Although I'm not really following Harbinger much anymore, I did pick this issue up to see if I could get the excitement back from the first 1.5 arcs. Sadly, I ended up skimming much of the issue. The art was refreshing, particularly the flashback scenes, but the writing from Dysart just didn't capture my attention the way it used to.
As I think back, it seems like my interest in this title really began to wane quickly the more we got into Harada's backstory. For an evil, all-power genius with ambiguous moral codes, he has the most boring origin I think I've ever read, and I find myself caring less and less about what he's doing or why he's doing it. With everything he's got his fingers into involving the most powerful people and government's in the world, it becomes less and less believable that he would spend any significant time worrying about the Renegades. And it becomes less and less believable that the Renegades could offer any serious resistance to Harada or his organization. It seems they only survive because the author wants them to, but there's little rationale involved.
So, having an issue where the Renegades don't even appear, and is filled instead with tedious details of an uninteresting character, this was a really big letdown for me. I may pick it up when there's a new writer on board, but I just don't see Dysart regaining my interest in this title. It makes me sad, because I was solidly behind this title at first, and this writer.
Still, Archer & Armstrong and X-O continuing to knock it out of the park every issue. I only hope Harada doesn't ruin Unity.