:
Writer: Matt Kindt
Art: Adam Pollina
Colors: Diego Rodriguez
Letters: Dave Sharpe

What They Say:
The power’s back online, and the fighting is over…but who are the real victors of HARBINGER WARS 2, and what was truly lost in the carnage? For those who survived the terrible onslaught – and who must now witness the devastating aftereffects of their actions – will there ever be peace again?

As the seismic summer event of 2018 comes to a close, Eisner Award-nominated writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, ETERNITY) and legendary artist Adam Pollina (X-Force, SECRET WEAPONS #0) sort through the rubble of the most brutal confrontation ever felt in the Valiant Universe – and discover what lies beyond the bloodshed!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
As the story begins, Livewire and XO Manowar are making repairs to a United States satellite on the fringes of space. After their face off in Harbinger Wars numero dose, they need to patch up what got destroyed in their battle, as well as mend a few personal fences. Aric laments to Livewire his newfound liberal sensibilities, and they part on even terms. All the while a malevolent droid watches recording their every word.

Meanwhile, in India, the hobbled Snowbeard finds an end to his long torment and the beginning of a new adventure. The artwork for India is phenomenal. India is known for being a dirty and overcrowded country, but Pollina’s linework gives it a free-flowing, Zen-like atmosphere that’s energizing.

As Snowbeard is restored to his full capacity, we swap scenes to a tender moment between Livewire and her lover, Ninjak. The forbidden lovers are meeting in an area that has the highest concentration of electronic activity, making Livewire’s powers fluctuate off the map. Which I guess is an ancient sexual technique, of which I am unaware. Colin is in a difficult spot. He loves Amanda but has devoted his life to working with MI-6. After the events of Harbinger Wars 2, every law enforcement body on the planet is searching for her. Before the book ends, we see Ninjak doing what he does best and fending off a squad of soldiers before making a dive from the roof of a skyscraper.

In Summary:
As is the norm with an initial run comic, there are tons of stories beginning to shift us in different directions here. That’s a good thing! What lies at the heart of this series is going to be how Livewire makes amends and is welcomed back as the hero she is. Matt Kindt has a firm grasp of this universe, and I think that he has made an interesting plot choice. While the events leading up to HW2 included bad on both sides, it will be interesting to see how this dilemma is solved. Stay tuned!

Grade: B+

Age Rating: T+
Released By: Valiant
Release Date: September 26, 2018
MSRP: $3.99

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