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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!

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

Valiant Reveals X-O Manowar #1 Covers by Christian Ward, Rod Reis, Jeff Dekal, Greg Smallwood, and Raúl Allén

X-O Manowar #1 launches this March with stunning covers by all-star artists!

The debut issue by Harvey Award-winner Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum and breakout star artist Emilio Laiso will feature captivating covers by Christian WardJeff DekalRod Reis, Greg Smallwood, and Raúl Allén! Take a look at the cool covers below.

The blockbuster adventure begins on March 25th, 2020, featuring colors by Ruth Redmond and 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

Preview: Marvel’s Spider-Man: Velocity #5 (of 5)

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Velocity #5 (of 5)

(W) Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum (A) Emilio Laiso (CA) Skan
Rated T
In Shops: Dec 18, 2019
SRP: $3.99

NECK AND NECK FOR THE FATE OF THE CITY!

• SPIDER-MAN’s high-speed Velocity suit gets pushed to the limit!
• But is even he fast enough to outrun the MYSTERIOUS SPEEDSTER and stop her reign of terror once and for all?
• Think quick, Spidey – or there’ll be a DEATH on your conscience!
• The breakneck conclusion to the first all-original Gamerverse series!

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Velocity #5 (of 5)

X-O Manowar Launches for New Adventure in March 2020

X-O Manowar #1 unleashes the Valiant Universe’s most powerful hero in an all-new series this March!

From fan-favorite writer Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum and breakout star artist Emilio Laiso, a futuristic threat arises to destroy the planet, and the ancient warrior king – Aric of Dacia, a.k.a. X-O Manowar – is the only person with the courage and power to stand against impossible odds! Can Aric evolve into the superhero the world needs today?

The epic adventure kicks off in X-O Manowar #1 on March 25th, 2020, featuring colors by Ruth Redmond, letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, and covers by Christian WardJeff DekalRod ReisGreg Smallwood, and Raúl Allén.

Feast your eyes on a first-look at the stellar artwork!

X-O Manowar #1

Preview: Marvel’s Spider-Man: Velocity #4 (of 5)

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Velocity #4 (of 5)

(W) Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum (A) Emilio Laiso (CA) Skan
Rated T
In Shops: Nov 20, 2019
SRP: $3.99

IT’S A RACE AGAINST TIME IN THE FIRST ALL-NEW MARVEL GAMERVERSE STORY!

• SPIDER-MAN’s new high-speed Velocity suit is jammed at full speed!
• He’s moving so fast that life seems to stand still around him!
• But can Peter use this time to find a solution for his own plight and the mysterious villain terrorizing New York City…or will the madness of time standing still crush him?!

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Velocity #4 (of 5)
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