First Look: Review of @ValientComics X-O Manowar by @Robertvenditti 

What have we learned? Valient Comics is pushing X-O Manowar #47 as a jump on point, an introduction to their series. After reading through this issue, I was able to clearly see the important roles of people and races in this story.

The vine. No, I am not referring to 30 second videos. The vine. No, not the grapevine… The Vine. The alien race called the vine is the major plot device. Humans, vine, and a hybrid race make up the world of X-O Manowar. A war broke out in the past between these aliens and Humanity.

The Vine Halfings; half Human, Half vine; are the sleeper agents in Human society.

The suit. The mechanical suit worn by the hero, Aric of Dacia. This is more than a technical wonder. It is the vessel by which the vine were save from an ancient horror.

The horror the Vine had been saved from… They are back. They are called the Torment, and they are Gods in their cosmic power. They had enslave the vines before, and have abilities that include the absorbing of memories through the eating sentient creatures.

Valiant Comics promised that X-O Manowar #47 would be a great jumping on point for new readers. And it really is. Everything mentioned above can be derived right out of the pages of this welcoming issue. Aside from this, there is a very “Stan Lee” style introductory page which explains the races and goals of each group.

The story is written first in a myth format and transitions into an emotional version of a military Scifi. This transition, while smooth, allows little character work. If you, like me, are joining this book at this point, you may need to reserve judgement on the dry feeling in this issue. I am glad Valient marketed this issue as a “jump on” point, but it is not the best example of that type of issue.

I am now prepared with the necessary world building to have a sense of what is going on in this comic. I hope to be enticed to love the characters in the coming issues, but for now, I must give issue #47 a sub-par review.

My opinion is not Iron Clad! Let me know what you thought of this issue! Have you read this for a long time? Let me know in the comments what you trout of this!

If you have yet to jump into the world of X-O Manowar get your copy of #47 here: X-O Manowar #47

This comic book was supplied to Constant Collectible by Valient Comics in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are subjective and beholden to no employee or agent of Valient Comics


  1. Valiant Entertainment continue to blow me away. Not to mention that Valiant have been nominated for 50 Harvey Awards and lead the nomination for the second year in a row. I can not wait to see what they have in store for us with the new line of books coming soon.

    1. I completely agree, and the stuff I’m reading is great. This issue just had the unfortunate hand dealt to it in which it was expected to bring in new readers for the 50th issue. I’m excited to see what they do, it is really hard to do a hook issue like this right in the middle of the story. But hey I’m hooked… So despite the character development being in short supply, it did what it was supposed to do, The point of this article was to say two people who read comics less than I do to wait on judging the series if this was their first book

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