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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:53:51 pm 
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Favorite character: XO Manowar
Favorite title: XO Manowar
Favorite writer: Matt Kindt
Favorite artist: Tomas Giorello
All hail the return of Tomas Giorello.

I mean this guy can just do 22 pages of pin ups or splash pages and I probably will cheer for the book. I don't think there's anyone whose art I love more.

And... that's not even the case here. Kindt brings back the bounty hunters from I can't remember the issue... 11-12? In there? I was a little annoyed they did a filler issue going back into their origins and the like, but now that they're brought back recurring and not just a one use, I am not as annoyed by that. They're more important.

B.O.B. is the new Love Boat. That's amusing.

I loved the whole set up, though it was a little bit of a slow roll with the aliens fighting, and then humanity discovering there's weird stuff going on, Aric being broody and instrospective... and then the plot really began. Definitely a designed-for-trade-not-single-issue type of set up, which annoys me a little but given the feel of it all and the art, you know, I'm good with it.

The start of something very nice. I haven't been this excited for XO since the first arc.

9/10.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:16:12 pm 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:57:33 am 
Just jumpin' through time arcs, that's all.
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I liked xo this week. I enjoyed the return of thoes bounty hunters.
They still feel like armor hunters 2.0 but still I think they are fun. It makes sence to me they follow Aric. Im suprised they got the drop on shawnhara. I remember shanhara spotted a vine ship arriving in orbit and warned Aric.
The art, dialogue both good. I wasent blown away but its better than previous issues for a wile. I give this a 4.0 out of 5 finally some tail entertaimos

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:44:40 pm 
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This issue was alright. But I felt like a lot of the issue was used to set up the two page "fight" between Aric and the bounty hunters. The pay was the confrontation at the end but the fight was so short and not really eventful maybe their saying it for the next issue but I doubt it. I feel more of a fight should've been put up sure it was an ambush but make it more "fun" or intense. Aric got hit twice and that was it..
Other than the fight I don't find the bounty hunters really interesting tbh I don't know any of there names but there not bad just bland they need more development and or "cooler" moments to stick with me. They aren't a Commander Trill thats for sure. I like the conversation with the armor Aric had. It was fun seeing Aric ask the question about his pee and funny seeing the armor morph itself into different styles especially the Ninjak one. Overall an alright issue.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:56:09 pm 
Mmm, I was drooling over Cooshie tonight.
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Terrific issue! It's good to see the bounty hunters again as recurring villains. It looks like Schon is gonna be at his side again. And with Sabbas making a cameo in the last issue it's nice to see all of these story elements pulling back together.

And yes, Giorello is utterly fantastic.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:28:41 pm 
Mmm, I was drooling over Cooshie tonight.
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Just listened to the podcast:

You guys are way too jaded. :P

On the one hand you're saying you can't remember some of the bounty hunter stuff... and on the other saying it would have been better if a lot more time had passed before we saw them again.

And you're picking nits too finely. Complaining that Capshaw didn't recognize a GN-GR bot? The chopper is way out in advance, she's ordering them to get closer ('no excuses') and get a reading. The hand and the bot emerge from the water, destroy the chopper and she exclaims "What the hell was that?"

Yeah, well, since she couldn't see what happened, I don't fault her for not recognizing the assailant... especially since it doesn't have the most identifiable aspect of a GN-GR bot, the spherical head. Even if she had seen it, seeing a gigantic robotic body with a spaceship for a head still probably would have confused her.

Lighten up, it's a good issue! :thumb:


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:58:54 am 
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It’s hard not to be. I mean... you’re not wrong. We could’ve done a bit more to give this book a fair look but it’s hard when it feels like work. I was very high on the first issue of the last arc and it just went off the rails


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:48:01 pm 
Mmm, I was drooling over Cooshie tonight.
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Listening to the podcast, I realize that my memory needs a refresh. I remember most of the broad strokes of the bounty hunter issues but not some particulars. I was impressed that you remembered that the bounty hunter that appeared in Aric's dream just before they arrived was the one that tried on the armor and was killed by it. I recognized the character but not that he was the one killed. Can it be that his conscience is still somehow imbued within the armor, as you suggested? Hmmm...

Anyway, I am thinking that perhaps I will do a reread of the entire Kindt run. Issues always read better back to back. And it's not like we have a ton of Valiant to read these days.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:01:15 pm 
Mmm, I was drooling over Cooshie tonight.
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And I'm reminded that we really don't have a name for the race of beings that GIN-GR belongs to.

The reference page states they are Class-I Independent Operation Unit. An IOU? Yes, Valiant owes us a name! :D

I got nothing. Any suggestions? Just the IOUs?


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:24:17 pm 
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jmatt wrote:
Listening to the podcast, I realize that my memory needs a refresh. I remember most of the broad strokes of the bounty hunter issues but not some particulars. I was impressed that you remembered that the bounty hunter that appeared in Aric's dream just before they arrived was the one that tried on the armor and was killed by it. I recognized the character but not that he was the one killed. Can it be that his conscience is still somehow imbued within the armor, as you suggested? Hmmm...

Anyway, I am thinking that perhaps I will do a reread of the entire Kindt run. Issues always read better back to back. And it's not like we have a ton of Valiant to read these days.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:24:49 pm 
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jmatt wrote:
And I'm reminded that we really don't have a name for the race of beings that GIN-GR belongs to.

The reference page states they are Class-I Independent Operation Unit. An IOU? Yes, Valiant owes us a name! :D

I got nothing. Any suggestions? Just the IOUs?


Spice Bots?


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:12:30 pm 
Just jumpin' through time arcs, that's all.
Just jumpin' through time arcs, that's all.
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Favorite character: X-O
Favorite title: X-O
Favorite writer: V-Ditti & Dysart
Favorite artist: Larosa
Best XO issue in a while. Art was great, Aric’s got short hair again and the return of 2 of Kindt’S best new characters. I hope Kindt ends his Valiant run with a bang, overall he’s been a big plus for the company (even though this series had lost its way).

4/5 - :thumb: C’mon Kindt, stick the landing on this arc :hope:


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:58:11 pm 
Mmm, I was drooling over Cooshie tonight.
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hawkeyeps wrote:
jmatt wrote:
And I'm reminded that we really don't have a name for the race of beings that GIN-GR belongs to.

The reference page states they are Class-I Independent Operation Unit. An IOU? Yes, Valiant owes us a name! :D

I got nothing. Any suggestions? Just the IOUs?


Spice Bots?


Only if the next one we see is GR-LIC. :D


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