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Preview: X-O Manowar Vol. 6 Agent TPB

X-O MANOWAR VOL. 6: AGENT TPB

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover by MICO SUAYAN

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

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 bestselling series!

Collecting X-O MANOWAR (2017) #19–22.

X-O MANOWAR VOL. 6: AGENT TPB

Review: X-O Manowar #22

X-O Manowar #22

The thrilling finale to “AGENT!”

With the help of Atom-13, X-O Manowar has succeeded in beating back the forces of the Unknown… But the militant leader of New Eden, now known as the Cartographer, may have yet another surprise up his sleeve.

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as seeing a story wrap up in a way that does justice to all the characters involved and loose ends dangling, and wrapping up very well at that. There is, suitaby, a couple of threads left to be pulled in the future, but only threads that will leave you hungering for the moment they’re finally pulled.

Matt Kindt continues to show why he’s writing Valiant’s highest profile character (until the Bloodshot movie comes out next year, at least) as he keeps X-O Manowar among the very best comics that the market has to offer. Not in the least because the undertones of the series deal with questions around the nature of individual freedoms verses one’s service to their country (or planet) and their loyalty to family and friends. Kindt weaves these questions within a great conclusion, but takes care not to answer them specifically, leaving the reader to make their own decision as to where they come down in the grand scheme of things.

I hold both Juan Jose Ryp and Andrew Dalhouse in high esteem based on their previous work, and this issue gives a brilliant example of why. Despite the darker tones of the story as individual freedoms clash with the various multi-dimensional militaries, the comic is wonderfully bright and easy to follow  through the various clashes – the juxtaposition often seeming at odds with each other in a dual assault on the senses.

When I fist picked up this series, I didn’t honestly expect to love it as much as I currently do; Kindt has created a marvelous overarching story where each issue has built upon the last, and yet he has also been able to make each new arc easily approachable for new readers. It’s a remarkable feat, but then at this point I wouldn’t expect anything else from one of comics brightest lights.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Juan Jose Ryp 
Colours: Andrew Dalhouse Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.2 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.1 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Tim Seeley and Dan Abnett Make Their Valiant Debut in 2019 Free Comic Book Day Gold Book

Valiant Entertainment has announced that it has been selected as one of only 12 Gold Sponsors of 2019’s Free Comic Book Day, which will take place on May 4, 2019 at participating comic book shops everywhere.

The Valiant FCBD 2019 Bloodshot Special features two original stories exclusive to Free Comic Book Day 2019 and welcomes legendary writers Tim Seeley and Dan Abnett to the Valiant Universe!

Valiant’s FCBD offering boasts a cover illustrated by sensational painter, Dan Brereton  and launches the publisher forward into its ambitious plans for the second half of the year. Before Sony’s blockbuster live-action Bloodshot film takes the world by storm in 2020, discover a brutal new tale of Valiant’s one-man army by Tim Seeley and artist Tomás Giorello. Then, enter the 41st century with RAI, the formidable, sword-wielding protector of a future Earth, in a pulse-pounding prologue to the upcoming event series Fallen World by Dan Abnett and artist Juan José Ryp, which will debut just days before Free Comic Book Day! Fallen World #1, by Abnett and extraordinary artist Adam Pollina, will release on May 1st, 2019.

Free Comic Book Day is an annual event founded on the belief that every person can discover a comic book they’ll love. Every year, on the first Saturday in May, the comic book industry comes together to give away free comics and encourage comics readers of all kinds to visit their local comic shops. Local comic shops are some of the most important places in the comics community, where fans can discuss their favorite books, discover new must-read comics, and even make lifelong friends.

Preview: X-O Manowar (2017) #22

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #22

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

The thrilling finale to “AGENT!”

With the help of Atom-13, X-O Manowar has succeeded in beating back the forces of the Unknown… But the militant leader of New Eden, now known as the Cartographer, may have yet another surprise up his sleeve.

Eisner-nominated writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, NINJAK) and insatiable artist Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA) push reality to its limited in this show-stopping fight to the finish!

$3.99 | 32. Pgs. | VALIANT PREMIUM | T+ | On sale DECEMBER 19th

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

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