At the retailer event Comics Pro in Memphis, Tennessee, Valiant rolled out a massive reveal of artwork on several issues of the forthcoming X-O Manowar title, their largest launch of 2017. Written by the incredibly busy and talented storyteller Matt Kindt and drawn by the fabulous Tomas Giorello, Doug Braithwaite, Clayton Crain, and more, X-O Manowar kicks off on March 22nd with its first issue that follows the rise of Aric of Dacia on an alien world wracked by war.
The arc is described as:
…one of the most definitive Valiant epics ever told…and brings 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!
Valiant revealed, firstly, covers for issues #1, 2, and 3 by Lewis LaRosa:
Next, they revealed interior art for issue #2 by Tomas Giorello:
Following that, art from the interior of issue #4 by Doug Braithwaite:
And lastly, color interior art from issue #7 by Clayton Crain:
The official description for the new ongoing story is:
Born under the oppressive thumb of the Roman Empire, Aric of Dacia learned warfare at an early age. It was amid such violence that he was abducted by an alien race. Forced into slavery, he survived where others perished. His escape would come from bonding with a weapon of immeasurable power: the X-O Manowar armor. With it, he returned to Earth…only to find himself stranded in the modern day.
But that was a lifetime ago.
Now, far from home on a strange and primitive new world, Aric has begun a new life. Liberated from his past, he tends to his crops. Free from war. Free from violence. Free from the armor.
But the machinery of death marches his way once again. Conscripted into an alien army and thrown into an unforgiving conflict, the fury inside him finds voice as he is forced to embrace the armor once more. With it, he will decimate armies, topple empires and incite interplanetary warfare as he rises from SOLDIER to GENERAL to EMPEROR to VISIGOTH. They wanted a weapon. He will give them war!
An here’s the full schedule for the upcoming X-O Manowar series from Valiant:
X-O MANOWAR #1 | “SOLDIER” – PART ONE
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