Toyo Harada #1, Valiant

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An epic sci-fi espionage thriller, The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #1 (Valiant Entertainment) delivers an action-packed introduction to a dangerously reckless and bold superhuman. A solid first issue, The Life and Death of Toyo Harada is neatly plotted between flashbacks, along with major twists and turns. 

The planet’s most powerful man in the spotlight as he strives to control the course of history. But with the menacing mastermind’s resources dwindling after the downfall of the Harbinger Foundation and a target on his head, will the formidable psiot re-emerge as humanity’s greatest hero…or its most dangerous villain?

Here are 5 reasons why you should read The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #1:

5) Alternative History!

Most of the flashbacks take place in 1945, as the bombing of Hiroshima has granted powers to a young Toyo Harada. After surviving the massive explosion, Toyo finds himself with psionic powers. Death has given him the power to reshape the wills of men and build a better world for tomorrow.

4) The Writing!

Writer Joshua Dysart captures a tormented soul driven by a tragic past, striving to save humanity from itself. The flashback structure comes from the perspective of an innocent child who wants to make the world better, without thinking of the consequences. Letterer Dave Sharpe does a great job emphasizing Toyo’s stubbornness to justify his own means.  

3) The Art!

Artists Cafu and Mico Suayan capture the heartbreaking tragedy behind the bombing of Hiroshima. The glossy artwork highlights the all-out action, pinpointing certain members of Toyo’s  superpower team. I love that we get a calming moment from the frenzied action, depicting Toyo hovering in outer-space.   

2) The Colors!

Colorist Andrew Dalhouse uses a lively palette to differentiate the past and present. In a splash page, notice how the flashbacks are draped in a gray scale. Observe how the yellow color stands out from the black and white tones. 

1) A Smart Thriller!

A smart thriller, The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #1 does a great job setting up its main character and exploring his personality. Very excited to pick up the next issue!



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The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #1 arrives in stores March 13th, 2019.

By Jorge Solis

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