Posted by:
Chris Bushley

Review: X-O Manowar #11

Writer: 
Robert Venditti
Art: 
Cary Nord
Colors: 
Moose Bauman
Letterer: 
Dave Lanphear
Cover: 
Clayton Crain, Cary Nord
Publisher: 
Valiant
Price: 
$3.99
Release Date: 
March 20th, 2013

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Planet Death is upon us and everything you thought you knew is completely wrong! 

Cary Nord tantalizes readers with an artistic dance, melding the beauty of life and the utter chaos of death to form an intrinsic tale of the Vine's origin. Stunningly rendered flash back sequences draw you in as Robert Venditti's tale takes you back to the very moment the Vine was 'born," giving this overtly destructive and manipulative species a more humble begriming than ever thought possible. 

Venditti actually creates sympathy for these creatures, ones so vile that deception practically drips from their spider-like maws. It is this same sympathy that drives the tale and makes you ponder the plight of our hero Aric. For once, we are privy to different ideas from those of our protagonist, ideas that not only explain how the Vine became who they currently are but why they hold some things so dear. In addition, we are not only given the origin of the Vine but that of the X-O armor itself as well! 

This is a morality tale of the finest caliber! Do we become monsters do to the unspeakable deeds that are done to us, which in turn we do to others to show how powerful we are over them? Or, do we learn from what has happened before and overcome them, becoming something far better do to the circumstances thrust upon us? By tales end, Aric will have to ask himself those very questions, for his whole world is about to be turned upside down!

Undeniably one of the best cosmic stories being created today! Vendetti and Nord have created something that makes other books pale in comparison!

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