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Preview: X-O Manowar (2017) Vol. 7: Hero

X-O MANOWAR (2017) VOL. 7: HERO TPB

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO, ISAAC GOODHART
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ, ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
On sale June 19th, 2019
$14.99 | 112 pgs. | T+ | Full Color
 

The past catches up with Earth’s Visigoth guardian!

Aric of Dacia may have left Planet Gorin behind, but its people still remember the ruin they felt in his wake…and so do the bounty hunters who sought to end his barbaric reign! Now, they’ve arrived on our world to finish the job they started – and this time, they don’t plan on taking X-O Manowar alive!

Collecting X-O MANOWAR (2017) #23–26.

X-O MANOWAR (2017) VOL. 7: HERO TPB

Preview: Black Badge #11

Black Badge #11

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Tyler Jenkins
Colorist: Hilary Jenkins
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Matt Kindt
    Intermix Cover: Tyler Jenkins
Price: $3.99

As the current Black Badge team learns more about their predecessors, a rift grows between the two generations—one that could mean the end of the entire Scout program.

Black Badge #11

Matt Kindt and David Rubin’s Ether Returns with Ether: The Disappearance of Violet Bell

From New York Times–bestselling Mind MGMT creator Matt Kindt and Black Hammer’s David Rubín comes the third volume of this fantasy adventure that’s Sherlock Holmes meets Dr. Seuss. Welcome back to the wonderful world of magic, science, and interdimensional adventure in Ether: The Disappearance of Violet Bell.

In this new volume, The Faerie King’s daughter is missing and only portal jumper Boone Dias can track her down. Jumping from one magical crime scene to another, he uncovers a bizarre plot featuring assassin eggs, rancid pirates, ice deserts, and room of immortal gods, desperate to finally be able to die.

Ether: The Disappearance of Violet Bell #1 (of five) goes on sale September 18, 2019, and features a standard cover by David Rubín and a variant by Paul Azaceta!

Ether: The Disappearance of Violet Bell #1

Preview: Black Badge Vol. 1 HC

Black Badge Vol. 1 HC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Tyler Jenkins
Colorist: Hilary Jenkins
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Matt Kindt
Price: $29.99

Meet the Black Badges, a top-secret branch of boy scouts tasked by the government to take on covert missions that no adult ever could. Among their organization, the Black Badges are the elite—the best of the best. The missions they’re tasked with are dangerous, and will only get worse as their leader’s attention is split between their objective and tracking down a lost team member. A member who disappeared years ago…presumed dead.

Reuniting New York Times bestselling author Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) and illustrator Tyler Jenkins (Peter Panzerfaust) following their multiple Eisner Award-nominated series Grass Kings, Black Badge is a haunting look at foreign policy, culture wars, and isolationism through the lens of kids who know they must fix the world that adults have broken.

Black Badge Vol. 1 HC

Preview: Black Badge #10

Black Badge #10

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Tyler Jenkins
Colorist: Hilary Jenkins
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Matt Kindt
    Intermix Cover: Tyler Jenkins
Price: $3.99

The Badges continue to unravel the mysterious history of the program, learning the secret history of their parents…and their role in the threats the Badges must now face!

Black Badge #10

Review: X-O Manowar #26

X-O Manowar #26

This is it! This is Matt Kindt’s final issue of his Eisner Award-nominated, critically acclaimed run on X-O MANOWAR. 

X-O Manowar takes the final battle against the galaxy’s baddest bounty hunters into space to decide the ultimate fate of the universe.

As Matt Kindt‘s run on Valiant’s flagship title comes to a close, we’re treated to perhaps one of the best capstones of a series you’re going to read in a long time. Kindt ties together most of the loose ends of the series, giving the reader a true sense of closure in the chapter of the character’s life while leaving the door open for next writer to shape Aric’s destiny.

Tomas Giorello is an utterly phenomenal artist, and he once again shows why with this issue. Regarding last issue, I wrote that “each and every page is packed with more detail, emotion and life than some comics have in their entirety,” and the same is equally as true with X-O Manowar #26. I’m running out of superlatives to use to describe the visual impact of this series, which is a good problem to have at this juncture, and I almost wish I had more to say that I haven’t said before regarding the visual appeal of this book… but short of highlighting one of the pages below, I am truly at a loss for words.

X-O Manowar has been one of the most consistent series in terms of quality over the past two years, and has understandably garnered some pretty high expectations issue after issue – expectations that the series has met (and often exceeded) with each and every time. The series may have ended for now, but it’s going to go down in the annals of Valiant history as one of the most iconic runs in the publisher’s archives.

Aric of Dacia is bound to return sooner or later, but until that happens, this was a perfectly suited swan song – a love letter to the fans who have been reading since the first issue. This is an utterly perfect end to an amazing run.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Tomas Giorello
Colourist: Diego Rodriguez Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review. I purchased the comic anyway.

Preview: Black Badge #9

Black Badge #9

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Tyler Jenkins
Colorist: Hilary Jenkins
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Matt Kindt
    Intermix Cover: Tyler Jenkins
Price: $3.99

THE SECRET ORIGIN OF THE BLACK BADGES IS REVEALED!

The Black Badge program is a covert ops tradition, passed down through generations…and now we’ll meet the original members. And discover their darkest secret.

Black Badge #9

Preview: X-O Manowar #26

X-O MANOWAR #26

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO & ISAAC GOODHART
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ & ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover B by RYAN BODENHEIM
Cover C by MICHAEL MANOMIVIBUL 
Interlocking Cover by FRANCIS PORTELA
Pre-Order Edition Cover by JASON METCALF
On sale April 17th, 2019
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PREMIUM | T+ | Full Color

This is it! This is Matt Kindt’s final issue of his Eisner Award-nominated, critically acclaimed run on X-O MANOWAR.

X-O Manowar takes the final battle against the galaxy’s baddest bounty hunters into space to decide the ultimate fate of the universe.

X-O MANOWAR #26

Preview: Planet Of The Apes: When Worlds Collide SC

Planet Of The Apes: When Worlds Collide SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Matt Kindt, Jeff Jensen, Dan Abnett, David Walker, Ryan Ferrier, Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Matt Smith, Jared Cullum, Carlos Magno, George Schall, Lalit Kumar Sharma, Morgan Beem
Colorists: Gabriel Cassata, Joana Lafuente
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Fay Dalton with John Keaveney
Price: $14.99

In celebration of the original film’s 50th anniversary, stories from both eras of the Planet of the Apes franchise are featured together in one collection for the first time ever.

These all-new stories include the reveal of the ape who calls the remains of the Statue of Liberty home, and the first look at the world left behind following the events of War for the Planet of the Apes.

Featuring bestselling authors Matt Kindt (Grass Kings, Black Badge), Jeff Jensen (Green River Killer), and Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy), Planet of the Apes: When Worlds Collide is an unprecedented examination of the iconic franchise that fans of the original and new series will not want to miss.

Planet Of The Apes: When Worlds Collide SC

Review: X-O Manowar #1

X-O Manowar #1

Born under the oppressive thumb of the Roman Empire, Aric of Dacia learned warfare at an early age. It was amid such violence that he was abducted by an alien race. Forced into slavery, he survived where others perished. His escape would come from bonding with a weapon of immeasurable power: the X-O Manowar armor. With it, he returned to Earth…only to find himself stranded in the modern day.

But that was a lifetime ago.

Now, far from home on a strange and primitive new world, Aric has begun a new life. Liberated from his past, he tends to his crops. Free from war. Free from violence. Free from the armor.

But the machinery of death marches his way once again. Conscripted into an alien army and thrown into an unforgiving conflict, the fury inside him finds voice as he is forced to embrace the armor once more. With it, he will decimate armies, topple empires and incite interplanetary warfare as he rises from SOLDIER to GENERAL to EMPEROR to VISIGOTH. They wanted a weapon. He will give them war!

Full disclosure: I’m a huge fan of Valiant, something that should be evident to all who have read my reviews of their comics each week, but of all their characters X-O Manowar is arguably their flagship character having relaunched the publishers comics back in 2012. Funnily enough, despite my love of the publisher’s comics I still haven’t gotten around to reading the full 50 plus issues in the previous volume written by Robert Venditti (I started around #38), so when I say you don’t need to have read any X-O Manowar before this issue, I hope you’ll believe me.

In fact, if you’ve read the entire review thus far, including preview text above, then you already know more than I did before I read the comic because when I got the email with the review copy at midnight last night I jumped right into the comic like a kid in a candy store.

With the setting of the comic, you’re going to have questions – questions that may (or may) not be answered further into the series – but rather than dwell on the hows and whys of the story, strap in and enjoy what you’re holding in your hands; Matt Kindt is an incredibly talented writer who knows how to shape a story to pull you into the world he’s building, and he does that and then some with his opening chapter of Soldier.

X-O Manowar #1 opens with a double page spread that gives you a sense of where Aric is both physically and mentally. Tomas Giorello takes on his fair share of storytelling in the opening pages, as Aric’s lack of words and narrations gives us an almost silent couple of pages, which is a pretty ballsy move – opening a new series with almost no dialogue until the fourth page – but it works very well in showcasing the art. Giorello and colourist Diego Rodriguez have an almost old-school feel to the pages, whether it’s the lack of ink adding an ethereal quality, or the interplay of colours that feel less digitally done than most other comics these days and much more organic and warm despite the muted colours used at times throughout the comic.

This is an exciting, layered, and beautifully drawn and coloured comic that is the perfect jumping on point for new and old fans alike (second only to the 2012 debut). Add this to your pull list today and forget anything else from any other publisher coming out this year; based on the first issue alone  X-O Manowar is going to be THE superhero title of 2017.

Don’t miss this series.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Tomas Giorello Colour Art: Diego Rodriguez
Story: 9.75 Art: 9.75 Overall: 9.75 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

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