Valiant has unveiled a massive trove of artwork from X-O MANOWAR – Valiant’s cosmos-shaking ongoing series epic from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt, alongside blockbuster artists Tomas Giorello, Doug Braithwaite, Clayton Crain, and more – in advance of the annual ComicsPRO conference in Memphis, TN.
Representing the culmination of months of behind-the-scenes planning and preparation from some of the top creative talents in comics today, the all-new X-O MANOWAR #1 – in stores March 22nd – will launch one of the definitive Valiant epics ever told…and bring Aric of Dacia to a landmark turning point that will be felt for years to come. Exotic alien planets, powerful new characters, and relentless adversaries will stand revealed as Aric of Dacia rises from “SOLDIER” to “GENERAL” to “EMPEROR” to “VISIGOTH” in a star-shattering adventure like no other in comics today!
Across summer 2017, X-O Manowar’s interplanetary war escalates as he graduates from “SOLDIER” to the next heart-stopping phase of his cosmic crusade! First, in June, extraordinary artist Doug Braithwaite comes aboard the most important Valiant tale of 2017 for “GENERAL” in X-O MANOWAR #4 – the FIRST ISSUE of an ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT chronicling Aric of Dacia’s one-man takeover of a battle-ravaged alien world! Then, in September, comics superstar Clayton Crain enters the battlefield to begin “EMPEROR” in X-O MANOWAR #7 – the FIRST ISSUE of an ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT delivering Earth’s alien-armored hero to the apex of power on a hostile extraterrestrial world!
“We have five exceptional artists on board before issue #1 even launches, each of whom are brilliant talents who are absolute forces in the marketplace,” Valiant Editor-In-Chief Warren Simons told IGN. “Tomas Giorello, who is doing some of the most beautiful work of his career, kicks things off with our “Soldier” arc in issue #1, which is heavily influenced by movies like “Saving Private Ryan” and “Unforgiven”. The work Tomas is doing here is absolutely jaw dropping, and the response we’ve seen from his pages has been phenomenal.”
“2017 is X-O Manowar’s 25th anniversary and Matt had an intriguing idea… Instead of celebrating with a return to Aric’s status quo, let’s make the character a truly cosmic force to be reckoned with and thrust him into a whole new scenario – a lone human, bonded to an alien weapon, forced to fight on a hostile yet exotic extraterrestrial world,” Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani also told IGN. “Matt and the five-strong art team of Tomas Giorello, Doug Braithwaite, Clayton Crain, Ryan Bodenheim, and Mico Suayan are doing something we haven’t seen yet with this character – making him a literal “man of war” that’s about to take on not just an army, but an entire planet, over the course of 2017.”
This summer, the galaxy belongs to X-O Manowar! The stars will be stained with blood as Tomas Giorello, Doug Braithwaite and Clayton Crain join Matt Kindt for a visionary tale of one man waging interplanetary war at the galaxy’s farthest reaches, only in X-O MANOWAR!
MATT KINDT | TOMAS GIORELLO
X-O MANOWAR #4 | “GENERAL” – PART ONE
MATT KINDT | DOUG BRAITHWAITE
X-O MANOWAR #7 | “EMPEROR” – PART ONE
MATT KINDT | CLAYTON CRAIN
X-O MANOWAR #10 | INTERLUDE
MATT KINDT | RYAN BODENHEIM
X-O MANOWAR #11 | “VISIGOTH” – PART ONE
MATT KINDT | MICO SUAYAN
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