Written by Robert Venditti. Pencils by Cary Nord. Inks by Stefano Gaudiano. Colors by Moose Baumann.
X-O Manowar‘s origin, while entertaining, is a standard-issue tale of freedome from oppressors and a longing to return home while managing to wield a sacred weapon once thought unusable. I have no complaints about the art where Nord leads the way with competent composing.
By the last pages of #4 the story turns a corner. Those alien oppressors abducting Aric of Dacia and others are really caretakers of Earth. Aric is now potentially an anti-hero, especially after taking out several Italian fighter planes in current-day Rome. Valiant’s relaunched titles are getting many raves, but if you want to see where X-O distinguishes itself from typical superhero fare, start with issue #4.
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