X-O Manowar: Soldier

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X-O Manowar (2017) Volume 1: Soldier by Matt Kindt is another example of what makes Valiant one of the better comic book publishing houses around today. There is such a commitment to the integrity of the character and the story; it is unyielding to the trends of the marketplace. That may have hurt them from time to time, but overall it has resulted in some of the best comic book stories you may have never read.

Aric of Dacia was born under the rule of the Roman Empire and was taught the art of war from an early age. It was during this time he was abducted by an alien race and forced into slavery. He escaped from bondage with the aid of a weapon of immense power. The X-O Manowar armor. With the armor he returned to modern day Earth.

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But that was long ago and Aric has tired of war and battle. He has left Earth and the begun a new life as a farmer on a faraway world. With the armor put aside he believes he has found peace. But war once again finds him and he is taken into slavery to fight for a new and tyrannical regime. The peace Aric has sought eludes him and once again he takes up the armor and once again he becomes a weapon of power. They thought they could control him and make him battle for them but they were terribly wrong. Aric was a weapon, but now he is the embodiment of war.

Created in 1992 by Jim Shooter, X-O Manowar is a character that is far to intricate for the larger publishing houses to carry and is one of those brilliant and detailed characters that can only come from an independent publisher.

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Soldier is a good starting point for new readers to get to know Aric and with such strong writing and classic artwork, one they will not only follow but hunt down back issue tales!

A really good comic!

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