X-O Manowar is being written by Matt Kindt (Divinity, Ninjak) and will include a list of talented artist including Tomas Giorello (4001 A.D.: War Mother, Bloodshot Reborn), Doug Braithwaite (Armor Hunters), Clayton Crain (Rai, Carnage), Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying and the Dead), and Mico Suayan (Bloodshot Reborn).
Things kick off with a loaded X-O Manowar #1 sneak preview, which includes 16 pages of artwork, character designs, commentary, and interview from the creative team. Fans will also see a new six-foot standee featuring artwork from Valiant-exclusive artist Lewis LaRosa. LaRosa's work will also be featured on a full-size 2017 calendar, which will also feature artwork from Andrews, Crain, Giorello, J.G. Jones, Monika Palosz, and Kenneth Rocafort. You'll also be able to grab this at ComicsPRO 2017.
If you're looking for something different, then Valiant will also have X-O Manowar #1 box cutters, and fans will also spot more than a few X-O Manowar #1 posters on the walls. If you want something a bit more personal, then the "Matt Kindt Section" sign might be more your speed. If you're interested in grabbing some of the cool swag, make sure to let your local comic store know you're interested.
The official description is available below, and you can preview the promotional items in the gallery.
A stunning new beginning for Valiant’s most enduring icon starts here on March 22nd with part one of “SOLDIER” – a punishing, three-issue introduction that will push Aric of Dacia beyond the farthest limits of our galaxy…and into the brutal opening salvo of the ultimate X-O Manowar tale ever told!
Born under the oppressive thumb of the Roman Empire, Aric of Dacia learned warfare at an early age. It was amid such violence that he was abducted by an alien race. Forced into slavery, he survived where others perished. His escape would come from bonding with a weapon of immeasurable power: the X-O Manowar armor. With it, he returned to Earth…only to find himself stranded in the modern day.
But that was a lifetime ago.
Now, far from home on a strange and primitive new world, Aric has begun a new life. Liberated from his past, he tends to his crops. Free from war. Free from violence. Free from the armor.
But the machinery of death marches his way once again. Conscripted into an alien army and thrown into an unforgiving conflict, the fury inside him finds voice as he is forced to embrace the armor once more. With it, he will decimate armies, topple empires and incite interplanetary warfare as he rises from SOLDIER to GENERAL to EMPEROR to VISIGOTH. They wanted a weapon. He will give them war!
In the wake of “SOLDIER”’s staggering assault in issues #1-3, X-O MANOWAR then continues in 2017 and beyond as a superstar cast of Valiant’s most acclaimed artistic talents chart Aric’s path from SOLDIER to GENERAL to EMPEROR to VISIGOTH for a vicious, year-long journey of bone and bloodshed born from the battlefields of a herculean alien empire:
X-O Manowar #1 launches in March.