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Two people. One world. Can a man of war broker peace between earth and alien nation? 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 , The Vine need a n Two people. One world. Can a man of war broker peace between earth and alien nation? 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 , The Vine need a new home and have chosen Earth – tearing Aric between two races that worship him, but each despise one another. New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (Book of Death) and red-hot artist Rafa Sandoval (Ultimate Hawkeye) unite here to begin a bold and tragic new era in the life of X-O Manowar! Collecting: X-O Manowar 38-42


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Two people. One world. Can a man of war broker peace between earth and alien nation? 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 , The Vine need a n Two people. One world. Can a man of war broker peace between earth and alien nation? 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 , The Vine need a new home and have chosen Earth – tearing Aric between two races that worship him, but each despise one another. New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (Book of Death) and red-hot artist Rafa Sandoval (Ultimate Hawkeye) unite here to begin a bold and tragic new era in the life of X-O Manowar! Collecting: X-O Manowar 38-42

30 review for X-O Manowar, Volume 10: Exodus

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    First up, it's the wedding of X-O Manowar as Aric and Saana finally tie the note. Then, the Vine are in search of a new home after Loam's destruction by Dead Hand, and they've chosen Earth! But the Vine plantings already on Earth, plus a villain from X-O's past, have other ideas that could lead to war instead. I'm a sucker for wedding issues, I'll be honest. I especially like the ones where nothing horrible happens; having a hero fight on their wedding day feels so mean - they go through so much First up, it's the wedding of X-O Manowar as Aric and Saana finally tie the note. Then, the Vine are in search of a new home after Loam's destruction by Dead Hand, and they've chosen Earth! But the Vine plantings already on Earth, plus a villain from X-O's past, have other ideas that could lead to war instead. I'm a sucker for wedding issues, I'll be honest. I especially like the ones where nothing horrible happens; having a hero fight on their wedding day feels so mean - they go through so much crap most of the time, let them be happy for once! Aric's wedding goes off without a hitch, but it's emotional and sweet, and the back-up stories from both Aric's past and Saana's present make the whole thing feel complete. The Exodus story actually made my jaw drop a few times. There are some developments that you don't think are going to take place, and yet they do after all; I've probably been too desensitized by immutable status quos over at Marvel, so that's on me. And, just as Exodus builds on Dead Hand, which built on Armor Hunters...etc., Exodus also sets up the next storyline, the Kill List. Venditti is telling one longform story, but each part stands on its own as a complete, and excellent, story. Rafa Sandoval (now currently collaborating with Venditti on Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps) pencils all four issues here, and his pencils have a real weight to them. He and inker Jordi Tarragona have some very solid visuals, and you can feel the intention behind the characters in every panel. X-O Manowar is going from strength to strength, but it isn't neglecting its characters along the way.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    I’d have rated this 3-stars but I’m a sucker for a Wedding Issue. Also, I can’t be the only one tired of Aric exclaiming “Sixteen centuries ago everything seemed so clear...” or something to the same extent? We get it dude, you're Old AF. I’d have rated this 3-stars but I’m a sucker for a Wedding Issue. Also, I can’t be the only one tired of Aric exclaiming “Sixteen centuries ago everything seemed so clear...” or something to the same extent? We get it dude, you're Old AF.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    A really simple concept executed flawlessly. World: The art is solid, I feel this series consistently gets the best from Valiant and this is the case here. The scope the motion and the character facial expressions really inform the world and tone. The world building is fantastic, that's been one of the best advantages of Valiant with it's more compact world, there is consequences and it is felt throughout. The continuation of the Vine and Human story is done well and the world we see this time r A really simple concept executed flawlessly. World: The art is solid, I feel this series consistently gets the best from Valiant and this is the case here. The scope the motion and the character facial expressions really inform the world and tone. The world building is fantastic, that's been one of the best advantages of Valiant with it's more compact world, there is consequences and it is felt throughout. The continuation of the Vine and Human story is done well and the world we see this time really feels weighty and satisfying. A great call back to the past and a great move to the future. Story: A very basic premise of fighting on both sides because of mistakes and it's executed so well. The pacing and writing is spot on and the motivations on point and hits when it needs to. The situations make sense in the world and the tension is earned. The end was also well done and simple. The end was satisfying a bit brisk but very satisfying. It also opens the door for so much more in the future. Also Saana is finally a character that matters and it's done so well. Characters: Saana is amazing. She reminds me of Mira and that's a great thing. I've been saying she's been 90s eye candy for a while but this was the arc that made her stand on her own. Fantastic. Aric is also amazing from where he started off and how he ends this conflict. I have has doubts of the development of characters for the series as it moves to fast but after 40 plus issues it's slowly paying off. So good. The Vine were done well and the PTSD was used so very effectively. Amazing. A really well done arc. Onward to the next book!

  4. 4 out of 5

    47Time

    Weddings. Aah! Entirely skippable, but aah! The crap really hits the fan when one of the ships carrying surviving Vine from the Dead Hand attack arrives on Earth unexpectedly. Aric greets them and promises to protect them, even though his tribe opposes this. GATE responds by sending an air squadron led by a guy who witnessed the armor hunters' assault on LA. They are soon ordered to stand down, but the leader refuses to return to base and instead fires on the Vine ship, ordering his men to do the Weddings. Aah! Entirely skippable, but aah! The crap really hits the fan when one of the ships carrying surviving Vine from the Dead Hand attack arrives on Earth unexpectedly. Aric greets them and promises to protect them, even though his tribe opposes this. GATE responds by sending an air squadron led by a guy who witnessed the armor hunters' assault on LA. They are soon ordered to stand down, but the leader refuses to return to base and instead fires on the Vine ship, ordering his men to do the same. When his weapons are switched to remote control he flies his fighter into the ship, escalating the conflict. (view spoiler)[The Vine Planting Liberation Army secretly saved Trill, a Vine commander, during the failed Vine invasion a while back. He now wants to conquer Earth with and for the surviving Vine. He also uses a Vine planting infiltrated in the fighter squadron pilots to sow further conflict by shooting the leader of the Vine refugees during his meeting with GATE director Capshaw. When they hear of this, the rest of the landed refugees call for the comrades still in orbit. A battle breaks out between human and Vine. Aric is able to convince them to a reluctant ceasefire to root out the true enemy while Trill employs the Vine plantings in high places to manipulate both humans and Vine into hating each other. (hide spoiler)]

  5. 5 out of 5

    Micah Ulibarri

    Really enjoyed this volume. It brings together the now long-storied journey of Manowar. We get to see some really big movements of the story and different characters from the Valiant universe come together. Breathed new life into this character.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Judah Radd

    This series is exceptional.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Akshay

    Talk about ending a long series with a bang! Started out as just another superhero comic but turned into fantastic inter-galactic sci-fi in no time and since then has been a great balance between the human element of its star-lost and earth-born characters and the larger science, space and action heavy stuff. This volume in particular I'm very happy about and is a big part of why I'd recommend this series to everyone because though it had it's ups and downs, there are so many amazing elements that Talk about ending a long series with a bang! Started out as just another superhero comic but turned into fantastic inter-galactic sci-fi in no time and since then has been a great balance between the human element of its star-lost and earth-born characters and the larger science, space and action heavy stuff. This volume in particular I'm very happy about and is a big part of why I'd recommend this series to everyone because though it had it's ups and downs, there are so many amazing elements that are all front and centre with this volume: the humans of Earth, Aric's former alien slaves, the Vine, the Vines plantings, the costs of war, what it means to lead and to be a leader, the burdens and risks of power and what it means to choose and not just be driven by circumstance - all of this under a glossy layer of gigantic battles, high stakes adventure and high-octane narrative pacing that is rendered fantastically by the creative team.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marcelo

    This is storytelling at its best. If all comic books were like this volume of X-O Manowar, we would be having Oscars given to funny pages. Writer Robert Venditti has long since stablished that his take on Aric of Dacia is one of theatrical tragedy and drama, but Exodus ups the ante. Everything you'd expect from a Greek play is in here. This is Shakespeare in comic book form. I kept murmuring "why are you doing this to me?" into the book. If I must say anything against this book is the larger than This is storytelling at its best. If all comic books were like this volume of X-O Manowar, we would be having Oscars given to funny pages. Writer Robert Venditti has long since stablished that his take on Aric of Dacia is one of theatrical tragedy and drama, but Exodus ups the ante. Everything you'd expect from a Greek play is in here. This is Shakespeare in comic book form. I kept murmuring "why are you doing this to me?" into the book. If I must say anything against this book is the larger than normal artists' rotation. While it doesn't feel jarring as usually it does when the an issue has a different artist than the previous and the following, it's something that I'm particular not a fan of. But that's nitpicking. It doesn't really detract from the quality of the book all that much, because all artists here are good and seemed to try and have the art consistent to one another.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tomas

    This story could have been way longer. I think that story has complexity which was not explored in this issue. But it is still insanely good book

  10. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Maluck

    Ten volumes in, I can't believe I complained during the first three books that Aric was too bullheaded and the story was too slow. Everything built up in earlier story arcs is paying off in spades in these later trades. This is truly a series and not just a collection of stories with a shared template. Ten volumes in, I can't believe I complained during the first three books that Aric was too bullheaded and the story was too slow. Everything built up in earlier story arcs is paying off in spades in these later trades. This is truly a series and not just a collection of stories with a shared template.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    I like where the series is headed. Aric is torn between helping humans and the Vine who both look at him as a savior. I like that the series is coming back to the roots of this latest iteration of X-O.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Butcher

    wow, 10 volumes! Good solid story, though some of the wedding material lacks some for me. And it's not a typical let's just go hit stuff stories. Congrats to Valiant on showing on how to keep a long running title running. wow, 10 volumes! Good solid story, though some of the wedding material lacks some for me. And it's not a typical let's just go hit stuff stories. Congrats to Valiant on showing on how to keep a long running title running.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    This is a great storyline, one of my favorites so far.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Owain

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brian

  16. 5 out of 5

    Paul Sunderland

  17. 5 out of 5

    David Smith

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  19. 4 out of 5

    Thaddeus Rice

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cheese

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tony Crooks

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chip Follett

  23. 4 out of 5

    Roger

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ben Brown

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dan

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    Exodus (38-42). The Wedding of X-O is another nice character piece and a great story for once more cohering together the whole VH-E universe. However, it's the main "Exodus" story that stands out in this volume. It's another great cosmic outing that is extremely tense and also does a great job of making you worry about and care for many of the individual characters caught up in this horrible interstellar brinkmanship. A wonderful story, and as with so much of the X-O series, one with intriguing Exodus (38-42). The Wedding of X-O is another nice character piece and a great story for once more cohering together the whole VH-E universe. However, it's the main "Exodus" story that stands out in this volume. It's another great cosmic outing that is extremely tense and also does a great job of making you worry about and care for many of the individual characters caught up in this horrible interstellar brinkmanship. A wonderful story, and as with so much of the X-O series, one with intriguing repercussions going forward. [8/10]

  27. 4 out of 5

    Paulius

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hugo

  29. 5 out of 5

    James

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shane Charles

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