Rating if the Book Were a Movie: G
Writer: Tim Seeley
Art: Eddie Nunez
Colors: Brad Simpson
Letters: Andworld Design
Cover: Freddie Williams II
Editor: Brett Israel
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Story: 4.1 Stars
Interior Artwork: 4.2 Stars
Cover Artwork: 4.3 Stars
Dialogue: 3.9 Stars
Mechanics: 3.5 Stars
Editing: 3.5 Stars
About the Book:
This adventure goes into the very first battle of He-Man and Skeletor. The side effects of He-Man’s first appearance in Eternos. The impact of Prince Adam’s actions on other countries on the planet Eternia, as well as part of the history of Eternia itself.
This story is a wonderful addition to the Masters of the Universe mythology. Starting off with a fight in front of the mystical Castle Grayskull, we immediately go to He-Man talking to the Sorceress about Skeletor. Where she reminds him about the power that Battlecat has. We also get to meet another country from the planet Eternia, Anwat Gar, and while that country was relatively new to me, it introduces us to essentially the origin of the character who would become known as Cyclone, and He-Man’s ally.
The other thing that we get out of this story is more of the history of the planet Eternia, as well as a small tidbit about Teela’s job and why she always seemed to be annoyed with Prince Adam. Once that is set we go more into the story of the current events between the countries Eternos and Anwat Gar.
All that said, I think this story is going to develop into becoming a wonderful story for the MOTU mythology. The how, what, where and why was never really established in previous cartoons, comics or the one movie when it came to He-Man, the side effects of Adam’s abilities or the early interactions between He and Skeletor. It is nice to see, especially for the fans like me who have fond memories from childhood when it comes to the entertainment this particular series provided.
The cover art itself is phenomenal and I think it would make a wonderful piece of art. The details between the two characters as they are engrossed in combat as well as the colors portrayed make this cover something to be collected by anyone who enjoys the characters and likes to collect variants of books, for the sole purpose of collecting them for covers.
But the other thing I see in this cover is the subtle hint to the Netflix series by Kevin Smith and those that worked with him. The consistency with it adds to the established thought process of the Netflix series being a direct sequel to the original series in the 80’s.
The interior artwork in this story continues where the cover left off by following the style of the Netflix series, and I must say I am not all that disappointed in that frame of thought. Reading the book and following the story makes me feel as a reader and as a fan, that this storyline hopes to be a prequel of sorts. To the Netflix series and by association the 80’s cartoon itself. However there is room for debate in that realm of thought as well.
Masters of the Universe: Forge of Destiny stems to be a wonderful attempt to add to the magic of the Netflix series as well as the mythology of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe itself!
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