Posts Tagged With: He-Man

Review: He-Man and She-Ra- A Complete Guide to the Classic Animated Adventures Hardcover Book

motuc1-450x600Title: He-Man and She-Ra – A Complete Guide to the Classic Animated Adventures Hardcover Book

Publisher: Dark Horse Books

Cost: $39.99

Author: James Eatock

This is the third massive hardcover from Dark Horse Comics, featuring He-Man and She-Ra. This time, get an extensive episode guide, featuring tons of information and art based on the many episodes of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra, Princess of Power.

Each episode gets at least two pages devoted to it (some with more), and provides the episodes original air date (in both the US and UK), the writer and director and even when the script was approved. We also get a cast list for each episode along with some trivia and memorable quotes, as well as an episode synopsis, the episode’s ending moral, and a review. We also get some info (as well as some art) on deleted scenes and a segment called “Same/As”, where Eatock tells us were characters, items and places were reused for episodes. With all of that, they greatest aspect is the included art. I have a He-Man and the Masters of the Universe episode guide by James Eatock, but because it was unofficial, it has no art, just the write-ups on each episode. It is also paperback and on lesser quality paper, than this guide. While I’ve found that most of the info in that book is the same here, this hardcover provides us with much more, including the added art and the inclusion of She-Ra, Princess of Power.

Even though I’ve already read a good portion of this book, this was a must have for my collection. The new layouts, and added art, add so much more to the enjoyment of this episode guide, which also includes episodes of She-Ra, which in my opinion, is the better series, make this one highly…

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Review: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Minicomic Hardcover Collection

9781616558772Title: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Minicomic Hardcover Collection

Publisher: Dark Horse Books

Cost: $29.99

Storytellers: Too many to list, with some going uncredited. However, the one’s listed on the back cover include Robert Kirkman and Bruce Timm.

This, novel-sized, think monstrosity, contain over 1230 pages of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe related minicomics, which were packaged with the original toys produced by Mattel. This hardcover collection includes comics from the Masters of the Universe (1982), Princess of Power (including the fashion guide), He-Man: The New Adventures, Masters of the Universe (2000), and Masters of the Universe Classics toylines, as well as some unpublished works and designs.

This collection is not for the faint of heart. It is a massive collection of some of the oddest and weirdest stories every told in the comics. The stories presented in the original minicomics are nothing like the animated adventures of He-Man or She-Ra. In fact, the first few issues of the ‘Masters minicomics aren’t even comics, they are more like a Golden Book, where there is one picture/scene per pages with some text underneath. This collection also includes some commentary, which is present at the bottom of the page, giving you more insight into these classic tales.

I find myself enjoying these versions of the characters better than their animated counterparts, as the comics come off more serious and less childish, if that can be believed. One thing that I found interesting, is how, in the early issues, He-Man talks about changing outfits or armors depending on the situation. They were definitely toying around (pun intended) with the ideal of He-Man having different accessory packs, where he could change armors depending on how you wanted to play with him, which is odd, because changing outfits is a feature of dolls!

Anyway, if you’re a ‘Masters’ fan or someone who wants to read, or re-read, these unique promotional items, which were used to flesh out a world for the toys to inhabit, then this is the collection for you. I loved everything about this one and it currently sits front and center on my book shelf!

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Monday Art Attack: He-Man and the Heroic Warriors vs the Monstroid by Earl Norem

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Review: The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Hardcover Artbook

the-art-of-he-man-and-the-motuTitle: The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Hardcover Artbook

Publisher: Dark Horse Books

Cost: $39.99

Writers: Alan Oppenheimer (foreword), Tim and Steve Seeley (captions) with James Eatock (captions chapter 4)

The first book of (so far) five announced He-Man collector’s books published by Dark Horse Comics, the Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is curated by a host of ‘Masters’ experts and is a wonderful addition to the collection any MOTU or toy/animation enthusiast.

The book is broken down into 10 chapters, each focusing on one aspect of the ‘Masters’ Universe, from the classic toys, to the comics, the 80’s motion picture and the current collector’s toy line. With hundreds of pictures and captions, this book contains a wealth of information on everything ‘Masters’, no matter your interest in the property. I really enjoy the first chapter, which goes over the creation of He-Man and the development of the toy line.

Whether you love art books, coffee table books, actions figures or the ‘Masters’ property, you can’t go wrong with this book!

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Monday Art Attack: Masters of the Universe X Thundercats by Freddie E Williams II

Masters of the Universe X Thundercats by Freddie E Williams II

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Monday Art Attack: He-Man in Preternia by Earl Norem

He-Man in Preternia by Earl Norem

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Review: He-Man: The Eternity War #9

He-Man- EW #9Title: He-Man: The Eternity War #9

Publisher: DC Comics

Cost: $2.99

Storytellers: Dan Abnett (writer) with Pop Mhan (artist)

With the complete powers of Greyskull behind him, Hordak has become the Master of the Universe! He is taking over every planet throughout the universe at once, because he is using the Castle to open portals from the Freight Zone on every world and send his armies to take them over. While Adam contemplates surrendering to Hordak, the Horde leader takes a bride, as Evil-Lynn takes his side, but Skeletor and his forces arrive and using the stolen Vault of Souls, he returns the souls to all of Hordak’s troopers, giving them their freewill back and setting them against their former master. Evil-Lynn take this opportunity to enter into the heart of Greyskull and become the new Sorceress. Tri-clops takes the Castle’s shield’s down and this allows Skeletor and his army to defeat Hordak and claim Greyskull for himself. With Evil-Lynn back on his side and the Horde army at his command, Skeletor has the power now! In the end, he contacts Adam, hoping for He-Man and taunts his nephew into a final battle, but things aren’t as they appear, because Adam starts to show signs of  either being possessed by King Hsss or turning into a snake man!

Another great issue of He-Man, where we go from bad to worse, as Skeletor defeats Hordak and claims Greyskull for himself, while Evil-Lynn gains the powers of the Sorceress. This issue was a roller coaster of fun, excitement and battle…I didn’t know where we were going to end up at the end, and I definitely didn’t see snake Adam coming! If you’re a He-Man fan, you need to start reading this series, it’s great. An amazing issue with good art, this one is…

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Review: He-Man: The Eternity War #8

He-Man The Eternity War #8Title: He-Man: The Eternity War #8

Publisher: DC Comics

Cost: $2.99

Storytellers: Dan Abnett (writer) with Pop Mhan (artist)

In a vision, Adam discovers that the Snake Men are becoming increasingly more hostile and more difficult to work with. Upon awakening, Adam and Teela have a huge discussion about what needs to be done, especially since Adam turned his back to the Power of Greyskull and destroyed the Sword of Power. Hordak and Evil-Lynn enter Castle Greyskull as Skeletor “sacrifices” She-Ra to the Vault of Souls. Hordak using his connection the Greyskull can see into the future and learns of Adam’s plan to flee Eternia and head to Primus, where his descendants will become a major threat to him and the rest of the Horde, so Hordak destroys the entire planet, ending Adam’s contingency plan.

Another great issue of He-Man, one where we get cameo’s by the New Adventures of He-Man cast and Hordak’s sidekick, Imp. We learn how powerful Hordak has really become and that Skeletor hasn’t changed all that much. I have no idea how Adam will get out of this one, and if we’ll ever see He-Man again! A great story with good art, this one is…

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Review: He-Man: The Eternity War #7

He-Man TEW #7Title: He-Man: The Eternity War #7

Publisher: DC Comics

Cost: $2.99

Storytellers: Dan Abnett (writer) with Edgar Salaar (artist)

With Evil-Lyn joining sides with Hordak and giving him the “Eyes of Greyskull”, Skeletor plans to journey to Despondos and claim Hordak’s Vault of Souls and use it against his former master. Taking his henchmen and She-Ra to the Well of Darkness, which acts as a bridge to Hordak’s home dimension. When they don’t believe him, Skeletor tells a wild tale of how he and Shadow Weaver raised a daughter together, that daughter was Adora. When Hordak had grown tired of Skeletor’s disloyalty, he gave the sorcerer the Havoc Staff and wanted to send him back in time to capture the twins of Greyskull. However, upon gaining the staff, he realized that he had already done this task for Hordak, that he had traveled to the past and captured Adora and is now raising her and that Hordak kills him. Refusing Hordak’s mission, Skeletor fights back and eventually escapes. Hordak has all memories of Skeletor erased from Adora’s mind and replaced them with him as her father. However, since Skeletor didn’t fulfill his ‘destiny’, time is now fractured and coming apart. We return with Skeletor using the Havoc Staff, on the Well of Darkness, using the very weapon given to him by Hordak against him!

A very complex and complicated issue of He-Man! I still love this series, especially as a huge Masters of the Universe fan, but I’m NOT a fan of all the time traveling and alterations created because of it. While the original show did have some time travel episodes, it was never the crux of a story or the main plot (which of course really didn’t exist in 80’s children cartoons). Complications aside, I loved getting a mostly Skeletor focused issue, and seeing his relationship with the Princess of Power villains. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, but I wonder how long this will last and I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before Skeletor turns on Adora and Adam!

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Review: He-Man: The Eternity War #7

He-Man TEW #6Title: He-Man: The Eternity War #7

Publisher: DC Comics

Cost: $2.99

Storytellers: Dan Abnett (writer) with Pop Mhan (artist)

Teela, the new Sorceress, shows He-Man a dark future, one where he wins, defeating Hordak and becoming king, but the power that he attains, corrupts him and he becomes more like Skeletor each day. Those who were once his friends and allies, now fight on the side of the Great Rebellion, with She-Ra leading the charge. The two twins are destined to battle, with She-Ra victorious, but He-Man’s death triggers the release of Horokath, exactly as Hordak wishes. As the vision fades, He-Man learns that he cannot remain He-Man forever, that all of the power builds and corrupts him. He must not give up being Adam. In order to save himself and his world, He-Man shatters the Sword of Power, now renamed the Sword of Eternity, becoming Adam again and forever locking He-Man away!

Another good issue of He-Man, one where we get to see a darker side of the titular hero. While I do like alternate futures, I’m glad this vision didn’t last to long, as I don’t really think there was much to do in that timeline. I wonder what Adam will do now that the Sword is destroyed and will we ever see He-Man again? I bet we do, but I can’t wait to see how!

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