X-O Manowar #35

X-O Manowar #35

Writer: Robert Venditti Artist: Diego Bernard Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: April 1, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 6
8.2Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

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DEAD HAND means death!

In the far reaches of deep space, the ultimate fail-safe of an extinct alien race has finally counted down to zero...and the robot army called DEAD HAND has been activated. The civilization that built them has fallen...and, now, to combat the doomsday threat that destroyed their world, DEAD HAND will complete the mission that their creators could not. Soulless and brutal, this billion-strong legion is the phantom army of a dead world...and it will cleanse the universe by any means necessary. But what unthinkable menace were they created to destroy? And will DEAD HAND's slow march across the galaxy spell death for countless worlds?

Soon, Aric of Dacia will be forced to confront the secrets that have pushed him to the terrible turning point that is DEAD HAND...and battle a single-minded killing machine unlike any he has seen before!

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Henry Starling Mar 28, 2015

    So far the Dead Hand story is shaping up to be a monumental success for Valiant. Maybe with the advent knowledge of there being other X-O suits maybe we'll get X-O Corps. Here's hoping. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Apr 1, 2015

    Dead Hand is shaping up to be one of Aric's toughest battles yet. It's amazing how this book's stories keep raising the bar. They're epic and a great ride. What made this issue so good was the emotional aspects between Aric and the Vine. Venditti, Bernard, Winn, and Reber are really pushing the limit with this series and while it is not new reader friendly, it's worth catching up. I highly recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Apr 1, 2015

    X-O Manowar #35 is a proper start for big things to come when a greater threat comes in the wake of one which already took so much from Earth. This may not be event worthy, but certainly still a big story which should bring up past feelings which can only be felt knowing that nothing good can really come out of what the Armor Hunters unleashed. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Apr 1, 2015

    This chapter of the Dead Hand sets up for something even bigger in both size and scope. The Armor Hunters machines move on after their destruction and their new destination is going to put Aric at the forefront of an epic battle. Even though Aric has a personal stake at what's to come, Venditti makes sure that Aric also remembers the Vine and the casualties that took from Dead Hand. Aric protects his own but also defends even those who once enslaved him and his people. X-O Manowar is a universal hero and Venditti continues to raise the bar for what it means to be a hero. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Herald - Bill Guerra Apr 1, 2015

    The "Dead Hand" story is a sequel of the "Armor Hunters" storyline from last year, but it feels much tighter, more focused and definitely isn't lacking in action. X-O Manowar continues to be Valiant's flagship title for a reason! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Aaron Halverson Apr 2, 2015

    This arc is coming along beautifully as it slowly ramps its way up to the confrontation with the main antagonists. I can't help but feel we've been here before but nonetheless I'm looking forward to this particular confrontation. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Apr 2, 2015

    As the second chapter of a longer story, this was a fitting place for Venditti to display the power of the new foe. It had to be something big in the wake of "Armor Hunters," and decimating the Vine was a clear sign that this is an adversary with whom to be reckoned. Moving forward, the challenge is maintaining a threat that large for the remainder of the story, but this has been a book that has consistently shown it knows how to raise the stakes in exciting ways. X-O is ready for revenge, but what is the mental state of the Vine Priest? Given his tragic reaction, one could see him lean in for revenge or collapse into the arms of the Dead Hand, as he has now found that the god he worshipped, Shanhara, is but one of many in the universe. Though it's only part of a longer story, "X-O Manowar" #35 is still easy enough to jump into thanks to a fast-paced script and clear storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Apr 6, 2015

    A few, likely nit picked panels does not take away from the story that Venditti and company are building towards. While, certainly, the art might not be at exactly the same level that has been maintained for so long, it still stands up against the vast majority of other books on the shelves.X-O Manowar, even though it has some competition in a few of the other titles Valiant has been producing lately, is still the crown jewel of the Valiant lineup and it's still most certainly a book that you need to be reading. Now is the time to jump into the Valiant Universe, folks, so jump in! Read Full Review

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