Review: He-Man Eternity War #9

heman009There was a telling moment earlier on in this series when Skeletor described his futility to She-Ra.  In every incarnation of his existence he had tried to vanquish his foes, gain control of Eternia and gain power of the mystical forces that permeate the planet.  He realized that the problem of his approach was that it was too ordinary, that everything always proceeded as expected because he never tried an alternate approach to his schemes or tried to do something out of character.  While he used this to enlist the help of She-Ra, it is a telling moment not only for Skeletor but also for the franchise itself.  Based on simpler concepts from the animated series which required fairly basic plots that followed a similar pattern from episode to episode, He-Man has never really escaped the same pattern of story telling.  There have been some better attempts in recent years in comics, but never has anyone ever really tried to break through the pattern to get to something different.

Such has evidently been the case here, with a style of storytelling which is far more epic than He-Man ever imagined to be before.  With Hordak already having seized the control of the two crystals, he is now in absolute control of the Universe, and it would seem as though none could stop him.  It would even seem that his nearly infinite power is to the point of making his rule unending and unquestionable except for a small hitch in his plan.  Both Skeletor and He–Man, although working separately, are still trying to rid the world of his presence.  What unfolds here is a bit surprising, but once again, not at all in the way that one would assume.

If this series is attempting to push the boundaries of what it means to be the heroes and villains inside this particular world, then it is succeeding.  The creative team is playing out an epic story that would really be epic under any circumstances, only that this one is acted out by He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.  What will be perhaps most interesting is the buildup to the conclusion of this series, because of all the big characters that have been re-examined, it is the titular hero who has been mostly ignored thus far in the incorporation into this epic story.  Of course the resolution of that will likely mean the end of this series, but the creative team has not yet failed to impress or to surprise, and the setting for the finale is being well established with issues such as this one.

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