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X-O Manowar #1
Kareem Ali 4.5

X-O Manowar #1


  • The good

    Intriguing scenario with Aric's mentality and new alien world

  • The bad

    Narration during action sequences takes away from the exploration of Aric's mentality

  • The ugly

  • X-O Manowar #1 is the start of a new ongoing series with Aric trying to find his place on an alien world torn by civil war. It opens up with Aric in the arms of Schon, his lover. She asks him if he saw the soldiers preparing for war and tells him that she thinks it’s justified. She states that her people have been oppressed for generations but Aric doesn’t see it that way. His current abhorrence for war is due to whatever happened that made him leave Earth.


    However, Aric is forcibly drafted to go to war or rather serve as cannon fodder to protect the soldiers. He was wise enough to prepare ahead of time by taking a piece of Shanhara. But he doesn’t use the sacred bond to obtain a piece of the armor and instead elects to forcibly cut a piece off. What occurred on Earth that changed Aric so drastically? And can he find what he’s looking for on this alien planet?

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    First thing I have to say about this issue is that the artwork is beautiful. Tomas Giorello perfectly captures Aric’s new mindset and world he inhabits.  Even though Aric looks like the rugged lost soul attempting to find redemption (like a Thunder God I know) his journey feels mostly unique. Thankfully, this issue’s appeal is more than just artwork but the engrossing story unfolding within its pages. It makes me care about Aric’s journey, and despite not knowing the history of this planet, the overall situation on the planet.


    The first part of this issue did an excellent job conveying Aric’s mentality and current situation. Clearly he missed Earth and his wife despite his current detachment from them. So whatever turned the once optimistic king into a man with the desire to just be left alone was intriguing. And so was his relationship with Schon. But what really set him apart from his previous portrayals was his treatment of Shanhara knowing the bond that was there. What could lead him to bury her so deeply in the ground?

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    After this riveting start, the remaining bulk of this issue covers Aric as a standout soldier in the army. The action sequences were entertaining due to the scenarios they faced but again, the artwork was simply outstanding. So these sequences didn’t feel mundane even though Aric wasn’t the narrator. It was understandable why he wasn’t the narrator because his actions spoke for themselves. However, I preferred to know more about his current mindset and what created the current situation in order to feel more invested in the overall conflict on this planet. Thankfully, this is something I feel will be explored going forward.




    X-O Manowar #1 does an outstanding job in portraying Aric’s mentality and creating a fresh, new scenario for him. His relationship with Schon and Shanhara speaks volumes and are responsible for the riveting start. The action sequences here work mostly because of Tomas Giorello’s artwork. Since the overall context for the war isn’t clear and Aric isn’t the narrator, it’s not as engrossing as the beginning. However, I’m looking forward to what’s next after this exciting start.


    Release Date: 3/15/17
    Writer: Matt Kindt
    Artist:  Tomas Giorello
  • Rating ( 9 )
  • Total score 9.0

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