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MightyVille's Sommer K gives her review of X-O Manowar #8 and let's you know what you can look forward to when it hits stores tomorrow. Read on to find out how the final issue of the "Enter Ninjak" storyline wraps up... (Warning: Possible Spoilers Ahead.)

 

The eighth installment of X-O Manowar is out December 19th, and Valiant Entertainment has kindly given MightyVille an early look at it so we can give you all a heads-up on what to expect. Well, here’s what you’ll get when you pick up X-O Manowar #8 at your local shop this week: non-stop action, stunning art, and the joy of seeing Aric and Ninjak fight side-by-side as they take down aliens disguised as British Secret Service. In other words, another awesome read from New York Times best-selling author Robert Venditti and acclaimed artist Lee Garbett!
 
Venditti finishes up X-O Manowar’s “Enter Ninjak” storyline with the ultimate team-up, as Ninjak and Aric are persuaded to drop their fight against each other and head to London to defeat the Vine-infiltrated MI-6. The aliens have fortified the MI-6 headquarters and the X-O Manowar suit is put to the test in air and on land. Meanwhile, Ninjak does what he does best, using stealth and cleverness to launch a more covert assault on the Vine’s Earth “plantings”. Their two quite different styles of warfare provide an enjoyable contrast and when joined in battle, they become an unstoppable force. All of this exciting action is portrayed beautifully in Garbett’s art, building ultimately to two incredible pages of panels in which Ninjak and Aric battle alongside one another against the alien MI-6 agents. The dynamic, classic images of this Ninjak and X-O Manowar team-up left me feeling giddy, and the brilliant, glowing colors by Moose Baumann brought even more life to the scene. Additionally, in a comic full of death and destruction, I appreciated the artist’s tasteful treatment of its violence, giving us a taste of the carnage without reveling in it.
 
Overall, I had a fabulous time reading this comic and was sad when it ended. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next issue to find out what will happen with the alien invasion and the entrance of "Planet Death". My one criticism of the story is that at times the characters' motivation seems shallow. I am not fully convinced that a ruthless assassin like Ninjak would so quickly come to the aid of the human population, nor that he and Aric would so easily join forces after previously trying to destroy each other. But X-O Manowar is so fun and enjoyable, why overthink it? When it comes to providing an intelligently-written story, expertly-crafted artwork, and non-stop action, Valiant delivers yet again.

4.5 out of 5 stars

X-O Manowar #8 will be available on Wednesday December 19th, 2012.

 

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