Comic Book Review – X-O Manowar #34 from Valiant Comics

X-O Manowar #34 - Cover A by Lewis Larosa

X-O Manowar #34 – Cover A by Lewis Larosa

X-O MANOWAR #34

A $3.99 Comic, 32 pages, Rated T+
Written by Robert Venditti
Art by Deigo Bernard
Cover A (Cover Overlay) by Lewis Larosa
Cover B (Wraparound) by Jorge Molina
Variant Cover by  Das Pastoras
Character Design Variant by Jorge Molina
Artist Variant by Butch Guice

The Good

The Writing

X-O Manowar has been the longest running ongoing series from this incarnation of Valiant comics. Because of the long-term investment of Robert Venditti it also has been one of the books most consistent in tone. This issue also shows the (final?)fate of two planets and occupants featured earlier in the series (Loam and Gennin).

The opening scene is one of the best high octane, balls busting opening action scene in a comic book ever..

Don’t worry the book is not just Michael Bay explosions there are also small quieter character scenes like one with Aric and Deidre which shows what it means to a relationship when you are in a state of constant war. The storytelling extends the Uber Arc of the saga of Aric of Dacia and the X-O Armor to the next stage as well.

The Art

Although the X-O series began with the legendary Cary Nord as artist on the opening arc, then followed by Lee Garbett, and Trevor Hairsine, Diego Bernard continues to knock it out of the park.   Although the book has had fantastic artists on it, it has sometimes been inconsistent. But Diego Bernard is nothing short of fantastic and consistent. His scenes which range from just people talking to Kirbyesque cosmic warfare is a beauty to behold and as I mentioned earlier very consistent. The last stand of” Control” and the introduction of the “Dead Hand” is a beauty to behold as well as awe inspiring.

X-O Manowar #34 Preview Page 7

X-O Manowar #34 Preview Page 7

The Bad??

The Writing

But although this issue was very enjoyable some of the space opera elements seems to be bleeding in from the other ongoing comic by Robert Venditti , “Green Lantern”. Page four seems like a scene from Green Lantern Corps and the introduction of the antagonist seems too much like something from New Gods (Interesting to note that although he doesn’t write any New Gods titles they were front and center in the recent GL Crossover).

Is this intentional??

Maybe not.

Is it meant to be a pastiche???

Maybe??

The Art

Maybe the whole GL vibe and Kirbyesque elements might be the artist’s idea??

In Conclusion

Disregarding the whole speculation on my part about Robert Venditti’s books bleeding into each other this has been a very enjoyable and exciting new issue in the Uber Arc of X-O Manowar..You would be doing yourself a disservice if you miss this..

Valiant Delivers, as always…

Score 8/10

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