Livewire (Amanda McKee) is one of the most powerful psiots in the Valiant universe. Toyo Harada who mentored her and Peter an original Harbinger are powerful in their own right. But Livewireâ€™s psiot ability deals with technology and in the 21st century that makes her the most dangerous. In â€˜Harbinger Wars II: Preludeâ€™ the massacre of Rook, Michigan continues to reverberate. The ones being targeted now are under Livewireâ€™s care and sheâ€™s not one to be played with.
From recalibrating pacemakers to turning the world back to the 1950â€™s Livewire is taking the first strike in not being hunted. This series is perhaps reminiscent of a regime trying to counterstrike what they believe is a danger to their own power. Men in black suits who treat free-will like a yellow traffic light are killing children. As a psiot and a Black woman, Livewire being the impetus of this crossover event isnâ€™t an accident. Her psiot abilities are the danger to the status quo and in having her actualized ability trump her blackness is going to be something interesting to see unfold. Whatâ€™s more Livewire isnâ€™t a child. Sheâ€™s been a member of UNITY and has connections with some of the most important characters in Valiant. The thing is seeing how these sides will match up.
On the last page of this prelude issue we see Livewire looming in the background. To the left and lower right of her are fellow psiots, including Faith, one of the more popular Valiant characters. Then thereâ€™s her ex-teammates X-O Manowar and Bloodshot. Manowar (Aric of Dacia) may sit this one out. After all he knows what itâ€™s like to be hunted down. As a Visigoth Aric was kidnapped by the alien race the Vine. After losing his arm in an escape and being bonded with the sentient Manowar armor, he returns to earth hundreds of years later. For Aric he wonâ€™t allow anyone to make him bring in his friend and a group of children. Then thereâ€™s Bloodshot. Unsure of whether this takes place after he returns from the future or before his daughter dramatically ages, he may just help Livewire. Bloodshot also knows what itâ€™s like to be used by the government. At this point in his life Bloodshot canâ€™t tell his implanted memories from his real ones. A secret agency did that to him. Coupling with the idea that he freed the Generation Zero teens from a secret agency who used their psiot abilities to create assassins, and his feeling towards secret governments Bloodshot has more to gain in aiding Livewire and the other Harbingers.
Overall this issue works for established fans of this comic-book world. Hopefully this wonâ€™t be one of those crossover events where nothing affects the continuity of the flagship titles. This crossover should matter or have some affect in comic-book issues to come.