Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Diego Bernard
Valiant’s flagship title’s massive arc ends with X-O Manowar #37. This has been a strong arc full of memorable moments, and has already shown that it is capable of making a mark on the entire Valiant Universe. While this is a solid issue, it wasn’t the strongest ending to such an epic arc.
The previous issue led to Aric needing an army in order to have a chance to defeat Dead Hand. After quite a bit of deliberation, all of the armors agreed to fight back and to finally stop fleeing. The final page was exciting and set up a great battle for the survival of Earth and all armors. It seems that readers were right to be excited, because the armors were as strong as expected, to the detriment of the issue. While this issue offers flashy panels and cool lines, the battle itself wasn’t intense at all. Things were almost too easy for the Aric and it feels like this issue will have little consequence for the series, which is disappointing considering how much potential there was for the arc as a whole.
Despite the lack of consequence, the issue still had solid writing. Robert Venditti does well at further explaining the inner workings of the armors, as well as the relationship they have with those they connect with. Aric continues to grow, showing his understanding of the universe around him, and making connections between his old life and the universe as it is today.
Diego Bernard’s pencils continue to impress, and as always the battles looks spectacular. Bernard’s panels are full of action and detail, and don’t at all disappoint. On top of the fantastic action-scenes, every character design is strong and unique. The armors are all well-drawn and highly detailed. They shine during battle making them appear much more impressive. This is easily one of the best looking issues in the series.