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X-O Manowar #0B August 1993 Valiant Comics Grade NM


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    **This is a chrome painted cover, the scanner cannot show the true color of the chrome artwork!**

    Printing Error Edition. Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti art. Written by Bob Layton and Jorge Gonzales.

    Manowar #0 is unquestionably an origin issue as it tells the tale of Aric, the Visigoth warrior who swears vengeance on the Roman empire after his father is beheaded and ends up captive on an alien ship filled with bloodsucking spider creatures, and how he comes across the Manowar armor. In terms of introducing a character and his universe, this comic does a really solid job mixing story with some striking Quesada visuals, explaining a fair amount for readers unfamiliar with the series, while giving them enough of a taste to leave them wanting more. Let’s talk about the art some more here as I think it’s the true selling point for the comic. I know at “Gimmick or Good” I’m supposed to focus on the interiors for my final verdict, but I don’t want to sell the chromium cover short. Unlike most Marvel and DC chromium covers, the effect on Manowar #0 isn’t just some gaudy embellishment done to add an extra dollar to the sale price of the comic. The chromium is well integrated into the comic’s cover in a way that almost feels organic. Palmiotti’s inks are fantastic as well, giving the cover an almost hand-painted look. Inside, you can see why Quesada would go on to be such an industry superstar. The art is far from perfect – some spreads are a little more cartoony then others – but there’s a sensibility to a lot of these visuals that just exudes an “it” factor. The opening sequence, which shows the formation of the Manowar armor sports some stunning sci-fi imagery. There’s no disproportionately-drawn bodies or swiss-army bazooka cannons being lugged around by anyone. Just some trippy, fun cosmic visuals of guys getting consumed by mystical space armor.

    *This is an unintentional variant of the regular chromium cover edition. Due to variations in the application density of the white inks printed on top of the chromium background, in this printing error variant some areas that should be white instead appear yellow, cream, or beige colored. This is particularly noticeable in the Valiant logo box in the upper left corner. Contrast this with the Gold Edition, which has a speckly gold background in the Valiant logo box. This issue does not have a card (coupon).

    1st printing.
    This comic book is in new condition. Comic is complete with cover and all pages attached. This comic has some flaws that warrant a NM grade.
    Comic Book will be shipped bagged and boarded!
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