Retailer Advisory: The March Toward X-O MANOWAR #50 Continues with Two More Sold-Out Chapters for “LONG LIVE THE KING”!

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With the release of the giant-sized, 64-page X-O MANOWAR #50 anniversary milestone just weeks away, Valiant is proud to announce that two more chapters of “LONG LIVE THE KING” – the cataclysmic series finale of Robert Venditti’s seminal, 56-issue run on X-O MANOWAR – have sold out at the distributor level and will return to store shelves on September 28th with the X-O MANOWAR #48 SECOND PRINTING and X-O MANOWAR #49 SECOND PRINTING!

On shelves just in time to coincide with the release of X-O MANOWAR #50, the countdown to the greatest Valiant milestone of all time gets even bigger here as New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps) and acclaimed artists Joe Bennett (52) and Roberto de la Torre (Daredevil) send the unstoppable X-O Manowar rocketing to the forefront of his most tumultuous battle yet…and leave the destiny of Valiant’s leading hero forever altered!

Born into battle, Aric of Dacia – heir to the throne of the Visigoth Empire – never knew peace. Raised under the oppressive thumb of the Roman Empire in fifth-century Europe, Aric’s entire existence was spent fighting a never-ending insurgency against history’s most brutal empire…until a far more terrifying enemy revealed itself and changed his destiny forever.

Abducted by a brutal race of extraterrestrials known as the Vine, Aric was forced into slavery on an alien world. Torn from his family, his people, and his nation, he spent years plotting his escape…until the day came that he was able to seize a weapon of incalculable destruction – a sentient suit of alien armor – and become X-O Manowar!

Returning to Earth only to find that 1,600 years have passed during his journey across the stars, the world’s most primitive man now wields the universe’s most powerful weapon. Working in concert with Earth’s governments and other super-powered heroes like himself, Aric has defended the planet, brokered peace amongst the powerful, and even rebuilt his kingdom from the ashes of history.

But now he faces an unthinkable new foe far more terrible than any that have come before… They are The Torment – and their name means death. Thought to be a legend by the Vine, they have now become Earth’s violent reality. As old as the universe itself, they have traveled for eons to reach us…in search of Aric of Dacia and the unstoppable X-O Manowar armor. Can Aric challenge a seemingly omnipotent threat with motives beyond the comprehension of mortal men? Will the armor truly be our world’s salvation, just as the Vine’s myths foretold? And is this the beginning of the end for X-O Manowar – or the beginning of something even bigger?

Long live the king! The end will be nigh as the entire Valiant Universe bears witness to the X-O MANOWAR #48 SECOND PRINTING and X-O MANOWAR #49 SECOND PRINTING – in stores on September 28th!

Then, after months of anticipation, the greatest Valiant milestone of all time arrives with a cosmic thunderclap on September 28th in X-O MANOWAR #50! This fall, don’t miss the biggest moment in Valiant history when Robert Venditti, Joe Bennett, and Roberto de la Torre salute X-O Manowar’s unparalleled 56-issue run with an oversized series finale for the ages! The Torment have come to our world in search of the secrets behind the sacred X-O Manowar armor. Now, they stand opposed by Aric of Dacia – former slave, noble warrior, resolute king, and current master of the armor’s near-limitless capabilities. But is one man…and one weapon…enough to repel a force capable of leveling a thousand civilizations? A whole new era for Earth’s greatest hero begins here on September 28th, only in X-O MANOWAR #50 – also featuring Jody Houser (FAITH) & Javier Pulido (Amazing Spider-Man), Matt Kindt (DIVINITY II) & Tomas Giorello (4001 A.D.: WAR MOTHER), Philip Tan (Suicide Squad), Fred Van Lente (GENERATION ZERO) & Clayton Henry (SAVAGE), and many more!

Plus: The X-O MANOWAR #50 COUNTDOWN GIVEAWAY continues right here for the X-O MANOWAR #48 SECOND PRINTING and X-O MANOWAR #49 SECOND PRINTING! For no extra cost, each issue of “LONG LIVE THE KING” will come bagged with one of 50 exclusive, 4-by-6 inch “micro-prints” featuring the one and only X-O Manowar as realized by a sensational cast of comics’ biggest talents – or full-blown, beautifully rendered original artwork randomly inserted in each issue! The X-O MANOWAR #50 COUNTDOWN GIVEAWAY will continue all summer long across all issues of “LONG LIVE THE KING” – including the oversized, blockbuster issue #50 finale!

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X-O MANOWAR #48 SECOND PRINTING
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by JOE BENNET and ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Cover by KANO
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 28 (FOC – 9/12/16)

X-O MANOWAR #49 SECOND PRINTING
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by JOE BENNET
Cover by KANO
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 28 (FOC – 9/12/16)

X-O MANOWAR #50 (64 PAGES!)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI, JODY HOUSER, MATT KINDT, PHILIP TAN, and FRED VAN LENTE
Art by JOE BENNET and ROBERTO DE LA TORRE with DIEGO BERNARD,DOUG BRAITHWAITE, ROBERT GILL, CLAYTON HENRY, TOMAS GIORELLO, CARY NORD, JAVIER PULIDO, PHILIP TAN and RAFA SANDOVAL
Cover A (All-Star Jam) by CARY NORD, BOB LAYTON, BRANDON PETERSON, STEPHEN PLATT and 46 MORE X-O ALL-STARS! (JUL162024)
Cover B by PAOLO RIVERA (JUL162025)
Cover C by MARKO DJURDJEVIC (JUL162026)
Cover D by MARCOS MARTIN (JUL162027)
Cover E by MICO SUAYAN (JUL162028)
Cover F by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (JUL162029)
Cover G by SHANE DAVIS (JUL162030)
Valiant x CGC Replica Variant by PERE PÉREZ (JUL162031)
Variant Cover by COLLEEN DORAN (JUN168832)
Variant Cover by CHIP ZDARSKY (JUL162032)
Variant Cover by PHILIP TAN (JUL162033)
Variant Cover by KAARE ANDREWS (JUL162034)
Variant Cover by PHIL JIMENEZ (JUL162035)
B&W Sketch Jam Cover by X-O ALL-STARS (JUL162036)
$4.99 | 64 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 28 (FOC – 9/12/16)

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