Spinning out of the retailer event ComicsPRO last week, Valiant have announced a new six part, prestige format series that will bring Joshua Dysart back to writing duties and will span the lifetime of one of the publisher’s key characters, Toyo Harada. The Life and Death of Toyo Harada will track “the rise and fall” of the Harbinger Foundation and bring us up to Harada’s last attempt to re-make the world in the image of his imagined utopia.
Valiant EIC Warren Simons says:
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA is one of the most ambitious projects Valiant has ever attempted and quite unlike anything we’ve published to date. Joshua Dysart is a master of character, but out of all of his many contributions to Valiant, his depiction of Harada is the one that has perhaps resonated the most. But this isn’t just a villain’s tale – Harada is among Valiant’s most powerful and complex characters, and at his core, he’s still a man. Now, Joshua is painting on a bigger, more expansive, more groundbreaking canvas than ever before to reveal the unseen corners of Harada’s life and the painful journey that shaped him from a child of war into the central force of the Valiant Universe. This is a story of war, of family, of politics, and of ultimate power – exactly the kind of story that we pride ourselves on telling at Valiant.
We’re going to take a tour of Harada’s origins and life that brings up to present day in this new series. In 2019 within the Valiant Universe, Harada feels he’s reached the day where he will transform the earth. With the existence of psiots revealed to the world and the Harbinger Foundation left in ruins, Harada has been “outed as the invisible hand behind the course of recent human history”. This only makes him more dangerous, Valiant warns.
The series will be written by Dysart, contain artwork by CAFU, but also a number of other Valiant artists, including Mico Suayan, Lewis LaRosa, Adam Pollina, and others. Cover art will be by Butch Guice. The series will arrive in early 2019.
Here’s a first look at the interior artwork on The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #1 released by Valiant: