Masters Of The Universe #2 (Image)

“Why did the pizza guy run off like that?”

Masters Of The Universe #2

Image Comics/MV Creations (January, 2002)

“Shard Of Darkness” part 2
WRITER/COLORIST: Val Staples
PENCILER: Emiliano Santalucia
PENCIL ASSISTS: Enza Fontana
INKER: Marco Failla
COLOR ASSITS: Shaynne Corbett, Mark Sweeney, & Ron Riley
SELECTED COVER ART: Francis Manapul, Joe Weems, & Val Staples
EDITORS: Jeremy Padower, Heather Schneider, & Geoff Walker

He-Man, Orko, and Man-At-Arms go to see the Sorceress, who tells them that the shard is the “Shard Of Darkness”, a piece of the Shakarran Crystal, a giant crystal that good and evil fought over a long time ago. The crystal was destroyed, but shards remain. The Sorceress wants to remerge the crystal and send it to another dimension, a task He-Man must make alone. However, like Orko, He-Man finds himself being drawn to the power the Shard holds. The crystal draws him to Snake Mountain, where Evil-Lyn has been getting Trapjaw and Tri-Klops in on her plan, and the issue ends with her confronting He-Man!

What they got right: Will the hero be tempted to turn to the dark side? It’s a good plot and since this was early in this version of He-Man’s existence, an interesting question to follow. The art is beautiful, and the backstory of the Crystal works for the plot. I’m guessing even the Sorceress doesn’t know about its corrupting influence.

What they got wrong: The rest of the exposition. I’m guess they wanted to clue readers who haven’t seen the show in on the history of Grayskull and the Sorceress (or at least what the writers had come up with or put into the story thus far), but it’s just so obvious. They try to work it into conversation and it’s better than some conversation exposition I’ve seen but still pretty obvious it’s more for the readers than the characters.

Recommendation: So far I’m still enjoying this series. Worth giving a read, at least this far out. Hopefully the trend continues through the end of the arc.

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One response »

  1. Sean says:

    I think you’re right about that artwork. At least from what I can see from the cover artwork, it looks breathtaking. Perhaps I need to purchase a back issue of early 2000s MOTU comics if I run across them to give it a try. I do find it quite interestng how in the 1st decade of the 21st century, a lot of the creative properties we enjoyed in the 1980s were being rejuvenated in comic books then: Voltron, Transformers, Thundercats, Masters of the Universe, G Force, etc.

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