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Harvey Award-winning writer Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum (Star Wars: Darth Vader–Dark Visions) and breakout star Emilio Laiso (Marvel’s Spider-Man: Velocity) unleash Valiant’s most powerful protector! Torn from the past and bonded with a living alien armor, will X-O Manowar become the hero the world needs? As a futuristic force arises to destroy the planet, only this ancient wa Harvey Award-winning writer Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum (Star Wars: Darth Vader–Dark Visions) and breakout star Emilio Laiso (Marvel’s Spider-Man: Velocity) unleash Valiant’s most powerful protector! Torn from the past and bonded with a living alien armor, will X-O Manowar become the hero the world needs? As a futuristic force arises to destroy the planet, only this ancient warrior king has the courage to stand against impossible odds!


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Harvey Award-winning writer Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum (Star Wars: Darth Vader–Dark Visions) and breakout star Emilio Laiso (Marvel’s Spider-Man: Velocity) unleash Valiant’s most powerful protector! Torn from the past and bonded with a living alien armor, will X-O Manowar become the hero the world needs? As a futuristic force arises to destroy the planet, only this ancient wa Harvey Award-winning writer Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum (Star Wars: Darth Vader–Dark Visions) and breakout star Emilio Laiso (Marvel’s Spider-Man: Velocity) unleash Valiant’s most powerful protector! Torn from the past and bonded with a living alien armor, will X-O Manowar become the hero the world needs? As a futuristic force arises to destroy the planet, only this ancient warrior king has the courage to stand against impossible odds!

17 review for X-O Manowar #1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ashe Catlin

    A man out of time, he's from the 5th century with some cosmic armor. Recently taken up residence in Manhattan but hasn't got the faintest idea how to interact with people. For the most part he just pisses people off until his AI tells him how to treat and speak to people. It's a pretty fun, very good introduction. Tells you everything you need to know, without it coming across as preachy or pointless exposition. A man out of time, he's from the 5th century with some cosmic armor. Recently taken up residence in Manhattan but hasn't got the faintest idea how to interact with people. For the most part he just pisses people off until his AI tells him how to treat and speak to people. It's a pretty fun, very good introduction. Tells you everything you need to know, without it coming across as preachy or pointless exposition.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michelé

    3.5! This was more enjoyable than I thought it was going to be, since initially I was intimidated by the sheet amount of stuff crammed onto one page. I do, in the end, still consider that a fault. It was at times too busy, too much going on. However, it was still fast-paced and actually really funny! Shanara and Aric gave me sort of watson/holmes vibes, ironman/jarvis. Their dialogue exchanges were clever and snappy which really aided to the story. I wish we would have gotten more background on A 3.5! This was more enjoyable than I thought it was going to be, since initially I was intimidated by the sheet amount of stuff crammed onto one page. I do, in the end, still consider that a fault. It was at times too busy, too much going on. However, it was still fast-paced and actually really funny! Shanara and Aric gave me sort of watson/holmes vibes, ironman/jarvis. Their dialogue exchanges were clever and snappy which really aided to the story. I wish we would have gotten more background on Aric. Why did he time travel to now? How? What happened to his hand? What does XO Manowar mean? And I also felt the break-up of books within the book was odd, as was the ending. Its not uncommon to leave series on cliffhangers, but its never usually done in the middle of a climactic scene with no resolving of main issues. So that threw me off. It did make me want to read the next one though. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alistair Baptista

    Valiant Comics relaunched the X-O Manowar series for this foul year 2020 AD, and there were a number of things in the debut issue that struck a chord with me, a first-time reader type. I’ll praise the writer for including the brief recap in the opening pages, which saves noobs like me the hassle of dusting off Wikipedia (donate when you can) to research something with tomes of history. But that’s not all Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum has done well here in terms of his writing contributions. Did anyone Valiant Comics relaunched the X-O Manowar series for this foul year 2020 AD, and there were a number of things in the debut issue that struck a chord with me, a first-time reader type. I’ll praise the writer for including the brief recap in the opening pages, which saves noobs like me the hassle of dusting off Wikipedia (donate when you can) to research something with tomes of history. But that’s not all Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum has done well here in terms of his writing contributions. Did anyone else notice the levels of duality within this story? During my research for this issue, I saw merciless internet trolls take everything away from this comic, bemoaning a change of form from the old formula, but I really couldn’t see why it deserved that. The haters online didn’t talk about the villain’s similarities to Whiplash from the second Iron Man film, or the fact that his design resembled something from Chet Zar’s sketch portfolio or 90s era Phalanx. They had qualms about character growth or lack thereof etc etc. I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t read the other stuff, but leaving that aside, this issue is a solid start, which is why it’s worth reading and writing about. Going back to the bit about the duality, there was the appeal of the usual buddy cop banter between Aric and Shanhara, and I wonder if the villain will have a similar ‘symbiotic’ relationship with his own suit of armour in the upcoming issues. Equally appealing is the fact that the story has a setting that is both cosmic and urban, giving readers the chance to feel consequences that would affect their own lives had they featured. Lastly, the duality of the city’s homeless contrasted against the opulence of billionaire Troy Whitaker. I’m now left to wonder what part Whitaker will play in the story, convinced thoroughly that he wouldn’t have been mentioned otherwise. Why? Let me explain. If you noticed, like I did, you’d see that this issue has been crafted to perfection. There aren’t any wasted panels, which is the hallmark of a gifted editor. During a cursory first-read, you may not notice how well constructed the story is. It might take a moment before you realise the relevance of the in-joke about being excessive, but once you do, you’ll arrive at the realisation that there was a purpose to everything in this well-connected piece of storytelling. Then again, someone witless like me wonders what the police would stand to gain by demonising poor Aric. Artists Emilio Laiso and Ruth Redmond contribute in bold and subtle ways, making appropriate visual choices for this relaunch issue, and Valiant Comics can rest assured that they’ve put out a fine product for readers like yours truly. Thanks for reading!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Someonewithaname

  5. 5 out of 5

    Robert Smith

  6. 5 out of 5

    calvin o.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nick Wetmore

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chad Bunch

  9. 4 out of 5

    John

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jhemlee

  11. 5 out of 5

    James

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joe Court of Owlets

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tracy VanTracy

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joe Court of Owlets

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amli

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lane

  17. 4 out of 5

    Leo

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