Writer – Matt Kindt
Artist – Tomas Giorello
Publisher – Valiant
Review by Jeremias de Leon
Aric has come a long way from Earth onto an alien planet. While there he has found a new peaceful life, until war comes knocking on his door, as it seems to do for Aric.
This time the story focuses on a war weary Aric, unlike the war hungry one of old. The character being in a new setting fits his new personality. The storyline of being forced to fight is also a nice touch of his origin as well.
Aric’s character of being older, wiser and so weary from battle is explored quite well here. Even with no previous knowledge of his character you can see from his dialog and from the art, which I’ll get to, that he’s been through more than most. Which, if you do know his character is an understatement.
X-O Manowar’s art is nothing less than astounding. As if the dialog of the characters, especially Aric’s, weren’t enough seeing his sodden eyes and his strong but wounded body really gives off his inner pain. It also gives off his desire to live peacefully on this new planet.
The environments and the action in this issue are also fantastic. When there’s an explosion or lots of movement the art does a very good job showing the chaos of battle.
Before the verdict I do have to address two things. Some might want to draw comparisons to Aquaman because Aric also has a missing hand and blonde hair but beyond that the comparison should be seen as superficial.
Onto the verdict now. X-O Manowar is definitely what it aims to be, a good starting point for new readers and a good continuation for old readers. Aric on his own doing what he does best is perfect for his 25th anniversary. The art is fantastic, the characters are great and the new setting is a breath of fresh air. X-O Manowar (2017) # 1 gets a 9.5 out of 10.