Finally! My first venture into X-O has arrived! In Issue #23–After years of adventure on planet Gorin, serving as a soldier, a general, and ultimately as an emperor, Aric of Dacia returned to Earth. Conscripted by G.A.T.E., the Global Agency for Threat Excision, Aric battled earthlings and aliens alike for causes he had little stake in.
Valiant says this is a new arc and a new jumping on point! Man! I! Am! Pumped!
Should you follow me down the rabbit hole?
Written by Matt Kindt
Illustrated by Tomas Giorello
Colored by Diego Rodriguez
Lettered by Dave Sharp
Published by Valiant
This is a beauty of a comic. Based on the art alone, I am a convert and I have to go back and get everything. If you aren’t interested in single-issue art and you need a gripping story–No. Stay away. This is not an issue full of clever devices and gravitating word play.
It’s like this, X-O has run for a while and has a big story. If you pick up this lovingly-painted comic you’re going to get precisely one story development. One. I’m going to spoil it. Here goes:
A poop joke. One.
That’s it, out of the whole thing, while bad guys are wrecking the neighborhood, we get a poop joke.
Saga and Lazarus hit stretches where I was treading my own dollars to keep up six months at a time. We all know it happened to those. I don’t think this is a jump-the-shark moment, though. Just a pacing pivot.
Aric has returned to Earth for much needed rest and relaxation. He spends time talking to his armor. He’s a sort of space Iron Man. Meanwhile, in space, Bubba and Joey (I missed their names) were out doing a spell of no good.
If you’re already into X-O, this is a buy! If not, start at the beginning as I am going to do. There isn’t anything else to spoil or dwell on.
3 1/2 stars out of 5
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Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments, and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.