Armor Hunters #1

Event\Storyline: Armor Hunters Writer: Robert Venditti Artist: Doug Braithwaite Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: June 11, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 6
8.6Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

This summer, Earth will be the greatest hunt of all when VALIANT FIRST unleashes the first issue of 2014's must-read crossover event - ARMOR HUNTERS - from superstar creators Robert Venditti (Green Lantern, The Flash) and Doug Braithwaite (Unity)!

A relentless and surgical strike team from the farthest reaches of space - sworn to exterminate the X-O Manowar armor and all like it - have found finally their final target. They will hunt. They will trap. They will kill. And they will rid the universe of the X-O Manowar's incalculable destructive power...even if it means taking the Earth with it.

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  • 10
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Jun 10, 2014

    Once again, superhero world, take note of Valiant here because clearly Armor Hunters is going to resonate through not only X-O Manowar but the rest of the Valiant Universe for some time. With something that large in scope, youd think it was going to be some crazy 12-part series, right? Well, youd be wrong, because, aside from tie-ins, Armor Hunters is only four issues. Four issues that you can bet money on being all killer and no filler. In Venditti and Braithwaite we trust, jump on Armor Hunters. If only all major events, across the board, could follow a format like this… Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Adam Alamo Jun 11, 2014

    About the Armor Hunters, Valiant offers the following: "They will hunt. They will trap. They will kill. And they will rid the universe of the X-O Manowar's incalculable destructive powers…even if it means taking the Earth with it." After reading Armor Hunters #1, I believe it. Some comic events promise universe-altering, Earth-shattering ramifications; Armor Hunters delivers on its very first issue. For those weary of another comic event crossover, I offer you this piece of advice: forget all the others and jump in on this one before it's too late. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jun 11, 2014

    The more a book is hyped up, the more likely it is to disappoint the reader. ARMOR HUNTERS has been advertised and promoted for months now, and surprisingly, it hits the mark. Venditti, Braithwaite, and Martin are putting together one exciting book. The book starts off slow and doesn't give everything to the reader at once, which is what many readers with gravitate towards. There's still a bit of mystery behind the Armor Hunters and this story, aside from what the reader knows. Sadly, this isn't the best place to jump on for new readers though, since you need to read X-O MANOWAR to get a full scope of this book. Regardless, this was a fantastic star and I highly recommend it. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jun 11, 2014

    What a great first issue to kick things off on this event: I'm getting some Independence Day vibes from this comic, in a good way, as the impending threat is scary and powerful. It puts an amazing threat in the path of the heroes of Valiant and potentially makes X-O Manowar a hero not for just his people anymore, but for the entire planet. Exciting stuff here folks, check it out! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Jun 12, 2014

    All in all, I'm quite pleasantly surprised with this issue and am looking forward to the next issue! Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Jun 29, 2014

    Armor Hunters #1 is an explosive start to Valiant's crossover event and one that's worthy of setting the stage and showing the very survival of humanity is at stake, and not just from one direction. The armor hunters are ruthless and truly believe in their cause but aren't one-dimensional so their hunt for armors throughout the galaxy and the toll it has taken on them is very intriguing. And I was very impressed with my introduction to the Valiant characters in this issue and easily digestible story made me hungry to investigate the events preceding this issue despite not being an absolute necessity to follow the events. And with the stunning conclusion I'm glad I won't have to wait an entire month before reading the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Jun 10, 2014

    So, the original question was "does this crossover pay-off?" I can say with resounding confidence that is does and does so in a very big way. As a crossover it's tough to say that readers with no pervious knowledge will have an easy time jumping in here but it is so good that I can't recommend it highly enough for new readers. Longtime X-O Manowar fans will fall in love from the very first page and Venditti does such a good job, blasting right out of the gate, that new readers will love it for it's solid foundation and the story Venditti is telling. Armor Hunters is off to the right start and if issue one is any gauge this will be both exciting and rich with character, action and drama. If there's one event to get in on from the beginning to the very end, Armor Hunters #1 is it! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jun 11, 2014

    It is also worth mentioning that the sneak previews at the end for Armor Hunters: Harbinger #1 and Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #1 were great additions to this issue. After what we've seen from this first issue of Armor Hunters it is good to have an idea as to how this will affect the other books connected to it. They prove to have potential and the connections they make to the world around them have a lot to offer. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Herotaku - Frankie Rodriguez Jun 8, 2014

    Honestly, this was an amazing opening. While the rest of the Valiant Universe isn't involve yet, Venditti plants the seeds to make sure they are involved. I do love that we are seeing different facets of the Armor Hunters themselves. And that not everything is as black and white as it may be. It's a solid read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Jun 13, 2014

    Written by Robert Venditti"who has time and time again delivered high-quality explosive storytelling in this series"Armor Hunters #1 wastes no time bringing the ruckus on an all-out cataclysmic scale. Venditti masterfully constructs a powerful story with purpose and ease. The dialogue never stalls, and neither does the action. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Jun 9, 2014

    I think that, considering that many people probably won't have read this issue yet, that it would be inappropriate to spoil this ending. Suffice to say, the Armor Hunters deliver and ultimatum to the humans, and they deliver on their ultimatum, and it's a huge, world changing event that will have massive ramifications for Aric as a character, but this is something that will likely resonate throughout the entire Valiant universe. That being said, it kind of seems like it was done for pure shock value right now. Venditti still has time to change that, and I get the feeling that he will. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case with the way this issue ends. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Roderick Ruth Jun 11, 2014

    While there is still much more to learn about the Armor Hunters, Venditti, Braithwaite, and Martin have crafted enough palpable content in this issue for readers to grab a hold of and sink their teeth into. While brand new readers may not have much of an investment into Aric and may have little to endear for that character with what is presented in this issue, there is still so much else presented, that the bigger picture in this comic book series isn't lost. The stakes have been set and a rising conflict is about to take place, and fans of action and sci-fi can expect some cool moments in this series. Needless to say, I'm looking forward to more from this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jun 16, 2014

    There's a lot of potential fun here and the book includes a couple of sneak peeks at other Armor Hunters spinoff series, which is definitely the way to do it rather than intruding into the ongoing series continuity. Definitely fun and it has the right start to a larger event within a connected universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Backwards Compatible - Paul Fiander Jun 15, 2014

    Armor hunters #1 is a strong opening issue that does its job in being able to bring in new readers as well as exciting those familiar with the canon. Within the pages the scene is set now we just have to see if the creative team can give us a story worthy of the premise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Ross Sweeney Jun 10, 2014

    Honestly, even though Ive no experience of these before, this seems like its set to be a fun-as-hell crossover – the previous of the next few issues are equally well drawn and written, and it looks like were set to see a situation that escalates magnificently. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jun 12, 2014

    Whether intended or not, Aric and his X-O Manowar armor are proving to be the linchpin of the Valiant universe. Much like Unity's first arc, Aric's armor is again the focus of dastardly intent, this time in that it's very existence serves as a beacon to the alien Armor Hunters. There's a lot to digest in this first issue, particularly if you didn't read the book's Free Comic Book Day lead in, yet collaborators Robert Venditti and Doug Braithwaite do their best to make their solid debut accessible to all. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Jeffrey Jun 11, 2014

    OVERALL: Armor Hunters #1 did what any company-wide crossover's first issue should do: It pitched me a story in which it expects me to invest a lot of time into, and sold me on it. If this event is at least of equal quality to this issue, than we're all in for an exciting summer! 8/10. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Jun 11, 2014

    "Armor Hunters" #1 continues a trend that Valiant has been faithfully following since its beginning, by providing exciting and well-drawn stories that are easy for everyone to get into, without being weighed down with any past history. It's an event story for readers who think they hate event stories. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Capeless Crusader - Dave Buesing Jun 10, 2014

    I like this concept a lot , but the first issue doesnt do a lot for me. This team of hunters feels underdeveloped, and theres undoubtedly plenty of opportunity with a whole new team of cosmic warriors capable of fighting the X-O Manowar armor. Matt Kindt was able to give character and meaning to small teams of psiots in mere pages in Unity, and we need some of that same character-building here. Looks like this will be crossing over into Unity and X-O Manowar #26, which gives Valiant a chance to expand on this world and situation. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 11, 2014

    In short, this issue serves as a good first chapter, kicking off the big multi-title event, and does so with a well-written well-drawn issue. While the idea of “giant aliens coming to blow $#!+ up” may not be a new one, particularly to long-time Valiant readers, having the conflicts be approachable and lucid helps greatly. Armor Hunters #1 is a decent springboard to bigger things, deftly explaining the main character, introducing and legitimizing the villains, and setting the pieces up for a big ol' summer blockbuster, and that's perfectly okay, earning the book 3 out of 5 star overall. I'm kind of interested to see how this all shakes down for Valiant, and how Venditti will build on Aric's mythology with the introduction of these new foes. Read Full Review

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