Warning: This post contains spoilers.
Disclaimer: Everything in this post is solely my opinion. X-O Manowar and all other characters are property of Valiant Entertainment.
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Written by: Matt Kindt
Art by: Tomas Giorello, Diego Rodrigeuz
Letters by: Dave Sharpe
In 2012 the current incarnation of Valiant comics relaunched its valiant superhero universe and one of the books that made up the cornerstone of set universe was Robert Venditti’s X-O MANOWAR. The book was basically a mix of Conan The Barbarian, Iron Man & Green Lantern, the run lasted 50 issues and rand until 2016, now in March of 2017 the second volume of X-O MANOWAR written by Matt Kindt picks up where the last series left off.
The story of the book is fairly straightforward, Aric who has given up the Manowar armor now works as a farmer on an alien planet and lives his days with his lover Schon until he is recruited as cannon fodder by one of the planets army’s to help them win the war currently going on between different tribes. Aric of course being a natural born warrior ends up defeating all of his enemies on the battle field and a surprised high command recognizes his prowess giving him a new mission and promising him he can go back to his farm if he survives. Aric aggress and the issue ends with him donning the Manowar armor once more.
Overall there really is not much to be said in terms of writing for this issue, Matt Kindt’s script is decent and no one feels out of character but despite being a good set up for the book it feels a bit bland as far as first issues go. The art by Giorello and Rodriguez however is truly beautiful and makes the book a banquet on the eyes, like the previous series it has a visual appeal that makes it feel like a book from the late silver or Bronze age while still having a modern feel to it.
In closing, while the book may have a solid if not average script its art is what truly makes it worth picking up.
Story: 6 out of 10
Art: 8 out of 10
Overall: 7 out of 10