Title: X-O Manowar Noughts and Crosses Kindle Words Novella
Publisher: Amazon (Kindle Words digital novella)
Writer: Stuart Moore
First off, Kindle Words is a way for fans to publish and sell fan fiction, from (currently) a small group of licenses, through Amazon’s Kindle. Valiant is the only comic company that has licensed it’s characters to be used with the Kindle Words brand. Since I collect X-O Manowar I decided to download the only X-O Kindle Words novella available, Noughts and Crosses.
On another planet or in another time, aliens wearing armor very similar to Aric’s have human slaves and use them to pick fruit for them. The Noughts, the nameless human slaves rise up against the Crosses and are able to kill on of them. The leader of the Noughts bonds with the Cross’s armor and updates herself on the suits functions and abilities. In Dubai, Aric is finally taking a break from the troubles he’s had: the death of his people, his displacement is time and his war on the Vine. However, before he can have a free moment, he’s attacked by a military group known as Alloy Seven, all soldiers who wear powerful armor. When Aric is severely injured in battle with the Alloy’s commander, Raft, Aric is brought to an island where he his nursed back to health by a mysterious woman named Larkspur. The woman intrigues Aric, but she seems to be hiding something. Eventually, Aric heals but is attacked again by Commander Raft. When the Nought leader arrives in her Cross Armor, together the two of them quickly dispatch Raft. The Nought leader is actually from the future and her armor is out of fuel to get her back to her own time, however Raft’s armor contains a small amount of Plutonium and with more, she could return home. After confronting the the other Alloy Seven soldiers, the group has the Plutonium needed to return the Nought home. Aric has fallen in love with the mysterious, time traveling soldier and wants to go with her to the future. However, the Nought has a real reason behind her appearance in our present day and they involve Aric and Larkspur!
This novella is a great, however out of continuity, tale of Aric and the X-O Manowar armor. Noughts and Crosses starts off slow, spending a lot of time with the Noughts in the future or Aric’s time with Larkspur, but it quickly ramps up and becomes a fantastic story about the future and possible outcomes. If the other Kindle Words Novellas are as good as this one, I can’t wait to download the rest. With an interesting story by fans, low cost and the fact that I can read these stories anyway because of the Kindle app on my smartphone, Noughts and Crosses is definitely…