After showing what he is capable of Aric is in charge of a new rag-tag team. In a battle that he really had no interest in fighting. Forced into this new alien war, how long can he go before he calls upon X-O Manowar for help?
This book takes no time to get straight into the action, with just enough background and we are off to the races. With Aric getting a team on this issue and given an impossible task, one that would surely kill most. Along with that, we get peeks into his true power and what X-O Manowar is capable of. Making Aric pull off some incredible feats, Just as we are learning of his powers. The team around him is left in awe several times after he does the impossible.
There is also an internal conflict going on here, between Aric and X-O Manowar. Apparently, X-O Manowar is a living sentient being that can talk with Aric, which adds a very intriguing dynamic. Their conversation here is about the constant destruction and war that seemingly follows them around, with Aric blaming X-O Manowar for this. For Aric, this seems to be the theme here. Being tired of the constant war and just wants to settle down. Doing what is needed to get out of this current situation but that is where it stops. Aric has no interest in fighting others battles anymore.
Once again the art is just astounding on this title. The sheer amount of detail that Giorello can pack into these pages is astounding. You could simply skim through the title and get the gist of what is going on here from the artwork alone. Rodriguez’s colors amaze here again as well, giving the book a softer tone, yet highlighting the brutal fights when needed.
X-O Manowar is the best sci-fi title out right now, with gorgeous art and epic storytelling. Add in that this is new reader friendly (this is my first X-O Manowar title too) making this a perfect time to get this. You have no excuses, go pick this one up!
Reviewed by Tim Montoya
X-O Manowar #2
Written by Matt Kindt
Art by: Tomas Giorello, Diego Rodriguez, Dave Sharpe
Published by Valiant
Release Date: April 26th, 2017