Valiant is proud to announce a first-of-its-kind offering with the X-O MANOWAR #1-3 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – available only as a pre-order set to fans who reserve copies for the first three issues of X-O MANOWAR, encompassing the complete “SOLDIER” story arc, by the initial order date of January 26th, 2017!
Available only as a pre-order set, the X-O MANOWAR #1-3 PRE-ORDER EDITIONS must be ordered as a complete bundle at your local comic shop by the initial order date of January 26th, 2017! Released monthly from March through May, featuring exclusive covers by series interior artist Tomas Giorello and clocking in a colossal 48 pages each, every PRE-ORDER EDITION comes packed with trade paperback-style extras and bonus content, including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs and artwork, and first looks at upcoming issues. The first PRE-ORDER EDITION will arrive in stores on March 22nd, 2017 alongside the standard, 40-page X-O MANOWAR #1.
The only way to reserve these exclusive copies is by pre-ordering all three issues at your local comic shop by January 26th, 2017. Further copies will not be available beyond that date and subsequent issues will not be offered in later solicitations, so don’t miss your chance! Simply copy one of the pre-order coupons included in this month’s Previews catalog or in every issue of Valiant’s January-shipping comics releases and present it to your local comic shop to reserve your X-O MANOWAR #1-3 PRE-ORDER BUNDLE.
“X-O MANOWAR will be one of the biggest launches in Valiant’s history, and, to mark the occasion, we wanted to give our ardent pre-order subscribers something special for their effort. To that end, we’ve created the PRE-ORDER EDITION, which will ensure that fans can get their hands on all three issues of the series’ opening story arc, and will come packed with loads of exclusive and behind-the-scenes content too big and too in-depth for a standard-size comic,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “Pre-orders are vital to successfully launching new comics. Early pre-orders help comic shops, big and small alike, gauge demand for new titles and concepts. We wanted to go the extra mile with X-O MANOWAR to ensure comic book retailers had as much pre-order information as possible, so that they can make sure to have plenty of shelf copies available for what we anticipate will be a hotly demanded book.”
As unveiled last week at Entertainment Weekly, Valiant recently announced its first series of the New Year with the all-new X-O MANOWAR #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of AN EPIC NEW ONGOING SERIESfrom New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Divinity, Ninjak, Mind MGMT) and an all-star arsenal of the most formidable visual storytellers in comics today – including Tomas Giorello (4001 A.D.: War Mother, Bloodshot Reborn), Doug Braithwaite (Armor Hunters, Bloodshot U.S.A.), Clayton Crain (Rai, Carnage), Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), and Mico Suayan (Bloodshot Reborn) – that together will span the series’ first year in 2017 and beyond!
A stunning new beginning for Valiant’s most enduring icon starts here on March 22nd, 2017 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!
“X-O MANOWAR will be, without a doubt, Valiant’s most important new title of 2017, and we want to reward the fans who get behind the series early with a special experience that can’t be replicated anywhere else,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “X-O MANOWAR will break a ton of new ground for Valiant in the weeks and months ahead, and this is just the first in a new series of innovations we have planned to excite fans and retailers about X-O MANOWAR’s seismic repercussions on the Valiant Universe in 2017.”
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!
In the wake of “SOLDIER”’s staggering assault in issues #1-3, X-O MANOWAR then continues in 2017 and beyond as a superstar cast of Valiant’s most acclaimed artistic talents chart Aric’s path from SOLDIER to GENERAL to EMPEROR to VISIGOTH for a vicious, year-long journey of bone and bloodshed born from the battlefields of a herculean alien empire:
MATT KINDT | TOMAS GIORELLO
X-O MANOWAR #4 | “GENERAL” – PART ONE
MATT KINDT | DOUG BRAITHWAITE
X-O MANOWAR #7 | “EMPEROR” – PART ONE
MATT KINDT | CLAYTON CRAIN
X-O MANOWAR #10 | INTERLUDE
MATT KINDT | RYAN BODENHEIM
X-O MANOWAR #11 | “VISIGOTH” – PART ONE
MATT KINDT | MICO SUAYAN
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X-O MANOWAR PRE-ORDER EDITION #1-3 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE
Written by MATT KINDT
Art & Covers by TOMAS GIORELLO
X-O MANOWAR #1 PRE-ORDER EDITION | On Sale MARCH 22nd
X-O MANOWAR #2 PRE-ORDER EDITION | On Sale APRIL 26th
X-O MANOWAR #3 PRE-ORDER EDITION | On Sale MAY 24th
$11.97 [three issues] | 48 pgs. each | T+
X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA
Cover B by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Pre-Order Edition Cover by TOMÁS GIORELLO
Interlocking Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by J.G. JONES
TOP SECRET Variant Cover by MONIKA PALOSZ
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MARCH 22nd