He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #1


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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #1


  • Words: James Robinson
  • Art: Philip Tan
  • Colors: Richard and Tanya Horie, Carrie Strachan
  • Publisher: DC Entertainment
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Jul 6, 2012

He-Man and the gang are back with an interesting new plot and nostalgia for all.

He-Man, Skeletor, and the heroes and creatures that people planet Eternia have returned to the printed page, taking on a new and interesting twist. Adam is a simple woodsman haunted by lucid dreams in which he’s a powerful sword-wielding warrior battling the evil forces of Skeletor. After a visitation from a falcon named Zoar, Adam leaves his home in the woods and embarks on a quest that even he himself doesn’t quite comprehend. It’s on this road of trails where he encounters the dreaded Beast Man, and Adam must overcome his own fear if he is to get past Skeletor’s henchman and discover the truth behind his journey. But finding this truth will be fraught with danger if Skeletor has anything to say about it!

For those of us who grew up with the original He-Man and the Masters of the Universe television show of the 1980s, DC Entertainment’s revamp of this popular series will either be beloved or abhorred. There are a few changes to the original, namely Skeletor being ruler of Eternia (apparently having won some great battle prior to the opening pages) and Adam being reduced from a prince to an ordinary woodsman. The action of the story is no doubt thrilling and much more bloody than yesterday’s model, but the story itself already lacks some credibility with this first issue, which I hope will start to make sense as writer James Robinson and artist Philip Tan unfold the story further.

Whether you’re a serious “He-Fan” seeking something that will stir up your fairest memories of Orko’s Eternia or really just love Conan-esque characters and stories favoring action over dialogue, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #1 will prove a worthwhile adventure for both.

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