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X-O Manowar Volume 1: By The Sword Paperback – December 4, 2012
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Recommended for any fan of sci-fi adventure and whoever might be getting a little tired of whatever marvel and dc pump out
This book collects the first 4 issues of the monthly series. We see the title character, Aric a barbarian from Roman times. He's an angry young man hacking away at Romans. Then...he's abducted by aliens called the Vine. The Vine enslave Aric and his fellow compatriots to do manual labor in the gardens (why robots can't do that, I don't know). Aric, still an angry young man, is insolent, and has his hand cut off by the Vine. Not enough to deter him, he fights on until he obtains the X-O armor, technology that the Vine worship but cannot utilize.
What makes this different than the first series? In a word, depth. Vendetti unfolds the story in a pulse pounding fashion, coupled with Cary Nord's amazing art. I highly recommend this read and this is the origin book you want to start with.
X-O Manowar was the first of these smart choices. Arguably the most popular character from the 90s comic line, the Visigoth barbarian who finds himself enslaved by aliens, and then ultimately the wearer of said aliens most powerful weapon - a suit of sentient armor, was exactly the right concept to return the Valiant Universe to life.
This arc is the ground floor of both XO the book and the Valiant Universe as a whole. Intelligently written by Robert Vendetti in his first ongoing series, there are elements throughout these four issues that setup story lines and events for the next three arcs at least.
Because the writing continues to grow as it progresses, each successive volume in the series has so far been superior to the one before it. Get this one. Read it. Then hang on for the ride and get Vol. 2. You won't be disappointed.
X-O Manowar relaunched in 2012 as the first of the Summer of Valiant books. Valiant has enjoyed success in keeping with the common themes in their new books that made the original runs so endearing. This first volume of X-O Manowar, By the Sword, does an amazing job of reintroducing the world to Aric of Dacia. Thankfully, more time is spent on Aric’s plight at the hands of the aliens, making them much more three dimensional as foes, and truly worthy of Aric’s wrath.
Robert Venditti weaves an excellent introductory tale, and Cary Nord’s pencils have defined the look followed by all other artists who have worked on the title. Trust me; this is just the first part in what has become a long and epic story. Looking back, I am amazed at how far things have gone, and the threats Aric has had to endure. Give this a read, and I think you’ll want to find out exactly what I’m talking about.
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X-O Manowar Vol. 1: By the Sword
Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Cary Nord
Synopsis (from Valiant): Aric of Dacia is a...Read more