Synopsis: The scourge of Anti-Eternia is unleashed on the Multiverse! Blazing a trail across the dimensions, he’s devastating each version of Eternia and stealing its power. Now it’s up to a ragtag team of surviving He-Men to recruit the one man in existence who might save them: Prince Keldor, the man who would be Skeletor! This all-new miniseries features the most iconic eras and beloved takes on the Masters of the Universe!
Review: Having not really watched or read any He-Man stuff since the 1980s. I figured I would give this book a try.
This first issue opens up with Skeletor threatening He-Man and Castle Greyskull. Adam makes the transformation and he suddenly finds himself in a fight against a darker and more sinister version of He-Man. From this point, the story changes focus on introducing readers to Prince Keldor and the reality he lives in is a place where He-Man is evil. We see Kelder going about his day and to be honest he comes across as a bit of a slob, which kind of makes sense because he has kind of given up hope.
After some time Kelder gets a visit from a few of the surviving versions of He-Man from the other parts of the multiverse. One is the movie version and another looks like a toy version of the character, which is fun. He-Man tells Keldor what the score is and convinces him to help them restore balance to the multiverse and stop The Scurge of Anti-Eternia.
Dan Fraga puts together a lot of great panels for this opening issue. As someone that used to watch the original animated series from the 1980s it was a blast to see He-Man brought back in comic book form, but with various different incarnations. I damn near choked on my coffee when I saw the really cute toy version.
The drawings of Castle Greyskull are awesome and it looks a bit edgier than I remembering being on the TV series. I also enjoyed panels where the Sorceress starts to love her powers. The panel where we see her hands aging rapidly was really dramatic. Fraga gets some help with the inks from Richard Friend and they have both done a nice job of it. The colour work is done by Matt Yackey.
I initially got this issue because I was feeling nostalgic, but have found myself totally sucked into Tim Seeley’s story and cannot wait for the next issue. It’s brilliant to see some of the different incarnations of He-Man and his friends. I also loved that they brought back Gwildor from the movie.