If you haven't been following X-O Manowar I recommend reading Frankie Rodriguez review of issue 1 and my review of issue 4
Review by Jeremias de Leon
Aric has been attacked by Ninjak in the previous issue and was knocked out. This issue follows it up with what seemed like a victory for Ninjak into more fighting and also more plotting by not only the Vine but by Manowar and what just might be a new ally.
The story moves at a brisk pace but doesn't go too fast as too confuse the reader. If you haven't read the previous issues especially issue 4 where a certain event happens that gets referenced a lot you might not get as much out of what goes on in this issue but you still won't be lost as there's a handy recap at the beginning of the issue. Things are starting to get really interesting now as loyalties are tested and there seems to be a buildup of people who are going to stand up to the Vine.
Lee Garbett does a fantastic job with showing action and this is some of my favorite art in a comic all year. Seeing Ninjak and X-O Manowar square off is really awesome, it's all so well drawn. Their bodies don't seem too exaggerated when moving and the effects of the Manowar armor and Ninjak's gadgets looks well, just, cool.
X-O Manowar is certainly building up to something huge with the Vine showing the type of allies they have on Earth. After some of the Vine's allies clash with Aric in the suit seeing their loyalty tested and wondering if something formidable is coming together to stand up to the Vine. This issue is a turning point in X-O Manowar's story and it shouldn't be missed, definitely pick this one up. With the story recap you won't be lost and the action just can't be missed. Ninjak is pure awesome and the X-O Manowar suit is always a spectacle. I wholeheartedly give this a 9.5 out of 10.