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Review: X-O Manowar #23

X-O Manowar #23

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! Enraged by the blight on their perfect record, 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!

A question that often comes up in comic shops is whether you can start reading a series with the issue currently on the shelf, or if you need to start from the beginning. Valiant’s previews often claim that the start of a new arc is a good jumping on point (when coupled with the recap page and at times the reader’s willingness to accept things with only the barest of explanations) and they’re seldom wrong with that statement. As far as X-O Manowar #23 goes, this is a pretty good jumping on point should you choose to do so (though I feel obligated to tell you that the entire series is really good and worth the time and financial investment for your enjoyment).

Matt Kindt is able to establish the premise of this story remarkably quickly, and despite the fairly simple plot presented here, his writing is once again of the high quality one has come to associate with the writer. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not knocking the simple plot (it won’t take you long to realize this is a revenge story), because for me it was actually a selling point. Kindt’s ability to develop Aric’s character in a handful of panels demonstrates his understanding of the character, and gives us a discussion about human waste that, let’s be honest, most of us have wondered about.

Once again, Tomas Giorello is freaking amazing. His art transcends traditional comics and will have you rereading this comic just to look at the pictures (or maybe you’ll take your time reading the book because your eyes demand the time to drink in the visual spectacle before you.). Whether it’s the figures, the page layouts or the use of space, both figuratively and literally, this comic features some fantastic art. Genuinely, I can’t wait to see this in print.

The one nitpick I have, and it is minor, involves the arrival of certain characters on Earth. How they got where they did isn’t quite explained, and makes little sense to me, but is far from a story-breaking moment; I’ve a feeling it may be explained later in the arc, and if it isn’t there’s a chance I won’t remember it come the next issue. X-O Manowar has consistently been one of the better comic book series over the last couple of years, and this issue is a prime example of why.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Tomas Giorello 
Colours: Diego Rodriguez Letters: Dave Sharpe 
Story: 9.2 Art: 10 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

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

Preview: X-O Manowar #23

X-O MANOWAR #23

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover B by DIEGO YAPUR
Cover C by MICHAEL MANOMIVIBUL
Interlocking Variant by FRANCIS PORTELA

NEW ARC! NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! “HERO” – PART ONE!

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! Enraged by the blight on their perfect record, 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!

The past catches up with Earth’s Visigoth guardian in “HERO,” an unforgettable new jumping-on point for the bestselling Valiant series from Eisner Award-nominated writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY, Mind MGMT) and spectacular artist Tomás Giorello (NINJA-K)!

X-O MANOWAR #23

Review: Black Badge #6

Black Badge #6

The Black Badge program has been around for generations, and has a storied history to match. The Black Badge program is built on legacies, on recommendations, on families. How many fathers have sent their sons to a new class of Black Badges. This issue looks back at a previous generation of Black Badge, and the family ties that connect them to the current generation.

When somebody told me this book was basically “boy scouts are recruited to be assassins,” I knew that I was going to be reading this book without ever touching the previous five issues. And holy crap was I not disappointed.

As a jumping on point, this was a really easy place to get into the story. The gist of a Kingsman-like training facility for kids is effectively conveyed before the story proper starts, allowing new readers to start with a comic that is absolutely needs to be read.

Matt Kindt, perhaps one of the best writers in comics right now, delivers a story that had my jaw on the floor by the second page. He doesn’t shy away from the shit that men put women through on a daily basis when the discussion to establish the Pink Badges occurs very early in the comic, and he delivers this in a frank and disarming way. It’s out of the blue, and shocking in the simplistic verbal brutality, but that’s the entire point. It’s simple. It’s frank. It’s brutal. And it’s all too real. Up until this page, Tyler Jenkins (illustrations) and Hilary Jenkins (colours) had been reminiscing in the past with sepia tones over art that’s not quite impressionistic but isn’t exactly “classical” comic style, either. But when the story shifts, to the aforementioned page, the colours are surprisingly warm; the figures depicted on the page are not.

Amazingly, the rest of the book doesn’t disappoint after the incredible start, and by the time the final page arrived I found myself wondering where the the comic went, so I read it again. And again.

Without going into story specifics with the remainder of the comic, the thematic element established early continues on, albeit in a less in-your-face (but oddly no less subtle) manner. It is absolutely worth you figuring out what’s meant by that on your own, because Kindt, Jenkins and Jenkins do not let off on the quality of the comic at all. How Black Badge passed me by, and how this isn’t being talked about more is beyond me.

Fuck me, but this book was brilliant. Add it to your pull list today, and I promise you you won’t regret it.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Tyler Jenkins 
Colours: Hilary Jenkins Letters: Jim Campbell 
Story: 9.6 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy. Buy it right now.

Boom provided a FREE copy for review

Preview: Black Badge #6

Black Badge #6

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
Unlocked Retailer Variant: Julian Totino Tedesco
Price: $3.99

The Black Badge program has been around for generations, and has a storied history to match. The Black Badge program is built on legacies, on recommendations, on families. How many fathers have sent their sons to a new class of Black Badges?

Black Badge #6

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

Preview: Black Badge #5

Black Badge #5

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

With the summer over, the Badges return to school to maintain their cover as normal children. But this glimpse into the everyday world forces them to confront a life in which they were never recruited.

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

Matt Kindt and Ray Fawkes Join the World of Black Hammer for a WWII Epic

From the world of Black Hammer comes another exhilarating send up to the superhero genre! Jeff Lemire joins forces with writer Ray Fawkes and artist Matt Kindt to tell an epic WWII story in the Golden Age of Superheroes shaken up with Lemire’s signature Black Hammer twist. Travel back to 1945, where an elite crew known as the Black Hammer Squadron bands together to combat Nazis, a host of occult threats, and their ultimate aerial nemesis, the Ghost Hunter.
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Black Hammer ‘45: From the World of Black Hammer #1 (of four) goes on sale March 6, 2019.

Preview: Planet Of The Apes: The Simian Age #1

Planet Of The Apes: The Simian Age #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Matt Kindt, Jeff Jensen, Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Matt Smith, Jared Cullum, Lalit Kumar Sharma
Colorists: Joana Lafuente, Gabriel Cassata
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Fay Dalton & John Keaveney
Variant Cover: Michael Allred with colors by Laura Allred
Price: $7.99

Celebrate over 50 years of one of cinema’s most influential franchises with this one-shot collection of stories highlighting the simian citizens of the world of Planet of the Apes!

Featuring stories from both the original films and new series canon, including the life of an Ape Soldier in General Ursus’s army, and a story set before Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, revealing Koba’s early struggles to remain loyal to Caesar.

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