He-Man and the Masters of the Multiverse
Written by Tim Seeley
Art by Dan Fraga
Inks by Richard Friend
Colors by Matt Yackey
Letters by Saida Temofonte
The Rundown: A new threat rises in the multiverse and a small band of heroes must turn to an unlikely person to save the multiverse and the power of Grayskull.
From Eternia to Eternia, a dark He-Man is drawing power from power swords and destroying the power of Grayskull on those worlds. On that He-Man’s homeworld, Prince Keldor (the man who would be Skeletor) tries to maintain the fragile peace between his people and the denizens of Castle Hellskull. When two more He-Men (?) arrive on his Eternia looking for help, they explain that the only person who can stop this evil He-Man might be an incarnation of his greatest foe.
The Story: As an exercise in nostalgia, this first issue hits all the marks for me as a child of the 80’s. The fact that Tim Seeley is utilizing the movie version of He-Man for this comic is brilliant on its own, but having the future Skeletor be the potential savior of the multiverse is a great plot device. This is a fun, engaging adventure that doesn’t get bogged down in treating the iterations of He-Man with kid gloves. Don’t get too attached to your favorite iteration of the character, because he might not survive. I enjoy the fact that there are stakes involved in this series and that it is going to explore the power of Grayskull itself. From the dialogue to the plot, this story is uniquely engaging and entertaining. Can’t wait to see what happens next.
The Art: Dan Fraga delivers some dramatic and well detailed art in this issue. The characters look amazing and there are some great contrasting styles that enhance the look and feel of the issue.