He-Man & The Masters of the Universe #2
DC Comics (October, 2012)“Desert Storm” WRITERS: James Robinson & Keith Giffen PENCILERS: Philip Tan & Howard Porter INKERS: Ruy José & Livesay COLORIST: Allen Passalaqua & The Hories LETTERER: Carlos M. Manguat COVER ART: Tan, José, and the Hories ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Kristy Quinn EDITOR: Ben Abernathy
Wandering the desert, Adam is taken prisoner by Trap-Jaw’s forces. At the camp he also meets a slave named Teela (guess who?) and in the morning must battle for his life before learning more about his lost life.
What they got right: While the art style is a bit more detailed than I care about, I can’t call it bad. It could be a matter of taste. Apparently Adam hasn’t lost any of his fighting prowess and nobody wants to see him get his backside kicked with or without his powers. Adam meeting up with Teela could be a coincidence or it could be Zoar at work. It doesn’t bother me too much.
What they got wrong: What bothers me are some of the backstories we get. I don’t recall He-Man or Prince Adam being responsible for Trap-Jaw’s metal jaw in any continuity. Skeletor being Adam’s uncle (and thus Randor’s brother) was an idea Mattel had during the incomplete “Powers of Greyskull” storyline but it never came about and was never used since. (You may also recall that his earliest origin is that of a traveler from another dimension, which I believe was also intended in an early draft of the Filmation series.) Why use it here? Speaking of Greyskull, who redesigned the castle? It looks like they reshaped the mountain that used to house the Phantom’s Skull-Cave. I’m not too thrilled with the character designs either, really. Why not use the current MOTU Classics series as a guide? I wish Orko was still available.
Oh, and as a bit of snark, Skeletor asks Trap-Jaw why he didn’t just slit Adam’s throat. Hey Skeletor, why didn’t YOU slit Adam’s throat or any of the other Heroic Warriors after you zapped their memories?
Recommendation: I’m hoping that with Giffen on board and Robinson out this comic will get better. It’s not really bad, but from a fan and personal preference perspective I wasn’t happy with these first two issues.
- Today’s Comic> He-Man & The Masters of the Universe #1
- Fialkov Scripts Skeletor’s Beginning In “Masters Of The Universe” (Comic Book Resources)
- Free Comic Inside: The Origin Of She-Ra
- Keith Giffen takes over DC’s He-Man with Issue 2 (Robot 6 via Comic Book Resources)