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Preview: X-O Manowar #4

X-O MANOWAR #4

Written by DENNIS HOPELESS
Art by EMILIO LAISO
Colors by RUTH REDMOND
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by CHRISTIAN WARD
Cover B by PAUL RENAUD
Cover C by KAEL NGU
Preorder Variant Cover by JIM TOWE
1:25 Sword of Shanhara Variant Cover by MICHAEL WALSH
On Sale January 27th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Does Manowar make the armor?

A new threat towers over X-O. Will he have the strength to bring the titan down?

Dennis Hopeless and Emilio Laiso’s epic journey brings X-O to a stunning crossroads!

X-O MANOWAR #4

Exclusive: Get Savage with “Creature Feature” Variants from Valiant. Get a First Look at the Covers for Issues 3 and 4!

Savage #1 debuts on February 17 from writer Max Bemis, artist Nathan Stockman, colorist Triona Farrell, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. Published by Valiant, it’s one of the anticipated debuts for 2021. The first issue features covers by Marcus To, Christian Ward, and Stacey Lee.

Teenage heartthrob. Feral social icon. Dinosaur hunter? Born and raised on an uncharted island full of prehistoric dangers, Kevin Sauvage has a taste of home when a mutant dino threat invades England!

What’s that about mutant dinos!? To celebrate the carnage, Valiant is releasing “Creature Feature” variants.

  • Savage #1: Giuseppe Camuncoli
  • Savage #2: David Lopez
  • Savage #3: Paco Diaz
  • Savage #4: Peach Momoko

Series Editor Heather Antos had this to say:

“Man vs. Beast” is a tale as old as humanity itself – and it’s time to celebrate the beasts of the Faraway in the “Creature Feature” pre-order variant bundle for SAVAGE. Debuting four exclusive and brand-new creature designs by series artist Nate Stockman, artists Giuseppe Camuncoli, Paco Diaz, Peach Momoko, and David Lopez each face-off their skills to tackle these ferocious beasts. As for an added bonus: each of these covers will feature bonus insert bestiary guides that will only be available here!

You can see all for “Creature Feature” variants below with the exclusive debut of issues #3 and #4 by Paco Diaz and Peach Momoko!

Review: Bloodshot #10

Bloodshot #10

Bloodshot only has “One Last Shot” as the brand-new story arc starts in Bloodshot #10! Artists Brett Booth and Pedro Andreo join writer Tim Seeley for Bloodshot’s road to retribution. Who can a one-man army trust when everyone’s trying to kill him?

The last issue of Bloodshot wasn’t exactly the strongest in the series. Whereas the series has found its strength in the urgency that comes from Tim Seeley’s writing and the speed in which things happen from moment to moment, the last issue suffered from a general lack of cohesiveness as the story (and the character) jumped from location to location in an interesting use of Bloodshot’s abilities that did come across as well as it could have. Otherwise, though, the series has been a breath of excitement borne from the action movie pace of the comic; when it’s good, it’s very good.

Bloodshot #10 introduces comics fans to characters that we’ve seen in the 2020 movie with Wilfred Wigins making his on page debut, and I can’t help but read his lines Lamorne Morris’ voice – something that Seeley captures really well. Wigans’ adds a level of levity to the comic that has been missing (it’s odd, because levity and humour don’t often go hand in hand with Bloodshot, but with Seeley’s style of story telling, the combination actually works a lot better than I’d have expected after previous Bloodshot runs). It’s not all fun and games, though, as we find Bloodshot locked in a place he’ll need to escape from in order to face a new and familiar threat – without going into specifics, the escape sequence is somewhat disturbing in what it doesn’t show you. There’s also a lot of story here; I had to check a couple of times when reading the comic what page I was on, because I was convinced the comic was an oversized book

Seeley is joined by artists Brett Booth and Pedro Andrea, colorist Andrew Dalhouse, and letterer Dave Sharpe. Although Booth’s name comes ahead of Andreo’s in the credits, he’s only actually credited with a handful of pages in the comic. The reason I mention this is because Andreo’s work is really good. The Spaniard adds a visual flair to the book that’s a lot like adding parmesan cheese onto a pasta dish; it just makes an already good meal a touch better. His style also flows from the previous issue, which gives the entire series a sense of visual continuity despite having a plethora of talented artists in its ten-issue run. Andreo bolsters a solid story with his layouts and copious use of blank space amongst the action. The sequential art in this book has some spectacular moments amidst a story that slides between good and pretty good with ease.

Bloodshot #10 is a return to the series previous energy and flow, kicking off another arc that should allow new readers to hop into the series with relative ease. What isn’t captured in the recap you can figure out from exposition in the dialogue. A return to form after last issue, which is always good news for any jumping on point.

Story: Tim Seeley Art: Brett Booth and Pedro Andreo
Color: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.2 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Bloodshot #10

BLOODSHOT #10

Written by TIM SEELEY
Art by BRETT BOOTH, PEDRO ANDREO
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by SIMON BISLEY
Cover B by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Preorder Variant Cover by SHAWN CRYSTAL
On Sale January 13th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Bloodshot only has “One Last Shot” as the brand-new story arc starts now!

Superstar artist Brett Booth and Pedro Andreo join best-selling scribe Tim Seeley for Bloodshot’s road to retribution.

Who can a one-man army trust when everyone’s trying to kill him?

BLOODSHOT #10

Faith Episode 2 is Out Now!

Valiant Entertainment has released the second episode of the Faith Motion Comic!

The first episode explored the origin of Faith Herbert, aka Zephyr, and the relationship with her first love and fellow Harbinger Renegade John Torkelson, aka Torque… but what’s next for the heroes and where will Faith’s adventures lead her? The second episode is now available to watch on Valiant Entertainment’s YouTube channel.

Plus: An action-packed motion comic featuring Bloodshot will arrive next week!

Faith’s motion comic series is pulled from the pages of Harbinger: Faith #0featuring a script by Joshua Dysart, artwork by Robert Gill and José Villarrubia, and letters by Dave Sharpe. See below for the motion comic’s credits.

Voice Actors
FAITH: Tamara Fritz
GRANDMA: Phoenix Emrys
TORQUE: Eric Shonk
COMIC SHOP OWNER: Joe Cliff Thompson
AGENT: Megan Youmans
FIREMAN: Kenneth Faircloth

Crew
Editor: Brian Paterno
Animator: Sam Warren
Audio Supervisor: Joe Thompson

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Win an Art Commission from Savage Artist Nathan Stockman

SAVAGE #1 promo artwork by Nathan Stockman, colors by Brian Reber

To celebrate the upcoming release of Savage #1 (on sale 2/17/21), Valiant Entertainment is offering fans the opportunity to win an original art commission by series artist Nathan Stockman!

The rising star artist is packing the panels of Savage with dinosaur-fighting fun, and now he will create a single character commission (11×17, inks and grey tones) for one very lucky and randomly selected winner.

The giveaway is now accepting entries and will close on Monday, January 11th at 12pm EST. The winner will receive an email reply to their entry no later than 5pm EST that day (1/11/21). Entering is simple. See below for details.

Send an email to savage@valiantentertainment.com with the following information…

Email Subject Line: Art Contest

Include the following in the body of the email…

First & Last Name:
Shipping Address:
Single Character Art Request:

In case it helps, here is an example of how an email entry should look.

Email Subject Line: Art Contest

First & Last Name: Ray Garrison
Address: 1234 Dinosaur Dr
New York, NY 10001 
Single Character Art Request: X-O Manowar

No purchase is necessary to enter and the single character art request does not need to be a Valiant character (though it would be extra cool if it was). The randomly selected winner will be mailed their commission within three months of being selected. Only one entry per person, entries without all of the information filled out will not be valid.

X-O Manowar #4 Brings a New Challenge with New Armor

X-O Manowar has been upgraded, but with new power also comes new challenges…

X-O’s battle has come crashing down on his new neighborhood. Will he save the day and become the hero the modern world needs, or will he simply bring about more destruction as he unleashes his rage against his enemies? It all unfolds when X-O Manowar #4 goes on sale on January 27th, and TODAY is the final day for fans to preorder the action-packed issue at their local comic shop. Enjoy the first few pages and covers from the upcoming issue, below…

Written by Dennis Hopeless, the comic features art by Emilio Laiso, colors by Ruth Redmond, and lettering by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. Covers are by Christian Ward, Paul Renaud, Kael Ngu, Jim Towe, and Michael Walsh.

X-O Manowar #4

Review: X-O Manowar #3

 X-O Manowar #3

Who wins in a fight: X-O Manowar or a cybernetic tech monster formed out of lava? In order to prevent catastrophe, will Aric hand over the X-O armor to a new ally? Find out in X-O Manowar #3!

Over the years, I’ve taken to pasting the preview/solicitation text for the comics I’m reviewing in the review before I get to what I want to say about the book because that way you’ll have an idea of what the comic is about without having anything spoiled/revealed that hasn’t already been revealed by the publisher. The text above, honestly, gives you very little about the content of the comic itself. Unfortunately, there is a reason for that; the plot of this issue is fairly thin,

This X-O Manowar series hasn’t been as popular with fans as the previous two written by Robert Venditti and Matt Kindt, and I was in the minority of those who really enjoyed the direction that Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum had been taking the character over the course of the first two issues, but with X-O Manowar #3 there’s something missing.

The vibrancy seems to have gone from the comic, with much of the issue focused on Aric doing things he doesn’t particularly care for, and it seems Hallum isn’t as interested in showing us, either – although maybe he is adept at showing that on the page a little too well, as it comes across as a little clunky, with the few bright spots not being enough to balance almost the entire middle of the book. Where the previous two issues had dialogue that was quite witty at times, this issue had none of the warm banter between Aric and Shanhara (which, granted, wasn’t to everyone’s taste) – the back and forth between Aric and his armour felt much more forced than it had.

Maybe it’s because the story’s focus is on PR at the expense of saving lives, and maybe I’m feeling Aric’s displeasure at the way he’s being used, but I don’t think that’s the case.

Emilio Laiso‘s art combined with Ruth Redmond‘s colouring is still a high point in the comic, and at least provides something interesting to look at when reading the at times dull comic. Redmond’s colours that elevate Laiso’s art consistently, and whether it’s the raging lava of a volcano or the more mundane breakfast table scene earlier in the comic (this was actually my favourite part of the comic, honestly – unfortunately it’s at the beginning, and it’s downhill from there).

There’s no doubt that this is the weakest X-O Manowar comic I’ve read in a long time, but it comes off the bck of two comics I did enjoy; the issues I have with this one, primarily is that there’s too much happening and yet very little plot movement – the social issues that had been present in the previous comics are much more muted in this issue (to the point where I find myself having to really stretch to see them). The art saves it a little, and even with what’s probably meant to be a character defining change within its pages, this isn’t a comic that’ll draw new readers in – whether you’re a Valiant fan already or not. hopefully this book is an aberration, a slight dip in an otherwise enjoyable series, because if the quality of X-O Manowar #3 is indicative of where the series is heading, I don’t foresee the series lasting as long as Kindt’s run.

Story: Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum Art: Emilio Laiso
Colors: Ruth Redmond Letters: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Story: 5.9 Art: 8.2 Overall: 6.7 Recommendation: Read

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