Matt Kindt takes us back in time .. way back .. to 393 AD and a previously unknown point in the X-O history. The "Barbarians" story arc begins here.
Here's how Valiant Entertainment describes this issue:
As HARBINGER WARS 2 besieges the Valiant Universe – and X-O Manowar along with it – Aric of Dacia cannot escape the flames that now threaten his future...or the shadows that cloud his past. Before space... Before the armor... Return to the apex of the Visigoth conquest as a younger, brasher Aric and a sword-wielding grifter set off on a continent-spanning quest for fortune, glory, and power! From the bloodstained sands of the gladiatorial arena to the dunes of the Arabian Desert, meet the man who would become the warrior-king of an alien civilization – and our own world's most powerful hero – as he sets out to seize his destiny once upon a time in a land of faraway kings and unrepentant conquerors!
Written by: Matt Kindt
Art by: Trevor Hairsine
Colors by: Diego Rodriguez
Covers by: Lewis LaRosa (A), Jim Mahfood (B), Veronica Fish (Variant), Viktor Kalachev (Icon Variant), Shane Davis (Pre-Order)
In shops: May 23, 2018