I showed up pretty late to the Valiant relaunch party, but it was impossible to ignore the hype surrounding the company. I’ve heard almost nothing but great things about their amazing titles from Bloodshot to Harbinger. X-O Manowar, Valiant’s flagship title and their first relaunched release, caught my attention and I resolved to buy the first trade paperback upon release. Though Shadowman is the only Valiant series I’ve read so far, I went in with high hopes for X-O. Without further ado, it’s time to look at X-O Manowar Volume 1: By the Sword.