Visigoth Aric of Dacia fought bravely with his friend Gafti against the Roman Empire in 402 A.D. only to be enslaved by an alien race called The Vine, taken away from Earth as a prisoner, and made to mine sacred fruit for the invaders for 1,600 years. After breaking free from his captors and stealing a precious Vine artifact called Shanhara, Aric returns home to a technologically advanced world and learns that the Vine has infiltrated our society. After run-ins with Ninjak and attacking MI-6 headquarters, X-O Manowar is about to face Planet Death to seek revenge after The Vine invades Earth to reclaim their celestial artifact. X-O Manowar Issue #10 is out today.
Back in August in our ‘Summer of Valiant‘ series we introduced you to the reboot of one of Valiant’s most popular characters and rival to old shellhead, Iron Man. X-O Manowar Vol. 1: By The Sword is now available in trade paperback and is a great introduction to the new Valiant Universe. Writer Robert Venditti (The Surrogates) is teamed up with artist Cary Nord for the start of the series, and Cary returns for the Planet Death story starting in issue #11.
The latest arc, Prelude to Planet Death, pits Aric against Vine spaceships and soldiers at a time when he has just learned more about his armor’s abilities.
The Vine have set up shop here on Earth centuries ago. This is not great news for anyone, really.
The fruit worshiping species spread their seed across the universe like a dandelion.
The Vine hasn’t had a reason to feel threatened until Aric escapes from their clutches and steals their most sacred artifact. Literally planting themselves in high government offices on Earth conspiring to retrieve Shanhara, The Vine hires Ninjak to recover it. After an epic battle, a truce is called between Ninjak and Aric as Vine double agent Alexander Dorian reveals secrets on an impending invasion to both heroes in issue #7. The unlikely allies team up to launch an invasion on MI-6 where The Vine has replaced the top brass with their own in issue #8.
X-O Manowar rivals Skyfall in it’s scope of attack on the Vauxhall Cross SIS building, both on screen and on the page, the effect is dramatic.
Prelude to Planet Death starts in Issue #9, which opens with fellow Visigoth and childhood friend Gafti being tortured on a Vine ship careening toward Earth. A weaker warrior than Aric, but a noble one, is used as bait to return the armor to the Vine. We learn more about Vine society and their religious values as the high priests are sent home to Loam while warriors prepare for attack.
Venditti nails the mythological tropes of Star Wars and builds in layers of historical reference amidst fun action, which speeds the book gracefully.
We fear for Gafti’s life as he clings on after watching the Armor tear up some Vine Commandos.
The action unfolds in X-O Manowar Issue #10, on shelves today. We never care to spoil anything for you here, we just hope you care to check it out for yourself. The stage is set.
An armada of armed Vine ships are poised above civilization, ready to reclaim their rightful armor.
A Visigoth from Roman times has the armor that has recently shown itself to have powers capable of destroying the very fabric of The Vine’s existence. Another Visigoth is being held to lure Aric into one final battle, but these tables turn very quickly in the ensuing battle. What happens to push Aric, Alexander, and Gafti full throttle against the alien invaders? Planet Death with art by Cary Nord starts in issue #11.
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