This week, Valiant released a fully animated video trailer for their newly released title X-O Manowar, the start of an ongoing series and the first in their year of ICONS returning to key characters in their universe.
Written by Matt Kindt (Divinity, Ninjak, Mind MGMT) and starting with Tomas Giorello (4001 A.D.: War Mother, Bloodshot Reborn), but eventually rotating to Doug Braithwaite (Armor Hunters, Bloodshot U.S.A.), Clayton Crain (Rai, Carnage), Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), and Mico Suayan (Bloodshot Reborn) the series will run throughout 2017 and possibly “beyond”.
[X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1-3 – Interlocking Covers by Mico Suayan]
Here’s a full rundown of what’s coming up in this series:
A stunning new beginning for Valiant’s most enduring icon begins now with part one of “SOLDIER” – a punishing, three-issue introduction that will push Aric of Dacia beyond the farthest limits of our galaxy…and into the brutal opening salvo of the ultimate X-O Manowar tale ever told!
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!
And here’s our animated video for X-O Manowar #1, currently in shops: