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X-O Manowar #1 Review

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Creative Staff:
Story: Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum
Art: Emilio Laiso
Colors: Ruth Redmond
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

What They Say:
Harvey Award-winning writer Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum (Star Wars: Darth Vader-Dark Visions) and breakout start Emilio Laiso (Marvel’s Spider-Man: Velocity) unleash Valiant’s most powerful protector! 

Torn from the past and bonded with a living alien armor, will X-O Manowar become the hero the world needs?

As a futuristic force arises to destroy the planet, only this ancient warrior king has the courage to stand against impossible odds!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The concept of this comic is that Aric, a prince from the fifth century has been abducted by aliens. He manages to escape by bonding to an alien suit, Shannara, and they become a superhero unit and end up in the modern-day. The concept of a man out of his time is used superbly in this issue. Aric struggles to understand how to play basketball, how people live in this era, how cars work and what tools are for. His misery is further added by his status as a former prince who didn’t know about the struggles of the common person. 

This issue is going at a good pace. The main characters and some supporting cast are introduced and they are characterized at a precise motion. Aric and Shannara have a relationship that works out well. They feed off each other well as Shannara plays the cold emotionless being with knowledge and Aric is the man out of his time. There could have been a dive deeper into Aric and Shannara’s motivations and why he wants to be a superhero.

In Summary: 
This issue lays out of the groundwork for this arc of X-O Manowar. Aric and Shannara’s arrival at this time is supported by a family who he saves. The family will serve as a good anchor to this time period and give Aric a human connection who will help him understand the times. I enjoy where the story is heading and hope to see this arc continue with Aric on working with the human side in modern times. 

Grade: A
Age Rating: Teen+
Released By: Valiant Comics
Release Date: March 25, 2020
MSRP: $3.99

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