X-O Manowar #1

Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Tomas Giorello Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: March 22, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 31 User Reviews: 24
8.9Critic Rating
9.1User Rating

Born under the oppressive thumb of the Roman Empire, Aric of Dacia learned warfare at an early age.

It was amid such violence that he was abducted by an alien race. Forced into slavery, he survived where others perished. His escape would come from bonding with a weapon of immeasurable power: the X-O Manowar armor. With it, he returned to Earth...only to find himself stranded in the modern day.

But that was a lifetime ago. Now, far from home on a strange and primitive new world, Aric has begun a new life. Liberated from his past, he tends to his crops. Free from war. Free from violence. Free from the armor.

But the m more

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Dusty Good Feb 22, 2017

    This comic is the perfect primer for new fans. It's easy to follow; the art and story are elegant at times and complex at others. There is no better time to start reading this title, or the works of this company, than right now. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Mar 22, 2017

    X-O Manowar #1 is an absolutely amazing comic book that elevates the medium. Do not miss the opportunity to be a part of something great, Read this comic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Critical Blast - Mike Maillaro Mar 8, 2017

    I really enjoyed this new chapter in X-O Manowar's story. It respects the history of the character while creating it's own unique path. I did kind of see the end coming a mile away, but that didn't take away from the comic at all. Definitely worth checking out! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicsverse - Zach Mar 13, 2017

    X-O MANOWAR #1 is a refreshing reboot that pulls the character far from his classic superhero roots. Read Full Review

  • 10
    On Comics Ground - James Portis Mar 14, 2017

    Overall, I give X-O Manowar issue 1 a perfect score. Rarely will you everEVER give a book a perfect score, but its so well written, so beautifully drawn, and it makes you crave more the minute you read that last panel. I cant wait to see where this story goes from here and I am so thankful for the return of my favorite hero from Valiant Entertainment. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Mar 13, 2017

    At the end of last years X-O Manowar #50, we saw a sneak peek to the future, which showed Aric sitting on a throne in the wake of carnage surrounding him. Is this the first step to Aric becoming a ruthless ruler, ready to crush all that oppose his will? Or maybe becoming a savior to a world torn apart by war? However it happens, I cannot wait for the next issue to hit. Kindt and Giorello have created one of the best debut issues in possibly the last decade. X-O Manowar is back, and all I can say is, all hail the king. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Joshua Rathbun Feb 22, 2017

    For someone new to the characters, it is as perfect a place to start X-O Manowar, without being bogged down by numerous mentions of the past adventures. Whether you seek an exciting and compelling story or just want mind-blowing visuals, X-O Manowar will deliver both. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Martin Ferretti Feb 24, 2017

    X-O Manowar already has the first year of stories scripted and illustrated and is bound to take Aric into some exciting new directions that we havent seen before. X-O Manowar has always seemed like it was just one step away from becoming a cosmic title that could tackle new worlds and concepts, and so far, it seems like that is exactly the direction which the creative team is on track to take it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Feb 27, 2017

    The big question is if you've never read X-O Manowar can you truly pick this up and start the series? Absolutely, it tips its hat to what has come before this series, but in the end, it's blazing its own trail. That and Kindt is probably the best storyteller in comics currently, so I highly doubt he's not going to address things brought up in this issue. When this issue hits stands, it's going to be Valiant biggest and best title instantly knocking out Ninjak and the Eternal Warrior. Give a fuck and pick this book up. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Mar 4, 2017

    This is an exciting, layered, and beautifully drawn and coloured comic that is the perfect jumping on point for new and old fans alike (second only to the 2012 debut). Add this to your pull list today and forget anything else from any other publisher coming out this year; based on the first issue alone X-O Manowar is going to be THE superhero title of 2017. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Oral Frier Mar 20, 2017

    If you have ever wanted a great place to start with X-O, or you are returning fan, or you just like warriors in space, this book was made specifically for you. Do yourselves a favor and follow Aric once more. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Fandom Post - Josh Begley Apr 5, 2017

    X-O Manowar #1 is a solid first issue that immediately captures the tone, character, and premise of the story, engaging the reader and establishing what we're in for regarding the rest of the series. As a first time X-O reader, I have to say I'm hook. Once again, Valiant kills it. Dr. Josh gives this an". Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Broken Infinite - Jeremias De Leon Mar 10, 2017

    X-O Manowar is now on a new alien planet looking to live peacefully. But war always comes knocking on his door in this new relaunch of the classic Valiant series. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Mar 20, 2017

    A solid character journey type story with a fantastic war sequence and a great melding of science fiction with realistic looking art. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Weird Science - Branden Murray Feb 26, 2017

    X-O is back with a vengeance which is something long timeand new readers will enjoy equally. Thisis Valiant, Kindt, and the art team of Giorello and Rodriguez at their best, abook for comic book fans in general, and a treat that needs to be seen to be believed. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    ComicBuzz - Tony Thornley Mar 16, 2017

    In the end, this is the best sort of relaunch, and a great way for Valiant to start the year. I cant wait for more. This is a book you want to be on the ground floor. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 22, 2017

    Whether you're a hardcore Valiant reader or a complete newbie, there's no reason not to give this relaunched series a try. X-O Manowar #1 offers a compelling portrait of a battle-worn hero trying and failing to leave his old ways behind. The elegant script and gorgeous visuals combine to form a very inviting and accessible new series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - stephengervais Mar 21, 2017

    The writing's pretty straight forward and the artworks nice, I'm seeing some Kubert family influences on the characters, especially in the action panels and I love those "Gears of War" landscapes. I was pleasantly surprised to realize that this wasn't another reboot that DC and Marvel are famous for, but a continuation of one Valiant's most interesting characters. No spoilers, but issue #2 will be the one fans have been waiting for. Anyone else miss those creepy spider-aliens? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Tim Montoya Mar 23, 2017

    X-O Manowar #1 is a great example of how to launch a #1 for a comic. With amazing art and the story to follow suite, there is no reason to not pick this title up. It is even new reader friendly! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Mar 9, 2017

    X-O Manowar #1 does an outstanding job in portraying Aric's mentality and creating a fresh, new scenario for him. His relationship with Schon and Shanhara speaks volumes and are responsible for the riveting start. The action sequences here work mostly because of Tomas Giorello's artwork. Since the overall context for the war isn't clear and Aric isn't the narrator, it's not as engrossing as the beginning. However, I'm looking forward to what's next after this exciting start. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Nerdswhogetlaid Mar 21, 2017

    Great writing and beautiful art! Can't wait to see where this one goes! Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Word Of The Nerd - Megan Rae Mar 24, 2017

    X-O Manowar has not been on the new comics radar for a while. He has his fans, but the book was often limited to pre-existing readers. Valiant put a lot of work into bringing this series into the modern age and making a clean jumping-on point for new readers. As someone who has not finished the last series, this was accomplished well, and the new introduction isn't missing anything. It feels like a new book, but is still true enough to the original character and universe that returning fans won't be disappointed, either. If you are interested in beautifully written and illustrated battle scenes, a compelling story with a powerful hero, and rad 80's fantasy vibes, pick up X-O Manowar #1. You won't be disappointed by this first issue, and I expect the rest of the series to follow suit. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Mar 7, 2017

    This is still Aric at the end of the day, but this is a whole new warrior we are dealing with. A satisfactory start to a new direction for the X-O Manowar that everyone can enjoy because this is war in its raw form. Always is and always will be when one of the most powerful beings in the universe enters the fray once more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Chad Waller Feb 28, 2017

    Still, my few complaints here arent damning by any means, and I very much enjoyed my time with this comic. Its a great dose of action done up in some pretty artwork, and while the narrative isnt complicated, it makes up for that with stabbing and explosions. Sometimes thats all you need. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Feb 28, 2017

    Despite a plot that I found pretty familiar, I really enjoyed X-O Manowar #1. Its grim tone, strong characterization and gripping setting overcame the fact that the arc of the issue was a story we've seen before. The art is superb and Kindt really seems to have a strong vision of where he wants to take his protagonist, and it might not be anywhere good in terms of Aric's conscience. However, as a successor to one of the most acclaimed runs on one of Valiant's signature characters, X-O Manowar #1 is off to a hell of a start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Mar 23, 2017

    If you are unfamiliar with the Valiant Universe or with X-O in general, the newest X-O Manowar #1 is a perfectly bone-crunching place to start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Mar 20, 2017

    Kindt and company really open X-O Manowar #1 up to readers, not so much inviting them in as dragging them in, sweeping them up into action and moving forward in a brutal, unwavering manner. Yet another strong debut from Valiant, X-O Manowar #1 offers a lot to look forward to and a firm entryway for new readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GAMbIT Magazine - Alan D.D. Mar 10, 2017

    I'd like everyone to keep an eye on Valiant and especially X-O Manowar so you won't miss this promising story! If you like adult-oriented, wild fantasy stories with Sci-Fi elements, then X-O Manowar #1 (2017) is the right comic book for you! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Feb 28, 2017

    Some glorious artwork combines with a story that can't fully shake off the feeling that a reset button was hit. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geek-O-Rama - Rick Apr 3, 2017

    Whatever it is – restart, reboot, revamp – it's pretty good. I'm interested in reading more. Hopefully they'll continue the theme of Man vs. Armor, which is quite interesting in and of itself. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Mar 21, 2017

    THE VERDICTX-O Manowar #1 had a lot to live up to. The previous iteration of the title managed to save publisher Valiant Comics, and spawned an entire universe behind it. While it does feature some beautiful art, this "reboot" doesn't pack the same punch as its predecessor. Writer Matt Kindt has done away with so much of what made Aric of Dacia a compelling character, setting him far and away from the Earthly home to which he had finally been returned. Instead he's become grizzled and angry, an unfortunately common trait among superheroes. His land and home in the United States was one of the more interesting aspects of this side of the Valiant universe and it's a shame that dynamic is gone. Though the Manowar armor may be more at home among alien species on exotic alien planets, it's owner was at his best when he was a King among men on the planet he called home. Read Full Review

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