Synopsis: The nefarious organization Omen has set their sights on any psiot they cannot control. Their first move was against the young psiots of Generation Zero in the city of Rook. Their losses were heavy, and only Monica Jim, aka Animalia, managed to escape. Now, she must join with Peter and his Renegades to fight for her very survival. But even with superpowers, how do you fight the government? They may be on the defensive, but Peter and his group are gearing up for war.
Review: Harbinger #7 is a fallout issue. The Renegades and Generation Zero were fighting the same war. Seeing their comrades in arms brutally murdered, has sent the Renegades in a bit of a tailspin. Peter has reached out to Animalia and is confronted with the reality of the loss. The panels between Animalia and Telic’s mother are very poignant. It is a scene we have witnessed in many different stories about fallen soldiers. It really drives home what is at stake. Conversely, seeing Kris and Tamara’s relationship thriving offsets the murder and mayhem. It elevates the series, and a story about love and war works well.
The expressions are the heart of this issue. Yes, Animalia’s escape is very harrowing, but seeing this young character process all of her emotions is powerful. It strikes a great balance for an issue where not much action occurs. It also shows you the consequences of the deaths that occurred; they become tangible issues that remind us that war isn’t just one battle to the next. There is an emotional cost, and you see that in all of the Renegades. From @x to Torque, you see the toll this time has taken on them all.
The Renegades are circling the wagons. This issues feels like a turning point in the story, and those can feel obligatory. Here it feels organic. As always, I look forward to the action that Harbinger brings, but the slower issues are a treat as well.