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.
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.
Peter Stanchek is a runaway teen with amazing powers. Using his powers to steal drugs to suppress them, he attracts the attention of Toyo Harada, head of the Harbinger Foundation. Harada uses his wealth and powers to train others with special abilities. Harada offers to train Peter so he won’t have to dope himself up in order to live a normal life but obviously, Harada has other motives.
Harada hits all the items on the list how to fail at recruiting someone. It’s almost comical. He thinks: “Hey, there’s this bullied, lonely kid with trust issues so let’s act super fucking shady, allow my people to bully him, and manipulate him into thinking he killed people.” I know it’s not as interesting but I’d like to see someone say “Hey. You have a lot of power and you may hurt people and destroy shit. We’d like to actively help you not to do that for just the selfish reason of not wanting to be one of the people you blow up. That cool with you?”
And I mean aside for the obvious good guys like X-Men and such.
That nitpick aside, this is intriguing so far. I like Peter and Faith and I want to know the deal with the Bleeding Monk who won’t die. Some interesting possibilities here.