Masters Of The Universe #2
Image Comics/MV Creations (April, 2003)
WRITER: Val Staples
ARTIST: Emiliano Santalucia (assist by Enza Fontana)
COLORISTS: Val Staples, Mark Sweeney, & Kevin Senft (assist by Shaynne Corbett)
SELECTED COVER ART: Emiliano Santalucia & Val Staples
LETTERING: Dreamer Design
EDITORS: Heather Schneider, Jeremy Padawer, Ian Richter, Geoff Walker, & Ricardo Crespo
Okay, why does this comic now need FIVE editors?
Villains and heroes converge on Castle Grayskull, as Skeletor sets up a portal device he is convinced will gain him entry into Grayskull. Man-At-Arms learns from the dropped device (which Skeletor replaces with part of Beast Man’s lifeforce and the design in Tri-Klops’ head) is alien in design. As the battle rages to stop Skeletor from utilizing the portal device, Man-At-Arms sees an opening and rushes for it, and between this and Skeletor’s attack the portal teleports Man-At-Arms to…somewhere else.
What they got right: The art is still amazing. The story is good but review-wise there isn’t much to say about it. The fight is good, even if it’s mostly the Masters losing until He-Man can kick some more butt. It’s also a good cliffhanger, making you want to read the next issue to see what happens.
What they got wrong: Maybe Evil-Lyn is right about Grayskull being overrated. If the Sorceress is supposed to be able to tap into the power of Grayskull and is supposed to be so powerful (and this goes for the original series as well now that I think about it) shouldn’t she at least be able to easily hold her own against Evil-Lyn? It’s like He-Man is the only one who can really do anything in this story.
Recommendation: I’m still enjoying this story and the cliffhanger really works. Pick this issue up and hope the arc ends well.