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Review: X-O Manowar #26

X-O Manowar #26

This is it! This is Matt Kindt’s final issue of his Eisner Award-nominated, critically acclaimed run on X-O MANOWAR. 

X-O Manowar takes the final battle against the galaxy’s baddest bounty hunters into space to decide the ultimate fate of the universe.

As Matt Kindt‘s run on Valiant’s flagship title comes to a close, we’re treated to perhaps one of the best capstones of a series you’re going to read in a long time. Kindt ties together most of the loose ends of the series, giving the reader a true sense of closure in the chapter of the character’s life while leaving the door open for next writer to shape Aric’s destiny.

Tomas Giorello is an utterly phenomenal artist, and he once again shows why with this issue. Regarding last issue, I wrote that “each and every page is packed with more detail, emotion and life than some comics have in their entirety,” and the same is equally as true with X-O Manowar #26. I’m running out of superlatives to use to describe the visual impact of this series, which is a good problem to have at this juncture, and I almost wish I had more to say that I haven’t said before regarding the visual appeal of this book… but short of highlighting one of the pages below, I am truly at a loss for words.

X-O Manowar has been one of the most consistent series in terms of quality over the past two years, and has understandably garnered some pretty high expectations issue after issue – expectations that the series has met (and often exceeded) with each and every time. The series may have ended for now, but it’s going to go down in the annals of Valiant history as one of the most iconic runs in the publisher’s archives.

Aric of Dacia is bound to return sooner or later, but until that happens, this was a perfectly suited swan song – a love letter to the fans who have been reading since the first issue. This is an utterly perfect end to an amazing run.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Tomas Giorello
Colourist: Diego Rodriguez Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review. I purchased the comic anyway.

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