Very Advanced Review: The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada #1
Written by Joshua Dysart
Art by CAFU, Mico Suayan
Cover A by Mico Suayan
Cover B by Ben Harvey
Cover C by David Mack
Glass Variant Cover by Doug Braithwaite
Pre-order Variant Cover by CAFU
Blank Cover Also Available
On sale March 13, 2019
Change. It is inevitable. The universe. The world. The man. It happens. Sometimes naturally, sometimes forcefully. To Valiant fans, we are no strangers to change. But, as a true fan, I (as well as many other) have been waiting since May 2016 to know the fate of the enigmatic Toyo Harada. Well…the wait is over. Time for change.
First off, we can’t start this review off proper with out going all the way back to 2012. Harbinger set things off in a way that I believe affect the Valiant universe in ways that are far reaching. When the world needs to change just to accept you you are, what are you prepared to do when it doesn’t want to? That’s the story behind Harbinger, written to perfection by Joshua Dysart. Through 25 issues of Harbinger, 4 issues of Harbinger Wars, 3 issues of Harbinger Omegas, and then we were hit with the, without knowing any other words to describe it, fantastic 16 issues of Imperium, all of that has lead to what is being garnered as the greatest Toyo Harass story ever told. And all of this has been crafted by Joshua Dysart. We didn’t know it at first, but this is all about Toyo Harada. The villain with the noble cause, does that make him evil? Maybe not. These are all things Joshua has been telling us since day one. He is now looking to finish the story. Issue 1 is out soon, but Outright Geekery was given the chance to do a advanced review. Here we go…
Wow. Joshua Dysart…I never though about the universe quite like that! Mind blowing is nothing new to Joshua, but from the first page, to equate the universe to the world to the man…whoa! I thought I had it all figured out. I was wrong. I feel now I will always be wrong. Like I said above, change happens. I’m normally a tough judge when I do these reviews, but Joshua always seems to get the story under my shell. Make me think about things, but he also makes things fun, “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for” comes to mind. This issue was so fun to read. Such intensity from page 1, panel 1. Like the opening to a movie you just know is going to be epic, this was no exception. He somehow makes the universe smaller, while making the man bigger. I cant wait to read issue #2.
Now, Valiant is known for having a very talented pool of artists to choose from, but this is not a normal ordinary mini series. Someone has to be a a certain level to even try to keep up with Joshua Dysart. Well, they found 2. CAFU and Mico Suayan. My god. Joshua Dysart, CAFU, and Mico Suayan! This issue is what happens when universes collide, and instead of exploding, younger this new, mega-universe that constantly creates new worlds.
This book already is more than the sum of its parts. Yes, I listed off all the books it took to get to this point, but it already transcends those before it. To a new valiant reader, I do believe it is imperative you read those other issues, but to those who have stuck it out, you will not be disappointed. It’s like meeting up with friends you haven’t seen in years, and picking up the conversation where you left off. This is quite possibly the best mini series of the year.
This book already is more than the sum of its parts.