Planet Death started off with an action packed bang in X-O Manowar #11. We got Aric arriving at the Vine homeworld, Loam, and a whole bunch of action as different sects in the Vine argue about what to do about it.
Not only that, we saw the mythological history of Shanhara, the X-O Manowar armor, told with beautiful, decorative Cary Nord art. The art in that beginning tale of the origins of the armor is amazing.
Last of all, we got quite the cliffhanger! I’ll tell you, that wasn’t what I was expecting to see at the end of this issue.
So… what happens next? I have no idea what’s going to happen, but I do know that it isn’t going to end in a way that we might obviously think (Rob Venditti has said as much).
I also know there is going to be a whole lot more action, and a lot more explosions.
I partially know this because there is an explosion in pretty much every issue of X-O Manowar, and especially in a story arc telling the story of Aric’s one man siege of Loam.
I also know this, however, because I checked out the preview of issue #12, which you can see below! The official word from the good folks at Valiant is below, and the preview pages follows that!
I can guarantee one thing, there is an explosion in the preview pages, and they don’t really spoil much about issue #12, unless you consider it a spoiler that Aric will continue to fight The Vine.
In which case, the above paragraph is a spoiler.
X-O MANOWAR #12 Begins the Siege of PLANET DEATH!
Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of X-O Manowar #12 from the critically acclaimed, blockbuster creative team of Robert Venditti and Cary Nord! On April 17th, the most ambitious X-O Manowar story ever kicks into overdrive as PLANET DEATH smashes into its second world-shaking chapter!
Aric of Dacia has taken his one-man war to the Vine’s homeworld, Loam, and is using their own X-O Manowar armor to wage it. Finding an ally in the unlikeliest of places, Aric is about to discover that his mission to reduce Loam to ash will come with the highest price imaginable. Past, present, and future are about to collide, and if Aric isn’t careful, he will be the common thread that undoes them all.
On April 17th, X-O Manowar’s first year in the Valiant Universe comes to a violent and fiery turning point in X-O Manowar #12 – Part 2 (of 4) of PLANET DEATH!PLANET DEATH – Part 1 (of 4):X-O MANOWAR #11Written by ROBERT VENDITTIArt by CARY NORDCover by CLAYTON CRAIN (JAN131298)Pullbox Exclusive Variant by CARY NORD (JAN131299)Variant Cover by PAOLO RIVERA (JAN131300)Wraparound Variant by BART SEARS (JAN131301)$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.ON SALE NOW!PLANET DEATH – Part 2 (of 4):X-O MANOWAR #12Written by ROBERT VENDITTIArt by CARY NORDCover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC (FEB131162)Variant Cover by JUAN DOE (FEB131163)$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.ON SALE 4/17/13 (FOC – 3/25/13)PLANET DEATH – Part 3 (of 4):X-O MANOWAR #13Written by ROBERT VENDITTIArt by CARY NORDCover by TREVOR HAIRSINE (MAR131330)Variant Cover by RYAN SOOK (MAR131331)$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.ON SALE 5/15/13 (FOC – 4/22/13)PLANET DEATH – FINALE:X-O MANOWAR #14Written by ROBERT VENDITTIArt by CARY NORDCover by ARTURO LOZZI (APR131288)8-Bit Variant by MATTHEW WAITE (APR131289)ON SALE 6/26/13 (FOC – 6/3/13)
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