"X-O Manowar," the first title from the 2012 relaunch of Valiant Entertainment, hits its benchmark 25th issue in April, and the publisher has big plans in store for Aric of Dacia. Beyond kicking off the "Armor Hunters" event with a zero chapter by regular series writer Robert Venditti and artist Diego Bernard, the 48-page issue also features work by J.G. Jones, Peter Milligan, Bryan Hitch, Justin Jordan, Rafer Roberts and more.
Plus, the issue features five variant covers by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Bryan Hitch, Arturo Lozzi, Sean Chen and Terry Dodson. CBR has the exclusive first look at Dodson's fully painted variant for the 25th issue, featuring Aric of Dacia in the X-O Manowar armor floating high above the city, rendered in Dodson's signature style.
Check out CBR's exclusive Dodson cover below, along with the full press release and another variant by Bryan Hitch.
Official Press Release
Valiant is proud to announce that it is pulling out all the stops forÂ X-O Manowar #25Â - the publisher's first 48-page anniversary spectacular from ongoing series creatorsÂ Robert VendittiÂ andÂ Diego Bernard, and an all-star cast of special guests includingÂ Bryan Hitch,Â J.G. Jones,Â Justin Jordan,Â Peter Milligan,Â Rafer Roberts, and more!
Before X-O Manowar steps front and center for the Armor Hunters crossover event beginning in June, he'll beÂ celebratingÂ 25 chart-topping, critically acclaimed issues with a special oversized anniversary issue, bursting with all-new content from the top creators in comics today, including:
- ARMOR HUNTERS: PART ZEROÂ byÂ ROBERT VENDITTIÂ (Green Lantern,Â The Flash) &Â DIEGO BERNARDÂ (Eternal Warrior)
- THE ORIGIN OF X-O MANOWARÂ retold byÂ ROBERT VENDITTIÂ (Green Lantern,Â The Flash) &Â J.G. JONESÂ (Before Watchmen: Comedian,Â Final Crisis)
- Plus: all-new tales of X-O Manowar byÂ PETER MILLIGANÂ (X-Force),Â BRYAN HITCHÂ (The Ultimates),Â JUSTIN JORDANÂ (Dead Body Road),Â RAFER ROBERTSÂ (Carpool Buddies of Doom), and moreÂ special surprise guests!Whether you've been reading X-O Manowar since issue #1 or you have yet to pick up your first issue, X-O Manowar #25 is a can't-miss comic book event celebrating the character's past and future with a spectacular array of brand new stories!Â Featuring stunning shelf covers byÂ JELENA-KEVIC DJURDJEVICÂ (Thor) andÂ BRYAN HITCHÂ (Age of Ultron), X-O Manowar #25 will also feature an Armors Variant spotlighting the different incarnations of the X-O Manowar armor throughout the ages by artistÂ ARTURO LOZZIÂ (Bloodshot); as well as Valiant's very first throwback cover by Valiant iconÂ SEAN CHENÂ (Iron Man); and an iconic, fully painted variant cover by superstar artistÂ TERRY DODSONÂ (X-Men) - his first piece for Valiant!
"X-O Manowar #1 was the first issue of a monthly comic book series that I'd ever written, so I didn't know what to expect. I hoped I'd at least make it a year, and I really hoped I'd make it two. Â So to be at #25 now, and to be planning far beyond, I feel very fortunate," said series writer Robert Venditti.
"When X-O Manowar #1 by Robert Venditti and Cary Nord hit shelves in 2012, it didn't just mark the return of one of the greatest characters in comics - it also marked the return of Valiant," said Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons. "Now, with our biggest story yet - Armor Hunters - just over the horizon, X-O Manowar #25 is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the incredible work that Robert, Cary, Lee Garbett, Trevor Hairsine, Stefano Gaudiano, Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic and Diego Bernard have accomplished."
"We're overjoyed to be celebrating our first major anniversary with X-O Manowar #25, and we're packing this issue to capacity to make sure it's the must-read milestone that this series deserves. With the Armor Hunters crossover event about to come crashing down on Aric of Dacia's world, summer 2014 is going to be the summer of X-O Manowar - and issue #25 is the perfect place to jump on board," said Valiant CEO and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani.
Since debuting in the pages of X-O Manowar #1 in 1992, X-O Manowar has sold more than 8 million copies and featured work by a distinguished roster of comics luminaries including current Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, former Marvel Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter, and comics legends Barry Windsor-Smith and Bob Layton.
Two decades later, as the first title of Valiant's 2012 relaunch, the all-new X-O Manowar #1 by Robert Venditti and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord became one of the year's highest selling debut issues, warranting four sold-out printings. In the two years since, the series has continued to accrue critical and commercial accolades, including "Best Revival of 2012" by The Onion/A.V. Club, "Best Ongoing Series" by Ain't It Cool News, and a 2012 Diamond Gem Award nomination for Best Comic Book of the Year.
This May, find out why Valiant's X-O Manowar is a legend in the making, only inÂ X-O Manowar #25Â - a milestone 48-page celebration from a colossal cast of all-star talents!
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