Harbinger Wars II #4 Review: The Showdown of Livewire and X-O Manowar

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The Loveboat is falling out of the sky, being driven by Bloodshot and Livewire. X-O Manowar tries to stop it, but Livewire keeps him distracted. On the inside, Geomancer and Peter Stanchek come together to try and stop this potential disaster. On the ground, Ninja-K and Major Charlie Palmer have it out one last time.

Harbinger Wars II #4 Review: The Showdown of Livewire and X-O Manowar
Harbinger Wars II #4 cover by J.G. Jones and Brian Reber

Harbinger Wars II comes to an end here, with a climactic battle between Livewire and X-O Manowar being the main event of the book. The rest of the book is primarily characters drawing lines in the sand or reaching across the battle lines to find some commonality.

As far as big finales go, it's not the most explosive and still takes some notes from Mark Millar's Civil War comic for Marvel. That said, it is still some good and bombastic fun, and the confrontation between Livewire and Manowar is pretty damn cool.

What exactly was going on with Bloodshot is never resolved, but the book does acknowledge the vast ramifications for what Livewire did by shutting off much of the Earth's power.

I'm not entirely sure what the big changes in Valiant's universe are intended to be after this. Faith and Livewire are getting new comics, which I am looking forward to. Ninja-K may have to deal with whatever weight Palmer is going to throw at him. Bloodshot… I'm still not sure what's next for him.

The epilogue with the Psiots in Hawaii is the weakest part. They practically joke about how like the X-Men they are before trying to dunk on the Xavier Institute.

Harbinger Wars II #4 art by Tomas Giorello and Diego Rodriguez
Harbinger Wars II #4 art by Tomas Giorello and Diego Rodriguez

Tomas Giorello and Renato Guedes split the final issue, and both artists once again make this an absolutely gorgeous comic book. Guedes brings the photorealistic touch to his work while Giorello offers a more stylized and graphic look. Both together make this a brilliant book, and Diego Rodriguez's colors serve to make this book all the more momentous.

Harbinger Wars II #4 is a solid read. The battle between Livewire and Manowar is the highlight, but seeing Ninja-K tell Palmer where to shove it is pretty great. Giorello, Guedes, and Rodriguez's visuals are the main draw, though, as this truly is a visually brilliant comic. This one is worthy of a recommendation. Check it out.

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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.
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