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Nightmares are just dreams, too. It's been a brutal few months for Peter Stanchek and the Renegades, culminating in the harrowing events - and losses - of the Harbinger Wars. But now the members of the team have woken up to the Best. Day. Ever. As Lou Reed sang, it's just a perfect day, problems left all alone. But for Peter Stanchek - a kid who deserves a good day - sometNightmares are just dreams, too. It's been a brutal few months for Peter Stanchek and the Renegades, culminating in the harrowing events - and losses - of the Harbinger Wars. But now the members of the team have woken up to the Best. Day. Ever. As Lou Reed sang, it's just a perfect day, problems left all alone. But for Peter Stanchek - a kid who deserves a good day - something seems all is not what it seems...By New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart (Harbinger Wars) and all-star artists Barry Kitson (Amazing Spider-Man) and Clayton Henry (Archer & Armstrong), start reading here with the mind-bending story arc that Comic Vine calls "an excellent jumping-on point.Collecting: Harbinger 15-19...

Title : Harbinger, Volume 4: Perfect Day
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ISBN : 9781939346155
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Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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Harbinger, Volume 4: Perfect Day Reviews

  • Cheese
    2018-10-28 15:04

    wow, what a reduction in quality of writing in this volume. Dunno what happened.

  • James DeSantis
    2018-11-18 11:07

    Harbinger has been a pretty fun series to read. I thought 2 was by far the strongest volume with 1 and 3 being solid but not as good. So how's this one? Well we have the Renegades, those are the good guys, on the run from the evil Toyo Harada. Well kind of, because if read Harbinger War you're like how the fuck did they get here? It opens so nicely, where everyone has the "perfect" day just chilling and having a blast. Then shit gets really really fucking dark at the last page and opens up a whole "What's real what's not" situation that is kind of a mindfuck in both good and bad ways. Good: The opening issue is fucking funny. It's so dumb and over the top I laughed a lot. I also really loved the ending and made me want to keep reading right away. I also really liked Peter's backstory and also the new little girl with powers was siccccck. Bad: Toyo Harada feels misused. Like I get the whole "he's only bad because" magneto stick but it's kind of meh. Also the art goes from bad to good, to great, back to weak. It's really odd every issue feels different quality. Overall I give this a solid rating. I wish this series was mindblowing but as it stands it's still enjoyable. On to the next one!

  • Geekritique
    2018-10-30 13:18

    Finf this and many other reviews over at Geekritique!What Valiant's done with this book is truly amazing. Don't get me wrong, Valiant puts their stamp on each trade paperback I've gotten my hands on. Each has felt very unique. But with Perfect Day, I think I've just read one of the best mini-arcs in a long while. Because not only did it serve to mark a unique chapter in the lives of these 5 Renegade heroes, it was a story that could only happen to them. It misled me to the wrong conclusions at first, but that's just it - the characters were also misled, and so never once was I ahead of the story's plot. I truly didn't know what to expect with the turning of each page. And that's only touching the surface of why Perfect Day is so great. This is a good jumping on point, as it's something of a new start for the Renegades, but I'd recommend starting from the beginning. Some spoilers included.'Perfect Day' also happens to be the perfect name for the arc. It plays off the fact that there's a popular song by Lou Reed that goes by the same name, and that song is quoted at least once in the trade. The Renegades head to Los Angeles, a must-needed vacation after the events in Las Vegas. They spend some time at the beach, they crash a body-building competition, go to a concert in the desert, Torque goes to a metal concert, and some of them just fly around a bit. Kris is acting super strange though, as she keeps having strange visions and seeing multiples of herself. Other than that though, it's the perfect day. I actually had that song on loop in the back of my head as I read most of the trade.One of John Torkelson's (A.K.A. Torque's) definining moments as a character, at least to me, is when he sets off to find a metal concert. His character is one I've been struggling to grasp for a while, and this helped me immensely. Before Peter Stanchek came and unlocked his mind he would just lay in bed all day daydreaming of who he wishes he could be - the ultimate male in a fantastical heavy metal world. As a crippled kid living in the middle of nowhere, with abusive and/or absent parents, he would be particularly sheltered. The fact that the outward manifestation of his mind allows him to project the man of his dreams unto himself as a hard-shell light projection gives him the opportunity to do things he's only ever dreamed about. So when he finally finds a metal concert, after being this macho ignorant douchebag all day everyday, we finally get a moment of true weakness out of him. He says "I never seen live music before," under his breath. And such a simple line of dialogue, accompanied by the excellent art of Barry Kitson, made this character come to life for me. The poor kid has literally never seen live music before. The naivety of the line, behind this behemoth of a character... it got me good.The rest of the Renegades have similar moments, but none as touching perhaps as Torque's. Faith and Peter fly off, spend some time together. Peter acts a little weird, but Faith seems to roll with it. We later find that she's been suspicious of this whole perfect day for a while. By the end of issue one, Kris does something truly shocking. The most incredible cliffhanger of the series yet. And then all of a sudden everyone ends up spending a day in Torquehalla, the invented heavy metal world where Torque can play out his greatest heroic fantasies. Just to see the looks on all the Renegades faces as they are forced to live in this misogynistic and cartoonishly dangerous world, was priceless. Spoilers galore from here on out.We find out soon thereafter that this is all happening in a perfect day simulation, as the team is placed into a hibernative state after becoming prisoners of Toyo Harada following the events of Harbinger Wars. Peter is actually given his own room and simulation seperate from the rest of his team's, because his mind is too dangerous to coexist with the others in the simulation. Harada himself siphons off a percentage of his mind to deal with Stanchek.We also get to see more of the Project Rising Spirit abductee psiot known as Animalia, who's able to create hard light projections of any animal. It's just a shame that the only animals she's ever been exposed to were cartoons, so her abilities are recklessly hilarious. Though still a child, we see amazing potential in her character as some of her creations manifest themselves in reality as she dreams in her personal dreamlike simulation. A very cool feature.But the perfect day does come to an end. Each character in his or her own way realizes that this simply isn't reality, and they fight the boundaries of the simulations to find the truth. Kris was the first to realize this, respectively, but that really doesn't excuse her behavior one bit. They actually never explained what was going wrong with her, which was hugely frustrating in the confines of this arc, because I just couldn't trust her character. An excellent feauture in worldbuilding shows that Toyo Harada only actually needs to sleep for 24 hours each month. In that time he needs unique isolation as he undergoes a dangerous mental battle known as a mind squall, that if left unattended, or if not dealt with properly, could lead to the death of anyone in the vicinity of several miles - similar to a nuclear explosion, but of the mind. Well... that actually happens. And there's a ton of consequence. But it appears to be sustained by the end of the trade, thankfully.All in all, we get insight into many of the characters most primal and realistic desires of the heart. We also learn why these desires just aren't ever going to happen for these Renegades on the run. All the while, 'Perfect Day' was stuck in my head. And I loved it. No resolution to Kris' strange behavior, and Peter's simulation was rather weak in comparison to the rest, but the arc was overall awesome.Grab it now:Paperback

  • Chris Lemmerman
    2018-11-17 10:59

    A little disappointing, honestly.After the events of the Harbinger Wars, the Renegades are captured by Toyo Harada (again) and placed into their own perfect realities. You'd think that'd give us some really introspective stories, but instead most of it is set inside Torque's giant Metallica concert heaven, and the other characters spend most of their time scrabbling around trying to fix it. The things going on outside of the perfect days are much more interesting, as Harada continues to spiral to his own detriment. The ultimate conclusion of the story isn't even due to the Renegades, which is disappointing.The art also seems all over the place too, which is odd for a Valiant book. We've got Barry Kitson on most of the issues, but with very different inkers giving his art totally different looks within the same issue; I've remarked before that Valiant's handling of art on their books is great, but this feels like a misstep. The best issue comes from Clayton Henry, smack bang in the middle, and the Riley Rossmo bits are great too, but all these disparate styles really begin to grate by the end of the book.Missed opportunities and inconsistent art drag down one of my favourite Valiant books.

  • Wing Kee
    2018-10-27 12:10

    Solidly written familiar story.World: The art was fine, the emotions are good and the detail is what's expected of Valiant. The world building is solid and serves the story well. This is a very self contained story and the little snippets of the world that we see that inform the characters were good.Story: Very expected and familiar, if you've read comic books than this story is nothing new. If like me you've been a DC kid all your life this is a Black Mercy story. The pieces are done well the pacing is good and the outside and inside the dream space was balanced well. The character moments were on point and the end was expected. A very solid follow up to Harbinger Wars.Characters: A lot of insight for the characters, there are only 5 issues here but I felt that we got a lot of good Torque and Animalia (She's so cute). Everyone else got little moments and scenes but no real change. It's a good reaction book after the shit that went down with Harbinger Wars.A solid and expected follow up to Harbinger Wars.Onward to the next book!

  • Drown Hollum
    2018-10-29 09:08

    I might have dropped this book within the first two issues had I been reading it monthly. This volume opens with underwhelming art and a cornball story that really made me question the quality of the title. Little did I know, the two-issue faux pas was a clever setup for what turned out to be an exciting and interesting arc. The execution could have been better, but it works out in the end. This volume explores Torquehalla, revisits my favorite character from Generation Zero, Animala, and even manages to offer more pathos for the already excellently realized Toyo Harada. There are some excellent pulp sci-fi devices at work, and some excellent consequences that really keep things interesting the whole ride through. (Minus the first two head-scratchers.) My biggest complaint is one that I have with Valiant as a whole. They don't seem very concerned with the concept of a 'creative team', as pecillers are constantly rotated in and out of titles. The books end up feeling inconsistent, and that's too bad. Khari Evan's should be on this book, at least while Dysart is writing it. That's the team I was sold on, and I'm really missing Evans in this volume. The featured artists do well enough, despite some muddy visuals, but anyone other than Evans drawing Peter Stanchek, just sort of makes him look like a normal guy who's hard to tell apart from anyone else. Either way, Harbinger's still awesome, even if they did try and trick me into thinking it wasn't anymore.

  • Mark Morabito
    2018-11-01 10:18

    I got seriously worried what had happened to this series in the first two issues, I thought to myself, man, this can't be right. So I stuck with it and it ended up being just as enjoyable as the other volumes. This one is really out there.

  • Lionel
    2018-10-23 16:18

    This is Valiant-version of House of M, Harbinger looked already a lot like the X-Men but this is too much. Result is not bad, pretty good actually, just not original

  • Tom
    2018-10-20 11:03

    Following the "Harbinger Wars," where the Renegades got their heads handed to them by, oh, everybody, Peter Stanchek, Kris, Faith, Flamingo, and Torque decide to take a vacation and are having by all appearances a perfect day...or so it seems. Kris, for one, is bothered by what she's seeing and what she's seeing is a pleasant beach and a good time with her friends.How did the Renegades get this far from Vegas anyway?A nice twist that potentially puts an end to the ongoing conflict between Peter and Toyo Harada, at least for now.

  • Anna Hepworth
    2018-11-13 11:14

    Here, the story line starts to question what is real, and what isn't. There is so much bait and switch happening, right from the beginning, with realities overlaid and truths hidden. I loved the development of the Monica Jim character, and how it is impossible to tell how much of the help she receives is just her manifesting what is required, and how much of it is actual independent entities that she has created. The Renegades are both having no luck whatsoever, and quite a bit of an effect - we see this with the meltdown that Harada has towards the end, with the kind of ending that makes one wonder whether or not there will be anywhere for the story to go from here (although there is always more in the way that one can torture ones characters).

  • Roman Colombo
    2018-11-04 10:58

    After the dissapointing Harbinger War, this volume was surprisingly good. The fantasy realm was great and looked awesome, and the artwas good throughout.

  • Phillip
    2018-10-24 14:02

    This book is a great follow-up to Harbinger Wars. After getting their butts handed to them, the Renegades get a chance to relax and be kids. Given the nature of these books, it can be easy to forget that these are young people that haven't had a chance to figure out their place in the world. A lot of the events in this story capitalize on the fact that they are struggling with finding themselves.Here are some of the things I particularly enjoyed about this book. Kris Hathaway. Her part of the story is great. We get to see more of Pete Stanchek and Toyo Harada. These characters are perfect foils for each other. Animalia and her cartoon animal projections are quite fun. Torquehalla. Despite the excessive machismo, it actually made me appreciate Torque as a character much more. He is portrayed as a bit of a dumb brute and this book tries to show some more depth to him.Overall I liked the art. The things that stick with me were really great, specifically the cartoon animals, Torquehalla, and some of the stuff at the end of the first chapter. I feel like this book would be better appreciated on a second reading because of how it is set up.

  • Cale
    2018-11-05 13:21

    So it's a book about psychics' psyches... actually a pretty original concept. The Harbingers are recovering from the big crossover events of the previous volume, but what at first seems like the perfect day starts going wrong. There's a lot of imagination on display here, and it definitely feels very different from previous Harbinger books, with a stronger focus on Faith and Kris and John (Torque), with Peter definitely in the background for most of the book. And the presence of Monica Jim was a bit of a pleasant surprise; her abilities are very entertaining and are put to good use here. This started out seeming like a pleasant interlude, but actually develops into an important addition to the Harbinger series in multiple ways, and works pretty well in the ways it develops the storylines.

  • T.L. Barrett
    2018-10-20 11:57

    Although this was a fascinating, Phillip K. Dick-like plotline, it is a long one in which we don't really get a lot of huge transitions in the relationships of the characters. Don't get me wrong, I was thoroughly engaged througout, and loved the inclusion of Monica Jim, who I hope to see more of as a character. The art work varied and ranged from high to low, but overall, the high concepts of the plotline, the new angle on Harada, and the smart writing make this yet another winner in the Valiant line of comics. Personally, I appreciated the plot as a gnostic adventure which explores a very real and dangerous situation possible in a world of psychic powers which is so excellently explored by Joshua Dysart.

  • Shannon Appelcline
    2018-11-17 14:13

    Perfect Day (15-19). One of the joys of Dysart's Harbinger is that when things go totally off the rails, you never know if it's real or if it's imaginary, if it's mind control or minds slowly falling apart. And that's the case here. The story starts off a little small, but by the last few issues it's one of those teriffic multifaceted stories that Dysart does so well. Overall, it's another great story, especially for the focus on the characters of Pete, Harada, and even little Monica Jim. [8/10]

  • Tomas
    2018-10-27 10:20

    I usually do not like episodes of TV shows where the band(crew) travels to some dream world or past to fix something and the story returns to the status quo. I have not this feeling of wasting my time reading this story. This is one arc after the other well connected and it still keeps me on the edge.

  • John
    2018-11-06 13:52

    A nice reversal on the happy ending of the last volume, then a long brain in the vat scenario that lets them do more character development than usual while having more fun than usual. Maybe the art is getting better, maybe the surrealism just ups the ante.

  • Bob
    2018-10-20 13:02

    A perfect day turns to be far from perfect for Peter Stanchek and the Renegades. A quote from Edgar Allan Poe best describes this latest volume from the mind of Joshua Dysart. "All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream."

  • Ritinha
    2018-10-25 13:07

    Por aqui aprecia-se grandemente a exploração de oportunidades narrativas wtf sem perder o fio condutor da história originária.Este Vol. 4 é quase só isso.E bem.

  • Brian
    2018-11-08 13:59

    This was weird and intricate and cool. A bit clumsy at times, but ultimately it's a lot of fun.

  • Matt
    2018-11-04 14:00

    The best superhero comic I've ever read.

  • Stephanie
    2018-11-20 11:18

    Things got very interesting in this volume and I'm very excited for more.

  • Jim Leesch
    2018-10-20 14:01

    The fallout from the Harbinger Wars.

  • Brandon
    2018-11-10 15:05

    I'm reading this now more out of habit and because the next issue starts up automatically on Scribd. The story is okay and the art blows.