X-O Manowar #2

by Jason Laframboise on April 26, 2017

Written by MATT KINDT
Published by Valiant Comics

Well you need to give it to Matt Kindt he took a well established major character and has taken him in a bold new unexpected direction. Is it a good or a bad direction is left to the reader at this point. I honestly have mixed feeling about the book. On one hand the book is well written, and the art is pretty good. It was an enjoyable story outside of the main character. I would love to be a new reader coming into it without my long history with the character. This would maybe be slightly more enjoyable with fresh eyes. That is not to say that I didn't enjoy it, I'm just not sure how I feel about the new direction. It's fresh and a unique take that isn't anything like the previous series. It has a sort of Planet Hulk vibe a bit. It is close enough that it is invoking the themes similar to that story, while being it's own unique thing. 

We pick up the action this month with Aric of Dacia leading a team of soldiers into battle. Aric is still pretty much without his famous armour for the issue. We get some really awesome  alien landscapes in the backgrounds here with the art. It kind of reminds me of the old Masters of the Universe cartoon at some points, as well as Aric does kind of look like a bearded He-Man in some of the panels. It's all really cool stuff as far the art goes. How could you not like an alien world over run by war, rendered in great art. The colours in the issue serve the art well, and blend with it very well to create a moody dark book. I look forward eagerly to the battles in the next issue, because the way we left the book it looks like we are in for a doozy of a fight next month. 

I've a special fondness for the character. X-O Manowar volume one is one of my favourite books in the old school Valiant Comics, and the newer version quickly became one of my big favourites. The stellar long term story telling as been with the new X-O since the beginning, and I am thankful that based entirely on his previous work, Matt Kindt is great at long term storytelling. I've yet to be  disappointed by anything he's written for Valiant, and couple of his books are probably among my favorites of all time. So I will place my trust as a reader in Kindt's hands once again, and I trust that this book will play out in a very satisfactory creative work, that will leave this fan happy. To summarize I am weary of the changes to the character, but I enjoyed the issue so much that it really didn't matter. I hope that it is a success for all involved.  

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