X-O Manowar #5

Writer: Dennis "Hopeless" Hallum Artist: Emilio Laiso Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: August 18, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 1
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An all-new adventure starts here in Part 1 of "Upgrade the World!"
Harvey-Nominated Writer Dennis Hopeless and breathtaking artist Emilio Laiso return to continue the epic saga of Aric of Dacia, aka X-O MANOWAR, as he battles an unknown nanite monstrosity that is devouring the earth.
Will our classic hero out of time finally evolve into the warrior of the future or will X-O Manowar drown with their past?

  • 8.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jake Palermo Aug 18, 2021

    X-O Manowar #5 kicks off a new story-arc after a long break. The action and suspense on display continues to be a sight to behold. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comic Watch - Kenneth Bowden Aug 23, 2021

    The jovial tone of the first arc raised many eyebrows but this opening salvo of round 2 shows how that fresh build up pays off, diving right into what already feels like an epic adventure for everyone's favorite Visigoth. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Aug 27, 2021

    The wait for X-O Manowar #5 was longer than I'd have liked, but nonetheless the comic continues to deliver a solid story. It's not top tier just yet, but the creative team has shown flashes of that level of quality so I'm still hopeful that we'll see the comic return to the heights the character is known for. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 10, 2021

    X-O Manowar #5 is a strong return for the series after a short hiatus as it establishes a whole new enemy. The dynamics between characters that have been introduced under Hopeless and Laiso are further developed, and this issue sets a new course for its second arc that has an exciting sci-fi spin well worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comical Opinions - Gabriel Hernandez Aug 18, 2021

    X-O Manowar #5 jarringly transitions from one main villain to another that operates without a clear rhyme or reason. The art looks great, but the storys attempt at complexity tips too far into convoluted, and it winds up sounding like word soup nonsense. Theres still a lot of potential for the future of this series, but it needs more clarity in the storytelling going forward. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Lotusland Comics - Hank Rea Aug 23, 2021

    It's hard to judge 'X-O Manowar fairly when two other Valiant titles have been so stellar by comparison. Both 'Shadowman' and 'Ninjak' have brought new and exciting storylines to the Valiant label. 'X-O Manowar' suffers from a convoluted plot that keeps Aric from shining. Despite this, I wouldn't count this series out just yet.   Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Graphic Policy - Josh Rathbun Aug 18, 2021

    While Im glad that the publishing pause with X-O Manowar is done, Im still left feeling a bit unimpressed with the title. The visuals are there but the story isnt quite working for me. With recent Valiant titles like Shadowman and Ninjak being as good as they are, X-O Manowar comes off as the weak sibling in the family. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicBook.com - Adam Barnhardt Aug 18, 2021

    It's not a deconstruction of the superhero genre, nor does it feel like a small and intimate look at what it means to be a hero. Instead it just really feels like nothing. Read Full Review

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