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Britannia #1 Review: For the Glory of Rome

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Britannia is off to a bloody good start

By Nolan P. Smith

(Victor Valley)—When Valiant Entertainment, known for its superheroes like X-O Manowar, Ninjak, Faith, and more, announced they were doing a book set in ancient Rome, I knew it would be something special. I have a soft spot for this time period: from the way of life to the mythological influences, it is one of my favorite settings for a…

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X-O Manowar #50

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X-O Manowar #50 Cover A Jam Cover

LONG LIVE THE KING

Writers: Robert Venditti

Pencils : Joe Bennett

Inks: Marcio Loerzer and Bellardino Brabo

Colors: Ulises Arreola

Additional Art: Roberto de la Torre, Cary Nord, Doug Braithwaite, Diego Barnard, Rafa Sandoval, Robert Gill, Brian Reber, Ulises Arreola, David Baron (Flashback sequence); Joe Bennet, Tom Palmer, Robert De La Torre, Dean White (Torment sequence)

THE TWO DEATHS OF GAIUS MAELUS

Writer: Fred Van Lente

Artist: Clayton Henry

Colors: Brian Reber

Letters: David Sharpe

HIS GREATEST FAILURE

Writer: Jody Houser

Artist: Javier Pulido

Colors: Muntsa Vicente

Letters: David Sharpe

THE FUTURE

Writer: Matt Kindt

Artist: Tomas Giorello

Colors: Diego Rodriguez

Letters: David Sharpe

Valiant Entertainment

SPOILERS AHEAD

In the last issue, our hero is consumed by one of the god like creatures called The Torment. An unexpected event, since all thought that his alien armor would be the one thing to level, or better the playing field for all of those on his side. With Ninjak, Unity, The Armorines, and the Vine forces lead by Commander Trill, they press the fight, even with the loss of Aric and the “Good Skin.” Without including spoilers I will say that the finale is a good and satisfying surprise.

My many hats are off to Robert Venditti for keeping the pace of his prose, and making one of my favorite titles a treat over the years. Fifty plus issues is no small task for a writer that puts as much action and detail into a story as he does so well. This series will be a legacy of his that will be referenced for a long time. The stories and continuity were kept fresh and clear. The characters never got confusing or unfocused. My favorite aspect is how Aric never lost that personality trait of the brooding savage, having to reel in his instinct to take action in an instant, and remember that the armor amplified his abilities far beyond even his understanding…turning a Visigoth warrior into a wise leader and diplomat. Robert also kept the crossover characters in tune with their original writers’ intended personalities, and made their inclusion in the storyline beneficial, and not just background fillers. I look forward to his future projects with anticipation.

The many, many artists of the main story make a review a bit daunting, because in this issue it is difficult to tell who did what. But, what came out of it is magical. The art work ranged from simplistic and flowing to portrait-like and dynamic. Much of the art seemed an homage to the original Valiant style from the 1990s with smooth lines,  and pastel coloring. The backgrounds are detailed and give the action scenes a cinematic feel. My favorite is the representation of The Torment. These creatures are made to look mystical and ominous. The design staff went to a lot of trouble making these different artists’ styles flow seamlessly throughout the story. The finale has a “Jam Cover” variant with 50 celebrated and past X-O artists giving us their 50 different ideas of the X-O character. These artists are:

Neal Adams (Green Lantern/Green Arrow)
Raul Allen (Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior)
Al Barrionuevo (The Authority)
Doug Braithwaite (Armor Hunters)
Dave Bullock (Wednesday Comics)
Eric Canete (Run Love Kill)
Carmen Carnero (X-Factor)
Sean Chen (Iron Man)
Collen Coover (Bandette)
Clayton Crain (4001 A.D. and Rai)
Jay Fabares (Valiant cover artist)
Tom Fowler (Quantum And Woody)
Manuel Garcia (Bloodshot)
Robert Gill (Book Of Death)
Adam Gorham (Zero)
Butch Guice (Bloodshot Reborn)
Bob Hall (Shadowman)
Rebekah Isaacs (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Phil Jimenez (DC Universe: Rebirth)
Kano (Gotham Central)
Matt Kindt (Mind M.G.M.T.)
Jeff Lemire (Essex County)
Steve Lieber (The Fix)
Emanuela Lupacchino (Supergirl)
Mike McKone (Fantastic Four)
Stephen Mooney (Half Past Danger)
Pat Olliffe (Thor)
Pere Perez (FAITH)
Brandon Peterson (Uncanny X-Men)
Brent Peeples (Last of the Greats)
Stephen Platt (Prophet)
Rafer Roberts (Harbinger Renegades)
Paolo Rivera (The Valiant)
Riley Rossmo (Batman)
Juan Jose Ryp (Britannia)
Donovan Santiago (Valiant 8-Bit)
Marguerite Sauvage (Faith)
Joe St. Pierre (Rai)
Philip Tan (Batman and Robin)
Michael Walsh (The Vision)
Ryan Winn (Divinity)
Kevin VanHook (Bloodshot)
Ramon Villalobos (E is for Extinction)
Diego Bernard (X-O MANOWAR)
Rafa Sandoval (X-O MANOWAR)
Bob Layton (X-O MANOWAR)
Mike Leeke (X-O MANOWAR)
Cary Nord (X-O MANOWAR)
CAFU (UNITY)
J.G. Jones (Final Crisis)

Also there will be 13 Variant covers:

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X-O Manowar #50 Cover B Paolo Rivera

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X-O Manowar #50 Cover C Marko Djurdjevic

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X-O Manowar #50 Cover D Marco Martin

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X-O Manowar #50 Cover E Mico Suayan

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X-O Manowar #50 Cover F Francesco Francavilla

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X-O Manowar #50 Cover G Shane Davis

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X-O Manowar #50 CGC Variant Cover Pere Perez

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X-O Manowar #50 Variant Cover Colleen Doran

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X-O Manowar #50 Variant Cover Chip Zdarsky

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X-O Manowar #50 Variant Cover Philip Tan

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X-O Manowar #50 Variant Cover Kaare Andrews

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X-O Manowar #50 Variant Cover Phil Jimenez

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X-O Manowar #50 B/Wayne jam cover

B&W Sketch Jam Cover by X-O ALL-STARS

There are three other stories that tie up some loose ends, and also leave us with a taste of the future for Aric of Dacia, King of the Visigoths. This issue is just the end of this storyline, and a stepping off point for Mr. Venditti, but not the end of X-O Manowar. We are given a hint that something new will be emerging sometime in 2017.

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Writing 5 /5

Art 5 / 5

Overall 5 / 5

X-O Manowar #50 Review “LONG LIVE THE KING”

X-O Manowar #50 LONG LIVE THE KING Writers: Robert Venditti Pencils : Joe Bennett Inks: Marcio Loerzer and Bellardino Brabo…

X-O Manowar #50 Review “LONG LIVE THE KING” X-O Manowar #50 LONG LIVE THE KING Writers: Robert Venditti Pencils : Joe Bennett Inks: Marcio Loerzer and Bellardino Brabo…
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X-O Manowar #50

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X-O Manowar #50 Cover A Jam Cover

LONG LIVE THE KING

Writers: Robert Venditti

Pencils : Joe Bennett

Inks: Marcio Loerzer and Bellardino Brabo

Colors: Ulises Arreola

Additional Art: Roberto de la Torre, Cary Nord, Doug Braithwaite, Diego Barnard, Rafa Sandoval, Robert Gill, Brian Reber, Ulises Arreola, David Baron (Flashback sequence); Joe Bennet, Tom Palmer, Robert De La Torre, Dean White (Torment sequence)

THE TWO DEATHS OF GAIUS MAELUS

Writer: Fred Van Lente

Artist: Clayton Henry

Colors: Brian Reber

Letters: David Sharpe

HIS GREATEST FAILURE

Writer: Jody Houser

Artist: Javier Pulido

Colors: Muntsa Vicente

Letters: David Sharpe

THE FUTURE

Writer: Matt Kindt

Artist: Tomas Giorello

Colors: Diego Rodriguez

Letters: David Sharpe

Valiant Entertainment

SPOILERS AHEAD

In the last issue, our hero is consumed by one of the god like creatures called The Torment. An unexpected event, since all thought that his alien armor would be the one thing to level, or better the playing field for all of those on his side. With Ninjak, Unity, The Armorines, and the Vine forces lead by Commander Trill, they press the fight, even with the loss of Aric and the “Good Skin.” Without including spoilers I will say that the finale is a good and satisfying surprise.

My many hats are off to Robert Venditti for keeping the pace of his prose, and making one of my favorite titles a treat over the years. Fifty plus issues is no small task for a writer that puts as much action and detail into a story as he does so well. This series will be a legacy of his that will be referenced for a long time. The stories and continuity were kept fresh and clear. The characters never got confusing or unfocused. My favorite aspect is how Aric never lost that personality trait of the brooding savage, having to reel in his instinct to take action in an instant, and remember that the armor amplified his abilities far beyond even his understanding…turning a Visigoth warrior into a wise leader and diplomat. Robert also kept the crossover characters in tune with their original writers’ intended personalities, and made their inclusion in the storyline beneficial, and not just background fillers. I look forward to his future projects with anticipation.

The many, many artists of the main story make a review a bit daunting, because in this issue it is difficult to tell who did what. But, what came out of it is magical. The art work ranged from simplistic and flowing to portrait-like and dynamic. Much of the art seemed an homage to the original Valiant style from the 1990s with smooth lines,  and pastel coloring. The backgrounds are detailed and give the action scenes a cinematic feel. My favorite is the representation of The Torment. These creatures are made to look mystical and ominous. The design staff went to a lot of trouble making these different artists’ styles flow seamlessly throughout the story. The finale has a “Jam Cover” variant with 50 celebrated and past X-O artists giving us their 50 different ideas of the X-O character. These artists are:

Neal Adams (Green Lantern/Green Arrow)
Raul Allen (Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior)
Al Barrionuevo (The Authority)
Doug Braithwaite (Armor Hunters)
Dave Bullock (Wednesday Comics)
Eric Canete (Run Love Kill)
Carmen Carnero (X-Factor)
Sean Chen (Iron Man)
Collen Coover (Bandette)
Clayton Crain (4001 A.D. and Rai)
Jay Fabares (Valiant cover artist)
Tom Fowler (Quantum And Woody)
Manuel Garcia (Bloodshot)
Robert Gill (Book Of Death)
Adam Gorham (Zero)
Butch Guice (Bloodshot Reborn)
Bob Hall (Shadowman)
Rebekah Isaacs (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Phil Jimenez (DC Universe: Rebirth)
Kano (Gotham Central)
Matt Kindt (Mind M.G.M.T.)
Jeff Lemire (Essex County)
Steve Lieber (The Fix)
Emanuela Lupacchino (Supergirl)
Mike McKone (Fantastic Four)
Stephen Mooney (Half Past Danger)
Pat Olliffe (Thor)
Pere Perez (FAITH)
Brandon Peterson (Uncanny X-Men)
Brent Peeples (Last of the Greats)
Stephen Platt (Prophet)
Rafer Roberts (Harbinger Renegades)
Paolo Rivera (The Valiant)
Riley Rossmo (Batman)
Juan Jose Ryp (Britannia)
Donovan Santiago (Valiant 8-Bit)
Marguerite Sauvage (Faith)
Joe St. Pierre (Rai)
Philip Tan (Batman and Robin)
Michael Walsh (The Vision)
Ryan Winn (Divinity)
Kevin VanHook (Bloodshot)
Ramon Villalobos (E is for Extinction)
Diego Bernard (X-O MANOWAR)
Rafa Sandoval (X-O MANOWAR)
Bob Layton (X-O MANOWAR)
Mike Leeke (X-O MANOWAR)
Cary Nord (X-O MANOWAR)
CAFU (UNITY)
J.G. Jones (Final Crisis)

Also there will be 13 Variant covers:

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X-O Manowar #50 Cover B Paolo Rivera

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X-O Manowar #50 Cover C Marko Djurdjevic

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X-O Manowar #50 Cover D Marco Martin

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X-O Manowar #50 Cover E Mico Suayan

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X-O Manowar #50 Cover F Francesco Francavilla

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X-O Manowar #50 Cover G Shane Davis

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X-O Manowar #50 CGC Variant Cover Pere Perez

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X-O Manowar #50 Variant Cover Colleen Doran

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X-O Manowar #50 Variant Cover Chip Zdarsky

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X-O Manowar #50 Variant Cover Philip Tan

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X-O Manowar #50 Variant Cover Kaare Andrews

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X-O Manowar #50 Variant Cover Phil Jimenez

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X-O Manowar #50 B/Wayne jam cover

B&W Sketch Jam Cover by X-O ALL-STARS

There are three other stories that tie up some loose ends, and also leave us with a taste of the future for Aric of Dacia, King of the Visigoths. This issue is just the end of this storyline, and a stepping off point for Mr. Venditti, but not the end of X-O Manowar. We are given a hint that something new will be emerging sometime in 2017.

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Writing 5 /5

Art 5 / 5

Overall 5 / 5

X-O Manowar #50 Review “LONG LIVE THE KING” X-O Manowar #50 LONG LIVE THE KING Writers: Robert Venditti Pencils : Joe Bennett Inks: Marcio Loerzer and Bellardino Brabo…
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This coming Wednesday on New Comic Book Day (NCBD), Valiant Entertainment has three offerings including the series finale of X-O Manowar in a 64-page oversized issue.

Here’s a look at the covers and preview pages for Wednesday, September 28th’s new releases from Valiant.


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Cover A (All-Star Jam) by 50 All-Star Artists

X-O MANOWAR #50

(64- PAGE SERIES FINALE!)

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI, JODY HOUSER, MATT KINDT, and FRED VAN LENTE

Art by JOE BENNET and ROBERTO DE LA TORRE with DIEGO BERNARD, DOUG BRAITHWAITE, ROBERT GILL, TOMAS GIORELLO, CLAYTON HENRY, CARY NORD, JAVIER PULIDO, and RAFA SANDOVAL

Cover A (All-Star Jam) by CARY NORD, BOB LAYTON, BRANDON PETERSON, STEPHEN PLATT and 46 MORE X-O ALL-STARS!
Cover B by PAOLO RIVERA
Cover C by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
Cover D by MARCOS MARTIN
Cover E by MICO SUAYAN
Cover F by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
Cover G by SHANE DAVIS
Valiant x CGC Replica Variant by PERE PÉREZ
Variant Cover by COLLEEN DORAN
Variant Cover by CHIP ZDARSKY
Variant Cover by PHILIP TAN
Variant Cover by KAARE ANDREWS
Variant Cover by PHIL JIMENEZ
B&W Sketch Jam Cover by X-O ALL-STARS

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B&W Sketch Jam Cover by X-O ALL-STARS

IT’S HERE! THE GREATEST VALIANT MILESTONE OF ALL TIME! 64 MASSIVE PAGES!

For centuries, the sacred X-O Manowar armor has stood unrivaled as the universe’s most powerful weapon. Today, will it equal Earth’s doom? An unthinkable alien race known only as The Torment has come to our world in search of the armor’s secrets. Now, they stand opposed by Aric of Dacia – former slave, noble warrior, resolute king, and current master of the armor’s near-limitless capabilities. But is one man…and one weapon…enough to repel a force capable of leveling a thousand civilizations?

A whole new era for X-O Manowar begins here…and you won’t believe what’s coming next!

From all corners, the Valiant Universe assembles to salute X-O Manowar’s unparalleled 56-issue run as Robert Venditti, Joe Bennett, and Roberto de la Torre declare “LONG LIVE THE KING” with an oversized series finale for the ages! Plus: all-new, never-before-seen X-O Manowar tales and tributes from Jody Houser & Javier Pulido, Fred Van Lente & Clayton Henry. Matt Kindt & Tomas Giorello, and special guest appearances from X-O Manowar’s own Cary Nord, Diego Bernard, Rafa Sandoval, Robert Gill, and more!

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$4.99 | 64 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 28


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GENERATION ZERO #2

Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by FRANCIS PORTELLA
Cover A by STEPHEN MOONEY
Cover B by TOM MULLER
Character Design Variant by ANDRES GUINALDO
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY

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They’ve infiltrated, assassinated, and overthrown… Now this reformed covert strike team of teenage walking warheads have set their sights on a dangerous new mission: high school!

In the secretive tech oasis of Rook, Michigan, who can a teenager trust? Not the police… Not the teachers… And definitely not the parents. So when high schooler Keisha Sherman’s boyfriend turns up dead in an accident gone awry, she makes a desperate plea…and Generation Zero have heeded her call! But, with precision-honed military training and a taste for subverting authority, can this squad of high-powered, teenage superhumans infiltrate Rook undetected? Or is their very presence about to draw another of the town’s billion-dollar secrets into the light of day?

THE FUTURE OF VALIANT continues as New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (4001 A.D.: WAR MOTHER) and acclaimed artist Francis Portela (FAITH) launch the most volatile superteam in comics into their first, mind-blowing monthly series!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 28

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Cover A by Tomas Giorello

BLOODSHOT REBORN #17

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by MICO SUAYAN
Cover A by TOMAS GIORELLO
Cover B by BUTCH GUICE
Cover C by TIMOTHY GREEN II
Interlocking Variant Cover by RYAN BODENHEIM
Variant Cover by DARICK ROBERTSON

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Terror by twilight on BLOODSHOT ISLAND!

Trapped in a remote jungle paradise with no hope of escape, Bloodshot has discovered the secret behind the merciless technological monstrosity called Deathmate – and the truth has thrown his entire world into a tailspin of tragedy! But what revelations behind Project Rising Spirit’s horrific creation could bring even Bloodshot to his knees…and forever shatter the spirit of the man known as Ray Garrison?

New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Moon Knight, Old Man Logan) and blockbuster artist Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN) push their bloodstained rumble in the jungle past the point of no return with a shocking chapter that will leave the Valiant Universe reeling for years to come!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 28

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Preview Valiant’s New Releases: ‘X-O Manowar’ #50, 'Generation Zero’ #2, 'Bloodshot Reborn’ #17 (On Sale 9/28) - Check out the covers and preview pages for all three of next Wednesday’s releases from Valiant, including 14 covers for the series finale, 64-page issue of X-O Manowar #50! This coming Wednesday on New Comic Book Day (NCBD), Valiant Entertainment has three offerings including the series finale of…
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It’s the big finish for X-O Manowar, and more. Here’s all of the Valiant Entertainment Previews for 08-28-2016.

Valiant Previews: X-O MANOWAR #50 (64-PAGE SERIES FINALE!) | GENERATION ZERO #2 | BLOODSHOT REBORN #17 – On Sale September 28th!

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X-O MANOWAR #50 (64- PAGE SERIES FINALE!)

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI, JODY HOUSER, MATT KINDT, and FRED VAN LENTE
Art by JOE BENNET and ROBERTO DE LA TORRE with DIEGO BERNARD, DOUG BRAITHWAITE, ROBERT GILL, TOMAS GIORELLO, CLAYTON HENRY, CARY NORD, JAVIER PULIDO, and RAFA SANDOVAL

Cover A (All-Star Jam) by CARY NORD, BOB LAYTON, BRANDON PETERSON, STEPHEN PLATT and 46 MORE X-O ALL-STARS! (JUL162024)
Cover B by PAOLO RIVERA (JUL162025)
Cover C by MARKO DJURDJEVIC (JUL162026)
Cover D by MARCOS MARTIN (JUL162027)
Cover E by MICO SUAYAN (JUL162028)
Cover F by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (JUL162029)
Cover G by SHANE DAVIS (JUL162030)
Valiant x CGC Replica Variant by PERE PÉREZ (JUL162031)
Variant Cover by COLLEEN DORAN (JUN168832)
Variant Cover by CHIP ZDARSKY (JUL162032)
Variant Cover by PHILIP TAN (JUL162033)
Variant Cover by KAARE ANDREWS (JUL162034)
Variant Cover by PHIL JIMENEZ (JUL162035)
B&W Sketch Jam Cover by X-O ALL-STARS (JUL162036)

IT’S HERE! THE GREATEST VALIANT MILESTONE OF ALL TIME! 64 MASSIVE PAGES!

For centuries, the sacred X-O Manowar armor has stood unrivaled as the universe’s most powerful weapon. Today, will it equal Earth’s doom? An unthinkable alien race known only as The Torment has come to our world in search of the armor’s secrets. Now, they stand opposed by Aric of Dacia – former slave, noble warrior, resolute king, and current master of the armor’s near-limitless capabilities. But is one man…and one weapon…enough to repel a force capable of leveling a thousand civilizations?

A whole new era for X-O Manowar begins here…and you won’t believe what’s coming next!

From all corners, the Valiant Universe assembles to salute X-O Manowar’s unparalleled 56-issue run as Robert Venditti, Joe Bennett, and Roberto de la Torre declare “LONG LIVE THE KING” with an oversized series finale for the ages! Plus: all-new, never-before-seen X-O Manowar tales and tributes from Jody Houser & Javier Pulido, Fred Van Lente & Clayton Henry. Matt Kindt & Tomas Giorello, and special guest appearances from X-O Manowar’s own Cary Nord, Diego Bernard, Rafa Sandoval, Robert Gill, and more!

$4.99 | 64 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 28 (FOC – 9/5/16)

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GENERATION ZERO #2 (“FUTURE OF VALIANT”)

Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by FRANCIS PORTELLA
Cover A by STEPHEN MOONEY (JUL162058)
Cover B by TOM MULLER (JUL162059)
Character Design Variant by ANDRES GUINALDO (JUL162060)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (JUL162061)

They’ve infiltrated, assassinated, and overthrown… Now this reformed covert strike team of teenage walking warheads have set their sights on a dangerous new mission: high school!

In the secretive tech oasis of Rook, Michigan, who can a teenager trust? Not the police… Not the teachers… And definitely not the parents. So when high schooler Keisha Sherman’s boyfriend turns up dead in an accident gone awry, she makes a desperate plea…and Generation Zero have heeded her call! But, with precision-honed military training and a taste for subverting authority, can this squad of high-powered, teenage superhumans infiltrate Rook undetected? Or is their very presence about to draw another of the town’s billion-dollar secrets into the light of day?

THE FUTURE OF VALIANT continues as New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (4001 A.D.: WAR MOTHER) and acclaimed artist Francis Portela (FAITH) launch the most volatile superteam in comics into their first, mind-blowing monthly series!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 28 (FOC – 9/5/16)

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BLOODSHOT REBORN #17

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by MICO SUAYAN
Cover A by TOMAS GIORELLO (JUL162075)
Cover B by BUTCH GUICE (JUL162076)
Cover C by TIMOTHY GREEN II (JUL162077)
Interlocking Variant Cover by RYAN BODENHEIM (JUL162078)
Variant Cover by DARICK ROBERTSON (JUL162079)

Terror by twilight on BLOODSHOT ISLAND!

Trapped in a remote jungle paradise with no hope of escape, Bloodshot has discovered the secret behind the merciless technological monstrosity called Deathmate – and the truth has thrown his entire world into a tailspin of tragedy! But what revelations behind Project Rising Spirit’s horrific creation could bring even Bloodshot to his knees…and forever shatter the spirit of the man known as Ray Garrison?

New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Moon Knight, Old Man Logan) and blockbuster artist Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN) push their bloodstained rumble in the jungle past the point of no return with a shocking chapter that will leave the Valiant Universe reeling for years to come!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 28 (FOC – 9/5/16)

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X-O Ends with Issue #50! Valiant Entertainment Previews for 08-28-2016

It’s the big finish for X-O Manowar, and more. Here’s all of the Valiant Entertainment Previews for 08-28-2016.

X-O Ends with Issue #50! Valiant Entertainment Previews for 08-28-2016 It’s the big finish for X-O Manowar, and more. Here’s all of the Valiant Entertainment Previews for 08-28-2016.
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It’s the big finish for X-O Manowar, and more. Here’s all of the Valiant Entertainment Previews for 08-28-2016.

Valiant Previews: X-O MANOWAR #50 (64-PAGE SERIES FINALE!) | GENERATION ZERO #2 | BLOODSHOT REBORN #17 – On Sale September 28th!

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X-O MANOWAR #50 (64- PAGE SERIES FINALE!)

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI, JODY HOUSER, MATT KINDT, and FRED VAN LENTE
Art by JOE BENNET and ROBERTO DE LA TORRE with DIEGO BERNARD, DOUG BRAITHWAITE, ROBERT GILL, TOMAS GIORELLO, CLAYTON HENRY, CARY NORD, JAVIER PULIDO, and RAFA SANDOVAL

Cover A (All-Star Jam) by CARY NORD, BOB LAYTON, BRANDON PETERSON, STEPHEN PLATT and 46 MORE X-O ALL-STARS! (JUL162024)
Cover B by PAOLO RIVERA (JUL162025)
Cover C by MARKO DJURDJEVIC (JUL162026)
Cover D by MARCOS MARTIN (JUL162027)
Cover E by MICO SUAYAN (JUL162028)
Cover F by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (JUL162029)
Cover G by SHANE DAVIS (JUL162030)
Valiant x CGC Replica Variant by PERE PÉREZ (JUL162031)
Variant Cover by COLLEEN DORAN (JUN168832)
Variant Cover by CHIP ZDARSKY (JUL162032)
Variant Cover by PHILIP TAN (JUL162033)
Variant Cover by KAARE ANDREWS (JUL162034)
Variant Cover by PHIL JIMENEZ (JUL162035)
B&W Sketch Jam Cover by X-O ALL-STARS (JUL162036)

IT’S HERE! THE GREATEST VALIANT MILESTONE OF ALL TIME! 64 MASSIVE PAGES!

For centuries, the sacred X-O Manowar armor has stood unrivaled as the universe’s most powerful weapon. Today, will it equal Earth’s doom? An unthinkable alien race known only as The Torment has come to our world in search of the armor’s secrets. Now, they stand opposed by Aric of Dacia – former slave, noble warrior, resolute king, and current master of the armor’s near-limitless capabilities. But is one man…and one weapon…enough to repel a force capable of leveling a thousand civilizations?

A whole new era for X-O Manowar begins here…and you won’t believe what’s coming next!

From all corners, the Valiant Universe assembles to salute X-O Manowar’s unparalleled 56-issue run as Robert Venditti, Joe Bennett, and Roberto de la Torre declare “LONG LIVE THE KING” with an oversized series finale for the ages! Plus: all-new, never-before-seen X-O Manowar tales and tributes from Jody Houser & Javier Pulido, Fred Van Lente & Clayton Henry. Matt Kindt & Tomas Giorello, and special guest appearances from X-O Manowar’s own Cary Nord, Diego Bernard, Rafa Sandoval, Robert Gill, and more!

$4.99 | 64 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 28 (FOC – 9/5/16)

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GENERATION ZERO #2 (“FUTURE OF VALIANT”)

Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by FRANCIS PORTELLA
Cover A by STEPHEN MOONEY (JUL162058)
Cover B by TOM MULLER (JUL162059)
Character Design Variant by ANDRES GUINALDO (JUL162060)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (JUL162061)

They’ve infiltrated, assassinated, and overthrown… Now this reformed covert strike team of teenage walking warheads have set their sights on a dangerous new mission: high school!

In the secretive tech oasis of Rook, Michigan, who can a teenager trust? Not the police… Not the teachers… And definitely not the parents. So when high schooler Keisha Sherman’s boyfriend turns up dead in an accident gone awry, she makes a desperate plea…and Generation Zero have heeded her call! But, with precision-honed military training and a taste for subverting authority, can this squad of high-powered, teenage superhumans infiltrate Rook undetected? Or is their very presence about to draw another of the town’s billion-dollar secrets into the light of day?

THE FUTURE OF VALIANT continues as New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (4001 A.D.: WAR MOTHER) and acclaimed artist Francis Portela (FAITH) launch the most volatile superteam in comics into their first, mind-blowing monthly series!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 28 (FOC – 9/5/16)

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BLOODSHOT REBORN #17

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by MICO SUAYAN
Cover A by TOMAS GIORELLO (JUL162075)
Cover B by BUTCH GUICE (JUL162076)
Cover C by TIMOTHY GREEN II (JUL162077)
Interlocking Variant Cover by RYAN BODENHEIM (JUL162078)
Variant Cover by DARICK ROBERTSON (JUL162079)

Terror by twilight on BLOODSHOT ISLAND!

Trapped in a remote jungle paradise with no hope of escape, Bloodshot has discovered the secret behind the merciless technological monstrosity called Deathmate – and the truth has thrown his entire world into a tailspin of tragedy! But what revelations behind Project Rising Spirit’s horrific creation could bring even Bloodshot to his knees…and forever shatter the spirit of the man known as Ray Garrison?

New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Moon Knight, Old Man Logan) and blockbuster artist Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN) push their bloodstained rumble in the jungle past the point of no return with a shocking chapter that will leave the Valiant Universe reeling for years to come!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 28 (FOC – 9/5/16)

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X-O Ends with Issue #50! Valiant Entertainment Previews for 08-28-2016 It’s the big finish for X-O Manowar, and more. Here’s all of the Valiant Entertainment Previews for 08-28-2016.
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With the release of the giant-sized, 64-page X-O MANOWAR #50 anniversary milestone just weeks away, Valiant is proud to announce that two more chapters of “LONG LIVE THE KING” – the cataclysmic series finale of Robert Venditti’s seminal, 56-issue run on X-O MANOWAR – have sold out at the distributor level and will return to store shelves on September 28th with the X-O MANOWAR #48 SECOND PRINTING and X-O MANOWAR #49 SECOND PRINTING!

On shelves just in time to coincide with the release of X-O MANOWAR #50, the countdown to the greatest Valiant milestone of all time gets even bigger here as New York Times best-selling writerRobert Venditti (Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps) and acclaimed artists Joe Bennett (52) andRoberto de la Torre (Daredevil) send the unstoppable X-O Manowar rocketing to the forefront of his most tumultuous battle yet…and leave the destiny of Valiant’s leading hero forever altered!

Born into battle, Aric of Dacia – heir to the throne of the Visigoth Empire – never knew peace. Raised under the oppressive thumb of the Roman Empire in fifth-century Europe, Aric’s entire existence was spent fighting a never-ending insurgency against history’s most brutal empire…until a far more terrifying enemy revealed itself and changed his destiny forever.

Abducted by a brutal race of extraterrestrials known as the Vine, Aric was forced into slavery on an alien world. Torn from his family, his people, and his nation, he spent years plotting his escape…until the day came that he was able to seize a weapon of incalculable destruction – a sentient suit of alien armor – and become X-O Manowar!

Returning to Earth only to find that 1,600 years have passed during his journey across the stars, the world’s most primitive man now wields the universe’s most powerful weapon. Working in concert with Earth’s governments and other super-powered heroes like himself, Aric has defended the planet, brokered peace amongst the powerful, and even rebuilt his kingdom from the ashes of history.

But now he faces an unthinkable new foe far more terrible than any that have come before… They are The Torment – and their name means death. Thought to be a legend by the Vine, they have now become Earth’s violent reality. As old as the universe itself, they have traveled for eons to reach us…in search of Aric of Dacia and the unstoppable X-O Manowar armor. Can Aric challenge a seemingly omnipotent threat with motives beyond the comprehension of mortal men? Will the armor truly be our world’s salvation, just as the Vine’s myths foretold? And is this the beginning of the end for X-O Manowar – or the beginning of something even bigger?

Long live the king! The end will be nigh as the entire Valiant Universe bears witness to the X-O MANOWAR #48 SECOND PRINTING and X-O MANOWAR #49 SECOND PRINTING – in stores on September 28th!

Then, after months of anticipation, the greatest Valiant milestone of all time arrives with a cosmic thunderclap on September 28th in X-O MANOWAR #50! This fall, don’t miss the biggest moment in Valiant history when Robert Venditti, Joe Bennett, and Roberto de la Torre salute X-O Manowar’s unparalleled 56-issue run with an oversized series finale for the ages! The Torment have come to our world in search of the secrets behind the sacred X-O Manowar armor. Now, they stand opposed by Aric of Dacia – former slave, noble warrior, resolute king, and current master of the armor’s near-limitless capabilities. But is one man…and one weapon…enough to repel a force capable of leveling a thousand civilizations? A whole new era for Earth’s greatest hero begins here on September 28th, only in X-O MANOWAR #50 – also featuring Jody Houser (FAITH) & Javier Pulido (Amazing Spider-Man), Matt Kindt (DIVINITY II) & Tomas Giorello (4001 A.D.: WAR MOTHER), Philip Tan (Suicide Squad), Fred Van Lente (GENERATION ZERO) & Clayton Henry (SAVAGE), and many more!

Plus: The X-O MANOWAR #50 COUNTDOWN GIVEAWAY continues right here for the X-O MANOWAR #48 SECOND PRINTING and X-O MANOWAR #49 SECOND PRINTING! For no extra cost, each issue of “LONG LIVE THE KING” will come bagged with one of 50 exclusive, 4-by-6 inch “micro-prints” featuring the one and only X-O Manowar as realized by a sensational cast of comics’ biggest talents – or full-blown, beautifully rendered original artwork randomly inserted in each issue! The X-O MANOWAR #50 COUNTDOWN GIVEAWAY will continue all summer long across all issues of “LONG LIVE THE KING” – including the oversized, blockbuster issue #50 finale!

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X-O MANOWAR #48 SECOND PRINTING – Cover by Kano

X-O MANOWAR #48
SECOND PRINTING

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by JOE BENNET and ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Cover by KANO
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 28

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X-O MANOWAR #49 SECOND PRINTING – Cover by Kano

X-O MANOWAR #49
SECOND PRINTING

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by JOE BENNET
Cover by KANO
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 28

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X-O MANOWAR #50
(64 PAGES!)

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI, JODY HOUSER, MATT KINDT, PHILIP TAN, and FRED VAN LENTE
Art by JOE BENNET and ROBERTO DE LA TORRE with DIEGO BERNARD,DOUG BRAITHWAITE, ROBERT GILL, CLAYTON HENRY, TOMAS GIORELLO, CARY NORD, JAVIER PULIDO, PHILIP TAN and RAFA SANDOVAL
Cover A (All-Star Jam) by CARY NORD, BOB LAYTON, BRANDON PETERSON, STEPHEN PLATT and 46 MORE X-O ALL-STARS!
Cover B by PAOLO RIVERA
Cover C by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
Cover D by MARCOS MARTIN
Cover E by MICO SUAYAN
Cover F by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
Cover G by SHANE DAVIS
Valiant x CGC Replica Variant by PERE PÉREZ
Variant Cover by COLLEEN DORAN
Variant Cover by CHIP ZDARSKY
Variant Cover by PHILIP TAN
Variant Cover by KAARE ANDREWS
Variant Cover by PHIL JIMENEZ
B&W Sketch Jam Cover by X-O ALL-STARS
$4.99 | 64 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 28


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Valiant Entertainment is a leading character-based entertainment company that owns the largest independent superhero universe in comics. With more than 80 million issues sold and a library of over 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and many more, Valiant is one of the most successful publishers in the history of the comic book medium. Today, the company’s characters continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. Valiant consistently produces some of the most critically acclaimed comics in the industry and has received numerous industry awards and accolades, including a Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book Publisher of the Year. In 2015, Valiant announced a multi-picture deal to bring Bloodshot and Harbinger to the big screen as feature films.

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The March Toward X-O MANOWAR #50 Continues w/ Two More Sold-Out Chapters for “LONG LIVE THE KING” (9/28) With the release of the giant-sized, 64-page X-O MANOWAR #50 anniversary milestone just weeks away, Valiant is proud to announce that two more chapters of “
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Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #11

Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #11

Valiant Entertainment 2016

Written by Robert Venditti

Illustrated by Robert Gill

Coloured by Mike Spicer

Lettered by Dave Sharpe

When Gilad awoke, he found himself trapped in the lab of The Dying One — a mysterious foe who has seemingly been monitoring Gilad’s activities for centuries. Possessing considerable means and intellect, the Dying One constructed and intricate labyrinth to test Gilad’s powers.  Upon besting The Dying One, Gilad escaped the maddening labyrinth, and made his way to Western Nebraska to request a final favor from X-O Manowar– ”I need you to kill me.”

I’m fascinated by this realm Gilad goes to when he rejuvenates, for lack of a better term.  This place where his wife and children, well Kalam’s a child from a first relationship, are there to greet him and spend time with him, in many ways it’s both a blessing and a curse.  Knowing that time and again you must leave what is considered paradise where your children don’t age and you have that perfect life you could never have among the living, only to know when it’s time to leave time and again to protect the living world.  What this constant back and forth must do to a man’s mind is beyond me.  Though thanks to Robert we’re starting to get a good look at it.

I haven’t really read a lot of the X-O Manowar stuff for a long time but I have to wonder if the two knew each other before Aric was taken into space.  It would explain why he turned to him to ask him what he does.  The others wouldn’t possibly understand what it would mean to go to that place where his family is to mend that fence he so desperately wants to with his first born.  The one he more about from the man who stole him, the Dying One.   See last issue for details.

I am such a fan of the way Robert has been writing his and the emotional toll it takes on his family each time he returns.  Leena herself most of all.  This issue really has this major emotional impact upon the characters and it comes from all sides for a slew of different reasons.  I cannot believe that there is so much going on here that is such strong characterisation and an intensity that just blows you away.  

Equally as intense is Robert’s work on the interiors.  I love the way he brings all these facets of Gilad’s life alive on the page.  From seeing him as the Eternal Warrior to being with his family as this carefree happy man who actually smiles it’s amazing that it’s the same man sometimes.  The range of emotions we see this issue is impressive specially when marked on those faces.  From Leena to Gilad we see the love and anger come across with despair so incredibly well.

Kalam wants to mend fences with his father just as much as Gilad does.  So therein lies the problem and the predicament he now finds himself in.  Kalam has followed in his father’s footsteps into the forest.  Though whether or not Kalam can do what Gilad can, hence why the Dying One wanted him, remains to be seen but there’s no love like a fathers for his son.  Next issue we’ll see just what it has meant for them both to have entered this land.

I keep saying it because it’s the truth this is the most extensive look at Gilad we’ve ever had and it only keeps getting better and better.