Fight to Survive: X-O Manowar vs Blue Beetle by Jerry Whitworth
In the expansive landscape of fiction, one truth always holds true: if there’s a two characters remotely similar to each other, fans will argue which character would win in a fight. Son Goku and Superman. Batman and Captain America. Dr. Doom and Darth Vader. It doesn’t matter if it’s comic book, cartoon, novel, film, game, or television series. In today’s arena, we have Valiant Comics’ X-O Manowar and DC Comics’ Blue Beetle.
TALE OF THE TAPE
Name: X-O Manowar
Real Name: Aric Dacia/Shanhara
Race: Human/X-O Manowar armor
First Appearance: X-O Manowar #1 (February 1992)
Base of Operations: Mobile
History: Aric of Dacia is a Visigoth, nephew of his people’s king, who battled Romans that invaded their kingdom. However, everything changed when his people were attacked by the Spider Aliens who took him prisoner on their starship. After being their slave, Aric would steal a X-O Manowar class armor called Shanhara, slay his oppressors, and made his way back to Earth. Only, while space travel would take several years aboard the ship, due to time dilation, centuries passed on Earth. In a world unfamiliar to him, Aric chose to become a hero.
Powers and Abilities: Aric is a trained warrior through and through, most of his formative years were spent studying the art of war and killing the superior Roman armada employing guerrilla tactics. Obtaining Shanhara essentially gave one of the universe’s greatest weapon to an already dangerous man. Among the Spider Alien arsenal of biomechanical armors, Manowar was by far the most difficult to cultivate and most powerful. Some of its components include a scanner, remote scanner, ion cannon, energy dampener/consumer, omni-beam, force field, tractor beam, flight, super-strength, life support, and enhanced healing.Read More
VALIANT Solicitations For SEPTEMBER 2012
X-O MANOWAR #5
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by LEE GARBETT
Cover by MICO SUAYAN
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by PHILIP TAN
Interlocking Variants by PATRICK ZIRCHER
All new arc! X-O Manowar vs. Ninjak!
Jump on board the smash hit series of the summer as two legends of the Valiant Universe collide for the first time! The X-O Manowar armor has fallen to Earth… and now the world’s most lethal intelligence agent has a new target. But who is the operative known only as Ninjak? And who – or what – has marked Aric of Dacia for death by his blade? Find out as the all-new Ninjak makes his shocking first appearance – and cuts his way to the forefront of the Valiant Universe.Read More
Reviews – Valiant Entertainment: 6/6/12 by Jerry Whitworth
by Joshua Dysart (w) and Khari Evans (a)
Peter Stanchek has heard voices since he was a young boy, a phenomenon that led to him as being labeled crazy and institutionalized despite displaying other incredible abilities. Escaping from the hospital with his mentally unbalanced friend Joseph Irons, the pair have been on the run with a mysterious Mister Tull on their trail. Peter returns home to rekindle a childhood romance with Kris Hathaway which brings him directly into Tull’s sights as Peter meets the wealthy and powerful Harada Toyo on the mental plane, revealing the truth to Peter: Harada and Peter are Psiots, rare in that they were both able to naturally tap into the fantastic capabilities of the mind. Further, where Harada has measured his abilities discovering them to be vast, Peter’s ability has yet to even be explored. Harada has dreamed of Peter since the young man’s birth but waited until Peter has fallen his lowest, using his abilities to rape his childhood love Kris, to approach him and offer help as his teacher in order for Peter to join Harada’s crusade to save the world from itself.Read More
What’s Old is New Again: Valiant Comics by Jerry Whitworth
Founded in 1989 by former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Jim Shooter and former Allman Brothers Band manager Steven J. Massarsky, Valiant Comics was a bold, new independent comic book publisher that brought together industry veterans like Barry Windsor-Smith and Bob Layton to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the top of the pile of emerging publishers as part of the industry boom referred today as the Dark Age. While there are several meanings behind being titled as such, one aspect of the Dark Age that earned its name is the bubble bursting for the comic book industry’s rise that led to the collapse of most of the market. One of these casualties was Valiant. However, Valiant has returned and is publishing four monthly titles based on their properties. Lets take a look at these characters making a come back (it should be noted, characters like Turok, Solar, and Magnus, Robot Fighter were licensed to Valiant by Western Publishing and this license has since lapsed).Read More