X-O Manowar #6 REVIEW: Aric has some Iron Man moments in a very green but confusing issue.


Writer: Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum, Artist: Emilio Laiso, Colourist: Ruth Redmond, Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, Cover artist: Rahzzah.


With Aric's sentient alien armor Shanhara still recovering from being trapped by the A.I., Aric and Troy must figure out a way to get the presence of X-O out there, so people can feel safe. With time ticking away, they try to figure something out. Eventually Shanhara is back and she's easy for action, wanting to get back at the A.I. which incapacitated her for so long. But has she been infected while she was trapped, or is this even really her? One thing is for sure, Aric doesn’t like this one bit.


Another month and another issue, I’m happy that we have gotten this book two months consistently now, considering the heavy delays between issues during the previous arc. For a book that I can honestly say I enjoy the content of, to have big delays damages not just the brand itself, but also can affect readers as they could jump off the title in the time between issues. So I really do hope it continues to be consistent, as Valiant does have a good series on the go.


With that said, I do still have some problems with the writing of this issue. The biggest problem I have is that I’m not sure if this takes place over a month or several. We have a gap of potentially 7 weeks and 3 days passing in just this issue alone. Now I do understand it’s to reinforce the length of time it’s taking for Shanhara to get back to full strength, but this could be done with either characters talking or being specific and saying a time from an event. When the times are given here, we get a “2 weeks later,” then followed by “3 weeks later”. Is that 3 weeks one week after the 2 so it’s 3 in total or 3 more weeks after that? This could have been cleared up a little better and I think it would have been easier and clearer to have characters talk about the timings, rather than have multiple text boxes in the corners of the panels.

Something else that i found confusing about this issue was the way Aric reacts to situations. In the last arc, he learnt from Troy that he can’t go in “guns blazing” as it looks bad from a PR point of view, but here he’s happy to do just that. Which is strange, given the growth of the character to adjust to life as a hero more in the public eye. It’s definitely not all bad though, as I really enjoyed a few moments that Aric had with some new suits. One felt more like an “Iron Man”, with him controlling it remotely while they still waited for Shanhara to heal.


We also have a fun part to the book where Desmond (Aric's child friend) is figuring out the problem with Shanhara, as he has a portable version to help him. He’s seen playing games with her, and he comments that she’s not giving him the ethics lectures while he plays console games. This was a fun add-on that really portrays the kind of character that she is, and how much she is missed in the lives of the people around Aric.

The artwork from Emilio Laiso is good, nothing really much to say, it’s been consistent, unfortunately it’s been the only thing consistent lately, but I hope that changes.


Overall, this is still a very enjoyable series despite a few personal problems I have with the writing style or the way the story is presented. The biggest problem for me at the moment is that it’s hard to get over the constant delays to the title. If they can keep up the release dates on schedule, then this is a great title to have with such a prominent writer, and with an ever growing Valiant universe, things could get better for the company, they just need to keep this book as a priority.


X-O Manowar issue 6 was released from Valiant Comics on September 22 from your Local Comic Shop as well as comixology


 

Andrew Carr was blessed to grow up watching the animated series of Batman, X-Men, and his favorite, Spider-Man.This started his dive into the comics world, which resulted in meeting his amazing cosplaying wife Imogen. They live in England with their Sinister Six dogs.

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