To put it more accurately, the Dead Hand are coming for everyone in the Valiant Universe, and it all starts in X-O Manowar #34.
Born into battle, Aric of Dacia, the fifth century Visigoth now called X-O Manowar, has never known peace. Abducted and enslaved by the savage alien empire known as The Vine, Aric finally escaped his captors after stealing their ultra-powerful X-O Manowar armor and then returned to Earth…only to find that more than a thousand years had passed in his absence. Stranded in the modern day, the most primitive man on Earth now wields the most powerful weapon in existence as X-O Manowar – one of the Earth’s most formidable new heroes and a member of the international superteam codenamed Unity.
But now…in the far reaches of deep space, the ultimate fail-safe of an extinct alien race has finally counted down to zero…and the robot army called DEAD HAND has been activated. The civilization that built them has fallen…and, now, to combat the doomsday threat that destroyed their world, DEAD HAND will complete the mission that their creators could not. Soulless and brutal, this billion-strong legion is the phantom army of a dead world…and it will cleanse the universe by any means necessary.
As a fan of the book anyway, I’m already on board for what looks to be a really neat, heavily sci-fi influenced event from Valiant. But even if you’re not really a follower as of yet, there’s no denying that the publisher is starting to pull off these mini-event books in rapid fire, and they’re pretty much all good. Some of the biggest stories in scope have been told by Valiant over the last two years, and they’re not pulling any punches with this one either as Aric certainly looks to have his hands full… no pun intended.
X-O Manowar #34, the first issue of the Dead Hand arc and yet another fresh jumping on point for those who’d like to check out some of the best sci-fi/superhero stuff out there, hits stands on March 4th from the team of Robert Venditti and Diego Bernard.
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