mask-2-idw

Stop lying to me, covers. This is not the classic story.

MASK #2

IDW Publishing (December, 2016)

WRITER: Brandon Easton

ARTIST: Tony Vargas

COLORIST: Jordi Escuin

SELECTED COVER ART: Dan Schoening

SELECTED COVER COLORIST: Luis Antonio Delgado

LETTERER: Gilbert Lazcano

ASSISTANT EDITOR: David Mariotte

EDITOR: David Hedgecock

VENOM reveals themselves to be Mayhem and the other trainees, Bruno apparently a cyborg after injuries sustained in one of the other “Revolution” titles I think. He blames Matt for his current state. MASK just manages to escape VENOM and tend to Brad’s injuries. They learn he’s a former DEA agent specializing in infiltration who may access to resources they need to bring VENOM down. That’s all the good news MASK is getting. Ore-13 (Energon), the power source for their masks and vehicles, is slowly killing them from radiation. And further file decryption shows Mayhem shooting Matt’s father. If they don’t come together as a team soon, VENOM may well win the day.

You know, I want to do this in the usual format and I was hoping I would. The only complain I have is that the previously pages never mentioned thinking Mayhem’s team was dead or that Bruno was a cyborg now, so I have no idea how that happened. On the positive side it still has good art and I like the mechanical redesigns.

The problem are the character re-imaginings. This is what I’m getting tired of. The MV Creations update of Masters Of The Universe, as well as the show the comic is set during, is an example of a good updating. The characters are different with different stories, but they have the feel of the originals, that “multiversal continuity” I bring up, where characters are similar enough for each new continuity (not counting alternate takes like DC’s “Elseworlds” stories) that you still feel like you’re watching the characters you love, just updated for a modern audience. This is a re-imagining, where characters are given new identities, personalities, and even radical redesigns like changing race or gender but are so unlike the originals it should just be its own IP. Unfair as it may be, I can’t help but compare this to the original, which I loved as a kid and still enjoy today, and find it lacking. The nostalgic covers my friend selected probably doesn’t help because most of those characters aren’t there and the ones that are do so in name only. Plus they still can’t stop messing with Julio’s mask. It’s supposed to be a fire extinguisher, not a flame thrower! Why is this so hard?

Look, I’m not interested in this series, because it’s not even trying to be the show or comic I’m a fan of but its own thing…in a way that means I can’t get an update of what I want to see because this is in the way. If you’re nostalgic for the original Mobile Armored Strike Kommand and Vicious Evil Network Of Mayhem this is not the comic for you. If you have no ties to the original this is a good story with good characters, cool mechanical designs, and the only problem is you need to be following the other Revolution titles (especially the main one that connects the Hasbro comics) in order to follow everything. You’ll have to judge this one for yourselves based on that, but I’m too attached to the original to watch some namesake take its place. It’s why I never got into the new Battlestar Galactica or the recent live-action Flash Gordon series on SyFy. They may be good, but it’s not what I came here for.

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2 responses »

  1. Sean says:

    I agree 100 percent with what you wrote. I also was disappointed by the new MASK comics as I could find very little in it that connected with the 80s cartoon and comic. You’re correct in that the covers are quite deceptive. What you say about MV Creations being a good role model of how to handle a past property in staying true to its original essence (in that case MOTU) is totally on point). I’m very happy with what MV Creations did with MOTU in 2002 and 2003. Today, I read Issues 1 and 2 of the MOTU 2003 series, and I was loving every minute of it. The story is captivating, and the artwork is enchanting. In fact, I find that I’m liking it even better than the MOTU 2002 series. It’s too bad MV Creations (if it’s even still around) didn’t get the rights to bring back MASK comics. If MV did, I have a feeling that it would have been a much better situation.

    And staying in the theme of disappointments, I was disappointed tonight when I found out the AMC channel is playing Lethal Weapon movies tonight instead of the Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan movie that had been advertised as playing tonight from 7 to 9. I had been looking forward all week to viewing that classic film for the first time. There’s always the future though, just as we will have to see how future representations of 80s properties are handled in comics. For instance, Titan Comics is publishing a Robotech comic book series in 2017. I am highly anticipating seeing what that is like. I’m hoping for good nostalgic feelings instead of waves of disappointment.

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