Aric of Dacia must protect two races, Human and Vine, in a story that sees the king bringing some guests to Earth.
Valiant is proud to announce EXODUS – a pivotal new story arc beginning this August in X-O MANOWAR #39! Jump on board here as New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (BOOK OF DEATH, Green Lantern) and fan-favorite artist Rafa Sandoval (X-Men: Legacy) trap Valiant’s most powerful hero between two peoples he has sworn to protect – humanity…and a mass migration of alien refugees, orphaned and cast adrift by the unassailable attack of DEAD HAND!
Aric of Dacia is X-O Manowar, hero to humanity, leader of the remaining Visigoths, and a husband about to start a new family. He is also the bearer of Shanhara, and tantamount to a god in the eyes of the alien race known as the Vine. Now, in the aftermath of DEAD HAND’s destruction of their world, the Vine need a new home and have chosen Earth – tearing Aric between two races that worship him, but each despise one another. Have these last living remnants of the Vine’s civilization come seeking peace? And what changes will their arrival herald for our world? All – human and alien alike – will be tested when an old enemy seizes this moment of turmoil to attack Aric at his weakest…and forces the people of Earth to pay an impossible price for X-O Manowar’s allegiance.
“What an amazing story Rob has planned for you all – a twist on Aric’s history that remains true to X-O Manowar’s spirit and will be full of surprises for longtime Valiant fans and new readers alike,” said X-O Manowar editor Tom Brennan. “X-O Manowar spent so much of his life fighting the Vine and now he must be their champion – how will Earth react? Or his fellow survivors of Vine enslavement for that matter? We’re going to answer those questions and more, and Rafa Sandoval’s ability to brilliantly blend character drama and widescreen action is the perfect compliment to Rob’s story of what it truly means to be a hero.”
This August, brace for impact as the Earth confronts its alien EXODUS head-on, only in X-O MANOWAR #39 – featuring covers by red-hot artists Rafa Sandoval (Ultimate Hawkeye), Robert Gill(BOOK OF DEATH), CAFU (UNITY), and Brent Peeples (Last of the Greats)! In the aftermath of X-O Manowar’s oversized wedding extravaganza, a new era for humanity begins here with a perfect jumping-on point for the acclaimed superhero series that Comic Vine calls “Valiant’s top book, month after month”.
X-O Manowar can kind of do no wrong as far as I’m concerned. The book has been on fire since day one and has rattled off a series of story arcs and been in the middle of crossovers that have rarely if ever been letdowns. Valiant has an epic character on its hands with X-O/Aric, and it seems like that’s going to be true for the foreseeable future.
Heading right out of Dead Hand (which this story is direct fallout from), X-O Manowar keeps things nice and tense for the character and his world, upping the ante even more by possibly pitting him against his own people, who owe him their lives. This is a book that you don’t want to be skipping, and one that’s right at the top of my buy pile every month.
Check out X-O Manowar #39 when it hits, beginning the Exodus arc, on August 12th.
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