The GeeksverseHe-Man & Masters of the Universe #1

He-Man & Masters of the Universe #1
Published on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 by

This is one of the most anticipated comic returns of 2012. It isn’t a bad comic although people will hate it.I expect to hear some geek rage at comic shops, conventions, and other places that folks gather to gripe about comics.

The preview revealed judiciously little about this franchise reboot, except a peek at some of the main characters. Reboot is the right word, unfortunately, reboot is always a loaded word in fandoms.

After reading this issue I’m left trying to decide if this is a necessary relaunch with changes like IDW’s recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or G.I. Joe or is this a wildly unacceptable revision of a world that already worked like the proposed aliens in the now shelved M. Bay Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

As you can tell from the preview text, the first three pages, and a few others are dreamy moments for the narrator. Deduction will tell you what young man this is and what he doesn’t know about himself  yet. Otherwise, this review is about to move into being a spoiler heavy article.

How important is it to have Adam as a prince of Eternia? Would it make Adam more relatable if he was the son of a woodsman rather than the son of a king? What would happen if Adam were a prince but thought himself only the son of a lowly woodsman instead?

In #1 Adam at least thinks he is a woodsman, but his dreams and a friendly bird are finally leading him outside of his forest home to explore the larger world. Dark forces on the edge of the wood are bent on containing him.

Otherwise we know very little about the world that Adam describes as “miserable.” I’m not sure what we are supposed to infer from fan knowledge of Eternia and what we are not supposed to assume. If Adam isn’t a Prince and heir to the power then everything about this world may be changable.

On the one hand, this new starting point allows the reader to discover the world alongside of Adam who is now an everyman. Perhaps that will make this a better story. It has potential to be a great retelling of the cartoon epic tale that fans have known since the 80s.Slight mythos revisions have happened before in various cartoons, movies, comics, and toy packaging. The live-action 80s movie starring Dolph Lundgren isn’t a bad sci-fi-fantasy peice but fans nearly universally describe it as “not He-Man.”  The New Adventures of He-Man meets the same fate. So, despite the strong setting this story roots itself in in the first issue I am sure that at least some fans will hate it. At the  moment I’m willing to at least read a few more issues to see what happens. Admittedly this first issue didn’t grab me as quickly as the MV Creations retelling #1 did a few years ago.

Besides the story, the art is decent. Two different pencillers worked on this book. That helps the dream sequences look distinctly different from the main story. My only art gripe is the sequence where they are sliding down a hill doesn’t immediately read as steep enough for the action being described by the figures. Perhaps that is me being picky. Beastman looks good and moves well. Zoar mostly flies or sits but looks nice doing so.

Overall this is a successful comic that starts a new story.

2 Responses
    • Wasn’t that impressed by it.  Tan’s art was decent but each inker made his lines look like a different artist.  Story was kind of odd.  Just an odd place to start the mini-series, especially since there was no backstory and only longtime MOTU fans would get the Snake Mountain reference on the first page.
       

      •  It’ll be curious to see the sales numbers but somehow I don’t think non-MOTU fans will be snapping these up.

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