By: Cynthia Ayala
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #17 (RELEASE DATE: SEPT 24, 2O14 | COVER PRICE: $2.99)
The Blood of Grayskull | Part 4
Wow. Only two issues left before the climactic ending to the new 52 He-Man.
I wish Keith Giffen had stayed on the project. Nothing personal against Dan Abnett, but this series got way to dark, and this issue shows just how dark it got. Spoiler ahead, Adora kills her own brother and slices him down and Teela, the new sorceress, tricked her into doing it. That was just far too dark for the He-Man Universe.
The He-Man series obviously started out heavy on the drama with the 6 part miniseries that followed Skeletor succession as ruler of Eternia and capture/murder of the sorceress. It was a very sad beginning but unique in the realm of He-Man and was overall, still amusing. Teela had that brilliant snarky charm and she was the element in the story that kept it light. But now that’s gone. Teela as we knew her is gone and with her, all the charm and humor behind the series. This is built off of a classic cartoon, one that was filled with hilarity. Heck, even the He-Man movie was charming. Dan Abnett has made drama and tension overwhelm the series since the subternia story-arc.
The only reason to stay hooked onto this series because the evolution of Adora from villain to She-Ra is a well-written adventure. Fans of She-Ra should read this arc if only to see her evolution. If that’s how DC is going to end the series, that certainly is the way to go because overall, the charm has greatly diminished.
WRITER: DAN ABNETT
ARTIST: POP MHAN
PUBLIHER: DC COMICS
Inhuman #6 (RELEASE DATE: SEPT 24, 2O14 | COVER PRICE: $3.99)
Part 6 | Trial by Fire
This was yet another great issue by Charles Soule. This issue makes the newer Inhumans the heroes. Their new powers have given them advantages that the other, older, Inhumans did not have. Everything is progressing very well. Of course, the story has progressed very well, building these characters for this climatic moment. Ever since Dante was created and introduced, Soule worked hard to give him such a strong and well-defined personality, building up who he was on the inside to make him the hero he is.
However, it’s not just his characterization, but the other Nuhumans as well, each of them has the right personality that allows for growth and strength. They also balance each one out and create the perfect dynamic for a team.
This was a fast paced issue that still managed to remained defined and captivating.
WRITER: CHARLES SOULE
ARTISTS: RYAN SEGMAN & MARTE GRACIA
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS