Masters Of The Universe vol 3 #5
MV Creations (July, 2004)
STORY: Emiliano Santalucia & Val Staples
WRITER: Lori Ann Scott
ARTIST: Emiliano Santalucia & Enza Fontana
COLORIST: James Offredi (assisted by Diedre Vance)
SELECTED COVER ART: Enza Fontana & Jeremy Roberts
LETTERER: Ed Dukeshire
EDITORS: Monica Lopez, Vicki Jaeger, Ian Richter, & Geoff Walker
Skeletor says nothing as he sits helpless in the ruins of what was once Zalesia. King Hiss only stops berating him when his men bring in Evil-Lyn. The Faceless One mystically binds his weakened daughter to the chair, but when Hiss insists he deliver on his promise before the task is complete, the Faceless one reminds him of the last time he did that. In the past, during the first invasion by the Snake Men, Hiss had Evil-Lyn kidnapped, even then seeking the power to control Serpos. At the time, the Faceless One had a face and was the Lord Of Zalesia as well as a member of the Council Of Wisdom, the elders from whom He-Man would later gain his powers. However, because the Council is against mates and children they refuse to help rescue her. With no recourse, the Lord Of Zalesia was forced to do as Hiss wanted to protect his daughter, and Eternia nearly fell. Trying to stop Serpos, Hiss, and their new blue-skinned ally alone resulted in failure, as well as the destruction of Zalesia. His lordship was forced to give up his daughter and his Havoc staff to the blue-skinned man in a cloak (not sure if it’s Keldor or Keldor’s father…how old is he compared to Evil-Lyn?) while the city crumbled. The Council managed to stop Serpos and punished the lord by turning him into the Faceless One. In the present he still bears those scars and is willing to hand Eternia to Hiss again to save his daughter…I’d wager a bit more eager now after what was done to him.
What they got right: If this isn’t canon to the show it darn well should be. As an origin for the Faceless One it works perfectly, and this is from a guy sick of tragic origin stories. I also like the nod to the Eternia towers playset from the original toyline. We also have an idea how Keldor/Skeletor got his Havoc Staff.
What they got wrong: But that one councilor, a blue-skinned elf-eared woman who kept calling the child an abomination and that they should let her die…I wanted to punch her in the face so badly. The others were trying to be sympathetic to his at least, one guy even thinking they might “be in error” as he put it before bitch woman spoke again. This is how you create enemies and for all the blame the Faceless One deserves she’s just a terrible person and should get some blame for practically driving him to King Hiss.
Recommendation: This is a great storyline and a good series. You really should pick it up.