An unlikely connection between Aric in his X-O Manowar armor and 2001: A Space Odyssey is found in the pages of X-O Manowar #2
Paul Bouvier has lost his legs, and knows he is slowly dying of poisoning.
Shanhara, the X-O Armor has been destroyed.
There is a seed, however, that just needs a sentient being to bond with to become a new suit of X-O Armor.
In the classic Seed of Destruction storyline, Aric and Solar enter the Spider Alien’s base, and Aric faces the Spider Alien champion in hand to hand combat.