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CBC Review : X-O Manowar #40 (Exodus) by +Hutch Morzaria 

It's been a while since I last read X-O Manowar, many years in fact and I'm actually really surprised how easily the character and story is to get back into.  The lovely artwork on show throughout this book doesn't hurt either!  The brief introduction provided right at the start is an excellent recap and précis to the book and definitely helped me understand what was going on with X-O and all of the other characters.  There are obviously gaps with certain individuals that can only be filled by reading the previous issues, but with the recap and the rest of the issue under my belt, I feel a lot more comfortable continuing in the X-O Universe.  

The Words

X-O's dialogue, while a bit sparse, is absolutely to the point and speaks to the urgency of the situation in a clear and meaningful manner throughout the book. While at times his words are a bit archaic ("I AM A KING. YOU WILL OBEY") and perhaps two-dimensional, it's actually quite refreshing to hear him speak in this fashion as it provides a clear distinction between him and the more modern humans and aliens.  Trill is suitably malevolent as a villain and his pain and anger is obvious in all of his words.  You just know that he's not going to quit and he'll keep on coming back regardless of how often he might be defeated.  Similarly Aric's Queen Saana is the quintessential "goodie", always doing the right thing, regardless of the cost to herself or her own people.

The Art

Some of the sequences of artwork here are simply breathtaking and quite unexpected.  Equipment, people and fight scenes alike are given a gritty and realistic look throughout the book and the scene where the "officer" shot a civilian especially caught me by surprise - it was rendered beautifully and was quite visceral!  Unfortunately the cover itself didn't "blow me away" (pun intended) to the same extent and wasn't anything unique.  In all honesty, based on this cover I wouldn't have picked this one up, so I'm really glad I read the rest of the issue as there were so many scenes and sequences that just jumped out at me.  I've already spoken about the shooting of the civilian, but another key sequence is with Trill and Sergei in the latter half of the book. Not only is the final panel suitably brutal, the panels prior to that one showed quite clearly the different reactions of the other vine plantings really well! X-O himself is rendered very well throughout the book as are the close-ups of the (Vine) aliens, especially Trill and the Priest.

The Verdict

The boring cover aside, the story in this book is actually really engaging and interesting.  While I'd be the first to agree it's not unique, it's done well and, perhaps more importantly for this medium, drawn well.  I'm quite keen to see where this one goes next as there are some interesting things happening.

Pull it, wait for the trade, or skip it?

PULL IT

Hutch Morzaria manages and runs the blog Zone Six (http://www.zone-six.net) which is dedicated to all things SciFi, Comic and FantasyHe posts content on Twitter (https://twitter.com/zonesixnet) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thefutureistomorrow) while also maintaining a Google+ page (https://plus.google.com/+Zone-sixNet/posts)!

X-O MANOWAR #40
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by RAFA SANDOVAL
Cover A by RAFA SANDOVAL (JUL151685)
Cover B by TOM FOWLER (JUL151686)
Variant Cover by ROBERT GILL (JUL151687)

“EXODUS” – PART 2! Two peoples. One world. Can a man of war broker peace between Earth and the alien nation it now harbors?

In the aftermath of a horrible tragedy, Aric is trapped between the two worlds he’s sworn to protect. As X-O Manowar, he has made it his mission to protect the Vine’s mass of alien refugees…but his people want them dead…and G.A.T.E. wants them gone! Now, an old enemy will attack Aric at his weakest moment – and the Earth may pay an impossible price for Aric’s loyalty.

EXODUS unleashes a monumental new chapter as New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (Green Lantern) and Rafa Sandoval (X-Men: Legacy) continue the series-defining X-O Manowar epic of the year!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | Released SEPTEMBER 2
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Arrow Fanart

Hey guys, I finally finished another fanart so here it is! In honor of Slade Wilson briefly coming back in Arrow, I did a watercolor of Deathstroke's mask. It's a little abstract and different from what I usually do but I hope you like it!
(My scanner was being annoying and kept cutting off the edges so there's more background in the original but this was the best I could do.)

Also, please reshare or give credit; don't steal. Thanks!
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not sure if i agree with the statement, but he does make some very valid points.
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