We’ve got your first look at Valiant’s X-O Manowar #47 by Robert Venditti and artists Joe Bennett and Robert de la Torre.
X-O Manowar #47 begins the “Long Live The King” story arc as Aric of Dacia, heir to the throne of the Visigoth Empire, is raised under the oppressive thumb of the Roman EMpire in fifth-century Europe. His entire existence was spent fighting a never-ending insurgency against history’s most brutal empire…until a far more terrifying enemy revealed itself and changed his destiny forever.
Aric was abducted by a brutal race of extraterrestrials known as as the Vine. He was torn from his family, his people, and his nation and forced into slavery on an alien world. He spent years plotting his escape until the day came when he was able to seize a weapon of incalculable destruction, a sentient suit of alien armor, and become X-O Manowar.
He returned to Earth only to find that 1,600 years had passed during his journey across the stars. He worked in concert with Earth’governments and other super-powered heroes to defend the planet and broker peace amongst the powerful. He was even able to rebuild his kingdom from the ashes of history.
Now in “Long Live The King,” Aric faces an unthinkable new foe far more terrible than any that have come before… They are The Torment – and their name means death. Thought to be a legend by the Vine, they have now become Earth’s violent reality. As old as the universe itself, they have traveled for eons to reach us…in search of Aric of Dacia and the unstoppable X-O Manowar armor. Can Aric challenge a seemingly omnipotent threat with motives beyond the comprehension of mortal men? Will the armor truly be our world’s salvation, just as the Vine’s myths foretold? And is this the beginning of the end for X-O Manowar – or the beginning of something even bigger?
X-O Manowar #47 is also the first issue in Valiant’s X-O Manowar #50 Countdown Giveaway. Valiant will be giving away one of 50 exclusive, 4-by-6 inch “micro-prints” featuring X-O Manowar as realized by a sensational cast of comics’ biggest talents. These micro-prints will be found bagged with each issue. There is also a chance to have an original, hand-drawn piece of original artwork accompanying the issue in place of the micro-print.
X-O Manowar #47 hit comic book shelves on June 29th. The final order cutoff is June 6th. There will be covers from Kano (APR162037), Phil Jimenez (APR162038), Khoi Pham (APR162039), Clayton Henry (APR162040), Rafa Sandoval (APR162041), David Lafuente (APR162042), and Jeff Lemire (APR162043).