The opening pages by David Mack and Zu Orzu really encapsulate why the Cadmium culture is so hated by the Azure. Where they use almost hieroglyphic type imagery to tell the story of this civilization. Showing off the dark and ugly underbelly of the Cadmiums, using watercolors as a sort of balance to the darkness of their story. Aric reminds us that he was from Roman times originally and he knows all too well about Emperors and how they treat their people.
From there we pick up with the rag-tag group that Aric is commanding and their escape from Cadmium. With the Cadmium President in sight, Aric decides to change the mission in order to capture him. However, the ever popular Captian has different plans and proceeds to bombard the city with Aric and his team still inside. Aric continues on the new mission dodging friendly fire along the way. With Aric being simply a man at this point and the Manowar armor being a ring on his finger, he is clearly a hero with or without it. It should be interesting to see what causes Aric to use the armor again in the future.
Kindt’s pacing here is a breakneck speed, which isn’t to say it’s a bad thing. With three action-packed issues so far, we are knee deep in the action. However, no story or development is lost to this speed. With so many characters in one book, Kindt is doing a stellar balancing act with each one. Even for those that have never read X-O Manowar in the past, I’m guilty of that one. Kindt drops just enough story and character development along the way so you never feel lost. This new series truly is reader friendly and a blast to read at that.
Once again the art here is stunning, Giorello does a fantastic job of meshing realism with fantasy, bringing the pages to life. With detail in each panel from the mechanical details of ships to emotions from the characters. Everything here just feels so clean and crisp, no detail is left behind.
X-O Manowar continues to impress from story to art this series is a must read. There are some pacing issues here and there but nothing that I wouldn’t say I’m nitpicking about. Seriously everyone should give this title a chance.
Reviewed by Tim Montoya
X-O Manowar #3
Written by Matt Kindt
Art by: Thomas Giorello, David Mack, Zu Orzu, Diego Rodriguez, Dave Sharpe
Published by Valiant Comics
Release Date: May 24th, 2017