The GeeksverseX-O Manowar #1

X-O Manowar #1
Published on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 by

Valiant returns with X-O Manowar. Is the book worth returning for?


Published by: Valiant
Written by: Robert Venditti
Penciled by: Cary Nord
Inked by: Stefano Gaudiano
Colored by: Moose Baumann
Lettered by: Dave Lanphear
Cover by: A- Esad Ribic; B- David Aja; C- Jelena Kevic-Djurdevic; D- Cary Nord
Assistant Editor: Josh Johns
Executive Editor: Warren Simons

Alot of reviews will probably compare this Valiant relaunch to the original series or even the Acclaim/Valiant series. But in a way I don’t think that’s fair to the new book. It’s been so long since the original and there are so many new fans that have never read the original, that this really needs to stand on it’s own.

So how is it for the first issue from a new publisher?

Good. Venditti lays out a good story. He doesn’t try to force the pace to be faster so we can see Aric in the armor by the end of the issue. No, he lets it develop like it should, laying the story out naturally. We need time to see the world that Aric lives in, to see what the Vine are like. And we do get a glimpse of the armor.

With that glimpse Venditti is also setting up aspects of Aric’s character. If the Vine warrior is unworthy, what makes Aric worthy?

The way Venditti is setting up the story, we’re really going to have two #1s to the series. This one and when Aric finds himself in the present day. Two chances to learn about just who Aric is.

Venditti obviously did his research on the Visigoths and Romans of the time. His setting is pretty accurate, even if the language has a modern feel to it. I’m interested in seeing how that is affected when Aric hits modern times. I really liked the timeline and facts on the inside front cover. That was a nice addition.

I’ve always been a fan of Nord’s work and this issue was no exception. Solid work all around. He nails the details of the time, perfectly capturing it. The battle scenes were nicely laid out. The mix of tech and primitive was well done, neither looking out of place.

X-O Manowar #1 receives
4 out of 5

2 Responses
    • I think that I will have trouble revisiting XO without thinking about the original.

    • I finally read the FCBD sample of X-O. It was okay. I’m behind and probably won’t worry about catching up. X-O was not my favorite title from Valiant. I’m more excited about Bloodshot returning. I wonder how connected the Valiant universe will be and if I can just read one title and get the full effect. 

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