Review: ‘Harbinger: The Beginning’ by Jim Shooter and David Lapham

Van Jensen

Van Jensen is a former crime reporter turned comic book writer. In addition to ComicMix, he contributes to Publishers Weekly and Comic Book Resources. He lives in Atlanta, and his blog can be found at

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4 Responses

  1. Vinnie Bartilucci says:

    I was just thinking that since the film rights to Harbinger have been sold, Zephyr/Zepplin would be a great next role for Nikki Blonsky, late of Hairspray.Harbinger, like all the Valiant books, really had something different to offer. It's too bad they're more known for being the spearhead of the speculator's market than the strong stories that started the company off.They really need to do a chromium cover for one of the TPBs, just to piss people off.

    • Rick Marshall says:

      "They really need to do a chromium cover for one of the TPBs, just to piss people off."You're evil, Vinnie. Pure evil. ;)

  2. Anonymous says:

    would like to see new comics come out

    • edwardnigma says:

      This reviewer does not know wtf he's talking about.I sat down and read the 1st issue for the first time in about 10-12 years last night and was amazed by how well the writting holds up. The level of storytelling is as accomplished as any new comic I've read so far this year, and I read just about everything modern. I'd forgotten how good Jim SHooter's work on these titles was. Acting as if it is something quaint, becuase of code-names and some passe slang, displays a poor understanding of writing. It is a light-year beyond something like, for example, his recent work on LOSH, which nobody dismisses as hoaky or retro.Associating Harbinger with, indeed, even mentioning, the 'silliness' of X-force in connection to this excellent comic is a low-blow. You need fiction-writing lessons, guy.