Masters Of The Universe vol. 2 #5
Image Comics/MV Creations (July, 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: Monica Lopez, jeremy Padawer, Ian Richter, & Geoff Walker
Okay, so we have an evil Man-At-Arms on the loose. Not realizing he’s not in his home dimension, he believe He-Man is king of Eternia thanks to the power of Castle Grayskull and that Keldor is trying to end his dark reign by destroying the castle. And if you think the Skeletor of this reality isn’t going to use that to his advantage you’re new to this franchise. Skeletor was planning to take back the portal remains to study the possibility of interdimensional travel but instead he’ll use this evil version of Duncan to take the castle…with a little help from his large army of attack vehicles against He-Man, Teela, and Man-E-Faces.
What they got right: Of course Skeletor is going to get involved and mess with the evil Man-At-Arms. I was starting to worry the storyline was done with him. We also get an idea of how good a fighter Man-At-Arms is against the other Masters and at least we’re doing an “evil twin” instead of mind control or the usual “misunderstanding leads to a fight” that Marvel and modern DC seem to enjoy because why would we want to see superheroes focus on supervillains when they can fight each other. That’s not a question, that’s a source of my frustration with modern superhero comics.
What they got wrong: Does that mean we have the obligatory evil duplicate story out of the way? Because this is a cliche every sci-fi series (and this franchise has always been some mix of science fiction and fantasy) seems to keep doing. I should probably review it for Trope Shark or something at some point.
Recommendation: It’s still a good story and I still want to see where this is going. So I’m still recommending the run.