Let me preface this review by telling you that I've never read any Manowar comics in the past. I actually had no real exposure to the character or who he was. So with this issue being my first exposure, let me just say, "Ho-ly shit!" I can't wait to see what happens, this dude is a badass!
The story starts off with Aric from Urth working on a farm, with his lover asking about his past back on Urth. We see some flashbacks to his past life, but he has clearly come to appreciate his life of simplicity. But war pulls people in, and Aric is conscripted into battle. And that's when things hit the fan.
He is seen as fodder for the battle, but he manages to fight his way through the enemy while barely armed. We see that he clearly knows plenty about war and battle. As the day's battle reaches its end, Aric is called to see the general and sent on a suicide mission.
As the story ends, Aric is calling upon his armor (who we saw briefly as he prepared for war) "one last time." There's really not much more I can say about this other than "wow!"
I haven't been this excited about a comic in a while. XO Manowar has already shot to the top of my favorites list. If you haven't started yet, then this is a comic you need to be reading! 5/5 to this, no question about it.