Review: He-Man The Eternity War #1

He-Man - The Eternity War 001 covThe stories of He-Man at DC Comics have been surprisingly some of the best in the genre of sci-fi/fantasy in the past few years.  Although it is expected that gems in this genre come from the independents, it is probably not expected that novel and inventive stories come out of either one of the main two publishers or from a franchise like He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.  While the stories have been somewhat innovative, with the introduction of the story in Eternity War, the story takes an unexpected and fascinating turn into something completely different.  Instead of the universe as we know it, the story is thrown a few years into the future, with a story line that is somewhat different from the universe that we know.

Where this story excels in the telling of this story is in the reimagining of certain characters.  They are not so far off of what we know, but still somewhat different.  So while for instance Teela is here, she is also quite different from the Teela that we are accustomed to.  The same goes for a number of characters, both heroes and villains alike, and it is in this familiarity where the story finds its gravity.

In terms of He-Man, this is not something that has really been seen before, almost being like a post-apocalyptic version of the He-Man universe.  The mechanics behind the story are novel and the characters are used almost to their full potential.  Those that consider He-Man to be not refined enough for their tastes will instead find a fusion of fantasy and sci-fi here that is as innovative as anything that exists on the market.  This is just the first issue of a series focusing on this alternate reality for the characters, but all signs point to something fun and worthwhile in the end.

Story: Rob David and Dan Abnett Art: Pop Mhan
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy