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X-O Manowar Returns this November

Valiant‘s flagship hero returns this November in X-O Manowar #2!

Aric of Dacia, aka X-O Manowar, is back and heading in a bold new direction with Harvey Award-winner Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum, astonishing artist Emilio Laiso, colorist Ruth Redmond, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. The first issue earned a spot in the top 100 best-selling comics when it debuted. Now, the action-packed second issue is set to arrive in comic shops on November 25th, 2020, with covers by Eisner Award-winning artist Christian WardNetho Diaz, and a 1:25 variant by Daniel Warren Johnson.

Check out the first four pages of X-O Manowar #2, below.

X-O Manowar #2

Advance Review: X-O Manowar #2

X-O MANOWAR #2

Harvey Award-winning writer Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum and breakout star Emilio Laiso 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 now? As a futuristic force arises to destroy the planet, only this ancient warrior king has the courage to stand against impossible odds!

The version of X-O Manowar #2 I have read for this review was a mostly black and white comic. For this reason, I’m going to be largely avoiding talking about the color art.

I recall reading this comic the first time around about three months back; it was a super early version designed to give folks an early preview at what’s coming up for the series. I enjoyed the book when I first read it, but after everything that’s happened in the world since first reading the book, I realized that there was more to X-O Manowar #2 than I first noticed – or maybe I’m looking at the comic with a different perspective. A lot has happened in the last three months, so it’s not surprising that a piece of art resonates with me in a different way.

Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum continues his polarizing depiction of Aric as he lives within a larger city with a single mother and her teenage son. Seeing the former king and emperor in this role hasn’t been popular with some readers, but personally I’m really enjoying seeing Aric trying to find a new way to fit into the modern world now that he’s lost everything but Shanhara. We’re seeing Aric adjust to being a modern man (sort of) in a totally unfamiliar world, and Hallum is using the fish out of water to let some humor into the comic. Not at Aric’s expense, but rather more along the lines of how the jokes are made in the first Thor movie.

The story in this issue is about how X-O Manowar, for all his power and access to knowledge from across human history, is still relatively unaware how to present himself in today’s world as the media falls out of love with him and he struggles to understand the complexity of certain situations. It’s an interesting angle to take with the character, and one I hope Hallum continues to explore as the series progresses.

I’m still all in for this comic, and I can’t wait to see how it improves when the finished product arrives. Although the book doesn’t have any color in it, Emilio Laiso‘s art still brings a wonderful quality to the proceedings. If the art is as good as the last issue, then I can’t wait to reread and update this again.

Story: Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum Art: Emilio Laiso
Colors: Ruth Redmond Letters: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Story: 9.2 Art: NA Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider #4 (of 5)

Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider #4 (of 5)

(W) Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum (A/CA) Scott Hepburn
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Mar 25, 2020
SRP: $3.99

• Cosmic Ghost Rider’s soul hangs in the balance!
• Lost to the ravages of space, will Cammi be able to claw her way back to Cosmic Ghost Rider in time to keep him from making a deal with the devil?
• Or will Cosmic Ghost Rider damn the whole galaxy to hell to get what he wants?

Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider #4 (of 5)

Review: X-O Manowar #1

X-O Manowar #1

Harvey Award-winning writer Dennis “Hopeless” Hallumand breakout star Emilio Laiso unleash Valiant’s most powerful protector in X-O Manowar #1!

Torn from the past and bonded with a living alien armor, will X-O Manowar become the hero the world needs now? As a futuristic force arises to destroy the planet, only this ancient warrior king has the courage to stand against impossible odds!

I have been waiting to read a finished version of X-O Manowar #1 for a long time. I got a chance to read an unfinished copy a month or two ago. Had I reviewed what I’d read then, it would have been glowing even with an unfinished product. The story stood out strongly even when the art was unfinished. Some pages were lacking color and I am sure that the lettering and dialogue have been tweaked here and there. I haven’t done a side by side comparison as yet and probably never will. This is all a long way of telling you that I knew I’d enjoy the comic before I read the final version.

Within the first three pages of this comic, Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum introduces new readers to Aric of Dacia, the 4th century warrior wearing an incredible suit of armour without throwing up exposition in his dialogue. There’s a natural relationship between Aric and the sacred armor of Shanhara born over years of interaction. Hallum injects a fresh and playful level of banter between the two. I love the new voice he has given Shanhara. I love how easily Hallum introduces his version of X-O Manowar to readers new and old.

Hallum takes X-O in a direction we have not yet seen in the modern era of X-O Manowar comics; Aric trying to fit in with regular people. And honestly, if the entire comic was just that, I’d still be as happy as a pig in muck. We’ve seen Aric go from a farmer to an emperor on a distant planet, try and find a home for hundred of time-displaced former slaves and fight against incredible odds, but we’ve never seen him try to play basketball. It’s one of those moments that I didn’t know I needed to see until I had seen it.

The comic has echoes of the Will Smith movie Hancock in Aric’s near clueless way of interacting with the modern world. His only guide is a sentient alien armor.

The story alone sold me on this book when I first read it. Being able to see the finished artwork of artist Emilio Laiso and colorist Ruth Redmond took this to another level.

The opening scenes set in space are beautiful. The colors are crisp, the line work clean, and so incredibly easy to follow despite the sheer amount of debris on the page. The pages immediately after the space sequence have a lot of text on them. Yet letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou strikes a perfect balance between fitting the words on the page and allowing the artwork to shine and help tell the story.

Believe it or not, I’ve really only touched on the first half dozen pages or so of this book at the moment. I won’t delve much deeper into the specific events for spoiler reasons.

This is one of, if not the absolute best issues of X-O Manowar I have read in a long time. It’s also one of the best things from Valiant I’ve read in the last year. If you’re looking for a jumping-on spot for X-O Manowar, then this is going to be the best spot you’ll find without going back to 2012. Hallum, Laiso, Redmond, and Otsmane-Elhaou have created a masterpiece in X-O Manowar #1. It’s only gotten better with each subsequent reading.

Bring on the second issue.

Story: Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum Art: Emilio Laiso
Colors: Ruth Redmond Letters: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: X-O Manowar #1

X-O MANOWAR #1

Written by DENNIS “HOPELESS” HALLUM
Art by EMILIO LAISO
Colors by RUTH REDMOND
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by CHRISTIAN WARD
Cover B by JEFF DEKAL
Cover C by ROD REIS
Preorder Edition Cover by GREG SMALLWOOD
1:250 Bronze Variant Cover by RAÚL ALLÉN
Blank Cover Also Available
On sale MARCH 25 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

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 now?

As a futuristic force arises to destroy the planet, only this ancient warrior king has the courage to stand against impossible odds!

Preview: Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Black Cat Strikes #3 (of 5)

Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Black Cat Strikes #3 (of 5)

(W) Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum (A) Luca Maresca (CA) Sana Takeda
Rated T
In Shops: Mar 11, 2020
SRP: $3.99

HAMMERHEAD’S REVENGE, AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF SPIDER-MAN AND THE BLACK CAT!

• PETER and FELICIA’s past revealed!
• In the present, HAMMERHEAD makes good on a deadly threat to the Black Cat!
• The all-new Gamerverse story continues with an unforgettable chapter in the saga of Marvel’s Spider-Man!

Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Black Cat Strikes #3 (of 5)

Advanced Review: X-O Manowar #1

X-O Manowar #1

Harvey Award-winning writer Dennis “Hopeless” Hallumand breakout star Emilio Laiso unleash Valiant’s most powerful protector in X-O Manowar #1!

Torn from the past and bonded with a living alien armor, will X-O Manowar become the hero the world needs now? As a futuristic force arises to destroy the planet, only this ancient warrior king has the courage to stand against impossible odds!

I have been waiting to read a finished version of X-O Manowar #1 for a long time. I got a chance to read an unfinished copy a month or two ago. Had I reviewed what I’d read then, it would have been glowing even with an unfinished product. The story stood out strongly even when the art was unfinished. Some pages were lacking color and I am sure that the lettering and dialogue have been tweaked here and there. I haven’t done a side by side comparison as yet and probably never will. This is all a long way of telling you that I knew I’d enjoy the comic before I read the final version.

Within the first three pages of this comic, Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum introduces new readers to Aric of Dacia, the 4th century warrior wearing an incredible suit of armour without throwing up exposition in his dialogue. There’s a natural relationship between Aric and the sacred armor of Shanhara born over years of interaction. Hallum injects a fresh and playful level of banter between the two. I love the new voice he has given Shanhara. I love how easily Hallum introduces his version of X-O Manowar to readers new and old.

Hallum takes X-O in a direction we have not yet seen in the modern era of X-O Manowar comics; Aric trying to fit in with regular people. And honestly, if the entire comic was just that, I’d still be as happy as a pig in muck. We’ve seen Aric go from a farmer to an emperor on a distant planet, try and find a home for hundred of time-displaced former slaves and fight against incredible odds, but we’ve never seen him try to play basketball. It’s one of those moments that I didn’t know I needed to see until I had seen it.

The comic has echoes of the Will Smith movie Hancock in Aric’s near clueless way of interacting with the modern world. His only guide is a sentient alien armor.

The story alone sold me on this book when I first read it. Being able to see the finished artwork of artist Emilio Laiso and colorist Ruth Redmond took this to another level.

The opening scenes set in space are beautiful. The colors are crisp, the line work clean, and so incredibly easy to follow despite the sheer amount of debris on the page. The pages immediately after the space sequence have a lot of text on them. Yet letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou strikes a perfect balance between fitting the words on the page and allowing the artwork to shine and help tell the story.

Believe it or not, I’ve really only touched on the first half dozen pages or so of this book at the moment. I won’t delve much deeper into the specific events for spoiler reasons.

This is one of, if not the absolute best issues of X-O Manowar I have read in a long time. It’s also one of the best things from Valiant I’ve read in the last year. If you’re looking for a jumping-on spot for X-O Manowar, then this is going to be the best spot you’ll find without going back to 2012. Hallum, Laiso, Redmond, and Otsmane-Elhaou have created a masterpiece in X-O Manowar #1. It’s only gotten better with each subsequent reading.

Bring on the second issue.

Story: Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum Art: Emilio Laiso
Colors: Ruth Redmond Letters: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

X-O Manowar #1 Sword Shanhara Variant Covers Revealed

X-O Manowar features exciting “Sword of Shanhara” 1:25 variant covers by all-star artists!

The debut issue by Harvey Award-winner Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum and breakout star artist Emilio Laiso goes on sale in just three weeks (March 25th), and it will feature a jaw-dropping 1:25 variant by Erica Henderson. Issues #2-#4 will have their own special “Sword of Shanhara” variants by Daniel Warren Johnson, Dustin Weaver, and Michael Walsh!

As if the artwork alone wasn’t amazing enough, special treatment will be applied to X-O Manowar’s energy sword on each cover to make it pop!

The X-O Manowar 1:25 “Sword of Shanhara” Variants are 1:25 covers, meaning comic shops will receive one with every qualifying order of 25 copies of X-O Manowar. If you want to add these phenomenal covers to your collection, contact your local comic shop and tell them you want the X-O Manowar “Sword of Shanhara” Variant Covers!

The blockbuster adventure begins in X-O Manowar #1 on March 25th, 2020, featuring colors by Ruth Redmond and letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.

Feast your eyes on the stunning artwork below.

X-O MANOWAR #1 1:25 Cover by Erica Henderson
X-O MANOWAR #1 1:25 Cover by Erica Henderson
X-O MANOWAR #2 1:25 Cover by Daniel Warren Johnson
X-O MANOWAR #2 1:25 Cover by Daniel Warren Johnson
X-O MANOWAR #3 1:25 Cover by Dustin Weaver
X-O MANOWAR #3 1:25 Cover by Dustin Weaver
X-O MANOWAR #4 1:25 Cover by Michael Walsh
X-O MANOWAR #4 1:25 Cover by Michael Walsh

Valiant’s X-O Manowar Gets a Trailer

A 4th-Century Visigoth warrior-prince, Aric of Dacia was abducted and enslaved by aliens known as The Vine. Escaping their control, Aric bonded with the unique sentient armor Shanhara, becoming X-O Manowar — the most powerful weapon in the universe. Returning to Earth in the modern day, Aric and Shanhara use their incredible capabilities for the good of mankind, but mankind may have other intentions…

Written by Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum, with art by Emilio Laiso, colors by Ruth Redmond, and letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, X-O Manowar #1 is out on March 29, 2020.

Early Preview: X-O Manowar #1

X-O MANOWAR #1

Written by DENNIS “HOPELESS” HALLUM
Art by EMILIO LAISO
Colors by RUTH REDMOND
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by CHRISTIAN WARD
Cover B by JEFF DEKAL
Cover C by ROD REIS
Preorder Edition Cover by GREG SMALLWOOD
1:250 Bronze Variant Cover by RAÚL ALLÉN
Blank Cover Also Available
On sale MARCH 25 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

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 now?

As a futuristic force arises to destroy the planet, only this ancient warrior king has the courage to stand against impossible odds!

X-O MANOWAR #1
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