He-Man: The Eternity War—Volume 1

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8.0 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Art: 8/10

Fun for fans of the series

He-Man Universe is still pretty silly at its core

Comic Info

Comic Name:  He-Man:  The Eternity War

Publisher:  DC Comics

Writer:  Rob David/Dan Abnett

Artist:  Pop Mhan/Tom Derenick

# of Issues:  6

Release Date:  2015

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He-Man: The Eternity War #1 Variant

Reprints He-Man:  The Eternity War #1-6 (February 2015-July 2015).  Hordak has overtaken Eternia and captured the power of Castle Grayskull.  Now, He-Man, She-Ra, and Teela who has taken the form of the Sorceress are leading a desperate battle to stop Hordak.  Hordak has a desire for the missing power of Grayskull.  He wants the Eye of Chaos and the Eye of Chrono and the power they can bring him.  He-Man and She-Ra set out on a quest to find Chaos and Chrono first…and could find an unlikely ally in Skeletor.

He-Man:  The Eternity War—Volume 1 collects the first six issues of the continuing He-Man comic written by Rob David and Dan Abnett.  The series is a continuation from the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series and follows He-Man and the Masters of the Universe 5:  The Blood of Grayskull while also tying into the events of DC Universe vs. The Masters of the Universe.

The DC He-Man series has just been fun.  He-Man is in reality largely untapped despite having a thirty year history.  He-Man’s origin and background were quite flimsy since they were constructed around mini-comics and children’s cartoons.  In this series and the volume before, the writers try to give real substance to the toy without offending fans of the classics.

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He-Man: The Eternity War #3

The series remembers it has to be fun.  It incorporates lots of characters and different storylines.  Characters are hacked to pieces and slashed apart in some shocking moments, but they are smart enough not to just eliminate the main characters that people love.  A great example of this appears in this volume.  Skeletor returns (after the events of DC Universe vs. The Masters of the Universe) and reveals he’s been bouncing through realities…which includes everything from the classic Filmation series, to toys, to even video games…and they manage to do it all in one panel.

I do like the character designs for the series.  Once again, He-Man was pretty ridiculous at its core, but Pop Mhan and Tom Derenick have managed to come up with some impressive and more practical character designs.  It is also fun to see more of Hordak’s agents (plus getting him out of that stupid robot thing).

He-Man:  The Eternity War—Volume 1 is a fun continuation to a series which has been surprisingly entertaining.  I am bias to He-Man and his friends due to a childhood of adventures, but this seems to enhance the adventures instead of hurting them.  I doubt that someone not familiar with He-Man would enjoy this series, but you never know…the volume leaves you wanting He-Man:  The Eternity War—Volume 2.

Related Links:

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe 1

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe 2:  Origins of Eternia

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe 3

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe 4:  What Lies Within

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe 5:  The Blood of Grayskull

He-Man and She-Ra:  A Christmas Special (1985)

Masters of the Universe (1987)

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