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Review: X-O Manowar #31

XO_031_COVER-A_ALLENAric of Dacia has laid waste to entire planets and defeated the universe’s most skilled hunters, but how can he kill what he can’t see? A strange new foe with a fiendishly familiar leader has unleashed a relentless offensive on Aric of Dacia, and he doesn’t even know it yet!

Valiant has marched X-O Manowar as one of the titles the Valiant comic universe revolves around. The formation of a Vine invasion, Unity, Armor Hunters, Aric of Dacia aka X-O Manowar has been at the center of many of the main events that have shaped this world. That makes the latest story arc, Enter Armorines, so fascinating. It draws back the scale in a way, and focuses on the fallout of everything that’s happened.

There’s powerful alien technology out there, and as nations figure out what to do, nimble corporations can move much quicker to deal with this new world. That in a way is the basic story, with a character named Zahn, and his enhanced Armorines on a mission to take the most powerful weapon on earth, Aric’s armor.

What’s great is how the story is compiled and put together. There’s what you think is a side story that plays into the meeting between Zahn and Aric, a nice twist to what you’ve read. It also shows a bit of the larger gamesmanship that’s been playing out throughout the series. Writer Robert Venditti sprinkles events throughout each issue, and it all builds upon each other. He doesn’t clearly lay things out, instead preferring to let the story unfold organically and a little over time. It’s great in that you don’t always see what’s coming, and that’s on display in this issue.

Venditti is helped by the art of Diego Bernard whose art is sharp and fantastic, giving us a style that mixes east and west in the design of suits, and technology.. Valiant consistently provides art that matches the quality of the stories.

Valiant as a whole has put together a comic world that’s not matched by any other company. It’s clear, clean, makes sense, and organically evolves. Each piece works on its own, and there’s the greater whole. X-O Manowar as a series shows that off. While this seems to be a storyline focused on X-O, I’m prepared for its greater ramifications upon the Valiant Universe. This is a solid issue to read, and for long time fans, they’ll enjoy where things are going. For new readers, it’s not the best place to start, hence the “read” below. As a whole, the series should be checked out, especially for folks looking for superhero comic alternatives beyond the big two.

Be here for the deadliest foe X-O Manowar has battled yet, as the Armorines continue their march towards Aric’s destruction!

Story: Robert Venditti Art: Diego Bernard
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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VCU is going to the Final Four.  That’s be a college basketball thing for folks out there not in the know.  The team didn’t even pay attention to the seeding and took out the number one ranked Kansas.  Congrats!  On to this weekend comic book news.

Around the Blogs:

Bleeding Cool – Racebending With The X-Men – Do these products give you super powers too?

Comicvine – Breaking: Amy Adams to play Lois Lane – That’s a good looking cast.

Kotaku – Sunday Comics – Kotaku wraps up what they consider the best of webcomics.

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Good Comic Books – Ultimate Spiderman #156

Choice Quotes:

Osbron #4

Norman Osborn – Politics.  The struggle for power.  It always comes back to politics.  And these people, my people, their lives are the casualties of that struggle.


Norman Osborn – Gray, green or blue — if they were born on American soil, those little devils have rights!

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It was a pretty quiet weekend as far as breaking news.  But, there was some interesting items that you can check out yourself below!

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The Beat – Diamond Data: Diamond Retailer Summit, 2011Sales numbers from the major comic book distributor. – That comic book cost how much???A humorous look at the cost of comic books.

Tech 2 – Gadgeted Superheroes – No Superpowers, Just TechnologyWhere does he get those wonderful toys?

Village Voice – New Generation of D.C. Pundits Reading Comic Books, Using Newfangled InternetThey also play video games and enjoy pop culture.  Now, if they only admitted to all of it.

The Providence Journal – Comic book conference at Rhode Island College explores the educational value of visual storytellingGreat to see events and discussions like this.

Choice Quotes:

Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine #5

Spider-Man – So we’re TV stars now, huh? I should probably have my own catchphrase then.  Popycock! Razzmataz!  Parchesi!  Blagojevich!

Captain America #615.1

Captain America – You’re supposed to be the guy who knows right and wrong… outside the partisan crap that’s ruining our country…

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Each week we scour comic books to find dialogue with a hint of politics.  Below is what we found for last week’s batch.

Infestation #1

Wade – Once we have cleared the environment on the far side of… animated cadavers… we’ve got a whole new world.  Mineral exploitation, tech, real estate, training and testing zones… the disposition of prison population overspill… unlimited Guantanamo Bays, rendition on demand.  A friggin brave new world, where we set the rules.

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Each week we bring you quotes from the comic books of the last week to show off it’s more than spandex and guns.

Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #4

Patriot – This is terrorism.  People could die.  And if we let that happen, then we become terrorists, just like Magneto.

Bring the Thunder #2

Wayne – They came from every branch of the military.  They weren’t recruited for their ability to work together.  They were recruited to kill.  That’s the side of war that gets obscured by the chain of command and the red tape.  In the end, the goal is to kill your enemy.

Ultimate Comics Captain America #1

(Redacted Spoiler) – You’re not a hero to them.  You’re just another blunt instrument the American government uses to bludgeon its enemies into submission.

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Each week we bring you quotes to show that comic books aren’t just for kids.

Osborn #2

Father Coulmier – Do you know where you are?

Norman Osborn – I do not.  No.  I was drugged and blindfolded for my transfer.  Extraordinary rendition, I believe it’s called.


Norman Osborn – … unless you’re offering me the services of a crackerjack legal team, what you’re suggesting would be a felony, the act of a criminal.  No. I am a political prisoner, Father… and I intend to be released.

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Each week we bring you quotes from the previous weeks comic books to show today’s books are more than just tights, big guns and silly stories.

Deadpool #30

A dracula – And you do know what a coup is?

Deadpool – Hells yeah, I do!  I’ve been involved in dozens on ’em.

Superior #3

Superior – Well, I prayed every night that my multiple sclerosis would go away and Mom was always praying that America would get fixed again too.  So what if that magic wish was the answer to both our prayers?  What if Ormon was an angel?  Did he turn me into a superhero because America really needed one right now?

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Each week we bring you quotes from comic books to show they’re not all “bam,” “pow” and “smack.”  Here’s this week’s Choice Quotes.

Avengers Academy #7

Reptil – Hello, Finesses… Due process of law?  You don’t execute people without a trial.

Hazmat – Now that’s priceless.  Reptil thinks we live in the world he read about in civics class.

Hank Pym – Believe in it or not, Hazmat, Constitutional rights still mean something.

DMZ #60

Narrator – Stupid war, endless war, professional war, political war… the notion that starting a war is somehow a security necessary.  No wonder people are in revolt.  They got a war declared on them, too

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Captain America: Patriot #4

Jeff Mace – This won’t last forever — McCarthy, the red-baiting, the black lists.  America will find its way out — she always does.  She just needs some help getting there.  I figure I owe Lady Liberty that much.  I mean — where else can a guy grow up to be Captain America?

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Osborn #1

Senator Muffloetto – Young man, even Norman Osborn has rights under the law.  He’s biding his time at the moment, but if he is not charged soon, he will petition for a writ of Habeas Corpus and —

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