Posted June 26, 2014 by Drew Bagay in Comics


Writer: Robert Venditti
Penciler: Diego Bernard
Cover Artist: Clayton Crain, Trevor Hairsine
Editor: Warren Simons, Josh Johns
Publisher: Valiant

Robert Venditti and Diego Bernard start an all new jumping on point in X-O Manowar #26 with a tie-in for Valiant’s crossover event Armor Hunters. Having the same writer as the main event title you can expect some consistency in terms of the writing. With the main story already starting in Armor Hunters #1, Venditti makes use of this issue as a back-up (as what most tie-ins usually are) featuring the origin of the Armor Hunters and how it eventually lead them to hunt X-O Manowar in Earth.

Venditti adds a new layer to the characterization to the partnership of Reebo and Malgam by giving us their perpective on the story. This issue introduces the two of them being recruited by an unnamed man whose planet was invaded and destroyed by the X-O armor. Although it is obvious that it is not Aric in the armor, Venditti keeps it mysterious by not revealing the species controlling the armor and just how destructive it can be. However, showing a different species in the armor would certainly further develop its history.

One of the best things about Valiant is their choice of artists for their books. Diego Bernard’s art isn’t so radically different from the previous artists that have worked on the title such as Clayton Crain, giving it a sense of consistency that helps the story. His panels flow through each one smoothly while at the same time helps the story move along.

X-O Manowar #26 is a perfect jumping on point for new readers looking into one of Valiant’s flagship science fiction titles. Although it’s a great introductory issue, it’s only just that – an introduction and set-up to a much bigger story. With that said, even if somehow you’re not reading the main event title, Venditti writes this tie-in a story that can stand on its own very well.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Drew Bagay

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