Next summer the Valiant Universe is going to war once again and they’ll be doing it with a brand new format.
Valiant Entertainment announced that next year’s Harbinger Wars 2 will feature a new comic format where each issue from the team of Matt Kindt (X-O Manowar), Eric Heisserer (Secret Weapons), Tomás Giorello (X-O Manowar) and Raúl Allen (Secret Weapons) will feature 48 pages that are split into two full-length 22-page stories. These stories will feature dueling fronts of the battle that stretches across the nation with Kindt and Giorello focusing on a story that features the returned X-O Manowar colliding with the Harbinger Renegades while Heisserer and Allen return to focus on Livewire and her team of recruits from the recent Secret Weapons limited series.
“The team at Valiant has set out to make HARBINGER WARS 2 the biggest and most impactful comic book event in a generation,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “Never before has a publisher attempted to accomplish this much within the confines of the monthly ‘event comic’ format. For one single admission price, we’re going to be giving readers twice the page count, twice the creative firepower, and twice the scale of a standard comics crossover – all while hopefully redefining expectations of what these kinds of stories can accomplish. For fans new and old, Harbinger Wars 2 will the ultimate introduction to the Valiant Universe and its greatest characters from a truly all-star group of some of the most talented creators – Matt Kindt, Eric Heisserer, Tomás Giorello, and Raúl Allen – working anywhere in the medium today.”
For the rare and immensely powerful subset of humanity known as psiots, their unique abilities have come with an enormous cost. Once, their existence was known only to a select few. Now, the revelation that thousands of these latent telekinetic “harbingers” secretly live among us… with the potential to become active any moment… has led the American government to a dramatic tipping point…
Armed with new extra-governmental authority, the deep-black military contractor known as OMEN as been authorized to identify, evaluate, and, if need be, eliminate all super-normal threats to the homeland. H.A.R.D. Corps units have been deployed into cities and towns across the United States to enforce their orders.
In the east, one of the most powerful minds on Earth, Peter Stanchek, is leading his band of Renegades across the country, activating any potential psiots willing to join them, and building an insurrection force of ultra-powerful and unwieldy new powers that will soon bring war to OMEN’s doorstep… and the unstoppable force known as X-O Manowar raging back to Earth…
In the west, Livewire – the telekinetic technopath with the ability to bend machines and computers to her will – will be forced to choose between her former allies… or her newfound team of Secret Weapons. As the situation escalates beyond human control, the United States will be plunged into darkness from coast and coast, launching Bloodshot and Ninjak into a dangerous mission to neutralize their one-time teammate – and setting the stage for the most shocking, most violent, and most consequential clash of powers ever witnessed in the history of the Valiant Universe!
“Only Valiant would dare to tell a story as big, as demanding, and, frankly, as bold, as what Matt, Eric, Tomas, and Raúl have in store,” added Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. “For the past year, we’ve seen the dominoes behind HARBINGER WARS 2 line up across the Valiant Universe in series like X-O MANOWAR, SECRET WEAPONS, HARBINGER RENEGADE, and more. Now, all of those pieces – including Valiant’s most central heroes and villains – will be drawn into the eye of a conflagration that might just be the single most ambitious piece of comic book storytelling released in 2018. This is a world war for the Valiant Universe – a conflict so big that it engulfs multiple armies on multiple fronts on an unthinkable scale. By the time it’s all over, the axis of our universe will have fundamentally shifted once and for all time…and there will never, ever be any normal status quo to return to.”
More information about the event will be revealed during Valiant’s New York Comic Con panel on October 6. The extra sized event kicks off with Harbinger War 2 #1 with covers by J.G. Jones and other artists on May 2, 2018.