X:O Manowar Valiant 25th Anniversary Special #1

X:O Manowar Valiant 25th Anniversary Special #1

Writer: Robert Venditti Artist: Cafu Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: June 10, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 6
7.5Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (ARMOR HUNTERS, Green Lantern) and red-hot artist CAFU (UNITY) celebrate 25 years of Valiant with an all-new introduction to Valiant's number one hero - the unstoppable X-O Manowar!

The sentient X-O Manowar armor is the most powerful weapon in the universe. But long before the armor fell into the hands of Aric of Dacia, it had a history of its own. Now, for the first time, join us as we uncover the secrets behind one of the most unique artifacts in the history of comics...and dive deeper into the X-O Manowar mythology in an all-new special standalone story!

  • 9.5
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Jun 10, 2015

    X-O Manowar: Valiant 25th Anniversary Special #1 isan engrossing issue that does an excellent job with Shanhara's character development making the armor more intriguing with a touching story. The history of Shanhara's transformation as well as the Vine's subsequent worship is detailed in an entertaining way that sheds light on the Vine's behavior and Aric being chosen. I've been enjoying X-O Manowar and looking forward to every issue, and now I'm even more excited about what lies ahead for Aric and his unique armor, Shanhara. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jun 10, 2015

    X-O Manowar Valiant 25th Anniversary Special #1 is a book that all fans of Valiant should pick up because this is a big part of this series' history revealed, and in such a beautiful way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Jun 10, 2015

    Venditti leans a little too hard on the whole "Chosen One" motif while wrapping up the issue, but it leads to the introduction of Aric near the end and Cafu and Reber's rendition of him in action with the armor for the first time caps off the story with an epic conclusion. "X-O Manowar: Valiant 25th Anniversary Special" #1 is an essential chapter in the X-O Manowar mythos, both as a key moment in the character's history and as a worthwhile reading experience. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Comic Crusaders - Cedbill Jun 10, 2015

    Basically, there's not much to say about this issue other than, if you're a big Valiant/Manowar fan, pick this up. I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun with it. If you're not, maybe read some other Valiant comics before jumping in on this. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Aaron Halverson Jun 10, 2015

    Not much to say here really. I enjoyed this even though it's 75% well-worn road, but I could see how, if you are already familiar with the story, you wouldn't really extract all that much from it. That would be my only criticism is that your mileage may vary depending on your own familiarity with the books lore. I could easily see, if somebody was very invested into the lore, how they might feel ripped off reading 23 pages of which only roughly 5 were things you didn't know even if the remainder was told from a different viewpoint that it was originally. I, personally, would recommend this for old and new readers a like even if they could have bolstered the page count with a B-Story or an art gallery. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Infinite Comix - Daniel Gehen Jun 16, 2015

    X-O Manowar 25th Anniversary Special may be a rough go from a narrative standpoint, but it certainly is great on the eyes. Read Full Review

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