The Fall of the Free City of Rook (Harbinger Renegade #5 Comic Review)

Harbinger Renegade #5

Writer: Rafer Roberts

Art: Darick Robertson

Inks: Richard Clark

Colors: Diego Rodriguez

 

The Free City of Rook is in serious trouble.

What You Need To Know:

Psiots are men and women who have the potential for superhuman power. There’s a dangerous rogue Psiot out there, Solomon, a man whose power is to intuit the future. He’s manipulated the team of Psiots known as the Renegades into reforming, but in doing so he’s made himself a dangerous threat.

Meanwhile, a group of Psiots known as Generation Zero have freed the city of Rook. They’ve sent out a message of hope across the world, welcoming anyone in need to come to Rook for escape. Unfortunately, the US Government isn’t too happy about a bunch of child “terrorists” running a city. It’s time for them to send in an elite team known as the H.A.R.D. Corps – the super-powered Harbinger Active Resistance Division.

What You’ll Find Out:

It’s time for the H.A.R.D. Corps to take on Generation Zero. They have orders to keep the civilian body count to a minimum, but Generation Zero are to be taken down with lethal force.

The two groups have crossed paths several times before, but this time H.A.R.D. Corps are prepared. Ironically, Generation Zero’s biggest advantage is their youth; it’s hard for even the best soldiers to take down children, let alone kids with this kind of powerset. It doesn’t take long for the mission to go FUBAR, and from that point on the casualty count just keeps going up…

What Just Happened?

The issue is dark and foreboding, and the first few pages set the scene for a brutal and bloody conflict. Writer Rafer Roberts doesn’t disappoint, skilfully handling a large cast with a wide range of super-powers. His script emphasises the Generation Zero team-members as the heroes – and he then pulls no punches, revealing just how dangerous H.A.R.D. Corps truly are.

Artist Darick Robertson absolutely revels in the story, and colorist Diego Rodriguez really shines as he explores the dark themes of death and violence. Certain panels are absolutely chilling – Cronus’s fate is gory in the extreme, and Gamete’s death is rendered in as disturbing a way as possible.

As a fan of Fred Van Lente’s Generation Zero run, I have to say that I found the issue absolutely heartbreaking. At the same time, it promises a radical new direction for the series that’s going to be fantastic to read. With H.A.R.D. Corps focusing its attention on Solomon next, they’re going to need some new assets…

Final Thoughts: This issue is just the setup for the war between H.A.R.D. Corps and Solomon. Things are going to get messy!

Rating: 8/10

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