He-Man and GI Joe are the top two iconic toys and heroes I loved as a child. Sure, there were other toys, including Star Wars, Mask, and Centurions, but these two specific stories and characters always intrigued me. There was Adam, Prince of Eternia, Cringer, Orko, Man-At-Arms, Teela, Ram Man, Man-E-Faces, Skeletor, Beast Man, Moss Man, Mer-Man, Trap Jaw, and more, as the list goes on and on. You cannot ignore the incredible creativity by artists and writers such as Roger Sweet and Donald F. Glut. These toys, combined with the TV series by Filmation, entertained children across the globe throughout the 1980’s and even today, thanks to services such as Netflix.
As we all grew older, for many, He-Man disappeared. A distant memory of the boy or girl we used to be. A memory of the past. That was until 2002 when I rediscovered, not only He-Man, but comics as well. Image comics ended up printing multiple He-Man series related to the Cartoon Network He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Even as an adult, my interest was re-kindled, and it felt really good to stay in touch with my young self and enjoy a simple pleasure. Today, DC Comics has continued He-Man once again with a series that I am very much enjoying. Apparently suffering from some form of magic or amnesia, Adam knows himself as a simple ‘woodsman’, and is discovering his abilities, as well as his true identity, as the story unfolds.
The most recent release is a one-shot (I believe) called Masters of the Universe, The Origin of Skeletor. This book was very educational for me as a reader because I had been away from the story for so long, I really had no knowledge or memory of character relationships. Why is Eternia where it is today? Who were the Kings that led before? What made Keldor different from Randor and why was he not made King considering he was the first-born son to King Miro? How about Lord Hordak and what is his role in Keldor’s life and death? So many good questions and so many answers are given in this book, it is simply a must buy for any He-Man fan, past, preset, or future. Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov, with art by Frazer Irving, and letters by Dave Sharpe, the fall of Keldor and rise of Skeletor is wonderfully displayed. From panel to panel, you feel for this character, learn so much depth in the man behind the skull, and understand a bit of how and why he has become a force of evil.
Shown above are two page samples taken with an iPhone4. I for one am hoping Masters of the Universe comics will be staying with us for a decent run and it’s books like this that set an excellent example as to why this is an ever-lasting series filled with timeless characters. Did you read this issue? I know I didn’t spill much detail so feel free to share your thoughts. What did you enjoy most about it?