Amazing sequence that changes the battlefield and sets up what could be the best climax in a crossover event in a good while.
Primary Reebo's mentality as leader is highly questionable and his weariness compared to other hunters isn't explained. Main characters haven't truly engaged each other directly in any battles
Rating ( 9 )
- Total score
Armor Hunters #3 continues with soldiers inside M.E.R.O. battling against Lilt, an armor hunter, to stop him from reaching the infected Malgam. But they’re not faring well as their weapons can’t harm him nor are they equipped to defend against his acid attacks. The colonel knows the station is all but lost and is planning to evacuate with the remaining soldiers including Bloodshot. But he informs the colonel that he’ll cover her escape because he’s not leaving, and proceeds to attack Lilt head on causing damage to the monster. The colonel doesn’t hesitate to take advantage of this opportunity as she gets the remaining troops to fall back. However they’re not completely defenseless as they make their escape in a heavily-armed alien vessel they’ve dubbed the Love Boat, piloted by Liveware, and they head towards Western Nebraska to rendezvous with Aric. Unfortunately losses abound and Aric is adamant that the armor isn’t worth all this bloodshed, and he wants to surrender it to the armor hunters. And it’s not just them, countries all over the planet have suffered tremendous losses with no answer on how to stop the hunters. The colonel finally accepts Aric’s decision to surrender the armor but she states that handing it over to the armor hunters has to be under her terms. But does she have one final trick up her sleeve to turn the tide of battle or is this truly the end of X-O Manowar? And with Malgam on the loose now will surrendering the armor even stop the hunters?
Armor Hunters #3 is an excellent penultimate issue that raises the bar with its amazing sequence that results in multiple surprises, and sets the stage for an earth shattering showdown. Aside from unexplained behavior by Primary Reebo in the middle of this issue, you’ll be on edge from beginning to end as everything from the artwork to the dialogue will keep you engrossed and anticipating what could happen next. I do wonder how everything could be wrapped up in one issue especially with Malgam on the loose but I have confidence that it will be an exciting and satisfactory conclusion.
Release Date: 8/13/14
Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Doug Braithwaite