X-O Manowar vol 3: Planet Death
Collection: X-O Manowar #9-14 © 2013
Cover Artist: Clayton Crain
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment © 2013
Writer: Robert Venditti
Artists: Trevor Hairsine (#9-10), Cary Nord (#11-14)
Colors: Brian Reber (#9-10), Moose Bauman (#11-14)
Letters: Dave Lanphear (#9-12), Dave Sharpe (#13-14)
The artwork of X-O Manowar vol 3: Planet Death by artists Trevor Hairsine and Cary Nord were good. Not great, but functional. What I mean is that the story and action is portrayed well enough to work, but there really isn’t much to look at as far as detail. I think it was the coloring by Brian Reber and Moose Bauman I think that really made the panels pop. Reber and Bauman brought depth and dimension that would have been absent otherwise.
The story of X-O Manowar vol 3: Planet Death by rockstar Robert Venditti was, of course, brilliant. I just love his storytelling. Great action sequences – which as a writer I know are not as easy as they might look – and nice, well paced dialog that keeps you turning the pages to find out what’s next. This masterful writing was aided by the great lettering jobs of Dave Lanphear and Dave Sharpe. Both men’s work was well placed and in a nice, easily followable pattern. The font choice and letter sizes were also nice and easy on the eyes.
Aric of Dacia, aka X-O Manowar, is the Earth’s only real protector against an invasion from an alien race known as the Vine. But Aric has a personal beef with the Vine as well – it was the Vine who captured and enslaved Aric and his people. Aric escaped their clutches with the most powerful armor in the universe and the deity of the Vine, much to the chagrin of the Vine priests. But now, Aric is done running. Now Aric will take the fight to Loam – the Vine homeworld – and burn it to the ground. This is Planet Death!!
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