Masters Of The Universe #5
Star Comics (Marvel; January, 1987)“Monstroid” WRITER: Mike Carlin PENCILER: Ron Wilson INKER: Jennis Janke COLORIST: Bob Sharen LETTERER: John Morelli EDITOR: Ralph Macchio
Hordak summons Monstroid to get revenge on He-Man, but Skeletor sees it rise from the Sea Of Rakash and seeks to control it as well. Using Modulok’s new Multi-Bot (a robot with Modulok’s abilities) he battle He-Man, Skeletor, and Extendar, whom Hordak turned into a cyborg with extending limbs. However, Extendar isn’t one to put revenge up against saving his friends and rescues He-Man instead.
What they got right: I like the intended ideas for this story. Orko needing to learn responsibility. Extendar seeking to help his friend rather than revenge. Either could have been good themes.
What they got wrong: Except they aren’t reached to their full potential. Orko does take over Multi-Bot to help Extendar rescue He-Man and Skeletor (that last one reluctantly) from Monstroid. However, I didn’t feel like he learned something he didn’t already know and the message is lost in the main story. Said main story could have been about Extendar wanting revenge but realizing his friend needed him more, except there is so little hesitation that the revenge on Hordak angle feel unnecessary to the story. Although if Hordak has been gone until recently, how did he snag Extendar a year ago?
Recommendation: This story had potential but squandered it hard. I wouldn’t bother with this issue.