The Countdown to X-O Manowar #50 Begins in June!

Valiant has announced a series of staggering plans marching toward September’s upcoming X–O Manowar #50 – a massive comics milestone that will conclude the epic, historic run of New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti on Valiant’s flagship series.

The countdown to X–O Manowar #50 begins with “Long Live the King” – a striking cosmic showdown beginning this June in X–O Manowar #47 by Venditti and acclaimed artists Joe Bennett and Roberto de la Torre that will bring Venditti’s award-winning and critically lauded superhero saga to a world-shaking finale…and mark the beginning of an all-new era for the future of Valiant’s most powerful hero!

Born into battle, Aric of Dacia – heir to the throne of the Visigoth Empire – never knew peace. Raised under the oppressive thumb of the Roman Empire in fifth-century Europe, Aric’s entire existence was spent fighting a never-ending insurgency against history’s most brutal empire…until a far more terrifying enemy revealed itself and changed his destiny forever.

Abducted by a brutal race of extraterrestrials known as the Vine, Aric wad forced into slavery on an alien world. Torn from family, his people and his nation, he spent years plotting his escape…until the day came that he was able to seize a weapon of incalculable destruction – a sentient suit of alien armor – and become X-O Manowar!

Returning to Earth only to find that 1,600 years have passed during his journey across the stars, the world’s most primitive man now wields the universe’s most powerful weapon. Working in concert with Earth’s governments and other super-powered heroes like himself, Aric has defended the planet, brokered peace amongst the powerful, and even rebuilt his kingdom from the ashes of history.

But now he faces a unthinkable new foe far more terrible than any that have come before… They are The Torment – and their name means death. Thought to be a legend by the Vine, they have now become Earth’s violent reality. As old as the universe itself, they have traveled for eons to reach us…in search of Aric of Dacia and the unstoppable X-O Manowar armor. Can Aric challenge a seemingly omnipotent threat with motives beyond the comprehension of mortal men? Will the armor truly be our world’s salvation, just as the Vine’s myths foretold? And is this the beginning of the end for X-O Manowar – or the beginning of something even bigger?

Featuring covers by Kano, Phil Jimenez, Khoi Pham, Clayton Henry, Rafa Sandoval, David Lafuente, and Jeff Lemire!

Plus: In celebration of X-O Manowar’s landmark issue #50 finale, Valiant is proud to reveal the X–O Manowar #50 Countdown Giveaway – also beginning in June’s X–O Manowar #47! For no extra cost, each issue of “Long Live the King” will come bagged with one of 50 exclusive, 4-by-6 inch “micro-prints” featuring the one and only X-O Manowar as realized by a sensational cast of comics’ biggest talents – or full-blown, beautifully rendered original artwork randomly inserted in each issue!

Robert Venditti’s unmatched, 56-issue tenure on Valiant’s leading character has gone on to the become the single longest consecutive run from any creator in Valiant’s history, as well as one of the longest consecutive runs on a single series from any creator in the industry today.

Cover A by KANO
Cover C by KHOI PHAM
Valiant x CGC Replica Variant by CLAYTON HENRY
Variant Cover by RAFA SANDOVAL
Variant Cover by DAVID LAFUENTE
Variant Cover by JEFF LEMIRE
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JUNE 29