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Masters of the Universe (2002 1st Series Image) #1B

Published Nov 2002 by Image
(W) Val Staples
(A) Emiliano Santalucia
(I) Marco Failla
Full Color, 32 pages
Four issue finite series
Cover B by J. Scott Campbell

In a realm where sorcery meets science, The Masters of the Universe set forth to protect all of Eternia from the onslaught of Skeletor and his evil forces. It’s an epic tale of good versus evil, where there is new danger and suspense at every turn.

The story we all loved from the 80’s is reborn and relaunched for a new era.

Skeletor continues his struggle in obtaining the secrets of Castle Grayskull. However, new danger looms when a sinister plot is devised by other evil forces. And it all centers around an object in the possession of the least likely candidate. Will the heroic warriors of Eternia discover the truth before the forces of evil hatch their plans?

Includes a 5-page Invincible preview. One of Invincible’s earliest appearances!

The Shakarran Crystal, the source of Skeletor’s power in this continuity, is losing it’s power, and there isn’t much left for Skeletor to tap into. Evil-Lyn sees more potential for the crystal. Meanwhile, Orko is feeling down after another series of mishaps with his magic. Back on Trolla Orko was a great sorcerer but he has yet to master magic on Eternia. Then he finds a crystal that boost his magic enough to stop a fire. Unsure of it’s origins, Man-At-Arms convinces Orko and He-Man to go the Sorceress, which is observed by Evil-Lyn. Could this be part of her plan? The crystal around Orko’s neck does resemble part of the Shakarran Crystal.

The art matches the show extremely well, and I wish I could pull off the energy effects seen here. Orko gaining a magical boost is something we’ve seen before from the character. How will he handle this potentially corrupting power (if I’m reading the scene where Orko snaps at Man-At-Arms right…and given how Duncan sometimes treats Orko I don’t completely blame the little guy) will be interesting if done right. Also, there’s a nod to the classic series in which He-Man plans to pick up the whole burning village and take it to the water, which the He-Man of this continuity may not have done but the original did.

A good start, and hopefully it continues on that route.

In August 2019, Kevin Smith announced at the 2019 Power Con that he and Netflix were developing a new series titled Masters of the Universe: Revelation that will be a direct sequel to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.

On February 14, 2020, the full voice cast was confirmed, which includes Mark Hamill providing the voice for Skeletor, Chris Wood voicing Prince Adam and He-Man, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Teela, and Lena Headey as Evil-Lyn. The series features many characters never before seen in animated form, such as Scareglow, Blast-Attak, Andra and He-Ro; incorporating a wide range of Masters of the Universe lore over its long history and varied incarnations.

The new series of 5 episodes made its debut on Netflix on July 23, 2021.

‘Masters of the Universe’ Movie to Be Helmed by The Brothers Nee

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is sure taking its sweet, celestial time in getting a live-action, big-screen reboot off the ground. You might even say it feels like an Eternia since we last got an update on Sony Pictures / Mattel’s planned production. The script for this reboot, once known as Grayskull, has passed through the word processors of such screenwriters as Justin Marks, Evan Daugherty, Mike Finch and Alex Litvak, Richard Wenk, Jeff Wadlow, and Christopher Yost to name a “few.” Such notable names as Jon M. Chu, Harald Zwart, Chris McKay, Mike Cahill, McG, and most recently, David S. Goyer were tapped to direct. But when Goyer passed on the project, the director’s chair was left vacant once more … until today.

Variety reports that the directing duo The Brothers Nee, otherwise known as Aaron and Adam Nee, will be at the helm of the sword-and-sorcery-meets-sci-fi adaptation. Goyer is currently credited as a screenwriter and executive producer on the project, which will be based on the popular 80s toyline from Mattel. The write-up also stresses that Goyer is “extremely involved” with the film’s development and only passed due to prior engagements, but little other information is available. The reboot currently has a December 18, 2019 release date, so obviously the plan is to get the cast into place soon so that it can enter into production and stay on schedule.

If you don’t know the Nee Brothers, you’re not alone. This project offers a major chance for the “rising stars” to capitalize on their critically acclaimed 2015 indie thriller Band of Robbers.

Near mint, 1st print. Bagged & Boarded.