Review: He-Man Eternity War #8
Eternity War, the latest He-Man story arc, has had some ups and downs during its series. This is to be somewhat expected, as for every big moment, there is some time required to set it up and to build the characters into pertinent actors for the script. The previous issue of Eternity War could be said to be one which had some big moments, although these were more like big character developments which focused around She-Ra’s and Skeletor’s past. With these big developments right behind it, it probably left many wondering what was immediately ahead for the series.
The story is related in parts to the previous issue, but also throws in a bit of extra unexpected developments. Adam has chosen to become depowered, and is keen on returning Eternos to his control. Such is done by a costly victory over the forces of Hordak, the villain who clearly has bigger plans to follow as opposed to immediately stopping Adam. This leads to the strongest dramatic point for the issue, although it is mirrored in the travels of Skeletor and She-Ra. Skeletor has led her to the dark dimension, but he has plans of his own, not exactly in line with what he had told her in the previous issue.
While the series is still running at its best, it still feels like this issue is a bit of an intermission. With so many new developments it is necessary to reposition the players so that they can be put into places where their true heroism can shine through. That is what is happening here, and it feels a bit more sedate than other issues in this series, mostly because it cannot rely on any of these big moments, but instead has to get by on some other plot developments which while fun, are also a bit ordinary. The same format has been used before in this series to set up its big moments, as for instance the mostly action second issue showed that there was still a lot of other great moments to follow. Such would most likely be the moment here, as there are no big moments, but there promises to be in issues to come.
Story: Rob David and Dan Abnett Art: Pop Mhan
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy