Source: X-O Manowar #18
X-O Manowar is packed from cover to cover with action this week, as Aric’s new place as king of the Visigoths is challenged from enemies both outside and inside his kingdom. Aric has returned to Italy with his newly liberated Visigoth people to claim the land of Dacia as their own. The only problem is that Dacia has not existed as a recognizable territory for thousands of years, and the neighboring countries are not too happy about a super-powered battle suit being in their backyard. Picking up after last issue, the Russian Spetsnaz team that has captured one of the Visigoths discovers that they are not aliens, but are in fact human.
Robert Venditti does a fantastic job of weaving in some political intrigue into a story that would otherwise be a typical action story. Watching Aric, who has the mentality towards politics that you might expect from a barbarian, is funny as he sees no room for compromise for the land his people now inhabit. Even though he has declared himself king of his people, there is some strife amongst them since the Visigoths are still working as farm hands and want to be a free people instead. One man in particular, Volo, is the most vocal and rebellious of the group and will likely be an enemy of Aric’s in the upcoming Unity crossover.
Lee Garbett is on art duties for the issue and brings a lot of energy to an already action packed issue. The action scenes in this issue are great, with Aric taking misses out mid-air, sinking Russian subs and destroying tanks. The scene with the mechsuits is great also, as the Visigoths retaliate against an unsuspecting Spetsnaz group with some stolen Vine mechsuits.
Venditti and Garbett deliver another great, action packed issue of Manowar, which serves as a great prelude to the upcoming Unity crossover.