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Book Title: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #6 (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, #6)|
The author of the book: Keith Giffen
Edition: DC Comics
Date of issue: January 30th 2013
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Last year, DC relaunched their He-Man and The Masters of The Universe line with a six-issue mini-series and a few digital issues that tied into that story. Originally written by James Robinson, Keith Giffen was brought on from just the second issue because of the lukewarm response that the former’s first issue had received. And DC did seem committed to the project, so thankfully the mini-series was put out on time, for the most part, and the digital tie-ins followed suit as well. Soon as the mini-series finished, DC then announced that Giffen and artist Pop Mhan would be staying on to helm a new ongoing that would use the mini-series as a launching point.
I was reading the issues as they were released, but lost track of things in the middle. It mostly had to do with how slow the story was moving and so I resolved to get back to it once all the issues of the first arc had been released, and I could read them back to back. Now that that’s happened, and the series has seen a major creative change with writer Dan Abnett and artist Rafael Kayanan being brought in, I finally read the first six issues back to back last night, and they do make for a better experience when read as such. While the story isn’t all that exciting, is kind of a redo of the 1985 animated movie He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of The Sword, and some of the character designs are a bit weak, its kind of fun still. I’m a sucker for anything He-Man, so I’m sure I’m more forgiving than most.
Note: The actual graphic novel has not been released and I’m assuming that when it is, the first six issues are going to be in it, and not anything else.
The fifth and sixth issues complete out the first arc on the series, and the ending is fairly intense, as everything else has been thus far. The fifth issue finally reveals what exactly happened when Adora was taken from her family. The sixth issue, in its turn, lays bare the scope and true purpose of Hordak’s invasion of Eternia. There is a lot of material to digest here, and though the pacing of the scripts in both issues is on and off, Giffen’s writing plus the art by by Mhan and Gimenez make it all digestible and easy to follow along.
Given that the arc is coming to a close, there are lots of momentous things happening as well and the action kicks up several notches too. One thing that stands out though is that following his “upgrade” He-Man becomes a bit too muscular, with exaggerated proportions and even his sword is similar. Its not quite to the same exaggerated levels as an anime can get, but still, its just… not how I’d imagine He-Man to be. Still, the relationship that is shown between Shadow Weaver and Despara more than makes up for these small-scale deficiencies in these two issues. Shadow Weaver in The Secret of The Sword was a very mysterious and manipulative character who had but one thought: to serve Hordak. Giffen’s Shadow Weaver is a bit different and has more of an emotional bond to Despara/Adora, and that’s nice to see. Given that we don’t see any of Hordak’s other lieutenants in anything other than single-panel cameos in the final issue, getting to see more of Shadow Weaver was a decent bonus.
One other thing that bothers me though is how many of the origin stories for the characters under the entire rebooted continuities involve being abducted. Adam and Adora with Skeletor. Randor with Hordak. Despara abducting Teela to unlock her memories and learning who she is. It seems to be a… curse with these high-profile characters, and as a theme, I don’t like it. It is being overdone, simply put.
Still, I’ll give points to Giffen and his collaborators for handling them fairly decently, in a way that does not make me cringe. And Adora having been abducted is old lore, so no complaints there. More and more, I wanted to see the animated Adora here, but we don’t get that, for obvious reasons. That version of the character does not fit in with things here, and that’s kind of ok, despite all my nostalgia. Giffen’s Adora/Despara is still a fairly conflicted character, more so than her animated version, and for an adult audience Giffen hits the right beats.
If there’s one character who has grown through this entire arc, other than Teela and Despara, it is Adam/He-Man. With command of his powers and his memories, he really comes into his own in this arc, and we see how Randor plans to groom him to be a king one day. Now that Randor knows that his wayward and irreverent and irresponsible son is the champion of Eternia, that he is the hero Randor has always wished for, there are hopes and dreams that are still alive, and the King just wants to see them fulfilled. And he knows that to get there Adam has to make some tough choices. But Adam is not one to leave his friends and allies in desperate straits and he is a hero in this arc as well. He shares the limelight with others, but that’s just as well too. The series is titled He-Man and The Masters of The Universe, not He-Man.
Hordak’s pontificating in the sixth issue gets a bit cumbersome and wordy at times, but the twist that it involves is a suitable place to end the story. Plus it sets up some more character drama for Adora, something that I’m hoping is explored in future issues. With Dan Abnett taking over from issue #7, I don’t know how things will be, but I’m hoping that we do get to see that. She is an integral part of the He-Man mythology and if she is ignored, then that will certainly not be to my liking.
Some things are not executed properly, or rather, as well as I had expected, and since Giffen is leaving the title, its not quite the bang I wanted to see. There are some nice slow-downs at the end of the sixth issue, but they don’t jive so well, particularly Despara’s interactions with Cringer. In his one-shot by Mike Costa last year, Cringer got an absolutely awesome story, but he has largely been ignored for this arc, and that made me really sad since Cringer is the one character that I loved more than Adam/He-Man. Perhaps the interaction between them is supposed to reflect on the interactions between Teela and Cringer in the one-shot, or at least, I am assuming it is Teela but could very well be Adora. I’m not sure. Its just remarkable that we can have a couple of panels with Cringer and not see any dialogue from him.
And other than all the usual, small stuff, there are no real issues with the art. Just a comment that the sixth issue looks really clean and that visually it just might be my favourite of these six issues. Which is good.
All things considered, the first arc ends things rather nicely, despite my expectations. I think that Giffen and all the artists have done a fairly good job with the characters, and while they will be missed to a degree, I am also excited to see what the Abnett/Kayanan team will do with all of it.
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Read information about the authorKeith Ian Giffen is an American comic book illustrator and writer. He is possibly best-known for his long runs illustrating, and later writing the Legion of Super-Heroes title in the 1980s and 1990s. He also created the alien mercenary character Lobo (with Roger Slifer), and the irreverent "want-to-be" hero, Ambush Bug. Giffen is known for having an unorthodox writing style, often using characters in ways not seen before. His dialogue is usually characterized by a biting wit that is seen as much less zany than dialogue provided by longtime collaborators DeMatteis and Robert Loren Fleming. That approach has brought him both criticism and admiration, as perhaps best illustrated by the mixed (although commercially successful) response to his work in DC Comics' Justice League International (1987-1992). He also plotted and was breakdown artist for an Aquaman limited series and one-shot special in 1989 with writer Robert Loren Fleming and artist Curt Swan for DC Comics.
Giffen's first published work was "The Sword and The Star", a black-and-white series featured in Marvel Preview, with writer Bill Mantlo. He has worked on titles (owned by several different companies) including Woodgod, All Star Comics, Doctor Fate, Drax the Destroyer, Heckler, Nick Fury's Howling Commandos, Reign of the Zodiac, Suicide Squad, Trencher (to be re-released in a collected edition by Boom! Studios)., T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, and Vext. He was also responsible for the English adaptation of the Battle Royale and Ikki Tousen manga, as well as creating "I Luv Halloween" for Tokyopop. He also worked for Dark Horse from 1994-95 on their Comics Greatest World/Dark Horse Heroes line, as the writer of two short lived series, Division 13 and co-author, with Lovern Kindzierski, of Agents of Law. For Valiant Comics, Giffen wrote XO-Manowar, Magnus, Robot Fighter, Punx and the final issue of Solar, Man of the Atom.
He took a break from the comic industry for several years, working on storyboards for television and film, including shows such as The Real Ghostbusters and Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy.
He is also the lead writer for Marvel Comics's Annihilation event, having written the one-shot prologue, the lead-in stories in Thanos and Drax, the Silver Surfer as well as the main six issues mini-series. He also wrote the Star-Lord mini-series for the follow-up story Annihilation: Conquest. He currently writes Doom Patrol for DC, and is also completing an abandoned Grant Morrison plot in The Authority: the Lost Year for Wildstorm.