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Gizmo reviewed Black Panther #14 May 31, 2020
8.5

We take the first step towards reconnecting with Wakanda, plus we get another epic space battle. Put simply, this is just an exciting issue to read.

Black Panther #14

By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Daniel Acuna
Released: Jul 31, 2019

THE INTERGALACTIC EMPIRE OF WAKANDA -"TWO THOUSAND SEASONS" PART 2: T'Challa makes contact with Earth! But the war for the Empire continues, and with the panther goddess Bast on their side, the Maroons are looking to turn the tide. When Emperor N'Jadaka comes for his revenge, he'll find himself in hot water. But will T'Challa's plan be enough to fr...

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Gizmo reviewed Black Panther #13 May 31, 2020
7.5

Always interesting to see M'Baku and T'Challa butting heads.

Black Panther #13

By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Daniel Acuna
Released: Jun 26, 2019

A NEW ARC - AND FIRST CONTACT WITH WAKANDA PRIME! "TWO THOUSAND SEASONS" STARTS HERE!
Weeks ago, the Black Panther disappeared on a mission into deep space, leaving behind his country, his family and the woman he loves. Find out at last what Wakanda Prime has done without its king. As the race against N'Jadaka's expansion continues, the goddess...

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Gizmo reviewed Shuri #10 May 31, 2020
7.0

The artwork is starting to break down in some panels, particularly with faces. I like the ending because it tries something a bit different from the typical 'giant monster threat' approach and it retains Muti as a new potential support character (he really needs a better name thought).

Shuri #10

By: Nnedi Okorafor, Rachael Stott
Released: Jul 24, 2019

INTO THE DJALIA! The alien creature that followed Princess Shuri to Wakanda is inches from destroying the Great Mound - and taking Shuri's friends with it! With her Ancient Future powers gone and Wakanda's entire supply of Vibranium at risk, Princess Shuri must take a leap of faith - into the plane of Wakandan memory. But will Shuri restore the Dja...

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Gizmo reviewed Shuri #9 May 30, 2020
7.0

I'm not sure what's going on with Storm at the end, so I hope the next issue explains that. Muti turns out to be an interesting character.

Shuri #9

By: Nnedi Okorafor, Rachael Stott
Released: Jun 19, 2019

VIBRANIUM 24/7!
All of Wakandan history and culture is under threat as the Space Lubber that followed Shuri all the way from the depths of space back to Wakanda makes its move! To stop it, Shuri and her allies will have to go deep into the Vibranium mines - which doesn't sit well with the claustrophobic Storm!
Rated T

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Gizmo reviewed Shuri #8 May 30, 2020
7.5

This issue was a big step up, it makes a huge difference that plot is back to where is was initially intended to go and that the stakes have been raised. This is also the best artwork we've had on this series thus far. The downside is that most readers will have tuned out by now, the series is finding its footing too late in the game.

Shuri #8

By: Nnedi Okorafor, Rachael Stott
Released: May 22, 2019

SHURI TAKES UP THE BLACK PANTHER MANTLE ONCE AGAIN!
Nnedi Okorafor returns alongside rising star artist Rachael Stott with a brand-new arc! But this is a Black Panther you've never seen before - one who will change Wakanda forever. Something has stolen pieces of the Djalia, the plane of Wakandan memory, and it's up to the Princess of Wakanda to...

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Gizmo reviewed Shuri #7 May 30, 2020
6.5

Still some inconsistency in the artwork, but it has improved a bit over the previous issue. The narrative is a bit better too now that there is character development for the reader to invest in. It turns out that there was zero reason to include Ms. Marvel.

Shuri #7

By: Vita Ayala, Paul Davidson
Released: Apr 17, 2019

GUEST-STARRING MILES MORALES AND MS. MARVEL!
When it looks like an enemy of Wakanda has left a signature behind in America, Princess Shuri heads overseas to investigate. But she's not the only hero on the case. With New York City and New Jersey on the line, there's no way Miles Morales and Kamala Khan are sitting this one out. Guest creative te...

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Gizmo reviewed Shuri #6 May 28, 2020
4.5

Sloppy art to match a sloppy narrative.

Shuri #6

By: Vita Ayala, Paul Davidson
Released: Mar 13, 2019

BRAND NEW ARC!
At long last, Shuri faces her destiny. With her brother gone and Wakanda in peril, the Black Panther is needed. But the Princess of Wakanda is more than any mask - and she's about to face a threat unlike any Wakanda has seen before. The start of a two-part story by guest creative team Vita Ayala & Paul Davidson!
Rated T

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Gizmo reviewed Shuri #5 May 27, 2020
6.0

I'll take their word for it that LEDs can be hacked but... those appear to be florescents depicted in the art and, regardless, that still doesn't mean the lights become speakers.

The encounter itself is rushed and ridiculous; I actually found the falling action with Shuri confronting a difficult choice more interesting. I also appreciate the effort to include real African references.

Shuri #5

By: Nnedi Okorafor, Leonardo Romero
Released: Feb 20, 2019

THE TWO BADDEST GAUNTLET-WIELDERS IN THE MARVEL UNIVERSE UNITE!
An alien creature has invaded Wakanda! And with her powers strangely malfunctioning and her brother still missing, Shuri is in over her head. Time to call for backup. Enter: Iron Man! But can these two tech geniuses figure out how to de-power an energy-sucking alien before it destr...

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Gizmo reviewed Shuri #4 May 27, 2020
6.5

There is a sense of familiarity with Africa from the author that shines though, but the narrative itself is somewhat lacking.

Shuri #4

By: Nnedi Okorafor, Leonardo Romero
Released: Jan 23, 2019

WHEN THE POWER GOES OUT IN WAKANDA
Shuri's returned from her space adventure with Rocket and Groot - but she's brought something back with her. And now, centuries-old music and stories are disappearing across Africa. Something is stealing the continent's cultural history - and its electrical power. Then, as if the heir to the throne didn't have...

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Gizmo reviewed Blade Runner: 2019 #7 May 25, 2020
8.0

Um, I don't actually know for sure who that is in the reveal on the final page, so some of the effect is lost. Overall this is another scintillating issue though, with all of the grit and angst of the Blade Runner films.

Blade Runner: 2019 #7

By: Michael Green, Andres Guinaldo
Released: Mar 25, 2020

Bestselling comic continues as former Blade Runner ASH's mission takes her where no other Blade Runner would dare to go - the never-before-seen Off-World colonies!
From the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Blade Runner 2049, Michael Green, and co-writer Mike Johnson (Star Trek, Supergirl)!

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Gizmo reviewed X-O Manowar #1 May 25, 2020
7.5

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.

X-O Manowar #1

By: Dennis, Emilio Laiso
Released: Mar 25, 2020

WIN THE BATTLE, LOSE THE WORLD.

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 superhe...

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Gizmo reviewed X-O Manowar #26 May 25, 2020
5.5

You know how X-O Manowar is essentially a cross between Thor and Superman? Well, in case you forgot, we have this as the last issue in the series to remind us. Overall, this was a decent run; it started out strong but it gradually lost steam with each passing month. If you plan to check out this series, I'd recommend sticking around until Aric is the emperor and leaving off on that high point.

X-O Manowar #26

By: Matt Kindt, Tomas Giorello
Released: Apr 17, 2019

Matt Kindt's final X-O issue!
This is it! This is Matt Kindt's final issue of his Eisner Award-nominated, critically
acclaimed run on X-O MANOWAR.
"HERO" Part 4, the conclusion! X-O Manowar takes the fi nal battle against the galaxy's
baddest bounty hunters into space to decide the ultimate fate of the universe.
Perfect for fans...

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Gizmo reviewed X-O Manowar #25 May 25, 2020
8.0

Lots of well rendered action and a touching moment between Aric and [spoilers] bring this issue full circle to the feeling that the earlier issues in this run evoked.

X-O Manowar #25

By: Matt Kindt, Tomas Giorello
Released: Mar 20, 2019

Long ago, Aric of Dacia left the life he knew on Earth behind to start afresh in a distant galaxy... Now, the mistakes of his past have come home to roost, causing untold devastation on the planet Aric first called home! Clad in the X-O Manowar armor he once renounced, the former Emperor of Gorin has a choice to make... Does he take on this band of...

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Gizmo reviewed X-O Manowar #24 May 25, 2020
7.5

Oh hey, it's [spoilers]! Things just got interesting again.

X-O Manowar #24

By: Matt Kindt, Tomas Giorello
Released: Feb 20, 2019

"Hero" - Part Two!
The intergalactic bounty hunters once bested by Aric of Dacia have followed him to Earth to reclaim their victory - by any means necessary! But X-O Manowar doesn't stand alone: From out of nowhere, another armor-clad challenger has jumped into the fray... Who is this mysterious warrior, and what business does she have with Ar...

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Gizmo reviewed X-O Manowar #23 May 25, 2020
6.5

Aw crap, not the bounty hunters again. I'm really just not into these guys. Also, I wasn't under the impression that things were left as sour between Aric and the bounty hunters as they apparently are now.

X-O Manowar #23

By: Matt Kindt, Tomas Giorello
Released: Jan 23, 2019

NEW ARC! NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! "HERO" - PART ONE!

Aric of Dacia may have left Planet Gorin behind, but its people still remember the ruin they felt in his wake...and so do the bounty hunters who sought to end his barbaric reign! Enraged by the blight on their perfect record, they've arrived on our world to finish the job they started - and...

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Gizmo reviewed X-O Manowar #22 May 24, 2020
7.5

"Lead yourself, fool."

X-O Manowar #22

By: Matt Kindt, Juan Jose Ryp
Released: Dec 19, 2018

The thrilling finale to "AGENT!"
With the help of Atom-13, X-O Manowar has succeeded in beating back the forces of the Unknown... But the militant leader of New Eden, now known as the Cartographer, may have yet another surprise up his sleeve...
Eisner-nominated writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, NINJAK) and insatiable artist Juan José Ryp p...

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Gizmo reviewed X-O Manowar #21 May 24, 2020
7.5

I'm loving the dudes in the gas masks, can we give them a spinoff? There's also plenty of fun to be had watching Aric mangle some weird druid-hippy cult.

X-O Manowar #21

By: Matt Kindt, Juan Jose Ryp
Released: Nov 28, 2018

The Brothers of the Bomb explode onto the scene!
The Brothers of the Bomb have invaded our world, and only the armored Visigoth vanguard known as X-O Manowar can stand between them and total devastation! But they aren't alone...other fatal forces from the Unknown are fast approaching, too...
Visionary Eisner-nominated writer Matt Kindt (DIV...

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Gizmo reviewed X-O Manowar #20 May 23, 2020
7.5

This Atom-13 guy is interesting. I wish I had read Divinity now.

X-O Manowar #20

By: Matt Kindt, Juan Jose Ryp
Released: Oct 24, 2018

The Agents of G.A.T.E. vs. the Brothers of the Bomb!
In a realm far more fantastical than our own, a Sky Goddess is missing... And in pursuit of their vanished cosmic princess and her nefarious captors, a squadron of soldiers from the Unknown have invaded our planet! As tensions run high and trust becomes scarce, can X-O Manowar and G.A.T.E. le...

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Gizmo reviewed X-O Manowar #19 May 23, 2020
7.0

Haven't seen Colonel Capshaw in a while, so it was nice to have an issue that set aside some pages to flush her out. I'm sure it would have had more of an impact if I followed Harbinger Wars 2.

X-O Manowar #19

By: Matt Kindt, Juan Jose Ryp
Released: Sep 26, 2018

Celebrating the 75th issue overall of X-O MANOWAR since 2012! Beyond time, space, and reality, there lies the Unknown...and now it's coming here! When soldiers from a mysterious foreign realm arrive on Earth, it's up to the armored Visigoth known as X-O Manowar - newly returned to the planet and now the leader of his own elite G.A.T.E. unit - to de...

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Gizmo reviewed X-O Manowar #18 May 23, 2020
7.0

I've read that the Colosseum could be flooded to reenact naval battles, but I think this is the first time I've seen it depicted in fictional media, so that's cool. Somehow, I doubt there was a giant bathtub drain in the middle...

X-O Manowar #18

By: Matt Kindt, Trevor Hairsine
Released: Aug 29, 2018

The executioner's blade!
Sentenced to die for crimes against the empire, Aric of Dacia and his new comrade, Sabbas, have escaped the gladiatorial arena...only to find themselves in far more dire straits! Centuries before he would become X-O Manowar, can a brasher, younger Aric - sworn to combat the Romans at any cost - outwit and outmaneuver th...

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Gizmo reviewed X-O Manowar #17 May 23, 2020
6.0

Sooo... The warriors of Thamud had some fighters hidden in the sand far ahead of their own position (and before they even knew they would be there) that waited for the Romans to dig in the sand and wait for their own ambush? That part pulled me out of the story completely. I do appreciate that the pace has slowed down a bit from the massive campaigned squished into each issue though.

X-O Manowar #17

By: Matt Kindt, Trevor Hairsine
Released: Jul 25, 2018

Prisoner of war!

Shackled against his will and brought forward into the homeland of his enemies, Aric of Dacia - the war-hardened Visigoth who will one day become the unstoppable X-O Manowar - is about to encounter a staggering sight: the city of Rome! Soon, Aric will discover that the capital of history's most ruthless empire can be far m...

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Gizmo reviewed X-O Manowar #16 May 23, 2020
6.0

Aric is becoming a sideshow. How long was he supposed to be passed out for that the Visgoths have joined up with the Romans?

X-O Manowar #16

By: Matt Kindt, Trevor Hairsine
Released: Jun 27, 2018

As HARBINGER WARS 2 rages...witness the birth of "BARBARIANS"!

Long ago, on the bloodstained battlefields of centuries past, Aric of Dacia cut a swath through the armies of the ancient world as a brash but cunning warrior - and all without the X-O Manowar armor. Now, the untold story of Aric's swashbuckling youth - and how it unknowingly f...

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Gizmo reviewed X-O Manowar #15 May 17, 2020
6.5

This issue dives into Aric's history and essentially ignores Harbinger Wars 2, which is absolutely fine by me. I'm not sure what Sabbas has to do with anything though, I guess we'll find out. The highlight of this issue is most definitely when Aric urinates into a Roman aqueduct.

X-O Manowar #15

By: Matt Kindt, Trevor Hairsine
Released: May 23, 2018

ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! "BARBARIANS" - PART ONE!
As HARBINGER WARS 2 besieges the Valiant Universe - and X-O Manowar along with it - Aric of Dacia cannot escape the flames that now threaten his future...or the shadows that cloud his past. Before space... Before the armor... Return to the apex of the Visigoth conquest as a younger...

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Gizmo reviewed X-O Manowar #14 May 17, 2020
6.0

This art style has vibrant colours but the characters remain static and lifeless. The narrative doesn't reveal anything new or interesting.

X-O Manowar #14

By: Matt Kindt, Ariel Olivetti
Released: Apr 25, 2018

A MUST-READ PRELUDE TO HARBINGER WARS 2! AT LAST - X-O MANOWAR RETURNS TO EARTH! After a brutal year spent waging war on the far side of the galaxy, Aric of Dacia must now face the one thing he yearned to leave behind: planet Earth. But as the man called X-O Manowar prepares for a world-shaking homecoming, he must come to terms with a savage awaken...

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Gizmo reviewed X-O Manowar #13 May 17, 2020
7.5

This issue reveals some much needed character development to keep things interesting as this plot line loses its spark. The character development is great, but the climax is very lackluster.

X-O Manowar #13

By: Matt Kindt, Ryan Bodenheim
Released: Mar 28, 2018

This means war!

The alien-armored warrior called X-O Manowar once commanded the most formidable army the alien world of Gorin had ever known. Now, his comrades have been forsaken, his crown has been commandeered, and his power has been rejected by the very subjects he once ruled. But he still has his sword...and a never-ending furnace of f...

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Gizmo reviewed X-O Manowar #12 May 17, 2020
7.0

Wait, so the bounty hunters left Aric on-planet? I thought they'd seclude him on a moon or something.

X-O Manowar #12

By: Matt Kindt, Ryan Bodenheim
Released: Feb 28, 2018

Behold the untamed fury of Earth's last Visigoth!
Left for dead by a mercenary band of bounty hunters far more twisted and devious than any enemy he's faced before, Aric of Dacia has managed to cling to life...and a thirst for revenge. Now, his campaign of retribution against those who have wronged him can begin in full force...and, when the du...

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Gizmo reviewed X-O Manowar #11 May 17, 2020
7.5

Up until now, this run has used a painterly art style. This issue incorporates ink lines, which I still like, but much of that fantasy, space opera feel is lost.

X-O Manowar #11

By: Matt Kindt, Ryan Bodenheim
Released: Jan 24, 2018

ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! "VISIGOTH" - PART ONE!
Aric of Dacia's bone-crushing climb to the throne of an alien world earned him scores of allies... and a legion of scorned enemies. Now, stripped of his crown and cast out of his kingdom, the man known as X-O Manowar must return to his roots as a sword-wielding warrior of Earth if he...

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Gizmo reviewed X-O Manowar #10 May 17, 2020
7.5

We take a break to get to know the new bounty hunter characters. As characters, they are not particularly interesting, but the world that they come from, with the beautifully rendered giant creatures, it pretty cool.

X-O Manowar #10

By: Matt Kindt, Renato Guedes
Released: Dec 27, 2017

Wanted dead or alive by the galaxy's deadliest band of mercenaries!
One does not rise to power without making enemies along the way...and for X-O Manowar, the armored emperor of the planet Gorin, those enemies' grievances have now come due. To end his reign, Aric of Dacia's adversaries have paid a blood-fueled bounty to a ragtag assemblage of t...

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Gizmo reviewed X-O Manowar #9 May 17, 2020
8.5

The artwork is better than ever, and we find out that Aric is not necessarily as good an emperor as he is a warrior.

X-O Manowar #9

By: Matt Kindt, Clayton Crain
Released: Nov 22, 2017

Hail to the emperor!
With his throne attained and his enemies defeated, Aric of Dacia is not only the undisputed emperor of the war-shattered world of Gorin... He is one of the most feared warlords in the known galaxy! But as this former hero of Earth grows more confident with each brutal campaign, he'll soon discover that his greatest enemy is...

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Gizmo reviewed X-O Manowar #8 May 17, 2020
8.0

The decision to separate Aric from his armor was a good one, to remind us that he is always a warrior, with or without the suit.

X-O Manowar #8

By: Matt Kindt, Clayton Crain
Released: Oct 25, 2017

Besieged!
War has returned to the world of Gorin - but, this time, the planet's ravaged armies face a threat from the stars, not within! Now, as the intergalactic assault reaches a critical peak, it falls to Gorin's newly coronated emperor, Aric of Urth, to fortify not just a kingdom, but an entire world! With his sentient armor to aid him, the...

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