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X-O Manowar returning from pandemic hiatus in November

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Valiant Entertainment relaunched their flagship title X-O Manowar back in March 2020... and then COVID-19 happened. 

Well, the publisher has now booked a return date: X-O Manowar #2 has been scheduled for release November 25, with writer Dennis "Hopeless" Hallum and artist Emilio Laiso returning to continue the ongoing series.

"A new threat emerges from the fires of X-O’s latest battle!" reads Valiant's solicitation for the issue. "Can X-O save the day, or does the world need a new kind of hero?"

Here's a four-page preview of X-O Manowar #2:

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"X-O Manowar has always been a nuclear missile with the mind of a noble warrior," Hallum says. "He's unstoppable in combat. Need to defeat an alien warlord? Repel an intergalactic invasion or end a war? Aric's your guy. But this time, X-O Manowar is acting locally. What happens when a nuclear missile moves in down the street? How does a superweapon playing superhero save the neighborhood? How does he change the world?"

Originally solicited to come out April 29, X-O Manowar #2 will be released with covers by Christian Ward, Netho Diaz, and Daniel Warren Johnson. Here they are:

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Prior to the onset of the pandemic, Valiant Entertainment advance-solicited not only X-O Manowar #2, but also #3 and #4 as well. Assuming the publisher sticks to their plans, here's what lies in the future for Aric:

  • X-O Manowar #3: "Who would win in a fight: X-O Manowar or a cybernetic tech monster formed out of lava? In order to prevent catastrophe, will Aric hand over the X-O armor to a new ally?"
  • X-O Manowar #4: "Does Manowar make the armor? X-O’s armor, Shanhara, receives an upgrade… and just in time to face the biggest villain so far on his path to becoming the hero we need."

Chris has covered comic book news for Newsarama since 2003, and has also written for USA Today, Life, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the  2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards and the 2012 Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table.