Title: X-O Manowar (2017) #14
Words: Matt Kindt
Art: Ariel Olivetti
Publication Date: April 25, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: After a brutal year spent waging war on the far side of the galaxy, Aric of Dacia must now face the one thing he yearned to leave behind: planet Earth. But as the man called X-O Manowar prepares for a world-shaking homecoming, he must come to terms with a savage awakening inside himself…and the obligations that still await him on our world. Just as the forces of HARBINGER WARS 2 – Valiant’s seismic 2018 crossover event – begin to vie for Aric’s loyalties, a long-awaited reunion might just shatter everything we’ve come to believe about the fallen warrior-king in control of the universe’s most powerful weapon…
While watching X-O Manowar wage war in on the far side of the galaxy has been nothing short of thrilling, Aric’s homecoming, or, at the very least, Aric managing the emotional weight that his homecoming carries, is exciting for entirely different reasons; not only does Aric’s homecoming add to, and help set the stage for, Harbinger Wars 2, but it also means that Aric no longer has the luxury of being tied up in an epic space-war and must now face the demons that’ve been waiting for him back on Earth.
X-O Manowar #14 lacks the intensity that readers have come to expect from series, but overall, writer Matt Kindt creates an emotionally evocative issue that is relatable and, as I mentioned earlier, works to generate some newfound interest in the series by adding another level of complication to what is an already complex situation.
In this issue, artist Ariel Olivetti perfectly captures the wonder and serenity and beauty and danger of traveling through space, and yet, after Aric’s extraterrestrial voyage, Olivetti also manages to capture the often overlooked beauty of Earth in a way that makes diving into one of our oceans feel as exciting as flying head-first into a collapsing star.
The Bottom Line:
Aric, after a brutal, war-filled year, returns to Earth, and his homecoming is, as one would expect, emotional in more ways than one.