Published By: Dark Horse Comics
Written By: Chris Warnar
Art By: Fransisco Ruiz Velasco
Lettered By: Michael Heisler
Dark Horse Comics has been publishing Predator Comics for decades and from Aliens to Batman to Terminators the celestial hunters have gone against many worthy foes, however in this latest series humanity fights back and the hunters become the hunted.
The book starts out as usual with a group of humans being hunted by the predator with all but one being killed by the beast. We cut away to a gas station where our main character Nakai is being harassed by his racist redneck boss as he repairs a car. Shortly after a mysterious trio arrives at the station and confronts Mr. Nakai. They ask him what experience he has with Predators and he tells them his story. The trio run by Jaya Soanes then reveal that they are Predator hunters and that they have also survived encounters with or descend from those that hunted the monsters and would like Nakai to join their group. At first he is reluctant, but eventually he decides to tell off his racist boss and join the team.
In terms of story the first issue is unsurprisingly primarily set-up and while we do get some brief predator action at the start and via flashbacks most of the issue focuses on setting up the characters and their relation to the extraterrestrial beast. It isn’t the most entertaining read but it is well executed and gives us decent backgrounds for our human cast and the Predator moments are fairly well done.
The art by Valesco seems a bit on the genaric side of things but it is done well enough to where the story is fairly easy to follow and the Predator is still intimidating.
Overall this is a decent start to the mini-series, if not a somewhat subdued one given the premise of the story.
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