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Review – Masters of the Universe: Revelation #1

Review - Masters of the Universe: Revelation #1

Review – Masters of the Universe: Revelation #1

Writers: Kevin Smith, Rob David, Tim Sheridan

Artist: Mindy Lee

Letterer: Deron Bennett

Colourist: Rico Renzi

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Variant and Virgin Covers: Stjepan Sejic, Dave Stewart, Dave Wilkins, David Nakayama, Dan Brereton, Mike Mignola, Alex Ross

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This is the official comic book prequel to the upcoming Netflix television show written by Executive Producers Kevin Smith and Rob David and episode writer Tim Sheridan and featuring art by Mindy Lee (Crimson Lotus).

Following a vicious Orlax attack on his father King Randor, He-Man learns the creature is linked to the origin of the sword of power. To save Randor and put an end to the chaos, He-Man embarks on an epic journey that pits him against his longtime foes Skeletor and Evil-Lyn and sees Teela take the reins of a powerful legacy.

Writers: Kevin Smith, Rob David, Tim Sheridan

This is quite a narrative-heavy issue for a light Netflix cartoon spinoff. I wonder if there was a need to strip down the size of the comic and it hed to a rather weighty novella feel to the issue.

Smith, David and Sheridan cram in a strange opening shot with Randor chatting with his wife, when she mentions his “jammies” I’m not sure this should have got through the continuity experts as it jars a little.

We then have a slime beast, Orlax, attack him leading He-Man to be pushed through time to learn the secrets of when the beast attacked the son of King Grayskull. He-man witnesses the King as for power to defeat the beast and he obtains Skeletor’s half of the sword of power and reforges it.

It’s an interesting retelling of the tales that get refreshed every 10-15 years or so.

The language is a little mixed with confusion between American English, traditional and a little Shakespearian for good measure.

Artist: Mindy Lee

Lee brings a more realistic element to the comic, but still follows the style of both the up and coming Netflix show, out at the end of July. It’s bright, fun and brings the 1980s kid out in me. The level of details blends the classic mini-comics from the original figures as well as the reboots from the 1990s and 2000s.

Use the trailer below to marry the comic and the cartoon and you’ll see Lee’s work is seamless.

Overall Thoughts

From watching documentaries on them, MOTU fans can be quite unforgiving, so it will be interesting to see how they respond to the comic and series on Netflix. Smith’s passion for the original Filmation show and Mattel figures is an interesting combination that has caused issues with previous revamps.

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