What am I talking about this time: Injustice Vs. Masters Of The Universe #1
Written by: Tim Seeley
Art by: Freddie E Williams II
Cover by: Freddie E Williams II
Variant cover by: Tim Seeley
Overall Review: 5 out of 5 Power Swords
Is it worth a $3.99? By Ram-Man’s Pan, YES!!!! OH, DEAR GOD YES!!!
Spoiler Free Review:
First off, I spent 30minutes going back and forth on the title of this review. IT was either the one you see atop this page or “Injustice Vs. Masters Of The Universe #1 Is Insanely Bananas And Makes Complete Sense.” But then I was like, when am I gonna get another chance to do the powwwerrrr thing!? Anyway, I mention the title both a way to justify it and as a segway into my major point of this review; this comic should not work in any way, shape, or form… and yet, 5 out of 5 later we have 32 pages of joyous fun, clever Easter eggs, and a story that actually makes total, logical, sense. How Tom Seeley did it!? I don’t have a F’n clue, but dear god I am grateful he did.
Other than a few too many pupil-less eyes everywhere, the art holds up to the great story- every page leaps with energy and motion, harkening back to the cartoon while also holding a realistic style. The character designs are all just how you imagine them from the animated series, but given more life and detail.
Normally, I pass a comic like this up, barley giving it a second glance on the shelf or swiping past it on my comixology app… but He-Man is one of my more beloved 80’s cartoons, I had many of the toys and sets as well as Injustice 1,2, and the ios app still maintaining a place in my continually changing rotation of games.
What I expected was a throw away crossover comic with a few nods and a crappy story. What I got was a well thought out, exciting story that had me glued to every page.
Sometimes when watching a movie/TV Show, reading a book/comic, or playing a game you get the sense that everyone involved had a great time working on that project and poured all their heart and soul into it. That is this comic. You can feel the love and respect for He-Man emanating from the page as well and they giddiness behind a great idea to seed a truly wonderful story. The basis of the crossover is simple; Eternia is planet of morally good magic and magic wielders, Superman is vulnerable to magic… He-Man and his fabulous magic power sword just might be able to topple the tyrant Superman. And with that, we’re off.
Zodac (one of the few He-Man figures I didn’t have) is flying through space, seemingly on Metron’s chair- he’s coming to warn people of a great Evil that is on it’s way… he’s also there to give exposition to He-Man’s backstory for people who don’t know. We smash-cut to Eternia where He-Man is defeating Faker, a blue robotic double of He-Man, who has taken the throne while trapping He-Man and his allies for 3 months in “The Dwell of Delusions”, a cursed place of endless hallucinations. Ok, right there- that’s a comic I want to read on it’s own and we’re only on page 3!
He-Man stops the bad guys, but his royal court is angered claiming he has had the power to permanently stop these evil men and has never done so- a great reflection of the sentiments that helped drive Superman to become the dictator of earth. He-Man proclaims that he only uses his strength to fight for freedom.
Later, Zatanna, Swamp Thing, and the rest of Team Batman show up to recruit him to defeat the evil forces of Superman. At first they battle (Orco gives Cyborg some amazing hair), but Mossman shows up and bonds with Swamp Thing to reveal Batman and Co. are telling the truth.
This Batman is of course not the real Batman/Bruce Wayne as back on Earth, we see Superman has enslaved Batman and has none other than Skeletor kneeling at his side. Skeletor drops some fun old He-Man episode references and then mentions where to grab Freddy Freeman’s Shazam sneakers.
On Eternia, He-Man gets permission from the Sorceress to return to his mother’s home-world and help defeat Superman along with Orco and Teela. Batman orders Cyborg, Swamp Thing, and Starfire to stay behind and help defend Eternia.
As a cap, Zodac is attacked in space by Darkseid and his forces… BAD… ASS!!!