Sunday, March 24, 2019

The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #1

   The pivotal figure in the Valiant Universe has been Toyo Harada, a psiot who was born in Japan as World War II was about to begin - and whose life was altered forever by the atomic blast that ended the war and claimed the life of his mother - yet he somehow survived.

   His life work has been ending war and suffering, but not everyone considers him a hero since he has certainly done unheroic things to further his cause.

    But his life story isn't an easy one to sort out, which brings us to this mini-series dedicated to The Life and Death of Toyo Harada.

   It's a powerful start here as we jump from past to the present, following Harada's origins and his ongoing battles to - he claims - help end war and suffering. 

   But that makes him a target of international forces, and the resulting battle between armies and Harada's psiots is grim, violent and deadly.

   Good guy or bad, Harada's a fascinating character, and this series promises big events and bigger revelations.

   With strong art, a powerful script and fascinating characters, it's well worth checking out.

Grade: A-



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