Retailer Advisory: Valiant Restocks X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 First Printings, Orders Second Printing for April 26th!

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Valiant Rushes 2017’s Biggest Independent Comics Debut Back to Diamond to Fill Backorders with No Delay

To meet a level of unprecedented demand from retailers nationwide, Valiant is proud to announce that it will be replenishing copies of X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 – currently on backorder at Diamond – with first printings borrowed from the publisher’s own convention inventory while supplies last. In addition, to meet the red-hot demand for the FIRST ISSUE of the EPIC NEW ONGOING SERIES from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and blockbuster artist Tomas Giorello, Valiant is immediately returning to press for the X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT, which will arrive in stores on April 26th alongside X-O MANOWAR (2017) #2.

“We knew that X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 would be our biggest new series launch of 2017, but even with an exceptionally large overprint of the first issue, we exhausted a month’s worth of supply in just 48 hours,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “To make sure that our retail partners do not have to wait the weeks that it would normally take to have the issue reprinted, shipped to Diamond and then on to them, we are taking the unprecedented step of tapping Valiant’s own supply for the upcoming summer convention season and will be filling backorders with them effective immediately.

“Valiant is dedicating all of its available resources to X-O Manowar’s success, and we want fans and retailers to know that we’ve redoubled our efforts to get the first issue back onto shelves as quickly as possible.”

In comics shops everywhere now, a stunning new beginning for Valiant’s most enduring icon begins now 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!

Now is the time to find out why Matt Kindt and Tomas Giorello’s savage ongoing series debut is inspiring rave reviews from fans, critics, and retailers with an awe-inspiring vision of superhero-driven science fiction:

“✮✮✮✮✮… One stunning page after another… Valiant has found a new epic in the making.” – Comic Crusaders

“Brutal, bloody and brilliant… Kindt is at the top of his game here, and Giorello’s art is absolutely gorgeous…” – Bleeding Cool

“✮✮✮✮✮… Easily accessible for anyone curious on trying out Valiant’s flagship book… Kindt and Giorello have created one of the best debut issues in possibly the last decade.” – Pastrami Nation

“A stunning introduction… Gorgeous…” – The A.V. Club

“✮✮✮✮✮… A real powerful comic…[with] an epic, cinematic approach to storytelling…” – Critical Blast

“Epic sci-fi adventure… This book is a showcase for everything Valiant does better than any other publisher…” – Nerdist

“✮✮✮✮✮… Stunning and beautiful… [A] perfect place to start…” – Outright Geekery

“Valiant has never offered an easier or more attractive jumping-on point… The elegant script and gorgeous visuals combine to form a very inviting and accessible new series.” – IGN

“✮✮✮✮✮… Refreshing and amazing… This book is gorgeous from beginning to end.” – Comic Bastards

“Brutal… A great first issue, especially for a reader new to the Valiant world…” –

“✮✮✮✮✮… Compelling and mysterious… [X-O MANOWAR] is going to be a tough act to follow…” – Comicsverse

“Grimly beautiful… A perfectly bone-crunching place to start.” – Newsarama

“✮✮✮✮✮… One of Valiant’s breakaway hits of the year.” – All-Comic

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!

This spring, Matt Kindt and Tomas Giorello forge a new comic book legend for the 21st century as Earth’s most relentless warrior brings conquest to the stars, only in X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 – featuring covers by Lewis LaRosa (Bloodshot Reborn), Kenneth Rocafort (Inhumans vs. X-Men), Mico Suayan (Thor), J.G. Jones (Final Crisis), and Monika Palosz (Divinity III: Stalinverse)!

Presented in the brand-new VALIANT PREMIUM format – complete with a deluxe matte finish card stock cover, heavyweight interior pages, and minimal advertisements for an uninterrupted storytelling experience – this deluxe form of comic book packaging was created specifically to supplement each issue of X-O MANOWAR in 2017 and beyond. Don’t miss Aric of Dacia’s one-man domination of a battle-scarred alien world – one that will force him onto the front lines of an eons-old extraterrestrial battlefield, and will send him into the deepest reaches of space – in the X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 SECOND PRINTING…roaring back into comics shops everywhere alongside X-O MANOWAR (2017) #2 on April 26th!

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X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1
Written by MATT KINDT
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (JAN172113)
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+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | ON SALE NOW!

Written by MATT KINDT
Cover by LEWIS LAROSA (FEB178392)
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | ON Sale APRIL 26th (FOC – 4/3/17)

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #2
Written by MATT KINDT
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (FEB172049)
Interlocking Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN (FEB172052)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by KAARE ANDREWS (FEB172053)
Blank Cover also available (FEB172051)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale APRIL 26th (FOC – 4/3/17)

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #3
Written by MATT KINDT
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (MAR172157)
Interlocking Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN (MAR172159)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by DAVID MACK (MAR172160)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale MAY 24th (FOC – 5/1/17)


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