Upon opening X-O Manowar #2, we’re greeted by a big, beautifully illustrated scene depicting Aric as he sits on atop a rock on Gorin, speaking to the ring that he crafted from Shanhara’s metal. For me, this illustration feels like a personal greeting from Tomas Giorello with a note attached that asks, “So reader, are you ready for this?” A question to which I respond, “Oh hell yeah!” Let’s go.

So, what’s X-O Manowar #2 about? From Valiant:

“They asked for war. He’ll give them death.

Deep within the far reaches of space, the dogs of war have found Aric of Dacia. Conscripted into an alien army and forced into combat, Aric must enter an alien battlefield unlike any he’s faced before. His only hope for survival is also the source of his greatest rage – the living suit of armor known as X-O Manowar.

Can Aric still embrace the violence within? Get ready, because the most brutal fight in X-O Manowar’s life is about to begin!”

In X-O Manowar #2, the story’s depth becomes more apparent, and throughout this revealing yet action-packed issue, the energy levels remain high and thus the book is very entertaining. We’re also introduced to a new motley crew of characters which allows readers to begin picking favorites to root for. Although, there’s no promise that any of new characters will stick around—remain alive—long enough to become favorites. Then again, I’m almost sure that anyone reading this comic already has a favorite, and that’s Aric.

More so than in Issue #1, it’s clear that writer Matt Kindt spent a good deal of time planning this series out because as of right now each issue of X-O Manowar reads like another chapter in a great novel. And I don’t know about you, but I am all for comic books that read as though they are great novels.

When this first arc of X-O Manowar is inevitably collected into a single volume, I am positive that it will be celebrated and called one of the great works of modern Science Fiction…so rather than wait, I’ll just say it now. X-O Manowar is a great work of modern Science Fiction.

X-O Manowar #2
The Bottom Line
X-O Manowar is a great work of modern Science Fiction, and Issue #2 of this groundbreaking should not be missed.
Big, beautiful illustrations
Great Sci-Fi