Comic Review: X-O Manowar #12
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X-O Manowar #12
Written by Robert Venditti
Pencils by Cary Nord
Colors by Moose Baumann
Letters by Dave Lanphear
Cover by Mark Djurdjevic & Juan Doe
Editor: Warren Simmons, Josh Johns
Valiant Entertainment
Release Date: April 17, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

X-O Manowar #12 is packed with goodness. Unfortunately, it’s a little on the confusing side. Granted, I haven’t been reading this book, but even with the recap page, I found myself a little lost.

Robert Venditti writes a pretty solid comic. But, as I stated before, I found myself a little lost with this issue. On the plus side, I did enjoy the issue and will now go back and grab the trade and get caught up on the title so that I can have a better understanding as to what’s going on. This issue has75% a lot of reveals in it, which is nice to get so much payoff in one single issue. The writing is good, in fact, really good. I just wish there was a little more recap in the story itself. However, it is packed packed with action, mystery and general great super hero action.

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Comic Review: Archer & Armstrong #9
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Archer & Armstrong #9
Written by Fred Van Lente
Art by Emanuela Lupacchino with Alvero Martinez
Inks by Guillermo Ortego
Colors by Davd Baron
Letters by Dave Lanphear
Covers by Emanuela Lupacchino and Tom Fowler
Assistant Editor: Josh Johns
Associate Editor: Jody Leheup
Executive Editor: Warren Simmons
Valiant Entertainment
Release Date: April 10, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

BOOM! Archer & Armstrong #9 opens with a bang and doesn’t even attempt to slow down! This is only the second Valiant comic that I’ve read since they’re relaunch (shame on me) and I have to say, I was pretty impressed. Enough to delved deeper into their universe. But, that’s besides the point, we’re here to talk about this issue.

I’ve become a fan of Fred Van Lente over the last few years, and with good reason. Everything he’s written, from Hercules to GI Joe, has been very entertaining. This book is no different. We get a nice recap inside the front cover and then we hit the ground running. If you’re familiar with Van Lente’s writing, then you’ll know he excels at adding humor to his scripts and this issue is no exception. Even though Archer & Armstrong are fighting against each other, and higher forces than they can handle alone, there’s some great wise cracks, and the occasional laugh out loud moments. As always, Van Lente does a great job with characterizations and writes with the artist in mind. This is a very enjoyable issue!

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