The comic industry is constantly changing as editors and publishers are always trying to make the right move to increase sales and widen their fanbase. The days of letting something build over time are long gone. Now you are either a hit or on the chopping block, no real middle ground. So for a writer to get a chance to do a solid two year run on a book from a new company (of sorts) is a sign that the company must be doing well.
Joshua Dysart started in comics on Violent Messiahs through Image Comics. From there he worked his way over to Vertigo and got to play with books like Swamp Thing and The Unknown Soldier and built his reputation as a strong storyteller. It wasn’t surprising to me that when Valiant was being reborn, they turned to Josh and handed him Harbinger to run with.
Issue twenty-five of Harbinger will be the end of the series. Not the end of the characters or Josh’s tie to them, he’s already attached to the recently announced Harbinger: Omegas mini-series coming out this fall. But with the final issue of the series going off to the printer, Josh took to his Facebook page to thank the readers:
At 9:05 PST Warren called to tell me it was done. Harbinger 25 has been put to bed. The last issue. Two years and a month (not including initial development time), one story, one crossover, two zero issues and one writer. Harbinger, along with other books, helped define Valiant’s voice and intentions right out of the gate. I’m very proud to be a part of that. Thank you so much for reading it. You’re support is a gift. What a great ride. Onward and upward.
It’s always been planned to end the series at issue twenty-five and that may be the most impressive part of all of this. In this industry you never know what is going to take off and what is going to flop. To sit down and plan out the revival of a line of comics and have a specific twenty-five issue plan made up… that takes a lot of faith in what you are doing and who you are doing it with. This shows how much faith Valiant had in Josh and still has.
The twenty-fifth issue is oversized and deals with the death of one of the main characters. The new Harbinger: Omegas mini-series is set to focus on the fall0ut of that death. What happens after that remains to be seen. But Josh put it simply enough:
The book is ending for now. But the story will continue.