Where we left off: Peter Stanchek and the other Renegades narrowly escaped attempts at capture by Project: Rising Spirit and Toyo Harada’s Harbinger Foundation, and agreed they would band together as a team. Meanwhile, Peter received visions from the enigmatic Bleeding Monk, instructing him to head west. The stage has been set, and though not directly involved in starting it, the Renegades are walking headlong into the Harbinger Wars.
You may be asking - What are the Harbinger Wars, and do I need to be reading other titles to understand what’s going on?
Harbinger Wars was the new Valiant’s first crossover event, and was told in both a Harbinger Wars mini-series, as well as corresponding issues of Bloodshot and Harbinger. When Bloodshot made his assault on Project Rising Spirit, he unwittingly freed the psiot children PRS held captive there... apparently all part of a master plot by puppet master Toyo Harada. Some of these children stayed with Bloodshot, but others fled to Las Vegas, where they crashed into the Bellagio Hotel, ultimately taking it hostage. What follows then is a fight of ideologies by different parties descending on Vegas who have plans in mind for these super-powered children.
As is often the case in these events, there may be some confusion on just what “needs” to be read. The beautiful thing about this event is that Valiant did a great job keeping it reader friendly. If you want to read only the event, then just HW trade will tell you the entire story. But if you are enjoying just reading Harbinger, then you don’t need to read anything else. The story in this trade picks up where the last one left off, and you’ll be treated to the Renegades arriving in Vegas and becoming involved in the events of Harbinger Wars from their perspective. I will say, however, that you’ll be missing out on some amazing events that the Renegades don’t witness, like Harada vs. Bloodshot and the arrival of the H.A.R.D. Corps.
The other excellent part of this part of the HW event is the historical context that you will be treated too. As we come to find out, this ain’t the first time that Harada and PRS have come into conflict, and those conflicts from years past have a direct impact on the events going on in Las Vegas. Excellent reading and further excellent world-building from Valiant!