X-O Manowar #9

Writer: Robert Venditti Artist: Trevor Hairsine Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: January 23, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9
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The countdown to PLANET DEATH starts now! New York Times best-selling author Robert Venditti and superstar artist Trevor Hairsine (Ultimate Spider-Man, Cla$$war) kick off the two-part prologue that will lead to the X-O Manowar event nearly a year in the making. The Vine invasion fleet has finally reached Earth, and they aren't leaving until they reclaim their sacred X-O Manowar armor. Standing in their path is Aric of Dacia, the first human to ever wield the armor's power. But the armor is capable of so much more than even Aric knows, and he'll face adversaries old and new in his battle to save humanity from extinction. The war begins here!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jan 23, 2013

    X-O MANOWAR punches you in the face with awesomeness then suplexes you into oblivion with amazement. I love the kick off to this new story, and while there is a ton of stuff going on in this issue, it's never overwhelming, and the flow and pacing are great here.Sure, I had a small problem with the art, in certain sections, but I'm so engaged with this story that it doesn't matter. I love the fight scenes here and the dialogue is great. The new power the armor displays in this issue is a big turning point in this upcoming war, and I'm very excited to see where this story line goes.As always, I highly recommend (demand) you read this comic and issue.X-O MANOWAR 9 gets 5 Paff Paffs out of 5.Make sure to check out Comic Vine's interview with Robert Venditti about X-O MANOWAR and Planet Death here! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Jan 23, 2013

    The action is tight and the illustrations are hot. This is a great issue and an even greater start to what will probably be the best story arc this title has ever had. Bring it on! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Jan 23, 2013

    If you have not tried out X-O Manowar yet this issue is the perfect jumping on point. There is a story summary on the first page to get new readers up to speed and once you try this action packed series I promise that you will have it in your pull box at your local comic shop the next day. Valiant is putting out some of the best comic books in the industry today and X-O Manowar is among the most enjoyable books being put out on a monthly basis. Give one of their titles a try and you will soon find yourself dropping one (or more) of the big twos books to make room for your new favorite comic books. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - BigJ Jan 28, 2013

    It's becoming more and more challenging to find new ways to rave about how good “X-0 Manowar” is every month. Writer Robert Venditti has plotted out a long-form road map for “X-O Manowar” and continues to execute his vision with deadly precision. Everyone should be on board with the direction Venditti is taking “X-O Manowar” and this “Planet Death” storyline is a great spot to join in on the action. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Big JTags Robert Venditti Jan 28, 2013

    It's becoming more and more challenging to find new ways to rave about how good “X-0 Manowar” is every month. Writer Robert Venditti has plotted out a long-form road map for “X-O Manowar” and continues to execute his vision with deadly precision. Everyone should be on board with the direction Venditti is taking “X-O Manowar” and this “Planet Death” storyline is a great spot to join in on the action. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Jan 23, 2013

    Trevor Hairsine handles art in this issue along with colors by Brian Reber. Overall, the issue looks pretty good. The aforementioned aliens getting cut in half looks amazing. Any time the armor is on and Aric is throwing down, things look great. That said, there are more than a few moments where the characters' faces don't look right. Eyes don't line up. Face shape seems off. It's minor, but you'll notice it. Fortunately, it doesn't completely bog down this issue. X-O Manowar still kicks butt. Bring on Planet Death. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Christopher Romero Jan 25, 2013

    My only concern with this book is the lack of world nations responding to Aric's acts of destruction. The guy leveled the Italian Coliseum and the British Intelligence headquarters"so where's the retaliation? Despite this, "Planet Death" is off to a strong start. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geekality - Julius Freeman Jan 29, 2013

    I enjoyed the idea of the armor having a mind of its own, sensing its destruction and going to great lengths to protect itself by using its human host. Some of the dialogue was rough around the edges, but bearable. Admiral Xylems dialogue seemed too cartoony and clich for me. When I see Admiral Xylem, drawn by Travor Hairsines hands, I hear regal, elegant, but brute. Instead, we received the Im-going-to-destroy-the-world-muah-ha-ha villain. Yawn! Other than that, the rest of the story was solid. I critique a comic, or any story for that matter, by how badly I want to turn the page to find out what happens next. Every time I read X-O Manowar, although not perfect every single month, Im eager to learn what will happen next. Give this book a shot if youre into the superhero genre and want to take a small break from Marvel or DC. Lets give this underdog a chance to shine. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Carl Boehm Jan 23, 2013

    Still, the crossover did not carry any great momentum leading into this filler. I am giving it a 3 for that sake. But this 3 is the X-O equivalent to an IDW or Boom! 5. Read Full Review

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