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PopCultHQ First Look – X-O Manowar Annual 2016 #1 From Valiant Comics

Valiant Entertainment has been on fire in 2016. With their shared universe coming together for the Summer of 4001 A.D. event, their newly established partnerships with various companies to promote the publisher (ShirtPunch, Valiant emojis, Archer & Armstrong beer, and more), to now the final issue of one of their beloved characters in debuting the landmark X-O Manowar #50. Here’s a look at Valiant’s plans for the remaining issues of the series, the 4001 A.D. event, and plans for writer of every issue of the series, Robert Venditti.

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This summer, the legendary X-O Manowar flies into his first-ever oversized annual with 64 pages of armor-busting adventures spanning the universe of Valiant’s flagship hero!

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X-O Manowar Annual 2016 #1 – Pg. 1

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside the X-O MANOWAR ANNUAL 2016 #1! From Aric of Dacia’s days on the outskirts of the Roman Empire to the eve of X-O Manowar’s greatest battle yet amongst the stars, jump on board the series that set the Valiant Universe in motion on May 18th as New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (BOOK OF DEATH, Green Lantern) and Valiant-exclusive sensation Pere Perez (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) lead off a centuries-spanning look at X-O Manowar’s past and present in a giant-sized adventure too epic for a single issue! Then: The life and times of the unstoppable X-O Manowar loom large as a massive cast of rising stars and superstar talents – including Amy Chu (Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death), Adam Gorham (DEAD DROP),Jody Houser (FAITH), Mike McKone (Teen Titans), and more – come together for tales of Valiant’s most powerful hero…and his allies and foes alike!

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X-O Manowar Annual 2016 #1 – Pg. 2

With X-O MANOWAR #50 just over the horizon, 2016 is primed and ready to be X-O Manowar’s most pivotal year yet! But before Aric of Dacia can confront the biggest threat Earth has ever faced, he must first reflect on the past…and the outcome of a bloodstained battle on the frontier of the Roman Empire that continues to be felt to this day! Then: X-O Manowar’s sworn enemy, Commander Trill, readies for the war that is to come…by undergoing a life-threatening trial-by-fire that will test every ounce of his intellect and fury. And then Col. Jamie Capshaw must singlehandedly defend G.A.T.E from a menace nobody expected… just as the Armorines begin an all-new mission at the heart of X-O Manowar’s world!

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X-O Manowar Annual 2016 #1 – Pg. 3

On May 18th, the legend of Aric of Dacia and the ultra-powerful X-O Manowar armor passes down through the ages as a massive cast of Valiant superstars launch into a 64-page barrage of spectacular action and overwhelming intrigue in the X-O MANOWAR ANNUAL 2016 #1 – featuring covers from Phil Jimenez (Infinite Crisis), Carmen Carnero (The Punisher), Brian Level (The Mantle), and Jeff Dekal (Journey into Mystery)!

Plus: One month later, on June 29th, the biggest Valiant milestone of all time commences

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X-O Manowar Annual 2016 #1 – Pg. 4

when the countdown to X-O MANOWAR #50 begins in X-O MANOWAR #47 – the FIRST ISSUE of “LONG LIVE THE KING” by New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR) and acclaimed artists Joe Bennett (52) and Roberto de la Torre (Daredevil)! Witness the epic climax of Venditti’s landmark, 56-issue run here as X-O Manowar faces an unthinkable new foe far more terrible than any that have come before… They are The Torment – and their name means death. Thought to be a legend by the Vine, they have now become Earth’s violent reality. As old as the universe itself, they have traveled for eons to reach us…in search of Aric of Dacia and the unstoppable X-O Manowar armor. Can Aric challenge a seemingly omnipotent threat with motives beyond the comprehension of mortal men? Will the armor truly be our world’s salvation, just as the Vine’s myths foretold? And is this the beginning of the end for X-O Manowar – or the beginning of something even bigger?

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X-O Manowar Annual 2016 #1 – Pg. 5

On June 29th, Robert Venditti, Joe Bennett, and Roberto de la Torre bring the most critically lauded superhero saga of the modern era to a world-shaking finale…and mark the beginning of an all-new era for the future of Valiant’s most powerful hero, beginning in X-O MANOWAR #47 – part one of “LONG LIVE THE KING“!

Plus: In celebration of X-O Manowar’s landmark issue #50 finale, Valiant is proud to reveal

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X-O Manowar Annual 2016 #1 – Pg. 6

the X-O MANOWAR #50 COUNTDOWN GIVEAWAY – also beginning in June’s X-O MANOWAR #47! For no extra cost, each issue of “LONG LIVE THE KING” will come bagged with one of 50 exclusive, 4-by-6 inch “micro-prints” featuring the one and only X-O Manowar as realized by a sensational cast of comics’ biggest talents – or full-blown, beautifully rendered original artwork randomly inserted in each issue! TheX-O MANOWAR #50 COUNTDOWN GIVEAWAY will continue all summer long across all issues of “LONG LIVE THE KING” – including the oversized, blockbuster issue #50 finale!

For more information, visit Valiant on Facebook, on Twitter, on Tumblr, and at ValiantUniverse.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com

X-O MANOWAR ANNUAL 2016 #1 (64 PAGES!)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI with AMY CHU, and JODY HOUSER
Art by PERE PEREZ with ADAM GORHAM, MIKE MCKONE, and MORE
Cover A by PHIL JIMENEZ
Cover B by CARMEN CARNERO
Variant Cover by BRIAN LEVEL
Variant Cover by JEFF DEKAL
$5.99 | 64 pgs. | T+ | On sale MAY 18th

The X-O Manowar #50 Countdown Giveaway looks like this (courtesy of Valiant):

Valiant will being the X-O Manowar #50 Countdown Giveaway this June in X-O Manowar #47.

Each of issue of “Long Live the King” will be bagged with one of 50 exclusive 4 by 6 inch “micro-prints” featuring the X-O Manowar as realized by a a casXO50t of comics’ biggest talents. However, you might also get a full-blown, original piece of artwork that is randomly inserted in each issue.

The X-O Manowar #50 Countdown Giveaway will continue throughout the summer and across all issues of “Long Live the King” including the oversized, blockbuster issue #50 finale!

X-O Manowar #50 will be the epic culmination of Robert Venditti’s 56-issue tenure on Valiant’s leading character. He has worked with a number of talented artists since X-O Manowar #1 including Cary Nord, Lee Garbett, Trevor Hairsine, Diego Bernard, Robert Gill, and more. His tenure on the book has become the single longest consecutive run from any creator in Valiant’s history, as well as one of the longest consecutive runs on a single series from any creator in the industry today.

With X-O Manowar coming to a close an end with issue #50, Venditti will still be working on Wrath of the Eternal Warrior and other as-yet undisclosed projects.

Jason Bennett
Jason Bennett is PopCultHQ's senior editor, a contributing writer, and comic book reviewer/reporter. He is a big lover of coffee, cats, cooking and comics (plus all things Green Lantern). He is a strong supporter of indie comics, creators, and publishers and Chris Hardwick is his spirit animal (we don't know how to respond to that). Follow Jason on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @TahoeJBennett
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