Masters Of The Universe vol. 3 #5
MV Creations (August, 2004)
STORY: Emiliano Santalucia & Val Staples
WRITER: Lori Ann Scott
ARTISTS: Emiliano Santalucia & Enza Fontana
COLORIST: James Offredi (assisted by Diedre Vance & Rex Stabbs)
SELECTED COVER ART: Emiliano Santalucia & Jeremy Roberts
LETTERER: Ed Dukeshire
EDITORS: Vicki Jaeger, Monica Lopez, Ian Richter, & Geoff Walker
When the Faceless One won’t fall for King Hiss’s trick again, he forces him to give him the power to control Serpos anyway by threatening Evil-Lyn. Luckily for our local villains, He-Man, Man-At-Arms, Teela, and Fisto arrive. As the others battle the Snake Men, the Faceless One takes He-Man to another plane to seek his help in convincing Skeletor to heal Evil-Lyn, giving him a spell that will help if Hiss is able to control Serpos. Surprisingly Skeletor does help Evil-Lyn even though he would be willing to let her die. He takes her away when the Snake Men leave, because they have what they want, the power to both awaken and control Serpos. (continued in the episode “Awaken The Serpent”)
What they got right: Looks like Adam might have been right about Keldor still being somewhere inside Skeletor. I haven’t watched the episode in years so I don’t remember how necessary this story is to the main story and I’ve never known the official canon status of this comic, but it was a satisfying finale and good artwork.
What they got wrong: Again, it’s been so long since I’ve seen the episode that I can’t comment on the necessity of this storyline or its canon status.
Recommendation: I still recommend this series. It’s well written with great artwork and coloring. Pick it up when you can.