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3.9/5.0 Stars
Rating if the Book Were a Movie: PG

Creative Team 

Writer: Tim Seeley
Art: Eddie Nunez
Colors: Brad Simpson
Letters: Andworld Design
Cover: Fico Ossio
Editor: Brett Israel
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics


Story: 4.1
Interior Artwork: 4.2
Cover Artwork: 4.2
Dialogue: 3.9
Mechanics: 3.5
Editing: 3.5

About the Book:

King Randor, Man-at-Arms and the rest of the entourage are on the run, the army of Anwat Gar are attacking them in the valley of the Panther men. In the meantime Skeletor has manipulated both the Queen of Anwat gar and the legendary Pholgista to his advantage. Then uses that advantage to attack both the entourage with King Randor and his greatest foe He-Man.

Reviewer Notes:

This story picks up right where the previous issue left off, with Evil-Lyn saving Teela.  While there is genuine concern on her part with Skeletor having the Phlogista, she is still doubted by He-Man and Teela, with obvious reason.

Skeletor and He-Man get into an epic fight and become evenly matched as He-Man uses the Phlogista all the while Teela is trying to convince Queen Hera Caine that Skeletor was behind the whole thing just to get to the Phlogista.

This tale is just like any other tale where He-Man and Skeletor get into combat in a classic good vs evil fight.  With the allies of He-Man fending off those that are fighting with Skeletor.  The thing that I like about this last issue of the series, is that it shows the full introduction of the character who would evenly be known as Sy-Klone.

Skeletor eventually loses the fight, just like he always does. He-Man gains an ally in Sy-Klone.  But this book also shows why Teela is always at the side of Adam, not trusting him and afraid he will hurt He-Man, not knowing at this time that they are one in the same.

The thing I liked about this Forge of Destiney run, aside from the same stylized appearance that matched the Netflix series.  There is more depth to the characters that are introduced.  More reasoning to why they act the way the do, and more about the sacrifice that was made by Teela, and why she never left Adam’s side until the Netflix series Masters of the Universe Revelations.

The cover art of this particular issue was brilliantly done, showing He-Man in a different facial appearance then what has been displayed before, on this cover he seems to have bulked up, his face has a more square jaw, and a more rounded chin.  Battle cat also looks a little meaner in this cover, which I think shows a more accurate representation for just how fierce and lethal Battle Cat could be, and showing that between the two of them He-Man and Battle Cat are quite the deadly duo as it were.

The interior artwork as I stated before continues the appearance that is portrayed in the Netflix series Revelation and Revolution.  I like it, it shows a greater difference between Adam and He-Man, as well as a greater difference between Cringer and Battle Cat.  The new style I think is also a bit more edgy, and that is not a bad thing, as during the artwork it allows for greater details in showing the actions and how they are feeling.

Since the announcement of the Masters of the Universe Revelation series, there have been several very good chapters under the Masters of the Universe title by Dark Horse Comics, and this chapter, Forge of Destiny, follows the same suit.  Adding to the details of the Masters of the Universe world and giving fans of the show wonderful bread crumbs into that world and leaving those who are fans of the story wanting more.

This final issue into the Forge of Destiny chapter, wraps this series up nicely and gives a wonderful intro and background to Sy-Klone.

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Growing up in the 80s and 90s I grew up as an eclectic geek, a fact that still holds true today. I grew up watching all the classic cartoons of the 80's and had many an adventures with the toys that went with. Played tabletop RPG's and still enjoy computer gaming as adulting allows. On top of making time to read comics, and spend time with family and friends.

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