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.