Review: X-O Manowar #47

Some of the most memorable heroes become so due to the challenge that the villains of the series provide.  X-O Manowar now rivals titles like The Flash for dominant rogue’s galleries.  In issue #47, creatures from the Vine’s ancient past step out of legend and into reality when they attack Aric and the Visigoth refugees. Joe Bennett and colorist Marcio Loerzer deserve due credit for the outstanding illustrations of this new X-O foe.  Picture beings as giant as small buildings.  Their forms are humanoid gateways to another dimension, for their skin has no texture save for the look of interstellar space.  As these massive creatures attack, they consume all in their path.  Those unfortunate ones who fall to these creatures do not die; instead, the shift into the universe connected to these beings.

XO_047_VARIANT_SANDOVALAric mounts a counterattack.  Based on the nature of these new enemies, one could easily guess as the outcome of this issue.

In many past reviews, I would examine the intricate steps writer Robert Venditti would take to generate a most effective story.  This time, I need to take a step from plot and examine character.  These enemies have a frightening presence unlike any type of comic book villain prior.  Imagine an adversary that simply deposits you into an alternate universe, never to return.  In one swift motion these creatures snatch up Vine soldiers, assimilate their knowledge, and deposit the poor creatures into another galaxy.

Swift.  Effective.  Irreversible.

These creatures pose a threat on an all-new scale to Aric.  He cannot simply punch his way out of this problem.  No weapon seems to work.  To stop these creatures, the Visigoth king will need to use a swift masterstroke.  Let’s hope the price to protect his loved ones doesn’t end up costing Aric a hefty price.

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X-O Manowar #47
Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Joe Bennett
Publisher: Valiant Comics
Price: $3.99
Release Date: 6/29/16
Format: Ongoing; Print/Digital