X-O Manowar #20

Writer: Robert Venditti Artist: Cary Nord Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: December 18, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 2
7.7Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Head-to-head with Toyo Harada and the forces of UNITY! X-O Manowar finally has it all, and his people finally have a land they can call home... but threats from all sides now threaten to destroy Aric and the peace he has struggled to secure. While unrest stirs and Aric's camp threatens to rebel against him, the most dangerous strike force ever assembled - UNITY - have joined forces with the Harbinger Foundation's Toyo Harada to achieve but one goal: kill Aric of Dacia. Robert Venditti and Cary Nord ratchet up their standalone story arc at the heart of the year's biggest comic book event!

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Dec 18, 2013

    Overall a great transition from what was seen in Unity #2 as a tie-in. If you are reading Valiant comic then this is the book which you should pick up if you wants something that has an impact on the world you know. They are fighting to save the world from itself and not a moment goes by that you aren't reminded of the consequences if they don't stop Aric before the fear he has created throws the world into a nuclear war. As usual the team of Cary Nord and Vicente Cifuentes continue to amaze with how they have brought this to life. Their style really does suit the story seeing how sleek the X-O Manowar armor looks, the detail put into both the water and the structure around them, then also the expressions on their faces which are very convincing. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Dec 19, 2013

    Cary Nord provides layouts for this issue and Vicente Cifuentes handles the finishes. It certainly looks better than the last issue, which had a seriously unfinished look. X-O Manowar #20 looks, for the most part, awesome. The backgrounds drop out a little too often, but the characters look fantastic so it's an offense you can get over fairly quickly. The best scene is a massive double-page spread of a crashing spaceship that really showcase the line work and the spectacular colors provided by Ulises Arreloa. It's a high point of the issue and it comes rather early. There's nothing bad after it, but nothing that quite looks as amazing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Josh Reifler Dec 17, 2013

    If you are enjoying Unity so far then definitely pick this issue up. Most likely the events contained here will be recapped in one or two panels in Unity #3. If you don't read this issue you can still enjoy the main crossover without worry. However it does add a bit of depth and interaction between the group and gives a little extra to fans enjoying the main storyline. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Josh Reifler Dec 17, 2013

    If you are enjoying Unity so far then definitely pick this issue up. Most likely the events contained here will be recapped in one or two panels in Unity #3. If you don't read this issue you can still enjoy the main crossover without worry. However it does add a bit of depth and interaction between the group and gives a little extra to fans enjoying the main storyline. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Carl Boehm Dec 18, 2013

    The Unity war has been a great place for Aric to prove that he's a hero to cheer. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - David Harper Dec 20, 2013

    This is a really attractive book at this point, and 20 issues in I'm happy to report that X-O Manowar has now, in many ways, become Valiant's true flagship book like it was designed to be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Dec 18, 2013

    X-O MANOWAR #20 (as well as UNITY #2, which you need to check out) is a great tie in and addition to the Unity story. Venditti not only delivers a fantastic issue, but he keeps it closely tied to UNITY and makes it feel like the perfect extension to that series. If you're reading UNITY, you should really be reading X-O MANOWAR. Overall, I highly recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Dec 18, 2013

    Robert Venditti delivers another solid entry into the mythology of X-O Manowar. Cary Nord and Ulises Arrelda deliver rushed, but still interesting artwork. Do not pick this up without buying Unity #1 and #2! Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    We The Nerdy - Randy Z. Ochoa Dec 23, 2013

    While suffering from inconsistent art, this issue continues Valiants streak of great action packed books. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson Dec 17, 2013

    Overall, while this is most definitely not the standalone story arc its advertised as, this title works extremely well as part of the ongoing saga, and provides some key character and storyline beats that are undoubtedly going to be extremely significant as the rest of this crossover unfolds. Well worth a look, but only if you have some knowledge of what has happened previously. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Dec 18, 2013

    A very skippable tie-in due to it not adding much to the story as a whole. Generally there's good dialogue and art, but it's not sustainable when nothing much happens. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Dec 16, 2013

    This issue does an excellent job of fleshing out some of the events and characters of Unity. Valiant treats us to a tie-in that actually matters and builds off of the main story, something readers have been burned by with other publishers. This is why the re-launch has been so successful and fans new and old are loving Valiant! Read Full Review

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