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Review: X-O Manowar #7

XO2017_7-COVER-A_LAROSA“The ultimate turning point! A war has been won, a victory has been decided…and, now, an entire alien world kneels before the throne of their new leader: the unstoppable X-O MANOWAR! He has traded his armor for a crown and a new age now begins…even as an extraterrestrial invader readies an interplanetary attack that could pull Aric of Dacia from the newfound safety of his imperial palace and back into the blood-sodden battlefields where his conquest began.”

My first reaction upon opening this issue, and apologies for the crudeness, was “fuck me, that’s stunning.” Clayton Crain‘s art is always a visual feast, and even on the review copy with it’s large watermark right in the middle of the page, these pages are still standout pieces of art. Seriously, this book is just fantastic to look at that it’s worth buying for the art alone as Crane brings you on an atmospherically haunting journey as Aric of Dacia Earth finds himself embroiled in a war on a planet in the far reaches of space.

Seriously, this is some of the finest work that I have seen Crain do in a long time. It is more than enough for me to recommend X-O Manowar #7 to you without talking about the story in any capacity.

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So that’s what I’m doing here. Go buy this now, you can skip the rest of the review. The art alone is enough.

 

However because recommending a book solely on the artwork, no matter how good that art is, without talking about Matt Kindt‘s writing would be doing a disservice to the man and the story he’s crafting. Valiant are, in this humble reviewers opinion, pound for pound the best publisher around, and this series is in the top tier of their ongoing titles at the moment, and when I say that X-O Manowar is one of the best series on the racks right now I do so honestly and without unnecessary hyperbole.

When a character with such a rich history appears in a comic you could easily be forgiven for thinking that you’ve got  a lot of reading ahead of you to catch up with, but with the second volume of X-O Manowar Kindt has given us three solid  jumping on points with the start of each arc (Soldier, General and Emperor) over the past seven issues as he blends a historical feeling story with the far reaches of space – think Space Conan or a Brutally Beautiful Star Wars – whilst delving into what it means to be a soldier, general and hero. Against the back drop of the far reaches of our galaxy Aric of Dacia is learning whether he is more than the armour he wore for so long, and he is discovering what kind of man he has become.

X-O Manowar #7 is another brilliant issue in one of the most exciting comics being published today.

So let’s try the credits and scores again, shall we?

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Clayton Crain
Story: 9.75 Art: 9.75 Overall: 9.75 Recommendation: Buy

Yes, Valiant provided a FREE review copy, but I am still buying and reading physical copies.

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