X-O Manowar #1

Writer: Dennis "Hopeless" Hallum Artist: Emilio Laiso Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: March 25, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 5
8.4Critic Rating
7.6User Rating


Aric of Dacia, a 5th century warrior catapulted into the modern day, has been bonded with the sentient alien armor, Shanhara. Together, they are the most powerful weapon in the world: X-O Manowar.
As a mysterious new villain arises to threaten the world, will this ancient warrior evolve into the superhero we need today?

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Adam Barnhardt Mar 25, 2020

    X-O Manowar #1 is nothing short of beautiful and serves as the fitting"and very welcome, might I add"return of a classic Valiant superhero. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Mar 4, 2020

    This is one of, if not the absolute best issues of X-O Manowar I have read in a long time. It's also one of the best things from Valiant I've read in the last year. If you're looking for a jumping-on spot for X-O Manowar, then this is going to be the best spot you'll find without going back to 2012. Hallum, Laiso, Redmond, and Otsmane-Elhaou have created a masterpiece in X-O Manowar #1. It's only gotten better with each subsequent reading. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Fandom Post - Antonio Mireles Mar 25, 2020

    This issue lays out of the groundwork for this arc of X-O Manowar. Aric and Shannara's arrival at this time is supported by a family who he saves. The family will serve as a good anchor to this time period and give Aric a human connection who will help him understand the times. I enjoy where the story is heading and hope to see this arc continue with Aric on working with the human side in modern times. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Geek'd Out - Josh Rose Mar 25, 2020

    X-O Manowar #1is about a character who could be a great superhero but just isn't there yet. And there's a new villain in the background biding their time. It's a great jumping-on point for new readers looking for some classic superhero action; no previous X-O Manowar experience necessary. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Mar 31, 2020

    It's a solid start to a new storyline, and a great jumping-on point (assuming the comics industry survives its current crisis, of course). Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Mar 1, 2020

    I enjoyed this new entry into the world of X-O Manowar. It is grounded in humanity while still showing us the fantastic science fiction elements the character is known for. A perfect place to jump on board, X-O Manowar #1 reminds us that Valiant is here to stay. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Comic Watch - Kenneth Bowden Feb 28, 2020

    X-O Manowar #1 is a killer opening salvo that brings an unique perspective on X-O, going against the grain and focusing on the man rather than the war (while still having plenty of both). The perfect pick up if you've never read X-O Manowar while also being a great reintroduction for the loyal fans who've been awaiting Aric's return. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Outright Geekery - Joshua Rathbun Feb 27, 2020

    The return of X-O Manowar is an action-packed beauty. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Mar 11, 2020

    By the end of X-O Manowar #1, I am confident in saying that this is still a must-read book from Valiant. There's a refreshing change of direction to this series, a new cast of characters, and new enemies too. Overall, there was a bit of something for everyone who has interest in a hero like this. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Gabriel Hernandez Mar 2, 2020

    A nearly perfect restart to the adventures of Aric and Sanhara Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Christa Harader Mar 26, 2020

    "X-O Manowar" #1 is an engaging reboot with a solid creative team behind it, and the book accomplishes everything a first issue should. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jun 10, 2020

    While the artwork is clear, many of the action scenes are not. The storytelling in such a series that switches locals often is important. The series is not often easy to follow and I should not have to rely on the speech bubbles to figure out whats happening in the page. Id recommend getting a storytelling to do the breakdowns before letting penciller Emilio Laiso finish the illustrations. Im think the cover features a very dark alien ship reflected on the visor of X-O Manowar but it looks more like a bat-signal. Its odd and breaks the cover. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    AIPT - Vishal Gullapalli Mar 7, 2020

    If you're looking for something in the vein of the last two great runs on the character, give this one a pass. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    allenquanobi Mar 26, 2020

    Quite average for me, I didn't like this as much as the first issues of Vendittis run or Kindts run. This definitely is different from those stories because it grounds Aric on Earth mostly, and he acts more like a traditional superhero stopping crime rather than the epic storytelling that Kindts run was or the interesting sci fi elements of Vendittis run. While some may call it refreshing, I guess I've grown used to the epics and sci fi that I was hoping to see a step up in terms of theatrical rather than a grounded approach. This opinion may change in the future after reading more issues, but i hope this doesn't become a generic green lantern or Nova book (not to say those characters are boring, both have had stellar runs in the past an more

  • 7.5
    Gizmo May 25, 2020

    The choice to put Aric into urban and more typical social situations give the opportunity for the fish-out-of-water aspect of his personality to shine through, which I like. Unfortunately, this issue does feel like a soft reboot: Aric suddenly wants his armor's input, plus there isn't any acknowledgment about what happened with Schon between now and the previous run.

  • 7.0
    axdn Mar 29, 2020

    Maybe is because I am more used to the big epics from Vendetti and Kindt, but this felt a lot more like a SPider-man comic . However this is just the first issue and I am open to give it a chance.

  • 8.0
    Jason The Dude May 17, 2020

  • 8.0
    tonpas1989 Nov 24, 2020

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