Synopsis: Prince Keldor and He-Man travel to the original incarnation of Eternia…a primeval place devastated by great wars and home to an untrusting, superstitious barbarian named…He-Man? Can they stop Anti-He-Man before the demon Skeletor can find him?
The search for the final sword takes He-Man and Prince Keldor to the original version of Eternia. A primeval place that has been devastated by eons of war. The home to an untrusting, superstitious barbarian version of He-Man. Unfortunately for our heroes. The Anti-He-Man has arrived ahead of them and has already wiped out an entire village. Arriving at the village ruins. Kelder and He-Man meet the original incarnation of He-Man and make haste to recover the final power sword.
The art team of Tom Derenick and Dan Fraga gets loads of great stuff to play with here as the deliver us a stone-age version of Eternia. A version that has de-evolved over the eons of raging wars. I loved the artwork that was produced when the original incarnation of He-Man was telling the newcomers of how Eternia used to be before all the wars. An idealized utopia, which was the gold standard of science, magic, and civilization itself. The art showing us that world was absolutely brilliant. As was the final page of the comic where we meet the darker incarnations of He-Man’s many friends and Allies. The Anti-He-Man has gathered all the swords and things look grim.
This has to be the best issue of this series to date. I loved the backstory of this version of Eternia and how He-Man laid it all out for the other He-Man and Prince Kelder. And the way this issue ends has me looking forward to finding out how this will all be concluded. Given that there are no more He-Men left. Only Prince Keldor, Skeletor and Anti-He-Man.