X-O Manowar #34

Writer: Robert Venditti Artist: Diego Bernard Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: March 4, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 8
8.5Critic Rating
8.2User Rating


He survived ENTER: NINJAK. He waged war on PLANET DEATH. And now he must defend the Earth from an unholy reckoning... and the doomsday protocol codenamed: DEAD HAND!

This is it... X-O Manowar... face-to-face with a ROBOT ARMY HELLBENT ON THE DESTRUCTION OF EVERYTHING! Blast off with New York Times best-selling creator Robert Venditti (ARMOR HUNTERS, Green Lantern) as he begins the most shocking arc yet of his seminal run on Valiant's flagship series!

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Henry Starling Mar 2, 2015

    All in all, this is why I read Valiant comics. They are never afraid to try new things, or to bring back things that made Valiant so popular on the 90's. This issue is no exception. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Russ Whiting Mar 5, 2015

    X-O Manowar is nothing short of excellent. Venditti establishes a powerful threat that hits like a megaton bomb and then doesn't let up. If you're an invasion scene junkie or just a fan of well-crafted sci-fi in general, there's no way XO-Manowar #34 won't have you craving more by issue's end. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Mar 6, 2015

    Artists Diego Bernard and Brian Reber, who've already made their mark on this series, bring out the big guns for this issue. There's one splash page featuring a historic battle between the Armor Hunters and past manowar warriors that's just absolutely jaw-dropping. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Mar 4, 2015

    Venditti shocks readers in the end and for the first time Aric seems not only vulnerable but more defeated than ever before in what he fails to do. X-O Manowar has faltered before, others have paid the price, but never on this scale and that's saying a lot when it comes to what Venditti has put Aric through prior to Dead Hand. X-O Manowar #34 is a fast-paced issue with plenty of action and emotional drama. As Valiant's flagship title it continues to set the standard and rarely has any superhero title had the consistency that Venditti has maintained throughout X-O Manowar‘s run. Venditti and Bernard are on the top of their game with Dead Hand which looks to set the bar for the series higher than ever before. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Mar 4, 2015

    X-O Manowar #34 is an exciting issue that ties the recent Armor Hunters event to the survival of Loam, the Armor's homeworld. It was pretty cool to see them back in action briefly, even if it was just a flashback. It made the arrival of Dead Hand on Loam even more foreboding, and its activities more intriguing. And once Aric got involved the action was even more entertaining. However, Aric's portrayal regarding his wife was really perplexing nor did this issue clarify any connection to Aric's past like Shanhara was attempting to show him. But I'm looking forward to next issue and seeing more of who or what is Dead Hand, and I can't wait. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Mar 4, 2015

    X-O Manowar #34 is the start of a story which is necessary to complete what we know and don't know about the Armor Hunters. Not only this, but challenge Aric in a way that might give us a better understanding of what it is the armor is, and the lengths the Armor Hunters will go to make sure the presence of the armors in the galaxy is eradicated. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Mar 2, 2015

    Both Reber and Winn add amazing depth and layers to the pencil work of Diego Bernard and their fantastic contributions can'tgo overlooked. Really,X-O Manowar continues to be the crown jewel of Valiant, even if other books are starting to creep up on it, and it's due to the work of all the people involved. From the mastermind Venditti to the current art team, and of course the teams that have come before them, this is a series that just keeps changing and evolving and raising the bar every time out. What more can you ask of creative team than that? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Aaron Halverson Mar 4, 2015

    I don't want to get into too much more but the interesting part of this enemy is how totally detached it is from emotion while our Manowar is almost entirely emotion. He's hotheaded and eager for confrontation. He almost revels in it. The series has shown him evolve from someone who was combat avoidant to someone who is very comfortable in battle, perhaps only comfortable in battle. But here he comes across an enemy that judges him unnecessary to engage so it doesn't. It just moves on and he can't provoke a fight out of it. He can't get any kind of response that isn't a direct answer to his inquiry. It will not confront him simply because it doesn't see a point in it. It does not NEED to confront him whereas he NEEDS to confront it. It is also the size of a planet so it will be interesting to see how the battle plays out. Manowar is a very powerful being but can he take on a planet sized chunk of robots? I guess we'll find out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Mar 4, 2015

    Looks like Robert Venditti has another hit on his hands. The opening of Dead Hand is pretty fantastic and a great start to a story for people who have been reading X-O MANOWAR since the start. Sadly, this book won't play too well to new readers because they're going to miss out on a bit of the emotional connection with some of these characters. However, X-O continues to be Valiant's top book, month after month, and that's saying quite a bit especially with DIVINITY, THE VALIANT, and IMPERIUM being fantastic series as well. This may not be the best place for folks to jump in, but I say if you're interested in this series, give it a shot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Valiant Central - Martin Ferretti Mar 4, 2015

    Overall, X-O Manowar #34 is another great issue to a series which has been firing on all cylinders since issue #1. If you're not reading X-O Manowar, you're missing out on one of the most skillfully written and illustrated titles in the industry today. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    The Latest Pull - Marcus Orchard Mar 2, 2015

    “X-O Manowar #34″ is an explosive start to a new arc. It's clear that Valiant has a lot of plans for its 25th anniversary, and Dead Hand will undoubtedly be one of their most exciting works for it. Aric has definitely dealt with high stakes since obtaining the armor, but after this issue, it's safe to say that he has never encountered anything this dangerous. Once again, this is another issue that is friendly to new readers, and I recommend it to anyone wanting to add to their superhero reading list. This series has been somewhat slow lately, but it looks like it's heading in the right direction once more. I look forward to seeing where this arc goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Mar 3, 2015

    I don’t know what I would think of this comic if I were a long time reader, but as a new-comer, this issue didn’t hook me as much as I wanted it too. Though, there are still some really good ideas spread throughout this comic. Dead Hand, is an extremely appealing villain force and his (their?) sheer power is displayed with great weight. I’m almost positive this story arc will turn out great, but this issue felt too brief to captivate me. Read Full Review

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