Wednesday, November 22, 2017

X-O Manowar Issue 18

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X-O Manowar Issue 18
Published: July 1993
Cover Artists: Jim Calafiore, Tom Ryder, Jorge Gonzalez
Writer: Jorge Gonzalez
Penciler: Jim Calafiore
Inker: Tom Ryder
Colorists: David Chlystek, Knob Row
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Editor: Bob Layton

Title: Operation: Deep Freeze Part 1: Ultimatums
Synopsis: Aric's armor, and his battles, have not gone unnoticed by the United States government. A Senator on the Appropriations committee, and a member of the Internal Revenue Service, meet quietly with Aric. When he refuses to hand the armor over, they send representatives to Orb Industries. Ken, Aric's second-in-command, refuses to help them, and Aric throws them out before they can intimidate more staff. So they hold Randy, Aric's Head of Security, hostage in her own home, and order him to meet them at a prearranged location and hand over the armor or they will kill her. After the phone call, Randy's friend bursts in and frees her. The villains flee, but they take with them a tracking device. Randy and her friend follow the signal to King George Island (the largest of the Shetland Islands lying 75 miles off Antarctica's coast). Then Aric appears, and a battle between the X-O Manowar armor, and the U. S. Government, commences.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

X-O Manowar Issue 17

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X-O Manowar Issue 17
Published: June 1993
Cover Artists: Jim Calafiore, Bob Layton, Jorge Gonzalez
Writer: Jorge Gonzalez
Penciler: Jim Calafiore
Inker: Rodney Ramos
Colorists: Knob Row
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Editor: Bob Layton

Title: Push And Shove
Synopsis: When the mob learns that Orb Industries plans to develop an area in which they've buried bodies, they threaten Ken Clarkson, Aric's second-in-command, to leave the land alone. Aric meets with them to discuss the situation rationally, and they try to kill him. So he calls on the X-O Manowar armor and attacks them. Later, upon reflection, the mob decides to dig up the bodies, and allow Orb Industries to develop their land.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

X-O Manowar Issue 16

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X-O Manowar Issue 16
Cover Artists: Ted Halsted, Rom Ryder
Writer: Jorge Gonzalez
Penciler: Jose Delbo
Inker: Andrew Pepoy
Colorist: Eric Lusk
Editor: Mark Moretti

Title: Family Matters
Synopsis: When Ken, his second-in-command at Orb Industries, is kidnapped by gun runners, Aric must put a stop to a thriving trade in alien weaponry.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

X-O Manowar Issue 15

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X-O Manowar Issue 15
Published: April 1993
Cover Artist: Bart Sears
Writer: Bob Layton
Penciler: Bart Sears
Inker: Randy Elliot
Colorist: Jorge Gonzalez
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Editor: Kevin VanHook

Title: Concrete Jungle
Synopsis: When a Con Edison crew is killed, Aric and Turok battle bionisaurs in the tunnels, and eventually the parks of New York.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

X-O Manowar Issue 14

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X-O Manowar Issue 14
Published: March 1993
Cover Artists: Bob Layton, Bart Sears, and Jorge Gonzalez
Plot: Bob Layton and Jon Hartz
Writer: Bob Layton
Penciler: Bart Sears
Inker: Randy Elliot
Colorist: Jorge Gonzalez
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Editor: Kevin VanHook

Title: The Coming of Turok Dinosaur Hunter
Synopsis: One minute, Turok is fighting the bionisaurs amid the Unity War in the Lost Land. The next, he is transported to Columbia, South America on June 10, 1987. In New York, on September 14, 1992, Aric returns from the moon to Orb Industries headquarters. After consulting with Ken Clarkson, his second-in-command, and Randy Cartier, his chief of security, the three fly to a corporate lab in Orlando Florida. Researchers there have discovered infant dinosaurs. Aric travels to South America to investigate where the young Bionisaurs were found. He meets Turok, who helps him wipe out the smuggling operation selling the dinosaurs that were transported through the Time-Rift along with Turok.  

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

X-O Manowar Issue 13

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X-O Manowar Issue 13
Published: February 1993
Cover Artists: Tom Ryder,Jorge Gonzalez
Writer: Bob Layton
Layouts: Mike Leeke
Finished Art: Tom Ryder
Colorist: Jorge Gonzalez
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Editor: Kevin Vanhook

Title: The Darkside To Victory
Synopsis: The Spider-Aliens have stripped Aric of Shanhara, his sentient armor. He fights their champion in an arena on their moon base. Solar, Man of the Atom is there as an observer, but cannot interfere. But when Aric defeats their champion, the Spider-Aliens attack him again. So Solar throws him his control ring, and Shanhara flies to him. Together, they kill the Spider-Aliens, and destroy their base. Then Aric destroys the seed Shanhara has produced to ensure that the aliens can never gain control of another set of X-O Manowar armor.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

X-O Manowar Issue 12

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X-O Manowar Issue 12
Published: January 1993
Cover Artists: Mike Leeke, Tom Ryder
Writer: Bob Layton
Penciller: Mike Leeke
Inker: Tom Ryder
Colorist: Jorge Gonzalez
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Editor: Kevin VanHook

Title: Moonstruck: Seed of Destruction Part 2
Synopsis: The armor takes him to the moon, where Aric finds a base filled with 67,000 Spider-Aliens. The armor informs him that it reproduces every two thousand years, and as it put him to sleep for so many centuries to return him to the present day, it is returning to its own kind to birth a new set of armor. At the base he meets Rexo, a soldier crippled in Vietnam. The Spider-Aliens befriended him, and gave him his own set of armor. Rexo tells him that his armor is not only sentient, but it has a name: Shanhara. He shows Aric an arena filled with human hostages, and demands Aric give up the X-O armor. When Aric refuses, Rexo kills the hostages. Aric fights for his life, kills Rexo and many Spider-Aliens, but he is outnumbered. He flees back to space, but the Spider-Aliens follow. Even in their less powerful armor, they capture him.