Masters Of The Universe #1
Image Comics/MV Creations (November, 2002)WRITER/COLORIST: Val Staples PENCILER: Emiliano Santalucia INKER: Marco Failia COLOR ASSISTS: Shaynne Corbett & Dash Martin SELECTED COVER ART: J. Scott Campbell, Tim Townsend, & Val Staples LETTERING: Dreamer Design EDITORS: Jeremy Padawer, Heather Schneider, & Geoff Walker
The Shakarran Crystal, the source of Skeletor’s power in this continuity, is losing it’s power, and there isn’t much left for Skeletor to tap into. Evil-Lyn sees more potential for the crystal. Meanwhile, Orko is feeling down after another series of mishaps with his magic. Back on Trolla Orko was a great sorcerer but he has yet to master magic on Eternia. Then he finds a crystal that boost his magic enough to stop a fire. Unsure of it’s origins, Man-At-Arms convinces Orko and He-Man to go the Sorceress, which is observed by Evil-Lyn. Could this be part of her plan? The crystal around Orko’s neck does resemble part of the Shakarran Crystal.
What they got right: The art matches the show extremely well, and I wish I could pull off the energy effects seen here. Orko gaining a magical boost is something we’ve seen before from the character, but I don’t think in this continuity. How will he handle this potentially corrupting power (if I’m reading the scene where Orko snaps at Man-At-Arms right…and given how Duncan sometimes treats Orko I don’t completely blame the little guy) will be interesting if done right. Also, there’s a nod to the classic series in which He-Man plans to pick up the whole burning village and take it to the water, which the He-Man of this continuity may not have done but the original did. Like in the show intro above this happened a lot in the early series.
What they got wrong: That said, I’m not sure the idea always worked, at least for me. It came off more like “this is not your father’s He-Man cartoon, even if unintentionally and I’m glad they eventually stopped doing that after destroying this reality’s version of the Diamond Ray Of Disappearance, although the intro would continue until the Snake Men were added to the series. (This is why I included it in this review.)
Recommendation: A good start, and hopefully it continues on that route. I remember liking the comic back then, but considering I had the full run of Liefeld’s Galactica I find myself questioning past me’s actions when it comes to my comic library. Please stay good, He-Man comic that isn’t from DC.