Monday, September 6, 2021

Review of "X-O Manowar Issue 1," Matt Kindt, Tomas Giorello and Diego Rodriguez

 Review of

X-O Manowar Issue 1, Matt Kindt, Tomas Giorello and Diego Rodriguez

Five out of five stars

Setting the context for super soldier adventures

Aric is an Earthman that has somehow been relocated to the planet Gorin. He works as a farmer and has a blue-skinned female companion. From the opening dialog, it is clear that he has known war while on Earth. Yet, Gorin is also a planet where war is common and even though he is missing his left hand, he is forcibly impressed into an army in revolt against the Cadmiums. When he shows his left arm and says that he is missing a sword hand, he is told that he can still serve as a target for the enemy soldiers. There is also the introduction of some form of magic sphere that gives him as yet unknown powers for battle.

 When the war action begins, Aric demonstrates that he is indeed a super soldier, mowing down the opposition and taking physical punishment that would have killed most others. A natural leader of men in battle, Aric presses forward, demonstrating that he is a very experienced combat veteran.

 The first issue in any series must provide a sufficient background to the upcoming story, yet not so much that there is no uncertainty. That is done well in this first issue of the series. While Aric is successful in his exploits, the reader is not completely exposed to precisely what is the extent of his powers. Once I completed this issue, I quickly acquired the next in the series. There can be no greater compliment than that.

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