With Valiant on the brain this morning, I wanted to take a second to remind folks that the X-O Manowar: Birth HC is solicited to arrive April, 30 2008 in the case that you’d like to pre-order it (which is most beneficial to the company). Here’s an excerpt from the Valiant Entertainment solicitation announcement:
“Aric Dacia is a Visigoth barbarian captured by spider aliens and enslaved aboard their starship until he steals their ultimate weapon – the X-O Manowar armor. Aric returns to Earth only to find that 1600 years have past. Now the most primitive man on the planet wields the most technologically advanced weapon in existence! X-O MANOWAR: BIRTH is one of the finest collaborations in comics ever – featuring art by legendary illustrators Barry Windsor-Smith and Joe Quesada, and a story by legendary writers Bob Layton and Jim Shooter.
Dinesh Shamdasani, Chief Creative Officer of Valiant Entertainment said, “We are pleased to be following the success of Harbinger: The Beginning with X-O Manowar: Birth, which includes an incredible new epic story ‘The Rise of Lydia’ by legendary creator Bob Layton.”
X-O MANOWAR: BIRTH (FEB084088), published by Valiant Entertainment, is solicited in the February Previews (Volume XVIII #2) and scheduled to arrive in comic book stores nationwide on April 30, 2008. It collects the full X-O Manowar origin story (X-O Manowar #0-6) for the first time and includes an all-new epic story “The Rise of Lydia” by comics legend Bob Layton! The book is a full-color 192 page deluxe hardcover edition with a suggested retail price of $24.95.”
This has been a long time coming. I’ve been a Valiant fan ever since I picked up those vintage Magnus, Robot fighter & Rai issues those many years ago. It was Manning’s original Magnus work that really turned my head, but Valiant’s own Rai was also fantastic so I was pretty much hooked on what they were putting out at that point. I followed Solar, X-O Manowar, Shadowman and a couple of others with enthusiasm until around the time that Jim Shooter was let go. And after Unity, some of the magic began to fade for me so for years now I’ve simply had to make do with the great memories of those early runs with the hopes that we’d not seen the last of them.
Thankfully, we haven’t.