Review: He-Man Eternity War #2

ew02covAt their base, there is nothing inherently special about the characters of He-Man when compared to others in the science-fiction/fantasy genre.  There are larger than life heroes, dastardly villains, strange alien species and exotic worlds.  The only real difference that exists between the Masters of the Universe and those heroes in other settings (for instance Star Wars) are the specifics in relation to the design of the characters, either in their appearance or their backgrounds.  This means that fans of those particular franchises are going to be happy with the output, but that the stories are unlikely to gain a wider appeal.  What has been impressive with the recent outings of He-Man at DC is that it does supercede these limitations.  In a medium where other companies are trying to revive (Dynamite’s Flash Gordon and John Carter) or reboot (Marvel’s Star Wars) similar outings in the genre, He-Man has actually stood apart for its storytelling, making the stories more approachable by all fans of the medium and the genre.

That is why this issue is such a let down.  It is not that it is a bad issue, because it is not, but the issue focuses mostly on battle scenes and doesn’t incorporate a lot of anything else.  The action focuses on He-Man and his army’s attack on the Horde, and while it is eye-catching, it is only that.  More so the action can be seen to be almost a template of other battle scenes (it comes off a bit like Lord of the Rings).  Where the standout writing on the series has ruled up until this point it seems as though they took a break for a slugfest.  Even gone are the well developed female characters of Teela and She-Ra that have been respectable additions to the stories.

What saving grace is left is that this story is far from over.  This is only the second issue of the Eternity War, and it thus leaves open the question of what other surprises are in store when the series front loads it epic battle sequence.    There is still a lot of story left to tell, and if the creative team feels the needs for a bit violent fluff at this stage, then they deserve the benefit of the doubt.  Certainly they have been able to entertain thus far with their fresh takes on the characters, and hopefully they will get back to it in the coming issues.

Story: Rob David and Dan Abnett Art: Pop Mhan
Story: 8.2 Art: 8.2 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Read