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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Reader's Diary #1687- Matt Kindt (writer), Tomas Giorello (artist): XO Manowar Soldier Volume 01

Matt Kindt's XO Manowar Soldier: Volume 01 was a reading choice based almost entirely on glowing reviews. I wasn't particularly thrilled with Kindt's other critically acclaimed series Mind Mgmt but thought I'd give him another chance.

Again, unfortunately, I'm unsure why there's so much hype. I'll admit that some of this may be my issue. I'm sort of done with hyper-aggressive white males as heroes and this feels pretty much like Conan the Barbarian in Space. The set-up itself is also a tired trope: just when I thought I was out, they drag me back in. I will grant that some of the world building is impressive, but that's about it. Even the concept of the super-advanced XO armour is underwhelming, barely even being used in the entire trade paperback.

The art is decent, again with the creative world-building flourishes, touching on great in the 3rd story thanks to an assist from David Mack.

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