Published by: DC Comics
Written By: Rob David & Lloyd Goldfine
Art by: Freddie E Williams II
The 80’s were a magical time if you grew up on them and retro seems to be so popular now. Look at He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. A property over 30 years old that still has some staying power with action figures and now comics. Another property that was popular then and you can still hear the roar now is Thundercats. Both have been reborn with Mattel doing “classic” lines of figures and now…Now DC have combined the two to make the He-Man/Thundercats comic. Drawn by Freddie E Williams II and written by Rob David and Lloyd Goldfine, this really is a love letter to all the 80s kids. I’m not saying that it won’t appeal to other audiences but that seems to be their key demographic in my opinion.
So how does the crew of the Thundercats meet the residence of Eternia? Well it’s mainly down to Mumm-Ra, a mummified being who when utters “ancient spirits of evil, transform this decayed form into Mumm-Ra, the ever living” transforms into a force to be reckoned with.
Mumm-Ra learns that there is another sword that has power equal to the sword of omens and that just happens to be the sword of power that can transform Adam into He-Man!
Mumm-Ra then comes through what seems to be a transdimensional gate and causes havoc on Eternia. It’s nice to see some of the lesser known characters like Snout Spout and Extendar featuring in a panel.
King Randor gets caught in a tidal wave with only his son Adam to save him. He manages to and then raises his power sword to transform into He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe. “By the power of Grayskull” Adam cries, only to have the Sorceress, the guardian of Castle Grayskull tell Adam that some evil being is after the sword and she will look after it. The next page is something I didn’t think I’d see from this (but in a good way). Adam gets stabbed in the chest by his friend and by his own sword….it’s Mumm-Ra in disguise. Adam although with the sword in his chest mumbles something and turns in to He-Man. A fight ensues between the two and cringer evens bites into Mumm-Ra’s leg and then he disappears. We then see him in Snake Mountain and we find out that he has been double crossed and vanishes again. A blue hand grabs the sword and says “We have a deal” Skeletor has the sword of power and Mumm-Ra’s head piece is on the floor!
I was really excited for this comic and was anxiously awaiting it to arrive. I pre-ordered all three variants, the hero, villain and the colouring book variant. There also is a NYCC variant and of course I had to get that!
I know I didn’t talk about the Thundercats that much in this review but they don’t really feature much in this inaugural issue. Lion-o uses the sword of omens to give him “sight beyond sight” to see why it feels like Third Earth is pulling itself apart. Jaga appears to tell Lion-o about Eternia and how he’s heard of it but he thought it was the stuff of legends.
This comic was well written and they writers did the characters justice. You could tell that they enjoyed doing this and watched the cartoons back in the day. The art by Freddie Williams is sublime and although it took some getting used to, I really love how colourful and vibrant everything is. I look forward to seeing Lion-O and He-Man face to face in a future issue and hey, will we see two packs of figures down the line? Hey they did it with DC and MOTU !
Thanks for reading my first review of any comic really. This was one I was anxiously awaiting and until next time….hoooooooo!