“In the aftermath of recent events, the Vine – the extraterrestrial race responsible for Aric of Dacia‘s abduction and bonding to the X-O Manowar armor – have been left without a homeworld. What little remains of their people have now set out across the stars to find shelter on Earth… but, unfortunately, after multiple attacks by unfriendly aliens, our world doesn’t want them! Now, X-O Manowar is about to be torn between two nations, two ideologies and two warring factions to determine the fate of the Vine diaspora – and the coming conflict is going to reshape the landscape of the Valiant Universe for years to come!”
I’m a recent convert to the Valiant Universe, and as such I felt the best way in which to introduce this issue to you was to include the synopsis directly from Valiant themselves. X-O Manowar #39 is the first chapter of Exodus a new story arc that promises reverberations across the publishers comics. Whilst it’s obviously way too early to judge that, we can certainly take a look at this issue.
Written by Robert Venditti with Rafa Sandoval again turning in art duties, you really don’t need any fore knowledge of the previous events beyond what is covered in the recap pages and what information Robert Venditti gives to us as the story commences in order to enjoy opening chapter of the new arc. The art work is of the high quality that I’ve come to associate with comics published by Valiant, and there are some stunning large panel shots in this issue. As far as the story itself goes, I was genuinely surprised by how well the opening chapter kicked things into gear; I’ll refrain from saying too much about it, but I will encourage you to pick it up. Rarely has an opening chapter delved into the story arc so effectively as this one has.
X-O Manowar is a fascinating character, and if you have any speck of curiosity in you at all about him, then grab this comic from the racks the next time you’re in your Local Comic Shop, or perusing ComiXology. It’s an excellent jumping on point for the series and a good starting point for Valiant comics in general.
X-O Manowar #39 is on sale August 12th.
Writter: Robert Venditti Artist: Rafa Sandoval
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5
Valiant provided a FREE copy for review.
Also published on Graphic Policy.