Somehow I’ve never heard of this comic or superhero and yet I see that there are graphic novels going back ten years or so. What this means for me is that I don’t have any background on the characters, but I found that it didn’t really matter, because this graphic novel held my attention all the way through and if I had questions, it -just made me eager to look for some previous books.
Aric of Dacia, aka X-O Manowar, is living on Earth as a human. He is a little bit lost and trying valiantly to use his powers for good, but understanding when it’s good and when it’s not is sometimes still a challenge for him. Fortunately he has some modern human friends who try to help him out, which of course puts them in danger.
Aric of Dacia has a super-intelligent, alien technology, bonded, sentient armor who has a dry sense of humor and helps guide Manowar during threatening situations. This offers some often needed humor during tense situations.
I found this book exciting with the action but also appealing due to the more social aspects. Aric’s struggles, trying to fit in and use his talent are as interesting as his fighting. But the best part is that author Dennis Hopeless balances the two stories with precision.
Art by Emilio Laiso complements the story nicely.
Looking for a good book? X-O Manowar Book 1, with story by Dennis Hopeless and art by Emilio Laiso was a really enjoyable read and I will gladly read more in this series.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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X-O Manowar: By the Sword
writer: Dennis Hopeless
art: Emilio Laiso
publisher: Valiant Entertainment, LLC
paperback, 112 pages