Book Of Death: The Fall Of X-O Manowar #1
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Book Of Death: The Fall Of X-O Manowar #1

Event\Storyline: Book Of Death Writer: Robert Venditti Artist: Clayton Henry Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: October 21, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 3
8.3Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

The Book of the Geomancer foretells of a deadly future for the Valiant Universe... but what if the future holds hope for one powerful hero?

After hundreds of years in exile on an alien planet, Aric of Dacia has returned to an unfamiliar Earth, only to find a planet that doesn't remember... or want him. Will Aric of Dacia fi nally find happiness in the aftermath of the apocalypse?

  • 10
    Infinite Comix - Daniel Gehen Oct 21, 2015

    Book of Death: The Fall of X-O Manowar #1 requires an understanding of Aric of Dacia's history to be fully appreciated. Robert Venditti has taken the Visigoth on a journey that has seen the character grow from a reckless, battle-hungry brute to a man the " in the present " is more patient with the sword. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Broken Infinite - Frank Rodriguez Oct 22, 2015

    Venditti has written Valiant's flagship character for a long time and definitely makes this one shot a wonderful send off to that character. It is amazing to see how much change that happened, yet Venditti makes it very feesable. Henry and Dalhouse deliver some of the best art to date that really grab you and hold on to you. The issue itself as a triumph and a fitting end to Aric. Definitely a great one shot. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Oct 21, 2015

    After reading Book of Death – The Fall of X-O Manowar, a fellow editor and I both agree that Valiant Comics should make one book exploring more of what the Book of Death future has to offer. This is the end of the X-O Manowar, yet it feels like the start of something new. Something that doesn't have to end with Book of Death. Maybe this will be the future of the Valiant Universe. Though until that point it would be cool to see what exactly these heroes have been through up to that point. These stories make readers care about those things even if we know there isn't enough time to go in-depth. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Oct 20, 2015

    TheBook of Death: Fall of X-O Manowar #1 is a satisfying issue that's representative of Aric of Dacia and covers almost all of the Manowar mythology. Aric's last acts as king create an exciting chain of events with some twists involving Trill and the new armor wearer. Unfortunately this issue doesn't show Aric in battle one more time but there's plenty of intense action and I was on the edge of my seat wondering if/when Trill would strike the fatal blow. If you're a fan of X-O Manowar then you should enjoy this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Oct 26, 2015

    Venditti and Henry take less a look at Aric's final end but rather the legacy he built to great effect. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Brett I Oct 22, 2015

    Valiant continues its role of quality, and with it adds more reason to check out their publishing line in the future. As Im starting to loose a little traction with other companies, I am more than happy to pick up these books. Venditti and Henry tell another solid story here, and while background info on the character is somewhat of a need here, it was still a great story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Karcossa Oct 19, 2015

    As the final chapter to the life of Aric of Dacia, this is a great story; there's a sense with Fall Of X-O Manowar that really feels like an epilogue to the life of a great character. Is it required reading to enjoy the main Book Of Death series? No, but then none of the tie-in one shots (or the hard to find Legends Of The Geomancer) are required to get the full picture. What this is, however, is a well constructed comic that should be read by any fans of the main series. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    IGN - Jeff Lake Oct 22, 2015

    Robert Venditti brings the life and times of Aric of Dacia full circle, culminating in a tantalizing, if convenient, look at the legacy he's left behind. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicsverse - Alex Nader Oct 23, 2015

    This was a fitting end to Valiant's most popular hero, and it left a lot of room between his current comics and this issue's start for adventures, fatherhood, and whatever else Venditti wants to throw at us. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Oct 21, 2015

    Book of Death: Fall of X-O Manowar #1 is a great read right up until its last pages. Clayton Henry and Andrew Dalhouse's artwork is strong throughout, but Robert Vendetti's otherwise excellent script stumbles at the final hurdle, resolving an age-old conflict much too easily. Frustration defined. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Oct 22, 2015

    Book of Death: The Fall of X-O Manowar #1 is a wonderful, emotional tale detailing the legacy of Aric of Dacia with a nice surprise reveal. Clayton Henry does a fantastic job pulling your emotional strings with gripping facial expressions and body language. However, there are some issues with characters losing parts of their torsos and swords disappearing and reappearing. This book is a nice look into what the future holds for Aric of Dacia and a nice tie-in to Valiant's series. Read Full Review

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