Wednesday, September 20, 2017

X-O Manowar Issue 9

Cover of X-O Manowar Issue 9

X-O Manowar Issue 9
Published: October 1992
Writer: Bob Layton
Penciler: Mike Leeke (Issue & Cover)
Inker: Tom Ryder (Issue & Cover)
Colorist: Jorge Gonzalez
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Editor: Barry Windsor-Smith

Title: Besieged: Homecoming Part 1
Synopsis: Aric is transported to Earth in 408AD, and aids his Visigoth tribe in fighting the Romans. But they fear his power, and conspire with the Romans to kill him. His love Dierdre dies amid the fighting. Heartbroken, Aric blasts a hole deep in the ground, and buries himself in dirt and darkness.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

X-O Manowar Issue 8

Cover of X-O Manowar Issue 8

Published: September 1992
Cover Artist: Walt Simonson
Writer: Bob Layton
Penciller: Mike Leeke
Inker: Tom Ryder
Colorist: Jorge Gonzalez
Additional Colorists: Mark Csaszar, Maurice Fontenot
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Editor: Jim Shooter

Title: Unity Chapter 13: Crossroads
Summary: Aric leads his army of Skammrs in an assault on the Mother God's fortress. After the battle, a dinosaur catches him without his armor and bites him in half. The X-O armor envelops him, and puts him to sleep. He awakes amid the bodies of his devastated army, and the X-O armor informs him that years have passed while it knitted his body back together.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

X-O Manowar Issue 7

Cover of X-O Manowar Issue 7

Published: August 1992
Cover Artist: Frank Miller
Writer: Bob Layton
Penciller: Michael Leeke
Inker: Tom Ryder
Colorist: Jorge Gonzalez
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Editor: Jim Shooter

Title: A Call To Arms (Chapter 5 of the Unity crossover event)
Summary: With the help of some renegade Harbinger kids, young Geoff McHenry (a Geomancer), and a hand from Solar, Man of the Atom, Aric is transported to the Lost Land. There he faces cybernetic-enhanced pterodactyls, rescues prisoners from being eaten by dinosaurs, and wrests the leadership of a barbarian race of warriors called Skammrs from the Mother God who oversees the world out of space and time. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Ninjak, Armorines, and Kris Hathaway

This year, the Valiant group on Facebook has been holding a weekly art competition. It took me awhile to get around to competing, but three weeks ago I finally got started. The first week we were given a theme: The Fist and the Steel. This was the title of a recent four-part story in Ninjak. This is the recent series written by Matt Kindt. Ninjak is Colin King, a British mercenary who often works with MI-6. I drew a picture of the four major characters in the story sitting down and playing poker to achieve their goals, rather than fighting for it. It was fun, and interesting to draw all four characters. Of course, we'd all rather see them fight, right? Isn't that the fun of comic books?

The following week's theme was Space. I had just read X-O Manowar Issue 25, from the classic 1990s series. This issue contained an inserted edition of Armorines Issue 0. The two formed a complete story about a group of American soldiers recruited by the military to form an elite fighting unit. They wore armor specially designed by a brilliant scientist, and their first mission was to attack Aric of Dacia, and capture his X-O armor. Once the higher-ups realize that these orders were faked, the Armorines are recalled. But not before a spectacular fight in which we see the potential of the Armorines' armor.

This week we were not given a theme. So I chose to do a portrait of one of the characters from the recent Harbinger books, written by Joshua Dysart. This character was Kris Hathaway. As the former girlfriend of team-leader Peter Stanchek, the evil Toyo Harada's people follow her, and continually read her mind to discover clues to Peter's whereabouts. So she reluctantly joins the Harbingers and goes on the run from Harada's people, but only after she uses Peter's abilities to rob a bank in order to pay off her parents crippling debt, and save them from bankruptcy, due to her father's medical bills.

It's my first attempt a portrait. I based it on several drawings in two issues of Harbinger by two different pencilers. It got a few Likes on Facebook, and even a compliment on the hair texture. I'm reasonably pleased with the result. It'll be interesting to see how the process of making a portrait from a photo differs from one based on a comic book drawing, when I get that far.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

X-O Manowar Issue 6

Cover for X-O Manowar Issue 6

Published: July 1992
Cover Artist: Mike Leeke, Bob Layton
Writer: Bob Layton
Penciler: Steve Ditko, Mark Moretti
Inker: Tom Ryder
Colorists: Jorge Gonzales, The Siesta Boys
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Editor: Jim Shooter (assisted by Scott Friedlander)

Title: Power Play
Synopsis: The mercenary Ax, clad in his own X-O armor, fights Aric for possession of the more powerful X-O Manowar armor.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

X-O Manowar Issue 5

Cover for X-O Manowar Issue 5

Published: June 1992
Cover Artist: Barry Windsor-Smith
Writers: Jim Shooter, Bob Layton
Penciler: Mike Leeke
Inker: Tom Ryder
Colorist: Jorge Gonzalez
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Editor: Bob Layton

Title: Revelations
Synopsis: The mercenary Ax tries to steal Aric's armor.

Friday, December 9, 2016

X-O Manowar Issue 4

Cover for X-O Manowar Issue 4
Published: May 1992
Cover Artists: Barry Windsor-Smith, Bob Layton
Writers: Steve Englehart, Bob Layton
Penciler: Mike Manley
Inkers: Ralph Reese, Tom Ryder
Colorists: Jorge Gonzalez, Paul Autio
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Editor: Jim Shooter

Title: King's Crossing
Synopsis: Aric travels to New Orleans. There he meets Toyo Harada, who agrees to make peace with him, provided Aric doesn't oppose his interests. They cement their treaty in a nightclub, where Jack Boniface, aka Shadowman, plays his saxophone. Later, he defends Harada when a group of super-powered teens, who have left Harada's Harbinger Foundation, attempt to kill their former leader.