X-O Manowar #47

by Jason Laframboise on June 29, 2016

X-O Manowar #47

written by: Robert Venditti
main story art: Joe Bennett
Flashback art by: Roberto de la Torre
Published by Valiant Comics
This is it, the beginning of the end. Long Live the King part one. X-O Manowar is going to be ending its run soon. This issue sees the start of the battle with the Torment a giant race of aliens who have followed the Vine to Earth and now it is up to Aric, X-O Manowar to defeat them and save the Earth. This issue is basically one giant fight. X-O Manowar is joined by the Vine, G.A.T.E forces and the Armorines in battling the huge "gods". Since this is the first issue of the story you can probably guess how well that goes. I'm not sure what to make of the Torment. They seem benevolent but I think there's more to the story.

The story is coming to a head. It's been a long journey to this point and the finale seems to be living up to what has come before it. Really X-O Manowar has been as much about the Vine Priest as it has been about Aric of Dacia. We have followed him as his sacred artifact, the X-O armour, finally chose someone worthy of it. We watched as he came around to believing in Aric despite him not being of the same race, then lost his home world and now he is being confronted by the gods of his religion, who may or may not destroy the Earth. It's been a good long development. Commander Trill's actions in the book can be looked on as both heroic and cowardly, but like all Valiant characters he's really neither black or white, good or evil. I think that perhaps we haven't seen the last of Trill.

The art is good in this issue. The first few pages flashback through the priests story and are by Roberto de La Torre and Dean White. I love the opening splash page drawn by Joe Bennett. The rest of the issue is a really good, long fight and is quite well done.  Also speaking of art, as we head to the big 50th issue Valiant is giving away free micro-prints in each issue. It's a nice little freebie and actually makes me want to pick up another copy. I ended up with a nice little Butch Guice print, so good stuff Valiant.

There's a lot I want to say about the series as a whole, but I will save that for the post-mortem of issue 50. For now I will just say I enjoyed this book, and it's going to be a long month waiting for the next chapter.

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