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Preview: X-O Manowar #7

X-O MANOWAR #7

Written by DENNIS HOPELESS
Art by EMILIO LAISO
Inks by RAFFAELE FORTE
Colors by RUTH REDMOND
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by RAHZZAH
Cover B by DEXTER SOY
Pre-order Cover by CHRIS JOHNSON
On sale OCTOBER 20th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Part 3 of “Upgrade the World!”

A bond destroyed. Power wielded recklessly. A deadly force on the attack.

X-O Manowar’s world will be shattered.

X-O MANOWAR #7

Preview: X-O Manowar #7

X-O MANOWAR #7

Written by DENNIS HOPELESS
Art by EMILIO LAISO
Inks by RAFFAELE FORTE
Colors by RUTH REDMOND
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by RAHZZAH
Cover B by DEXTER SOY
Pre-order Cover by CHRIS JOHNSON
On sale OCTOBER 20th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Part 3 of “Upgrade the World!”

A bond destroyed. Power wielded recklessly. A deadly force on the attack.

X-O Manowar’s world will be shattered.

X-O MANOWAR #7

Preview: X-O Manowar #7

X-O MANOWAR #7

Written by DENNIS HOPELESS
Art by EMILIO LAISO
Inks by RAFFAELE FORTE
Colors by RUTH REDMOND
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by RAHZZAH
Cover B by DEXTER SOY
Pre-order Cover by CHRIS JOHNSON
On sale OCTOBER 20th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Part 3 of “Upgrade the World!”

A bond destroyed. Power wielded recklessly. A deadly force on the attack.

X-O Manowar’s world will be shattered.

X-O MANOWAR #7

Preview: X-O Manowar #6

X-O MANOWAR #6

Written by DENNIS HOPELESS
Art by EMILIO LAISO
Inks by RAFFAELE FORTE
Colors by RUTH REDMOND
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by RAHZZAH
Cover B by CHRIS JOHNSON
Pre-order Cover by JEFF DEKAL
On sale SEPTEMBER 22nd | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Part 2 of “Upgrade the World!”

X-O Manowar has saved the planet from hostile forces countless times before, but the new threat that looms in front of him is unlike anything he has faced before. And with his sentient alien armor glitching, X-O’s situation is about to get much worse…

X-O MANOWAR #6

Preview: X-O Manowar #5

X-O MANOWAR #5

Written by DENNIS HOPELESS
Art by EMILIO LAISO
Inks by RAFFAELE FORTE
Colors by RUTH REDMOND
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by RAHZZAH
Cover B & 1:25 Cover by MICHAEL CHO
Pre-order Cover by CHRISTIAN WARD
On sale AUGUST 18th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Jumping on point!

An all-new adventure starts here in Part 1 of “Upgrade the World!”

Harvey-nominated writer Dennis Hopeless and breathtaking artist Emilio Laiso return to the epic saga of Aric of Dacia, aka X-O MANOWAR, as he battles an unknown nanite monstrosity that is devouring the earth.

Will our hero out of time finally evolve into the warrior of the future or will X-O Manowar drown with the past?

X-O MANOWAR #5

Review: X-O Manowar #5

X-O Manowar #5

The last adventure of X-O Manowar saw him involved in a grudge match with some European General who ended up sneaking his army into Brooklyn in a lame attempt to harm the family that befriended X-O. He easily defeated them and then when he was hanging out with his billionaire friend on his yacht, was attacked by a nanite swarm and left sinking in the ocean.  Honestly, it wasn’t the greatest tale that could be told of Valiant’s flagship character.

X-O Manowar #5 starts with our titular character sinking in the ocean, unable to communicate with Shanhara, the living armor that X-O Manowar wears. The nanite swarm continues to attack and X-O finds a sunken vessel to explode, helping him rise to the surface. Once free of the threat, we get a lot of talk about what is possibly causing the threat, which it now seems to be focused solely at Shanhara. If that wasn’t enough, we now see Shanhara personified in a minecraft-like world where faceless enemies assault her.

There’s good and there’s bad about X-O Manowar #5. First, seeing some sort of reason for the nanite attacks reveal itself is nice at this point in the story. And while the billionaire buddy of X-O comes off as a bit annoying, he’s able to deduct and problem solve in a way that really works within the story. Sadly, the entire issue feels like X-O is just some clueless dolt. Then there’s the end of this book, where Shanhara more-or-less looks like Valiant heroine Livewire, who has worn the armor before, being attacked by Minecraft creepers, further cementing the idea that her mindset is now that of a child, continues to come off as unimaginative for a character that is more advanced than anything on earth and has existed for a thousand years.

The art continues to look great when there’s action. The opening part of the story really makes what Emilio Laiso and Raffaele Forte and Ruth Redmond do on art look superb. I think he really knocks the action sequences out of the part. WIth an issue like this, there’s enough of that. I really thought the colors popped on the opening sequence. Throughout the issue, I could see that Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou’s letters look thorough. I thought all the covers for this issue look fantastic and as a Valiant collector, I can’t wait to get copies of this issue for my collection.

While I’m glad that the publishing pause with X-O Manowar is done, I’m still left feeling a bit unimpressed with the title. The visuals are there but the story isn’t quite working for me. With recent Valiant titles like Shadowman and Ninjak being as good as they are, X-O Manowar comes off as the weak sibling in the family.

Story: Dennis Hopeless Art: Emilio Laiso
Ink: Raffaele Forte Color: Ruth Redmond Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Story: 5.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.0

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Preview: X-O Manowar #5

X-O MANOWAR #5

Written by DENNIS HOPELESS
Art by EMILIO LAISO
Inks by RAFFAELE FORTE
Colors by RUTH REDMOND
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by RAHZZAH
Cover B & 1:25 Cover by MICHAEL CHO
Pre-order Cover by CHRISTIAN WARD
On sale AUGUST 18th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Jumping on point!

An all-new adventure starts here in Part 1 of “Upgrade the World!”

Harvey-nominated writer Dennis Hopeless and breathtaking artist Emilio Laiso return to the epic saga of Aric of Dacia, aka X-O MANOWAR, as he battles an unknown nanite monstrosity that is devouring the earth.

Will our hero out of time finally evolve into the warrior of the future or will X-O Manowar drown with the past?

X-O MANOWAR #5

Preview: Soulfire Vol. 8 #2

SOULFIRE Vol. 8 #2

J.T. Krul – Story / Raffaele Forte – Art / Valentina Taddeo – Colors

Soulfire is back with its biggest story—and greatest challenge to its heroes ever!

Grace is determined to protect magic in all its forms from a world still locked in their technological ways, but she is not outwardly looking for a fight. Minerva, on the other hand, has amassed a strike force from around the globe and is ready to face this strange new danger. And now, she has a target–Rainier’s realm at Devil’s Tower!

Veteran Soulfire scribe J.T. Krul (Soulfire, Jirni) returns and teams up with rising star Raffaele Forté and colorist Valentina Taddeo (Aspen Visions: Soulfire) in this magical world-shattering new volume that will change the face of everything you know about the Soulfire Universe!

SOULFIRE vol 8 #2 is in stores July 24th, 2019!

FC 32 pages $3.99

SOULFIRE Vol. 8 #2

Soulfire Volume 8 #1 Coming This June!

Aspen Comics has recently announced they will be streamlining their 2019 publishing schedule and focusing on their core titles beginning this Spring and Summer. The publisher will be releasing Michael Turner’s Soulfire Volume 8 #1 this summer with an all-new artistic team, beginning with the first issue release on June 26th.

Following the summer kick-off of their first major release, Michael Turner’s Fathom, on May 15th with the new creative team and retailer-friendly ordering of their special edition variants, the release of Michael Turner’s Soulfire the following month. Both of the aforementioned titles will feature special edition variants for retailers to order with zero restrictions on the ordering quantity.

Veteran Soulfire scribe J.T. Krul returns to team up with rising star newcomers Raffaele Forté and colorist Valentina Taddeo. This new volume will feature direct edition covers by Forté and Soulfire creator, the late Michael Turner. Also, more covers will be available from artists such as Jordan Gunderson, Alex Konat and more to be revealed.

The publisher has announced they will be offering Soulfire #1 Retailer Special Edition variant covers with no restrictions on order quantity by creator Michael Turner and more. This is the first time Aspen has provided retailers the chance to order their incentive variants with no restrictions and encourages fans to check with their local comic book store to pre-order.

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