Valiant Comics: View Censored Excerpts from Rafer Roberts Script for HARBINGER RENEGADE #5 – “Massacre” Will Take the Life of an Icon

CENSORED First Look: “MASSACRE” Drafts Death for a Major Valiant Icon in HARBINGER RENEGADE #5 – On Sale July 12th!

From Creators Rafer Roberts & Darick Robertson,
THE ROAD TO HARBINGER WARS 2 Begins with the Summer’s Most Staggering Single Issue

Valiant is proud to present a CENSORED sneak preview of the highly classified, tightly guarded script of HARBINGER RENEGADE #5 – the FIRST ISSUE of “MASSACRE”A SHOCKING NEW JUMPING-ON POINT that will claim the life of a major comics icon and begin THE ROAD TO HARBINGER WARS 2! On July 12th, the march toward Valiant’s seismic 2018 crossover event starts here as multiple Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and superstar artist Darick Robertson (The Boys, Transmetropolitan) send in the H.A.R.D. Corps for a surgical strike on a major American metropolis…and wind up drawing one of Valiant’s most beloved heroes into the fatal crossfire for a sacrifice that will send shockwaves through the entire Valiant Universe!

“The events of this issue are so secret, we can’t even show you the pages yet,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “Outside of the creators and myself, only a handful of Valiant staffers even know the true identity of the character that is on the line in HARBINGER RENEGADE #5… The reality is that what happens here will be one of the most shocking incidents Valiant has ever committed to print. The ramifications of ‘MASSACRE’ will continue to be felt for a long, long time… After all, it’s no mistake that the epic dynamics contributing toward HARBINGER WARS 2, our most ambitious crossover event to date, begin with a bang right here in this very issue.”

<The ‘MASSACRE’ Coming to HARBINGER RENEGADE #5 Will Bring Death To a Valiant Hero>

Retailers and fans, please be advised: Due to the shocking on-panel death in HARBINGER RENEGADE #5, Valiant will also be taking the unprecedented step of wrapping each issue in a specially manufactured advisory overlay – complete with a clearly marked warning label – that will ship on all copies of the issue at no extra-added cost.

HARBINGER RENEGADE #5 – Advisory Cover Overlay


Written by Rafer Roberts
Art by Darick Robertson


Cover C by CLAYTON CRAIN (MAY171959)
Wraparound Variant Cover by MARC LAMING (MAY171960)
B&W Sketch Variant by DARICK ROBERTSON (MAY171961)
Gold Foil Linewide Variant by MONIKA PALOSZ (MAY171962)

Gold Foil Linewide Variant by MONIKA PALOSZ

*All covers for HARBINGER RENEGADE #5 will ship with a special advisory overlay.

Wraparound Variant Cover by MARC LAMING

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.

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On July 12th, the Valiant Universe reaches a critical turning point as the H.A.R.D. Corps incites a “MASSACRE” that will reverberate for years to come…and each of the Harbinger Renegades stand on guard to honor the fall of a comrade in arms. Rafer Roberts and Darick Robertson begin THE ROAD TO HARBINGER WARS 2 with a bang, only in HARBINGER RENEGADE #5 – featuring covers by Darick Robertson (Happy!), Giuseppe Camuncoli (Amazing Spider-Man), Clayton Crain (4001 A.D.), Marc Laming (Invaders), and Monika Palosz (Divinity III: Stalinverse)!

Plus: The seeds of HARBINGER WARS 2 continue to be sown on June 28th as Livewire steps to the fore to lead an extraordinary new team in in SECRET WEAPONS #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of Valiant’s hotly anticipated new limited series! This summer, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer – writer of the internationally acclaimed, smash-hit motion picture ARRIVAL, as well as Valiant’s upcoming BLOODSHOT and HARBINGER feature films from Sony Pictures – joins forces with Harvey Award-nominated artists Raul Allen (WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR) and Patricia Martin (BLOODSHOT REBORN) to bring Livewire and her squad of superhuman outcasts out of hiding…and onto the frontline of the Valiant Universe’s coming battle against the cybernetic hunter called Rex-O!

<Sneak Peek of Eric Heisserer & Raúl Allén’s SECRET WEAPONS in Every May 2017 Title>

Featuring covers from Raul Allen (NINJAK), Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic (Thor), Roberto de la Torre (Daredevil), and Bryan Hitch (The Authority), master storytellers Eric Heisserer and Raul Allen begin the summer’s most talked-about adventure on June 28th, only in SECRET WEAPONS #1 (of 4) – presented in the deluxe VALIANT PRESTIGE format!



Cover A by RAÚL ALLÉN (APR172108)
Variant Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE (APR172112)
Variant Cover by BRYAN HITCH (APR172113)
Valiant Validated Signature Series Edition by RAÚL ALLÉN
(Individually Signed by ERIC HEISSERER) (FEB178016)
Blank Cover Also Available (APR172111)

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On Sale JUNE 28th (FOC – 6/5/17)





*** info courtesy of Valiant Entertainment

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