X-O Manowar #15 Advanced Review
By Andy Frisk
July 1, 2013 - 21:56
Writer(s): Robert Venditti
Penciller(s): Lee Garbett
Inker(s): Stephano Guadiano
Colourist(s): Moose Bauman
Letterer(s): Dave Sharpe
Cover Artist(s): Trevor Hairsine, Clayton Crain, Landronn, Kekai Kotaki
While I loved the way that series writer Robert Venditti (Green Lantern, Homeland Directive, Surrogates) told, and brought to a tidy conclusion, the "Planet Death" storyline, I'm so glad that he's finally getting down to telling the part of the story of XO Manowar's lead protagonist, Aric, that I have been waiting to read since issue #1. The fact that Gilad Anni-Padda/The Eternal Warrior/my favorite Valiant character of all time, will be guest starring and, from the looks of things, knocking some modern sense (and sensibility) into Aric, makes this upcoming part of the tale of XO Manowar some of the most highly anticipated comic books this year (at least for me). The space epic aspects of XO Manowar definitely have their place in the overall story, but the classic XO Manowar stories were at their best when they focused on Aric's efforts to adapt to the modern world and establish himself as a Valiant-style superhero.
A great series is about to get even better as it moves to the next level and Venditti and Garbett take Aric/XO Manowar into a present day world filled with old friends, new foes, and stark challenges. I simply cannot wait for each upcoming issue of the "Homecoming" storyline.