Valiant, Alien Books; $4.99

Aric and Thyra won an important battle against the Novus Romanus, but Shanhara (the X-O Manowar armor) suffered extreme damage. They have led survivors to a new planet where Aric is teaching them how to survive in their new environment. Once he is convinced that they are safe, he plans to attack the Novus Romanus once more, despite Thyra’s warnings he can’t defeat them.

Aric continues to carry a heavy weight on his shoulders in this new series by Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad. He is compassionate enough to help the displaced people, but is also determined to end the Novus Romanus at all costs. Aric has been through lifetimes worth of violence and tragedy, and the weight of that is seen in the art by Fernando Heinz Furukawa.

-Amanda Sheriff