X-O MANOWAR #1
Written by: Matt Kindt
Art by: Tomás Giorello, Diego Rodriguez, and Dave Sharpe
Published by: Valiant Entertainment
Boy have things changed for Aric of Urth since I last read an issue of X-O Manowar. The new series from valiant opens on the Planet Gorin, where Aric is living a quiet life as a farmer. Aric has settled down with one of the local ladies, and he seems pretty content.
Well, maybe except for the whole tail conversation the two have, that was a little weird. The exchange is especially odd since no Azurians with tails are ever shown in the comic.
Anywho, in X-O Manowar #1, all able bodies are forced into service, which basically means they’ll be used as human shields for the Azurian soldiers. Drafted by the Azurians, Aric fights, showing his fighting spirit, determination, and why he is an army of one. But interestingly enough, also shows that Aric doesn’t always want to fight. He does so because he has no other choice.
Writer Matt Kindt teases several events from Aric’s past, but he does so in a way that even new readers will know what is going on. It doesn’t even matter if you haven’t read an X-O Manowar adventure in a while either, X-O Manowar #1 is the perfect place to start again.
Tomás Giorello’s art is gritty, and raw. The colors by Diego Rodriguez are rich and make every panel pop. The battle scenes feel epic and brutal. While the quiet moments feel intimate. I’m really impressed with this team, and their work in X-O Manowar #1 is truly wonderful.
X-O Manowar #1 is a strong debut from Valiant, one that welcomes new and old readers, and sets the stage for the adventure ahead. X-O Manowar #1 offers a lot to look forward to and I will be back to see how things unfold in issue #2.
Well done Valiant, well done.
X-O Manowar #1 score: B+