Quote1 Dreams and aspirations are a burden, Schon. To simply be content... That is the highest aspiration. Quote2
-- X-O Manowar



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 solder to general to emperor to Visigoth. They wanted a weapon. He will give them war!

A stunning new beginning for Valiant’s most enduring icon starts here as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Divinity, Ninjak, Mind MGMT) and a rotating cast of powerhouse interior artists spanning the series’ first year – 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) – present the biggest Valiant debut of all time…and unleash the brutal opening salvo of the ultimate X-O Manowar tale ever told!

Soldier, Part OneEdit


Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Schon (First appearance)


Other Characters:






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  • The regular cover by Lewis Larosa is a homage to the classic Star Wars (A New Hope) movie poster from brothers Hildebrandt.
  • For 1 copy of the Brushed Metal variant cover retailers had to order 500 copies of regular covers (A & B) or 500 copies of their own store/retailer exclusive variant cover. There may only be 100-200 copies of the Brushed Metal and only half of them in circulation.
  • Atomic Comics started a lottery to give away their copy of the Brushed Metal variant. Buying one of their exclusive variants would give the buyer one entry to the lottery.
  • Collector's Paradise's exclusive edition is the first retailer exclusive to feature 8 pages of exclusive content, sketches, and an essay from the shop owner who is a huge fan and supporter of Valiant comics.
  • The cover of Larry's Comics exclusive variant is a homage to the classic cover of Iron Man #128 from 1979 (also drawn by Bob Layton). A black-and-white version of this variant is available for X-O Manowar (2017) #2.
  • The Pre-Order Edition contains 8 exclusive bonus pages with background information about the different races on Planet Gorin, etc.
  • In the Pre-Order Edition Tom Muller is credited for the creation of the new X-O logo.


Quote1 I work in a tavern nine days a week. I would like to go to school to learn our history. To learn art. But the Cadmiums forbid this. I don't want to be a tavern maid my entire life. Quote2
-- Schon

Quote1 Dreams and aspirations are a burden, Schon. To simply be content... That is the highest aspiration. Quote2
-- X-O Manowar

Quote1 I was younger a different person. I've seen so much since then. The man she loved... Is lone gone. Quote2
-- X-O Manowar

Quote1 The cliff is one klick high. It will the shortest... or longest klick of your lives. Quote2
-- Ironside

Quote1 Don't walk on the ground... the ground is deadly... remember -- Quote2
-- X-O Manowar

Quote1 In short, enjoy your evening. Because, tomorrow? We die. Quote2
-- Ironside

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by Tomas Giorello

Preview (lettered) Edit

by Tomas Giorello and Diego Rodriguez



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