Discovering Valiant Comics Part 2 – X-O Manowar

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This weeks post is about Valiant’s longest running book, X-O Manowar.  Issue #42 was released last week so there is a lot of catching up to do.  I purchased the first volume, this weekend and am glad I did.  I recommend that anyone who is interested in Valiant comics and in particular X-O Manowar read this before jumping into the latest issue.  A new arc begins in a few weeks time and I feel much better about buying in now that I know his origin story.

I didn’t know anything about this character before I picked up the first volume other than he has a special suit of armor.  I don’t want to spoil too much about his origin story in case people want to read it for themselves but it’s pretty epic.  It all begins in ancient Rome and then moves to another planet and then back to present day earth.  X-O Manowar (Aric of Dacia) is a man out of time and that’s what makes his story so compelling.  He’s like Captain America without the moral high ground.  I’ve never been a huge fan of Captain America, I like my heroes to have a bit more of an edge, like Tony Stark, Wolverine or Batman, they do the right thing but not always the right way. In this regard X-O Manowar really works for me.

The book is a fast paced, page turner with stunning artwork.  It was very satisfying to be able to read the first four issues together, they really do tell a great origin story, X-O Manowar is something unique in comics and I can’t wait to read more.

This week Valiant releases an issue that gives a back story to Manowar’s nemesis, Commander Trill.   He plays heavily in the origin story so I’ll definitely be picking that up this week.

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