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Guest Review: XO Manowar #2

Guest Writer: Tim Myers

Matt Kindt -Writer and creator
Tomás Giorello – Artist
Diego Rodriguez – Colorist

At first, this reads as a “typical and run of the mill, science fiction and space-faring adventure,” whatever that means. After a page, maybe two, you will realize what you have unjustly attempted to do: try to categorize this page-turner serial as anything but unique. Your best bet is to stop yourself right there, relax, sit back, and simply enjoy this engaging read. Valiant Entertainment goes out of its way to satisfy an adolescent’s desire for a sufficiently violent tale, while furnishing an adventure laden with historical references that satisfies the most educationally dedicated caregiver. Aric, our protagonist, is a man ripped out of his own time through his abduction and emboldened by the effects of the mysterious armor that had eventually contributed to the escape from his captors during important events in the #0 episode. Valiant Entertainment once again uses the many weapons at its disposal, such as author and creator Matt Kindt, the artistic team comprised of lead artist

Detail from the cover of XO Manowar #2 © 2017 Valiant Comics

Detail from the cover of XO Manowar #2 © 2017 Valiant Comics

At first, this reads as a “typical and run of the mill, science fiction and space-faring adventure,” whatever that means. After a page, maybe two, you will realize what you have unjustly attempted to do: try to categorize this page-turner serial as anything but unique. Your best bet is to stop yourself right there, relax, sit back, and simply enjoy this engaging read. Valiant Entertainment goes out of its way to satisfy an adolescent’s desire for a sufficiently violent tale, while furnishing an adventure laden with historical references that satisfies the most educationally dedicated caregiver. Aric, our protagonist, is a man ripped out of his own time through his abduction and emboldened by the effects of the mysterious armor that had eventually contributed to the escape from his captors during important events in the #0 episode. Valiant Entertainment once again uses the many weapons at its disposal, such as author and creator Matt Kindt, the artistic team comprised of lead artist Tomás Giorello, Diego Rodriguez—colorist, and Dave Sharpe—letterer, and their editorial team, as they reignite this series from the 1990’s.

The only thing that should concern parents is the random scenes of violence masterfully drawn by Giorello as Aric often uses force to achieve his desired results. Aric’s aggressive personality simplistically demonstrates the life for which he is meant, that of a warrior! As he fulfills a role he was meant to serve in the Roman army within the army of these extra-terrestrials, Aric naturally falls into the role of a dedicated soldier within the ranks of this oddly familiar, galactic army using the skills he has honed during a childhood and adolescence dedicated to training.

 

Aric seeks to adjust to his new place in this strange existence, as he finds himself filling the role of a regular soldier after earning his freedom with the aid of the mysterious armor he had chosen to relinquish after earning the respect of his adopted brethren, including the status and respect inherent in his new role.

 

Aric becomes something fierce, something mighty, showing the ferociousness of the Roman Legionnaire he was bred to be in this fanciful and exciting tale melding elements from The Classical Age of Roman antiquity with this futuristic and action-packed series loosely based off the saga of the same name, circa 1990’s. This is rated PG (maybe PG-13 at a stretch) for its violence, mild bloodshed, and themes of mutilation. Overall this receives an 7 out of 10 for an exciting tale that will surely serve to entice younger readers’ imaginations, while fulfilling the wishes of responsible caregivers by introducing young readers to the stimulating, wide world of graphic literature with an educational twist.

, Diego Rodriguez—colorist, and Dave Sharpe—letterer, and their editorial team, as they reignite this series from the 1990’s.

The only thing that should concern parents is the random scenes of violence masterfully drawn by Giorello as Aric often uses force to achieve his desired results. Aric’s aggressive personality simplistically demonstrates the life for which he is meant, that of a warrior! As he fulfills a role he was meant to serve in the Roman army within the army of these extra-terrestrials, Aric naturally falls into the role of a dedicated soldier within the ranks of this oddly familiar, galactic army using the skills he has honed during a childhood and adolescence dedicated to training.

Aric seeks to adjust to his new place in this strange existence, as he finds himself filling the role of a regular soldier after earning his freedom with the aid of the mysterious armor he had chosen to relinquish after earning the respect of his adopted brethren, including the status and respect inherent in his new role.

Aric becomes something fierce, something mighty, showing the ferociousness of the Roman Legionnaire he was bred to be in this fanciful and exciting tale melding elements from The Classical Age of Roman antiquity with this futuristic and action-packed series loosely based off the saga of the same name, circa 1990’s. This is rated PG (maybe PG-13 at a stretch) for its violence, mild bloodshed, and themes of mutilation. Overall this receives an 7 out of 10 for an exciting tale that will surely serve to entice younger readers’ imaginations, while fulfilling the wishes of responsible caregivers by introducing young readers to the stimulating, wide world of graphic literature with an educational twist.

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