War is coming…to a local comic shop near you!
Valiant is proud to reveal an astounding lineup of free promotional items coming to comic shops everywhere in advance of the all-new X-O MANOWAR #1 – the EPIC NEW ONGOING SERIES from New York Times best-selling-writer Matt Kindt (Divinity, Ninjak, Mind MGMT) and a rotating cast of powerhouse artists, including Tomas Giorello (4001 A.D.: War Mother, Bloodshot Reborn), Doug Braithwaite (Armor Hunters, Bloodshot U.S.A.), Clayton Crain (Rai, Carnage), Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), and Mico Suayan (Bloodshot Reborn), that together will span the series’ first year and beyond!
As X-O MANOWAR #1 prepares to launch into a cosmos-spanning saga that will reshape the course of the Valiant Universe on March 22nd, prepare your store for the galactic conflict that awaits with a massive slate of free promotional items and giveaways including:
Get your first look inside the staggering battle that lies ahead right here with this exclusive, 16-page comic preview featuring artwork, character designs, creator commentary, and interviews from the entirety of X-O MANOWAR’s all-star creative team, including writer Matt Kindt and artist Tomas Giorello! Shipped in bundles of 50 to participating retailers, and available at upcoming Valiant-attending conventions while supplies last!
Increase X-O MANOWAR #1’s footprint in local comic shops with this towering, 3’x6’ foot standee featuring the artwork of Valiant-exclusive superstar Lewis LaRosa. Available to qualifying retailers
Across 2017, be sure to never miss an IOD, FOC date or “X-O MANOWAR WEDNESDAY” with this full-size wall calendar, featuring artwork by Kaare Andrews, Clayton Crain, Tomas Giorello, J.G. Jones, Lewis LaRosa, Monika Palosz, Kenneth Rocafort, and many more! Also available at ComicsPRO 2017!
Cardboard boxes be damned! When Aric of Dacia’s cosmic adventures return to shelves on March 22nd, come prepared to unpack them mightily! Also available at ComicsPRO 2017!
Retailers hoping to arm their store(s) with the complete arsenal of X-O MANOWAR #1 items can contact Valiant directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. Fans seeking these rare X-O Manowar collectibles can have their local retailer e-mail Valiant for additional stock as well.
A stunning new beginning for Valiant’s most enduring icon starts here on March 22nd with part one of “SOLDIER” – a punishing, three-issue introduction that will push Aric of Dacia beyond the farthest limits of our galaxy…and into the brutal opening salvo of the ultimate X-O Manowar tale ever told!
Born under the oppressive thumb of the Roman Empire, Aric of Dacia learned warfare at an early age. It was amid such violence that he was abducted by an alien race. Forced into slavery, he survived where others perished. His escape would come from bonding with a weapon of immeasurable power: the X-O Manowar armor. With it, he returned to Earth…only to find himself stranded in the modern day.
But that was a lifetime ago.
Now, far from home on a strange and primitive new world, Aric has begun a new life. Liberated from his past, he tends to his crops. Free from war. Free from violence. Free from the armor.
But the machinery of death marches his way once again. Conscripted into an alien army and thrown into an unforgiving conflict, the fury inside him finds voice as he is forced to embrace the armor once more. With it, he will decimate armies, topple empires and incite interplanetary warfare as he rises from SOLDIER to GENERAL to EMPEROR to VISIGOTH. They wanted a weapon. He will give them war!
In the wake of “SOLDIER”’s staggering assault in issues #1-3, X-O MANOWAR then continues in 2017 and beyond as a superstar cast of Valiant’s most acclaimed artistic talents chart Aric’s path from SOLDIER to GENERAL to EMPEROR to VISIGOTH for a vicious, year-long journey of bone and bloodshed born from the battlefields of a herculean alien empire:
MATT KINDT | TOMAS GIORELLO
X-O MANOWAR #4 | “GENERAL” – PART ONE
MATT KINDT | DOUG BRAITHWAITE
X-O MANOWAR #7 | “EMPEROR” – PART ONE
MATT KINDT | CLAYTON CRAIN
X-O MANOWAR #10 | INTERLUDE
MATT KINDT | RYAN BODENHEIM
X-O MANOWAR #11 | “VISIGOTH” – PART ONE
MATT KINDT | MICO SUAYAN
Plus: Valiant is also rewarding fans who reserve copies of X-O MANOWAR’s complete opening story arc in advance with their local retailer with the X-O MANOWAR #1-3 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE!
Available only as a pre-order set, the X-O MANOWAR #1-3 PRE-ORDER EDITIONS must be ordered as a complete bundle at your local comic shop by the initial order date of January 26th, 2017! Released monthly from March through May, featuring exclusive covers by series interior artist Tomas Giorello and clocking in a colossal 48 pages each, every PRE-ORDER EDITION comes packed with trade paperback-style extras and bonus content, including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs and artwork, and first looks at upcoming issues.
The only way to reserve these exclusive copies is by pre-ordering all three issues at your local comic shop by January 26th, 2017. Further copies will not be available beyond that date and subsequent issues will not be offered in later solicitations, so don’t miss your chance! Simply copy one of the pre-order coupons included in this month’s Previews catalog or in every issue of Valiant’s January-shipping comics releases and present it to your local comic shop to reserve your X-O MANOWAR #1-3 PRE-ORDER BUNDLE.
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X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (JAN172113)
Cover B by KENNETH ROCAFORT (JAN172114)
Interlocking Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN (JAN172116)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by J.G. JONES (JAN172117)
Brushed Metal Variant Cover by MONIKA PALOSZ (JAN172117)
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MARCH 22nd
X-O MANOWAR #1-3 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE
Written by MATT KINDT
Art & Covers by TOMAS GIORELLO (JAN172115)
X-O MANOWAR #1 PRE-ORDER EDITION | On Sale MARCH 22nd (IOD – 1/26/17)
X-O MANOWAR #2 PRE-ORDER EDITION | On Sale APRIL 26th (IOD – 1/26/17)
X-O MANOWAR #3 PRE-ORDER EDITION | On Sale MAY 24th (IOD – 1/26/17)
$11.97 [three issues] | 48 pgs. each | T+