Title: X-O Manowar
Release: May 2012
Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Cary Nord
Store: Earth Prime Comics (Burlington, Vermont)
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X-O Manowar is set in 402 A.D., the story following the Visigoths in their struggles against the Roman Empire. The inside cover offers loads of historical and demographic data regarding the two cultures at the time. I'm a total sucker for that sort of thing. As such, I had high hopes for this one.
But wait, that guy on the cover doesn't look much like a Visigoth warrior, does he? Several times over the course of A-Z, I have complained about the fusion trend in the current comics industry. In short, I want to be allowed to live in such a realm as 5th century Europe without getting pulled back to the usual comic book terra firma. In this case, the Visigoths are under alien invasion - and I don't mean the Romans. So, X-O Manowar had me at the beginning, but it lost me by the end.
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