Valiant Entertainment broke the news in December that they were relaunching X-O Manowar in a new monthly ongoing. Initially this will be a year-long epic adventure taking Aric into unknown alien territories and blood-shed battles to the death, all written by Matt Kindt and featuring a different artist for each arc. The four military themed arcs making up this twelve month journey are SOLDIER (Tomas Giorello), GENERAL (Doug Braithwaite), EMPEROR (Clayton Crain) and then it all concludes in VISIGOTH (Mico Suayan).
Valiant's extremely comprehensive solicit for this first issue says:
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!
Written by: Matt Kindt
Art by: Tomas Giorello
Colors by: Diego Rodriguez
Covers by: Lewis LaRosa (A), Kenneth Rocafort (B), Tomas Giorelli (Pre-Order Edition), Mico Suayan (Interlocking), J.G. Jones (Icon), Monika Palosz (TOP-SECRET)
In shops: March 22, 2017