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X-O Manowar #10 - Prelude to Planet Death, Part Two of Two Review

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The prelude to Planet Death continues!

The Good

This prelude to Planet Death has been awesome. In itself, it's an amazing story line. Admiral Xylem has Gafti, a childhood friend of Aric, hostage. Can Aric stop Xylem and save his friend? How will the events of this issue lead to Planet Death?

Holy crap, this is a really good issue. I wasn't sure what Planet Death truly meant, until I read this issue. Will The Vine's invasion of Earth be Planet Death or is Aric returning to the Vine home world to destroy their world? It seems those questions are answered here, and without spoiling anything, it's going to be epic. However, this whole issue is epic. It's like a Scottish sword fight on top of a flying saucer, in a hurricane.

Speaking of epic, while I made had some problems with Trevor Hairsine's art. There is one thing he does better than most other artists: establishing shots. I love how he sets up each scene, especially from page one where a young Aric and Gafti are sword fighting, He does an amazing job with the scenes in space as well. I love the way the ships look and the great sense of depth he shows there. Hairsine does wonders with these shots that set the scene and the tone for the rest of the book.

Writer Robert Venditti has been doing an amazing job with this book. He's building up to what's going to be an epic battle, and it really starts here. We are treated to some fantastic fight scenes which range from great one on one battles to large-scale space battles. It's one very exciting issue.

Aric has to make some tough choices here in order to save the world and save his friend. It's interesting to see how the armor reacts to different people wearing it. Aric isn't just special because he's a human and can wear the X-O Manowar armor. There's something else there. It lets him take more control over it. While Aric may be just a warrior, there's a soft side to him which really drives the character and his decisions, which we get a lot of here. If he hasn't become one of your favorite characters yet, he will by the end of this issue.

The Bad

My only real problem with the issue is Trevor Hairsine's art. It's not bad, by any means, but it is a tad "rougher" at times. It's just not my favorite. The facial expressions, in close-ups, tend to be a bit too exaggerated for my liking. There's also a lot of grimacing and teeth clenching throughout the issue.

I'm a bit down the middle with Gafti here. He is a pivotal role in this issue and the overall plot,

but it just felt like he was placed in this issue to die. I'm a little bummed out by this.

The Verdict

X-O Manowar delivers 500CCs of awesomeness to your brain, which you will overdose on an die, but it was a good death. It was an honorable death. You will be remembered.

The build up to the upcoming Planet Death story has been downright amazing. It's set the bar pretty darn high. Venditti is doing wonders on this series, and this issue is proof of that. You will have a ton of fun reading it, and once again, it's my favorite series currently at Valiant. On the downside, I had a few problems with Hairsine's art here, but nothing too major.

Overall, I highly recommend this issue.

8 Comments
Edited by ssj2DeadPool

Nice review, you describe it really well. I love this series and this issue was awesome. It keeps surprising me with new and interesting twists. I really do not remember why I picked up issue one last summer. But, the quality of this book has kept me buying through every issue, and its just warming up. I can honestly say I have not bought a book 10 straight in over 3 years. Most are 4 issue arcs then a few filler issues, then another 4 issue arc. This has been a non stop road of awesome.

Posted by k4tzm4n

I really, really, reaaaaaaaally want to read this but I'm holding off until after my reviews.

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Posted by inferiorego

@k4tzm4n said:

I really, really, reaaaaaaaally want to read this but I'm holding off until after my reviews.

Well, I REALLY want to read HARBINGER, but I can't yet... It's just sitting on my desk, under my iPad, taunting me.

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Posted by ShadowMonkey

"X-O Manowar delivers 500CCs of awesomeness to your brain, which you will overdose on and die, but it was a good death. It was an honorable death. You will be remembered."

Winner of the Best Review Statement of 2013...so far.

If this was the same artist as the last book in this series, I have to agree, it is not as pleasant to look at as the earlier books. Aric does not look near as cool with his helmet off.

Posted by inferiorego

@ShadowMonkey said:

"X-O Manowar delivers 500CCs of awesomeness to your brain, which you will overdose on and die, but it was a good death. It was an honorable death. You will be remembered."

Winner of the Best Review Statement of 2013...so far.

If this was the same artist as the last book in this series, I have to agree, it is not as pleasant to look at as the earlier books. Aric does not look near as cool with his helmet off.

I wrote that line at 1am last night! I was so tired.

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Posted by Cavemold

5/5 Gafti was pivtol i thought his role really served a purpose ! This is the best prelude issue i have read!

Posted by ssj2DeadPool

I cant believe there are so few comments on this. My LCS had a paperback of the first five issues for 5 bucks. That is practically giving it away. I wonder what Valiant has to do to get more people to try this? What are the sales numbers, is Valiant prospering? I honestly cant imagine not having this book, Im willing to help in anyway I can to get people to try it. Im going to change my avatar to XO, thats a start at least.

Posted by Dan_Mohorter

Great review for a great series.