Tuesday, August 2, 2016

X-O Manowar #48

   A great comic book, it should come as no surprise, is usually a blend of an excellent story and script, married to strong artwork.

   But every now and then the writer "steps aside" and lets the art tell the story - no words required.

   (OK, I trust we all realize that even if there are no word balloons or captions, a writer still had to describe the scene the artist illustrates.)

   All of which to say, there's a wonderful four-page wordless sequence in this issue that gives Joe Bennett a chance to flex his artistic muscles. It illustrates some alien concepts with dynamic images and more than a hint of mystery - wonderful stuff!

   The issue, written by Robert Venditti, is mostly setup. The Earth is facing an invasion by an apparently unstoppable alien force, and Earth's mightiest defenders - including X-O Manowar and his allies - are marshaling their forces.

   It's shaping up to be an excellent series - the next chapters will give us the final word on its success.

    (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

Grade: A-


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