Monday, March 30, 2015

He-Man: The Eternity War #4 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Pop Mhan, Mark Roberts
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 25, 2015

Unlikely Savior

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Welcome back to Eternia all you Masters fans, it's time to get back into the Eternity War and see if our heroes can collect the two gems known as the Eyes of Grayskull and use them to defeat the forces of Hordak......... or at least collect them so Hordak doesn't get his hands on them because that would just be bad news bears.  As we saw last issue, after She-Ra fought off Scorpia and Catra she found the temple in the Sands of Time that supposedly holds the Gem of Chrono.  I just hope she can get to it because as the issue closed we saw Hordak all Power of Grayskulled up and man did he look intimidating.  Let's see if our Princess of Power can overcome the dark lord or if all of Eternia will plummet into darkness.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with She-Ra standing toe to toe with the powered up Hordak and even though she does a damn fine job of holding her own, eventually she falls to the ruler of the Horde when she is knocked back into the temple.  I do have a problem with this section though because even though we start out the story with Hordak calling her Despara, after he takes down Stratos and the other Eternian forces, he acts like he just realizes that this Princess of Power is actually the Despara that he raised.  Maybe I'm just looking at this wrong, but it seems like Hordak has himself some early onset alzheimer's going on.

We'll take a break from this fight to check in on He-Man after his victory of seizing Mount Zoar, where he and Mendor are seeing to the wounded and man is this section a trip.  Rattlor happens to be the patient that Mendor is working on and after he gets all patched up........... He downright devotes himself to He-Man and I'm totally blown away.  Never did I think that I'd see the day that He-Man would have the Snake-Men as loyal subjects.  After I contain myself from this epic moment in He-Man, we move onto some exposition about how all Eternians see The Goddess.  Now, He-Man and the majority of Eternia see her as the Goddess like we know, but the Snake-Men know the Goddess as Serpos, while Hordak knows her as Horokoth.  These are all different aspects to the Goddess and really this becomes a theological discussion about the nature of Gods and Goddesses because if Hordak manages to win the war then his ideals on what his god is become what's true.......... Or the darkness that Horokoth is said to bring is just the natural order and what is destined to happen.  It's a pretty cool discussion and I'm actually really happy that Dan Abnett touched on the different aspects to The Goddess here and the many interpretations that the inhabitants of Eternia have.

In the end, She-Ra gets back on her feet and we find out that this temple isn't too hip on actually hiding it's treasures........... I guess the temple being lost in the Sands of Time was enough for it.  Anyway, She-Ra sees the Gem of Chrono and before she can get her hands on it, Hordak shows up and finishes the job he started and drives his sword through Adora.

Yeah, that's some shocking shit right there.  Don't worry though because this comic continues to shock when Skeletor emerges and proves to be her savior by taking the gem and teleporting She-Ra and himself away.  As the issue closes we see Skeletor with both the Eyes of Grayskull and with his evil minions he proclaims that they have a world to save................ So yeah, Skeletor is the hero of this book......... Things are becoming epic here................... Man, I hope She-Ra is okay.

That's it for this issue of the Eternity War and man is this story bringing the awesome.  All of Eternia seems to be coming together to stop the Evil Horde and with this issue's cliffhanger it looks like we might actually see The Masters, The Snake-Men and Skeletor with his evil warriors teaming up and that just blows me away with anticipation.  Another great issue that proves that this is one of the best titles that DC Comics is putting out right now and besides for Dan Abnett writing the hell out of this book we have one of the finest artistic teams out there as well.  I love Pop Mhan's art in every issue he does and combined with Mark Roberts' colors.......... It's just completely beautiful.

Bits and Pieces:

This issue of Eternity War cranks up the excitement as we see unexpected loyalties and unlikely heroes emerge.  Just a bad ass issue from front to back that everyone who is a fan of He-Man or just great comics in general should be reading.  I was really worried when the Masters title was rebranded into this but after reading the first four issues I realize that I was a fool to ever question the creative team that has brought me so much joy.  Go check it out.

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