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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!

A stunning new beginning for Valiant’s most enduring icon starts here as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Divinity, Ninjak, Mind MGMT) and a rotating cast of powerhouse interior artists spanning the series’ first year – including Tomas Giorello (4001 A.D.: War Mother, Bloodshot Reborn), Doug Braithwaite (Armor Hunters, Bloodshot U.S.A.), Clayton Crain (Rai, Carnage), Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), and Mico Suayan (Bloodshot Reborn) – present the biggest Valiant debut of all time…and unleash the brutal opening salvo of the ultimate X-O Manowar tale ever told!

List of covers and their creators:

CoverNameCreator(s)Sidebar Location
ACover ALewis LaRosa & Brian Reber1
BCover BKenneth Rocafort28
CPre-Order Edition Cover CTomás Giorello & Diego Rodriguez29
D1:20 Retailer Incentive Interlock Cover DMico Suayan & David Baron30
E1:50 Retailer Incentive X-O Icon Cover EJ. G. Jones31
F1:500 Retailer Incentive Brushed Metal Variant Cover FMonika Palosz32
REAtomic Comics Exclusive Variant CoverClayton Crain5
REBorderlands / SC Comicon Exclusive B&W Sketch Variant CoverLewis LaRosa6
REBulletproof Exclusive Variant CoverDiego Bernard7
RECloud City Exclusive Variant CoverAndy Belanger8
RECollector's Paradise Exclusive Variant CoverNick Bradshaw26
RECollector's Paradise Exclusive B&W Sketch Variant CoverNick Bradshaw27
REComics Dungeon Exclusive Cat Cosplay Variant Cover-23
REComicsPro Retailer Edition Variant CoverLewis LaRosa9
REDCBS Retailer Edition Variant CoverLewis LaRosa10
REFight or Flight Exclusive Interlocking 360° Wraparound Variant CoverStephen Segovia11
REFried Pie Exclusive Variant CoverTom Fowler12
REFried Pie Con Exclusive B&W Sketch Variant CoverTom Fowler13
REGolden Apple / Wondercon Exclusive Variant CoverBill Sienkiewicz14
REHeroes & Fantasies Exclusive Variant CoverGeoff Shaw15
REHumble Bundle $25 Level Virgin Art SignedLewis LaRosa & Brian Reber25
REKnowhere Games & Comics Exclusive Variant CoverAl Barrionuevo16
RELarry's Comics Exclusive "Demon In A Bottle" Variant CoverBob Layton17
RELegend's Comics Exclusive Variant CoverDavid Lafuente18
REMega City One Exclusive B&W Variant CoverTomás Giorello19
REMost Good Hobby Exclusive Variant CoverClayton Crain20
RESsalefish Exclusive Variant CoverShane Davis21
REThe Nerd Store Exclusive Variant CoverKano22
REUltimate Comics Exclusive Interlocking 360° Wraparound Variant CoverStephen Segovia24 Exclusive Variant CoverPhilip Tan4
2ndSecond Printing CoverLewis LaRosa & Brian Reber3
3rdThird Printing CoverLewis LaRosa & Brian Reber2


  • The main cover is a homage to Hildebrandt's iconic movie poster for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
  • The Pre-Order Edition contains 8 exclusive bonus pages with background information about the different races on Planet Gorin, etc.
  • For 1 Brushed Metal Variant retailers had to order 500 copies of regular covers (A & B) or 500 copies of a store exclusive variant.
  • Atomic Comics started a lottery to give away their copy of the Brushed Metal variant. Buying one of their exclusive variants would give the buyer one entry to the lottery.
  • The exclusive variant of Collector's Paradise is the first retailer exclusive to also feature 8 pages of exclusive content, sketches, and an essay from the shop owner who is a huge fan and supporter of Valiant comics.
  • The Larry's Comics Exclusive Variant cover is a homage of the cover of Iron Man #128 from 1979 (also drawn by Bob Layton). A black-and-white version of this variant is available for X-O Manowar #2.
  • Tom Muller is credited for the creation of the new X-O logo.


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X-O Manowar #1 Review 0

X-O Manowar has finally returned and with another amazing new creative team. The way the book opens up is perfect for both new and old readers alike. We find Aric on a strange alien planet living a life as a farmer without the armor. There is no context given as to how long this takes place after the Vendetti's run on the character nor how Aric ended up here, but the reader is given the impression that Aric is older and more worn down. We are given a new (despite being old) fresh look on the cha...

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