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Review: X-O Manowar #21

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The Brothers of the Bomb explode onto the scene!

The Brothers of the Bomb have invaded our world, and only the armored Visigoth vanguard known as X-O Manowar can stand between them and total devastation! But they aren’t alone…other fatal forces from the Unknown are fast approaching, too…

X-O Manowar is a series that has always been at its best when Aric of Dacia finds himself torn between two rival factions and is forced to make a choice between the two – usually this results in him choosing a side or forcing a standstill in the conflict. But it’s always the how and the why that makes these stories so engaging. Matt Kindt has already woven an epic story around these themes as Aric went from soldier to general to emperor earlier in the series, by returning to the theme we see another facet of the character as he acts more as an instrument, as a weapon, for others to wield. What pulls me in with this angle is that after the recent events in the series, Aric is aware of the role he is playing, and simply doesn’t care. This is a man who is searching for a purpose, and when he finds it he throws himself at the new purpose with a near reckless abandon – bringing to mind the youthful exuberance we’ve seen in flashback sequences.

For as far as Aric has come, as wise as he and the armour can be, sometimes one gets the sense he longs for the simpler life that was stolen from him.

But putting the philosophizing aside, and getting back to the comic (this is, after all, a review of X-O Manowar #21 and not a character analysis of Aric of Dacia), the story of X-O Manowar #21 is brought to life by artist Juan Jose Ryp and colorist Andrew Dalhouse. Ryp and Dalhouse are as visually exciting as you would expect from two artists with as much talent as they have. Page layouts, camera angles and even the way the boarders and gutters are used lend a dynamically exciting frame to the action within the story. Ryp’s trademark hyper-detailed style is on top form here, and Dalhouse flourishes each page with an expert use of colour that is often brightly at odds with the tense scenes occurring on the page. It’s a dichotomy that works.

At the end of the day, if you have been reading this series, then you’re going to love what you’ve seen so far. If you haven’t, then there’s only two or three issues you’d need to pick up in order to catch up fully with this comic (though you could probably read this as a starting point and be fine) – and I genuinely recommend that you check this out. X-O Manowar is a superbly entertaining series that questions the nature of freewill, purpose and even heroism. It shouldn’t be left on the comic shop racks.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Juan Jose Ryp
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.6 Art: 9.2 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: X-O Manowar (2017) #21

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #21

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover B by ALAN QUAH
Cover C by JIM TOWE
Interlocking Variant by RENATO GUEDES

The Brothers of the Bomb explode onto the scene!

The Brothers of the Bomb have invaded our world, and only the armored Visigoth vanguard known as X-O Manowar can stand between them and total devastation! But they aren’t alone…other fatal forces from the Unknown are fast approaching, too…

Visionary Eisner-nominated writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY) and bombastic artist Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA) return to ETERNITY…and bring it crashing down to Earth as “AGENT” continues!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PREMIUM | T+ | On Sale NOVEMBER 28th

Review: X-O Manowar #20

xo2017_020_COVER-A_ROCAFORTIn a realm far more fantastical than our own, a Sky Goddess is missing… And in pursuit of their vanished cosmic princess and her nefarious captors, a squadron of soldiers from the Unknown have invaded our planet! As tensions run high and trust becomes scarce, can X-O Manowar and G.A.T.E. leader Colonel Capshaw band together to keep our world from becoming ensnared in a battle larger than life?  

X-O Manowar #20 is a comic about a man who possesses more firepower than most armies, a man who is a former king and emperor, and who is willingly allowing a friend to use him as a weapon. Because he’s lost, his world has changed around him during his time in space (X-O Manowar #1-13) and he seems to be looking for a new direction. But despite his fearsome prowess in battle, Aric of Dacia seems to have learnt that fighting isn’t always the answer to every question.

It’s in those moments where we see Colonel Capshaw really shine; she is effectively the only regular human in the room, with nothing but her smarts, her gun and her training, but she steals every scene. There are times in this comic where Capshaw feels like the most dangerous character in the room, despite the awe inspiring power of X-O Manowar and Atom 13. Matt Kindt‘s script retains the high quality that has become a standard of the series over the past 19 issues, and while Juan Jose Rip hasn’t been on the series as long, his art delivers a visual punch as he brings alien spacecraft and terrain to life. His choreography is also hugely enjoyable, though the artist’s hyper detailed style may not be for everybody, your humble reviewer was a big fan.

In a comic the looks back to the Divinity and Eternity stories, the reader doesn’t need to have read those tales – obviously it helps you get a little more from the comic if you have, but if you haven’t then don’t worry about it (though personally I’d highly recommend looking them up). As you may have guessed by this shorter review, X-O Manowar #20is another solid entry in Valiant’s flagship title; I can’t recommend this series to you enough.

Story: Matt Kindt Artist: Juan Jose Rip
Colourist: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.2 Art: 8.8 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: X-O Manowar (2017) #20

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #20

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover B by ALAN QUAH
Cover C by ZU ORZU
Interlocking Variant by RENATO GUEDES
Pre-Order Edition by WHILCE PORTACIO
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PREMIUM | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 24th

The Agents of G.A.T.E. vs. the Brothers of the Bomb!

In a realm far more fantastical than our own, a Sky Goddess is missing… And in pursuit of their vanished cosmic princess and her nefarious captors, a squadron of soldiers from the Unknown have invaded our planet! As tensions run high and trust becomes scarce, can X-O Manowar and G.A.T.E. leader Colonel Capshaw band together to keep our world from becoming ensnared in a battle larger than life?

Preview: Ninja-K Vol. 2: The Coalition TPB

NINJA-K VOL. 2: THE COALITION TPB

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE
Letters by DAVE LANPHEAR
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN

“THE COALITION” spells doom!

A once-loyal agent has defected from the ranks of MI6’s most elite espionage unit… and Ninjak has been dispatched across the globe to prevent his secrets from plunging the world into chaos. But, in the shadows of Mexico City, Colin King is about to discover something far more deadly… The Ninja Programme’s own former sensei, the Jonin, has assembled a conspiratorial circle of enigmatic enemies – the Dying One, Kostiy the Deathless, Linton March, and The United’s Ultimo – for a purpose so sinister that even Ninjak can’t risk engaging them alone. Enter: Livewire, Punk Mambo, Dr. Mirage, and GIN-GR – Ninjak’s brand-new black ops team with a very specific set of skills…and a license to kill the unkillable!

Collecting NINJA-K #6-9.

$14.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 10th
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-281-2

Review: X-O Manowar #19

XO2017_019_COVER-A_ROCAFORTBeyond time, space, and reality, there lies the Unknown…and now it’s coming here! When soldiers from a mysterious foreign realm arrive on Earth, it’s up to the armored Visigoth known as X-O Manowar – newly returned to the planet and now the leader of his own elite G.A.T.E. unit – to deal with the intrusion. But are these otherworldly emissaries truly the threat they appear to be, or does a larger danger loom over the Valiant Universe still?

I’ve been fortunate to read a lot of X-O Manowar over the last year, and not once have I felt that I’ve gotten to know Colonel Jamie Capshaw as well as I have from this issue. By using her essentially as the point of view character for the issue, Matt Kindt further explores the impact and influence of X-O Manowar on the world around him.

In terms of establishing a new arc, Kindtkicks things off with a steadily paced issue that is as good a jumping on point for new readers as any other that you’ll find. Through Capshaw’s narration we get a good grasp on who Aric is (and how she sees him) which is more than enough to enjoy the comic in your hands. For those of you who have been reading X-O Manowar across all 75 issues since the 2012 relaunch then you’ll notice how the character has grown – his experiences are literally scarred into his body, but there’s also a weight to his presence and movements that backs up all he’s gone through. Juan Jose Ryp‘s hyper detailed style suits this story (and specifically a wide-eyed officer), and X-O himself.

Kindt sets a lot up in this issue, none of which I’ll reveal here in detail as it’ll be much more fun for you to see why Capshaw is more than just a suit. For my money (and I will be buying this issue) this arc is shaping up to be one of the most exciting things we’ve seen Kindt do with the series this year.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Juan Jose Ryp
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: X-O Manowar (2017) #19

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #19

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover B by ALAN QUAH
Cover C by MICO SUAYAN
Interlocking Variant by RENATO GUEDES
X-O Manowar 75th Issue Variant by MICO SUAYAN
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 26

NEW ARC! NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! “AGENT” – PART 1! Celebrating the 75th issue overall of X-O MANOWAR since 2012!

Beyond time, space, and reality, there lies the Unknown…and now it’s coming here! When soldiers from a mysterious foreign realm arrive on Earth, it’s up to the armored Visigoth known as X-O Manowar – newly returned to the planet and now the leader of his own elite G.A.T.E. unit – to deal with the intrusion. But are these otherworldly emissaries truly the threat they appear to be, or does a larger danger loom over the Valiant Universe still?

Worlds collide as Eisner Award-nominated writer Matt Kindt (ETERNITY, Grass Kings) and incendiary artist Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA) bring a new plane of existence crashing down upon our own in a brand-new jumping-on point for 2017’s best-selling series!

Valiant Sails into Baltimore Comic-Con 2018 with Exclusives, Panels, and More!

There are only a few short weeks before Baltimore Comic-Con, and Valiant is poised to take Maryland’s biggest pop culture convention by storm with a sensational slate of panels, signings, and more – starting with the publisher’s limited-edition exclusives!

From Friday, September 28th through Sunday, September 30th, stop by Booth #2006 inside the Baltimore Convention Center to discover why Valiant is one of the most critically acclaimed publishers in the comic book industry with a robust selection of trade paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers!

While you’re there, be sure to check out Valiant’s highly limited Baltimore-exclusive offerings!

First up, don’t miss the Faith: Dreamside #1 Baltimore Comic-Con Exclusive Variant by Eisner-nominated artist Steve Conley! From celebrated writer Jody Houser and rising star artist MJ Kim comes the first issue of a spooky new limited series that marks Faith’s triumphant return to comic book store shelves – and her very first team-up with the Death-Defying Doctor Mirage!

Next, a new journey into the unknown begins with the X-O Manowar #19 Baltimore Comic-Con Exclusive Variant, featuring dazzling artist Jason Metcalf! Eisner-nominated writer Matt Kindt joins forces with incendiary artist Juan José Ryp for an all-new arc and new jumping-on point for Valiant’s flagship ongoing series, as the armored Visigoth Aric of Dacia faces off against a new otherworldly threat to Earth!

Plus, Valiant’s got a double dose of incredible panel presentations lined up for the weekend! On Saturday, September 29th from 2:45 to 3:45 pm ET in Room 333-344, join some of the talented people behind Valiant’s slate of critically acclaimed comic series for a candid, behind-the-scenes panel discussion in Valiant: The Craft of Comics! Find out just what it takes to put together a compelling story from start to finish, how to make your series stand apart, and how the editorial process functions at the highest levels – from the award-winning industry veterans behind the Valiant Universe’s greatest hits!

Then, on Sunday, September 30th from 1:45 to 2:45pm ET in Room 339-342, get all your Valiant questions answered at the Valiant: 101 and Beyond panel! New to the Valiant Universe? With Valiant’s all-new and exciting “BEYOND” initiative approaching at the end of 2018, there’s never been a better time to become a fan! Jump on board right here with a concise and fun-filled introduction to the origins and adventures of Valiant’s greatest and most iconic heroes!

And don’t forget: The #ValiantVisits Initiative is currently in full swing! From now until the end of the 2018 convention season and beyond, the hardest-working sales team in comics will be dropping in with local retailers all across the country to talk shop, share updates, and give away some awesome swag! Keep your eye on the #ValiantVisits hashtag on both Facebook and Twitter to see where Valiant will be stopping next!

Preview: Harbinger Wars 2 #4

HARBINGER WARS 2 #4 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO with RENATO GUEDES
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by J.G. JONES
Cover B by MICO SUAYAN
Interlocking Variant by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
HW2 Icon Variant by FELIPE MASSAFERA
Pre-Order Edition by KHARI EVANS
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 29th

THE FINAL BATTLE! LIVEWIRE VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE!

We called it the biggest, most impactful, most ambitious Valiant event ever attempted – and we meant it! From across the Valiant Universe, the paths of all of the world’s most formidable heroes – X-O Manowar, the Harbinger Renegades, Bloodshot, Ninjak, the Secret Weapons, H.A.R.D. Corps, and dozens of newly activated psiots – have finally converged, drawn together by their old ally Livewire’s last-ditch effort to protect the powerless.

Now, the long-brewing battle between Valiant’s greatest icons will finally reach the stratosphere – literally – and, out of the ashes, a new order for the Valiant Universe will be hewn as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, DIVINITY, Mind MGMT) and comics juggernauts Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR) and Renato Guedes (SHADOWMAN) present the MUST-READ comics showdown of 2018…and no one gets out unscathed!

X-O Manowar #19 Breaks New Ground on September 26th!

Valiant has released a first look at the lettered and colored pages of X-O Manowar (2017) #19 – a brand-new story arc and new jumping-on point for Valiant’s armored barbarian prince, as well as the 75th overall issue of X-O Manowar published since the launch of Valiant Entertainment in 2012!

On September 26th, Aric of Dacia once again takes on his role as Earth’s galactic defender, as Eisner-nominated writer Matt Kindt and incomparable artist Juan José Ryp bring the world of the groundbreaking Divinity and Eternity series to X-O Manowar’s world!

Beyond time, space, and reality, there lies the Unknown…and now it’s coming here! When soldiers from a mysterious foreign realm arrive on Earth, it’s up to the armored Visigoth known as X-O Manowar – newly returned to the planet and now the leader of his own elite G.A.T.E. unit – to deal with the intrusion. But are these otherworldly emissaries truly the threat they appear to be, or does a larger danger loom over the Valiant Universe still?

Featuring covers by Kenneth RocafortAlan QuahMico Suayan, and Renato Guedes!

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