Masters Of The Universe vol. 2 #3
Image Comics/MV Creations (May, 2003)
WRITER: Val Staples
ARTISTS: Emiliano Santalucia & Enza Fontana
COLORIST: Kevin Senft (assisted by Shaynne Corbett)
SELECTED COVER ART: Emiliano Santalucia & Val Staples
LETTERING: Dreamer Design
EDITORS: Heather Schneider, Jeremy Padower, Ian Richter, & Geoff Walker
As the Masters try to figure out how they can get Man-At-Arms back and worried they can’t the damaged portal generator drops him back into this reality. However, back at the palace the woozy Duncan starts talking about rebels and that He-Man would kill them all. As for He-Man, he’s with Man-E-Faces investigating Avalon’s slow disappearance. When three of Stratos’ troops go exploring a flash of light seems to replace them with flying warriors not dressed as birds but more like bats (or this being Eternia, possibly wolf bats…and my congratulations to whomever got that reference as well as apologies to the rest of you–this is an in-joke after all)!
What they got right: The scene between Adam and Teela is good, showing their friendship, mutual affection for Man-At-Arms (like a father to both of them), and Teela isn’t always as confident as she lets on. It makes me hate the DC Keith Giffen run all the more, especially when wrote Teela as a #$#ch and telling Adam they were never friends. I like them here better, almost like siblings. And like He-Man I think what happened in Avalon is connected to the destroyed portal. This version of Adam is not happy about being He-Man (unlike the Filmation version who seemed to think he was only useful as He-Man) and they caught that well.
What they got wrong: Stratos going on and on about how beautiful Avalon is was just begging the story gods to mess with the place.
Recommendation: We’ve got a decent mystery going and some good character moments. Still recommending this run on the franchise.