Valiant is proud to announce X-O MANOWAR COMPENDIUM ONE – a MASSIVE, 800+ PAGE COLLECTION of the chart-topping, award-winning series that relaunched the Valiant Universe, released for the very first time in a value-priced softcover format!
On August 22nd, go back to where the war began with this first, gigantic volume in a value-priced paperback series that collects the complete adventures of Valiant’s armored Visigoth, starting with the first two years of Aric of Dacia’s journey from barbarian prince to superpowered protector in X-O MANOWAR (2012) #1–29, UNITY (2013) #1–4, and ARMOR HUNTERS #1–4!
Beginning with award-winning and critically beloved runs by New York Times best-selling writers Robert Venditti (Green Lantern, The Flash) and Matt Kindt (UNITY, Grass Kings), and featuring incredible art by Eisner Award winner Cary Nord (Conan, Star Wars), Doug Braithwaite (BLOODSHOT U.S.A.), Lee Garbett (Lucifer), Diego Bernard (NINJAK), Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY), and more, a celebrated, star-studded cast of Valiant’s biggest talents comes together right here for one of the best-selling and longest-running superhero series of the modern era!
Born under the oppressive thumb of the Roman Empire, Aric of Dacia learned warfare at an early age. It was amid such violence that he was abducted by an alien race known as The Vine. Forced into slavery, he survived where others perished. His escape would come from bonding with a weapon of immeasurable power: the X-O Manowar armor. With it, he returned to Earth…only to find himself stranded in the modern day. The Vine destroyed Aric’s world. Now he will give them war.
As Aric of Dacia makes his long-awaited voyage back to Earth within the pages of Matt Kindt’s best-selling 2017 series, discover why the first two years of X-O Manowar’s unrelenting return to comic store shelves everywhere has been hailed by fans and critics alike as a vibrant and vital introduction to the Valiant Universe:
“A stunning debut… [and] a great start for a hero: sacrifice, discovery, vengeance.” – The A.V. Club
“Filled with action on a massive and personal scale.” – Comic Book Resources
“Spellbinding action, intriguing characters, and some remarkable poignant storytelling.” – Bloody Disgusting
“One of the industry’s top superhero books.” – Complex Magazine
“Exciting… Well-written, well-drawn and fun to read…” – Newsarama
“Amazing… [UNITY] is a big superhero book done right.” – IGN
“[ARMOR HUNTERS]’s an event story for readers who think they hate event stories.” – Comic Book Resources
Following in the proud footsteps of the HARBINGER WARS COMPENDIUM and featuring the first appearances of Ninjak, Colonel Capshaw, the Vine, GIN-GR, and dozens more iconic Valiant characters, X-O MANOWAR COMPENDIUM ONE is a breathtaking entry point into one of the most celebrated superhero universes in comics, from one of the best-reviewed publishers today! On August 22nd, get the powerful opening salvos of X-O MANOWAR (2012), UNITY, and ARMOR HUNTERS in one oversized collection!
But first: the blockbuster creative team behind Valiant’s visionary sci-fi epic DIVINITY take the helm for an ALL-NEW ARC and FEROCIOUS NEW JUMPING-ON POINT in X-O MANOWAR (2017) #15! On May 23rd, master storytellers Matt Kindt (HARBINGER WARS 2) and Trevor Hairsine (ETERNITY) reunite to reveal a battle-scarred mission from Aric of Dacia’s youth… prepare to witness the landmark episode that forged the heir to the Visigoth nation into the world-smashing, interstellar champion now known as X-O Manowar!
As HARBINGER WARS 2 besieges the Valiant Universe – and X-O Manowar along with it – Aric of Dacia cannot escape the flames that now threaten his future…or the shadows that cloud his past. Before space… Before the armor… Return to the apex of Visigoth conquest as a younger, brasher Aric and a sword-wielding grifter set off on a continent-spanning quest for fortune, glory, and power! From the bloodstained sands of the gladiatorial arena to the dunes of the Arabian Desert, meet the man who would become the warrior-king of an alien civilization – and our own world’s most powerful hero – as he sets out to seize his destiny once upon a time in a land of faraway kings and unrepentant conquerors!
On May 23rd, jump on board one of the most acclaimed series in comics today as visionary creators Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine reunite for a thrilling, four-part melee of blood and steely-eyed daring at the height of the barbarian age with X-O MANOWAR (2017) #15 – featuring covers by Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT SALVATION), Jim Mahfood (Grrl Scouts), Veronica Fish (Spider-Woman), and Viktor Kalvachev (Blue Estate)!