Title: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #10
Publisher: DC Comics
Storytellers: Dan Abnett (writer) with Michael S O’Hare (artist)
As He-Man, King Randor and Battle Cat battle creatures at the gates of Subternia, trapped in the Realm of Nightmares, all seems lost, when out of nowhere, Teela, Moss Man and Stratos arrives with an air skiff and rescue the surrounded Masters. The three recount how they escaped the Realm of Earth, discovered the air skiff and found a way to bypass most of Subternia and make it to Zoar. However, when a storm approaches, King Randor takes the helm and heads into the storm. The air skiff goes down in the Realm of Death, where the Snake Men await for the Masters. As He-Man and the others try to save King Randor from the wreckage, it’s revealed that King Randor has been dead for some time and that King Hiss has been in his place!
Whaaaaaaaat! Did not see that one coming! OK, Dan Abnett, you definitely have my full undivided attention on this series, which is quickly moving up the ladder as one of my favorite books on the shelves. While I’ve enjoyed most of this series, the art has always been up to par with the writing, that is, up until now! Michael S O’Hare, I have no idea who you are, but I hope you remain on this book. He-Man’s been missing from the spotlight, unlike some of his other 80’s counter parts, like the G.I. Joe, Transformers and the Ninja Turtles, and he really deserves this series!
Title: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #9
Publisher: DC Comics
Storytellers: Dan Abnett (writer) with Michael S O’Hare (artist).
In an attempt to resurrect the Sorceress; He-Man, Battle Cat, King Randor, Teela, Stratos, and Moss Man travel into Subternia to see the goddess Zoar. This requires traveling through several dangerous circles, the first being the land of dreams. However, since Eternia is currently under Horde rule, most of the citizen’s dreams have turned to nightmares and in turn, the first circle is now filled with nightmares. As the Masters battle monster and monster; Teela, Stratos and Moss Man are swallowed whole by one of the creatures and presumed dead. As father and son battle to open the gate, the other heroes are whisked away to the next circle of Subternia, the land of earth, which has become a desert wasteland where nothing can grow or survive. With his connection to the “green” cut off, Moss Man begins to quickly die in this harsh environment. To make matters worse, the trio are also hunted by rock men! Randor, He-Man and Battle Cat continue to fight nightmares, but soon realize that their own nightmares have come true, as they are trapped within the nightmare realm!
While a quickly read issue, this is one of the best issues of the new He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series that I’ve read! This issue also happens to be part three of the Subternia quest, but Dan Abnett does a great job of keeping you informed of who the characters are and what they are doing. While I love Abnett’s writing, whether it be about galactic guardians, dark futures of war and inquisition or, now, epic fantasy of childhood heroes, the art in these pages it what makes this issue stand out! I’ve never heard of Michael S O’Hare, but I’m glad to know of him now! His art is cartoon-like, and fits well with the He-Man property, I just hope he remains on the books for a while. An issue that features great writing and art, about a beloved childhood hero, what more could I want?!