X-O Manowar is turning 25 - that's issues, not years - old, and Valiant is bringing in some friends to help writer Robert Venditti and artist Diego Bernard fill out a 48-page anniversary "spectacular." The regular ongoing team will provide a story that helps launch the "Armor Hunters" crossover, titled simply "Armor Hunters: Part Zero," with a myriad short stories also being included in the package.
Venditti will double up, teaming with artist J.G. Jones on "The Origin of X-O Manowar," bringing new readers up-to-date on Aric's journey with the alien armor. Peter Milligan, Bryan Hitch, Justin Jordan, Rafer Roberts, and more will also contribute stories to the issue.
As usual, X-O Manowar #25 will feature multiple covers, with Hitch (above), Jelena-Kevic Djurdjevic, Arturo Lozzi, Sean Chen, and Terry Dodson all producing covers for the issue.
"When X-O Manowar #1 by Robert Venditti and Cary Nord hit shelves in 2012, it didn't just mark the return of one of the greatest characters in comics – it also marked the return of Valiant," said Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons in a press release. "Now, with our biggest story yet – Armor Hunters – just over the horizon, X-O Manowar #25 is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the incredible work that Robert, Cary, Lee Garbett, Trevor Hairsine, Stefano Gaudiano, Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic and Diego Bernard have accomplished."
The character X-O Manowar is 22 years old, so there's still a chance for a second 25th anniversary in 2017.