Harada has dropped all pretense and declares himself the only person who can possibly lead humanity the right way. The Renegades are split up, Kris has been arrested, and Peter spends his time in a drugged up stupor. People opposed to Harada are desperately trying to find Peter so Harada can finally be defeated.
We also learn the origins of The Bleeding Monk, who I hope makes a return when this story picks up in the series Imperium. All the story threads are NOT wrapped up in this final volume of Harbinger as it ends with Kris still in jail, Harada thinking himself a god, and Peter refusing to do anything other than pop pills. Overall, a great series; very close to a 5 out of 5.
Harada did not only survive, he’s been outed as a superhuman and the Renegades are laying low fearing retaliation from him. The plan the Renegades are hatching in the meantime is to blow the lid off every secret Harada has been covering up resulting in an all out assault on Harada’s stronghold and a one on one showdown between Harada and Peter.
At the height of the story, it pulls no punches and ends up being as epic as it is sad. I don’t want to give away any spoilers so I’m gonna just sum up by saying wow… Absolutely amazing.
In this volume, our team is under the mental sway of Harada and his people in order to keep them docile enough to travel. As they try to break free, we are taken through various fantasy worlds, meet another little girl with some really funny powers, and learn who and what Harada really is.
This volume was a perfect way to take a break and keep the plot going at the same time. I also LOVE the idea of a little girl, Monica, having the ability to bring her drawings to life. I think she needs a spinoff series starring that samurai kitty she made.
I like this series and I’m glad it’s been going pretty strong at this point despite the random fantasy stuff in the dream construct… thing… These are all still awesome, likeable characters. I think Harada’s arch is interesting so far but I am curious to see what they will do with him from now on.
The majority of this volume is telling Toyo Harada’s back story from the loss of his mother in WWII to becoming the leader of the Harbinger Foundation. The Renegades are trying to find other kids with powers but it’s Harada and his association with Rising Spirit Securities – and organization seemingly at odds with him.
As much context as this volume gives, I don’t Harada as interesting as what the Renegades are doing. They may have come together as a team but they are woefully out of their depth in dealing with other people with powers and underestimate how far a reach Harada really has. And they fail spectacularly. But that makes the story all the more interesting. If everything was always perfect and rosy, then I would have dropped this series already.
Faith and Peter are now on the run and Harada is having Peter’s friend, Kris, followed. As a result, Kris decides to keep her family safe by going with Peter to recruit other people with powers to go up against Harada in the future; calling themselves the Renegades. Along the way they pick up Charlene; who has fire powers, and Torque; a paralized boy who can project a super strong man around his own body.
So far, this band of misfits is kinda funny and I like how despite the light-hearted concept of a bunch of super powered rebels may be, the danger they are in is quite real. They come together in a believable bond, knowing what they need to do and that they need to do it together. I still wonder what the Bleeding Monk’s prophesy meant – as he pops in for a second to help the Renegades – but I’m sure we’ll find out.