Banishing The Unknown: The Sons of The Atom In X-O Manowar #22

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
David Camp summoned a meteor to kill X-O Manowar, Atom-13, and Tagg. However, Aric was able to hold up the stone and prevent it from crushing his allies and himself. After Atom-13 and Titan Patrol blast the rock into debris, Aric and his allies are able to return to the fight against David and his followers. David’s weapons have a strange effect on Shanhara, but Aric feels renewed and ready to stop David Camp and send him back to the Unknown.

X-O Manowar #22 cover by Kenneth Rocafort
X-O Manowar #22 cover by Kenneth Rocafort

X-O Manowar #22 concludes the “Agent” story, finding Aric, Colonel Capshaw, Tagg, and Atom-13 in an intense fight against David Camp and his beastial followers.
It’s an action-heavy issue, and we get to see Aric show the full extent of X-O Manowar’s power. He is the one who takes on David Camp directly, with Tagg and Atom-13 fighting the beast-men.
Tagg gets more lines and opportunity to show off her own abilities in this issue, and she seems like quite a cool character.
Even David Camp, the Cartographer, is more fun in this issue. He shows himself to be a frothing fanatic, but he doesn’t lack all sense of self-preservation. The way he survives this issue is a little underwhelming, though I understand the urge to keep this character around.
X-O Manowar #22 art by Juan Jose Ryp, Andrew Dalhouse, and letterer Dave Sharpe
X-O Manowar #22 art by Juan Jose Ryp, Andrew Dalhouse, and letterer Dave Sharpe

Juan Jose Ryp makes this a damn gorgeous comic, and his showcase of Manowar’s powers are eye-catching and all-around impressive. The expressiveness of the characters is impressive too, especially the often-mad grimace of David Camp. The creatures of the Unknown have a great design too. Andrew Dalhouse doesn’t disappoint on the color work either, keeping the palette vibrant and cosmic.
X-O Manowar #22 is a solid conclusion to the “Agent” arc, finding our heroes in an intense conflict with the Cartographer and the Unknown. Matt Kindt rocks it on the script, and Ryp and Dalhouse make sure the visuals are top-notch. This one is easily worth a recommendation. Check it out.
X-O Manowar #22 comes to us from writer Matt Kindt, artist Juan Jose Ryp, color artist Andrew Dalhouse, letterer Dave Sharpe, cover artist Kenneth Rocafort, and variant cover artists Alan Quah with Sean Lee of Komikaki Studios, AJ Jothikumar with Kat Hudson, Renato Guedes, Whilce Portacio with Raymund Lee.

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