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Collecting X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1–14, X-O Manowar #50, and Valiant X-O Manowar FCBD Special, along with more than 20 pages of rarely seen art and extras for a complete, definitive edition of the ultimate X-O Manowar tale! 2018 Local Comic Shop Day Limited Edition (of 1000 hand numbered copies) signed by Matt Kindt


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Collecting X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1–14, X-O Manowar #50, and Valiant X-O Manowar FCBD Special, along with more than 20 pages of rarely seen art and extras for a complete, definitive edition of the ultimate X-O Manowar tale! 2018 Local Comic Shop Day Limited Edition (of 1000 hand numbered copies) signed by Matt Kindt

45 review for X-O Manowar by Matt Kindt: Deluxe Edition Book 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    Robert Venditti’s run on X-O Manowar was one of the best and longest-running series of Valiant’s rebooted universe. I knew it would be difficult for another writer to come along and really match it. But Matt Kindt has come along and really made the character his own. He completely changes the status quo and boldly tells a story that is a complete 180 from Venditti’s run. Without much explanation, we find Aric in self-exile on a faraway planet named Gorin, with an alien girlfriend, trying to Robert Venditti’s run on X-O Manowar was one of the best and longest-running series of Valiant’s rebooted universe. I knew it would be difficult for another writer to come along and really match it. But Matt Kindt has come along and really made the character his own. He completely changes the status quo and boldly tells a story that is a complete 180 from Venditti’s run. Without much explanation, we find Aric in self-exile on a faraway planet named Gorin, with an alien girlfriend, trying to live a peaceful life away from his violent past. He’s even buried the Shanhara armor, vowing to never use it again. At first, it didn’t feel like an X-O book at all, but it’s invigorating how different it is. But once Aric gets caught in the middle of a bloody civil war between the three races on the planet, we slowly learn why Aric left Earth behind, and also why he can never truly stay away from the fight. It’s an action-packed outer space blockbuster that a character like X-O Manowar deserves and it never feels like it’s repeating what we’ve seen before with the character. There’s also an evolution in Aric’s relationship with his sentient armor that adds a great dynamic to an already intriguing story. It’s a great idea and I kept wondering why it hadn’t been introduced before. Because it takes place completely away from Earth, the story is refreshingly stand-alone, which again is very different from Venditti’s previous run. So feel free to jump into the character here. But it’s, of course, it's more rewarding if you know Aric’s past. This deluxe edition includes all the material from the first four trade paperbacks:

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    The first hardcover Deluxe volume of Mat Kindt's X-O Manowar covers the entirety of his newest time in space. Soldier (#1-3). The X-O comic takes a rather surprising turn as it's placed some indefinite time in the future and straight in the middle of the planetary romance genre. It's a good look for Aric that's unlike most of his past adventures, but still totally appropriate for the character, and it's backed up by artwork that just screams swords & rockets. The only downside is that the story i The first hardcover Deluxe volume of Mat Kindt's X-O Manowar covers the entirety of his newest time in space. Soldier (#1-3). The X-O comic takes a rather surprising turn as it's placed some indefinite time in the future and straight in the middle of the planetary romance genre. It's a good look for Aric that's unlike most of his past adventures, but still totally appropriate for the character, and it's backed up by artwork that just screams swords & rockets. The only downside is that the story is relatively straightforward with a relatively obvious end-point, something that's likely to be the case as this series continues [4/5]. General (#4-6). The second volume of the new X-O is very much a middle volume. We get conclusion on some dangling plot threads from volume 1 and some new threads that are left entirely unresolved, making this volume feel somewhat incomplete, though presumably they'll be picked up in V3. Generally, this is the same fun planetary romance as V1, with a new artist come aboard who perhaps isn't as great as the original, but who again offers a pulpish take on the comic. This is enjoyable, but not deep [3+/5] Emperor (#7-10). Aric's Planetary Romance story gains a bit of enjoyable depth in this third volume, as he learns that winning a war is a lot easier than governing a planet. The problems of who to trust and what to do seem somewhat intractable, creating a more interesting storyline than just fighting up through the ranks. The last issue (Hunters) takes some time to introduce some new antagonists, and it's OK. Meanwhile, though a new artist comes aboard, we continue to get superb pulp art [4/5]. Visigoth (#10-14). Matt Kindt's X-O Manowar run really picks up speed in this final volume of his Planetary Romance arc, as we learn why Aric left Earth and bring things together on a distant planet. It's a very satisfying story that both closes up our plot lines and puts together all the puzzle pieces in a believable way [4+/5]. Though I think matt Kindt did something innovative in how he really shook up the foundations of X-O Manowar, I'm more looking forward to what comes next.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Omni Theus

    Great Art, Great Plot But Lacking in Prose OVERALL RATING: 3.5 stars Art: 4.25 stars Prose: 3 stars Plot: 3.5 stars Pacing: 3.75 stars Character Development: 2.25 stars World Building: 2.5 stars Loved most of this. The prose just felt really flat and predictable. This definitely had an impact on the stories pacing even though the plot did not drag. The theme of waging and winning wars is only really understood with what is done after to enable peace was a strong one. There were plenty of decent battle s Great Art, Great Plot But Lacking in Prose OVERALL RATING: 3.5 stars Art: 4.25 stars Prose: 3 stars Plot: 3.5 stars Pacing: 3.75 stars Character Development: 2.25 stars World Building: 2.5 stars Loved most of this. The prose just felt really flat and predictable. This definitely had an impact on the stories pacing even though the plot did not drag. The theme of waging and winning wars is only really understood with what is done after to enable peace was a strong one. There were plenty of decent battle scenes which the artists did a great job depicting. Overall still very much worth a read but not Kindt's best work.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    A pristine example of the storytelling, world building and artistic potential of comics. Matt Kindt has crafted an incredibly detailed alien world with three unique alien races that feels authentic. Each race has their own distinct identity. X-O Manowar remains Valiant's most dependable character and Kindt uses him to great effect in this first (of two) volumes. The opening story arc in particular has some incredible action scenes and beautiful artwork by Tomas Giorello that effectively immerses A pristine example of the storytelling, world building and artistic potential of comics. Matt Kindt has crafted an incredibly detailed alien world with three unique alien races that feels authentic. Each race has their own distinct identity. X-O Manowar remains Valiant's most dependable character and Kindt uses him to great effect in this first (of two) volumes. The opening story arc in particular has some incredible action scenes and beautiful artwork by Tomas Giorello that effectively immerses you into Aric of "Urth"'s new status quo. The broader story has a cinematic feel to it and progresses at an engaging pace. Kindt makes sure to tie things back to Aric's life on Earth and how things unraveled there. Highly recommend for comic fans and those interested in high end sci-fi story telling.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nickviola

    This is a fantastic story. Aric is off planet in a barbarian/sci-fi story that has great world building, beautiful art (except for a middle bit that is a little too dark), and smart writing for the genre. The relationship of Aric to his armor genuinely goes in a new direction as does his relationship to family. Also Valiant does so good building these deluxes, though unlike prior there is no dust jacket (an improvement I think). It’s a full story and a brief review of Aric story online would be This is a fantastic story. Aric is off planet in a barbarian/sci-fi story that has great world building, beautiful art (except for a middle bit that is a little too dark), and smart writing for the genre. The relationship of Aric to his armor genuinely goes in a new direction as does his relationship to family. Also Valiant does so good building these deluxes, though unlike prior there is no dust jacket (an improvement I think). It’s a full story and a brief review of Aric story online would be enough of a primer even for a new reader. Also leads perfectly into Harbinger War II. Valiant is just such a well constructed and coordinated world right now. In short, Kindt and Giorello pretty much nail this.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shin

    2,5-3 stars The story is kinda boring, I knew what to expect from the description, but dang it ended up being just another typical male testosterone and violence, power-thirst full-pack. Characters haven't evoke any sympathy, or made me root for any, but the art did make it better. For a short while. I really expected more from the story. The typos really got me annoyed. With as many people working on it, they could check more thoroughly. 2,5-3 stars The story is kinda boring, I knew what to expect from the description, but dang it ended up being just another typical male testosterone and violence, power-thirst full-pack. Characters haven't evoke any sympathy, or made me root for any, but the art did make it better. For a short while. I really expected more from the story. The typos really got me annoyed. With as many people working on it, they could check more thoroughly.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Sloan

    Matt Kindt delivers (as usual) with quick pacing and streamlined storytelling, and most of the art was nice, but this storyline itself wasn't really for me. Matt Kindt delivers (as usual) with quick pacing and streamlined storytelling, and most of the art was nice, but this storyline itself wasn't really for me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Steve Quinn

    What a mess. Fourteen issues that basically turn out to be filler. Forgettable battles and characters. Gorgeous but hard to understand art. Yeesh.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Colin Macmillan

  10. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Kobes

  11. 4 out of 5

    Eddy

  12. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Sears

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jimmy Hanson

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ferdu

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carlos Day Pomar

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  17. 5 out of 5

    Reece

  18. 5 out of 5

    Z

  19. 5 out of 5

    Zachary Whittaker

  20. 4 out of 5

    Martin Nachev

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brendan Wright

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elvenc

  23. 4 out of 5

    Scotty Putty

  24. 4 out of 5

    Keith Thompson

  25. 4 out of 5

    Luke Le Fevre

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

  27. 4 out of 5

    Niall Philyaw

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nick Lloyd

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cheese

  30. 4 out of 5

    Fernando

  31. 4 out of 5

    The_Mad_Swede

  32. 4 out of 5

    Brian Dickerson

  33. 4 out of 5

    João

  34. 4 out of 5

    Charles M.

  35. 5 out of 5

    Chelsae

  36. 5 out of 5

    Randy

  37. 5 out of 5

    Mohamed Ahmed

  38. 5 out of 5

    Sean

  39. 4 out of 5

    Joselyn Ramos

  40. 5 out of 5

    Manatees

  41. 4 out of 5

    Ma'Belle

  42. 5 out of 5

    Daniel J

  43. 4 out of 5

    DZMM

  44. 4 out of 5

    Ashraf

  45. 4 out of 5

    Hren

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