The GeeksverseMasters of the Universe Comics Return!

Masters of the Universe Comics Return!
Published on Friday, April 6, 2012 by

By the Power of Greyskull, more great tales of the Masters of the Universe. MV Creations had a great run in 200x, contemporary to the last cartoon and toy run.  That comic was excellent. The stories were good. The art was good. The digital effects were well used to help heighten the sense of speed and motion. Excellent. Val Staples put together a great set of creators. Unfortunately, the comic ran into more trouble than a failed Skeletor plot. Creators had trouble being paid so work slowed down. Characters, like Illumina, were never cleared by the toy company to allow new characters to enter the world. Despite those problems, the small company handled the big property well.

Now, MTV Geek is scooping that DC Comics will be bringing back the adventures of Greyskull and the Masters of the Universe.

This isn’t terribly surprising. This is an anniversary year for the legendary toy brand. New in-package comics are to be included with the Matty Collector limited access toy line.

It isn’t even surprising that DC is handling this relaunch. The most recent Masters of the Universe on retail shelves were cross overs with DC characters. DC has published Masters of the Universe before–although so has nearly every other comic company.  DC published the original He-Man origin story, wherein he tussled with the Man of Steel and the legendary Sword of Power had Kryptonian connections.

While it isn’t surprising that DC will be renewing their comic relationship with the brand, it is surprising that IDW isn’t. IDW has been adding up the licensed properties in the past year or so. G.I. Joe, Transformers, TMNT, Dungeons and Dragons, and others are being printed by the upcoming company.Perhaps Hasbro and Mattel properties can’t be comic-ed by the same company.

DC bringing back Eternia and Greyskull can be fun. According to MTV Geek, Skeletor has already won when the new series has already begun…much like the Dolph Lundgren movie? Or All Hail Megatron? Or the new G.I. Joe/Cobra relationship.

Get ready, He-Man fans: DC Comics is getting ready to launch a brand new take on the Masters of the Universe this July, in a six issue comic book series written by James Robinson, with pencils by Phillip Tan and inks from Ruy Jose. And that’s not the end of the surprises… As the series starts, the evil Skeletor has already won!

That’s right: the skull faced arch-enemy of He-Man has figured out a way to rewrite the reality of Eternia, casting himself as the ruler of Castle Grayskull, and our heroes – including He-Man – as regular peasants with no memory of their previous life. And while simple woodsman Adam may dream of wielding a massive sword, and fighting in battles, he thinks they’re just dreams. That is, until a mysterious sorceress approaches him, and sends him on an epic journey to save all of Eternia.

Check out the MTV Geek article for an interview with more information.

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    • Hey folks, we got a message from Val Staples to pass along:

      Cool article! 

      But, there are a couple things that are inaccurate.

      Creation of the 200x comic never slowed. Despite CrossGen going bankrupt
      and leaving MV holding the bag for a ton of cash, creators working on the
      title at the time still trusted me to pay them and we stayed on track for
      production.  And, since then, everyone has been paid. 

      There wasn’t a problem with Illumina in the comic. Our original deal that
      was discussed allowed for the creation of our own story and characters.
      But due to the brand not performing as Mattel hoped and a subsequent
      consolidation of the 2002 MOTU licensing program, we were moved over to
      the girl’s licensing team where MOTU (understandably) was a low priority.
      Ultimately, they gave us a list of characters to use to limit their time
      reviewing and approving the comic. The story containing Illumina never
      happened because of that.  Creatively, that was frustrating as heck.
      But as time passed, I went on to completely understand why they did it
      that way.

      Also, a fan nit-pick here:  It’s Grayskull.  Not
      Greyskull.  :-D

      Sorry. that’s the fan in me coming out being a pain.  ;-)

      Thanks again! And I, too, am looking forward to the new comic.  I’m
      interested to see what they do! 


      •  Glad V. Staples chimed in to set me straight. I’ll trust his memory over mine on this subject. I met him once at a convention and he was great .We chatted for a while and he signed a comic for me. Well, in fact he put a word bubble that transformed a touching Adam cover into a funny, personalized joke…and then signed it. Awesome.

        I’d be happy to hear his thoughts on the new DC MOTU comics when they hit the stands. I hope he’ll chime in again.

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