Tuesday, May 5, 2015

He-Man: The Eternity War #5 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Pop Mhan, Mark Roberts
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 29, 2015

Strange Company

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

When last we strolled through Eternia, we saw Hordak run his big ass sword through She-Ra, mortally wounding her.  It's a good thing that Skeletor showed up with a speedy rescue and got our Princess of Power the hell out of there.  It's all about the "Eyes of Grayskull" though and for those that don't know, they are two gems - one controls space and the other time, put them together and you have one hell of a instant death ray that can take out anyone anywhere....... and any when.  Skeletor took more than the Princess of Power when he interrupted Hordak and her's fight, he grabbed the Gem of Chronos and now it looks like him and his toadies have both gems and total control over the future of this war.  Let's jump into this issue and see what the ramifications of Skeletor joining the war will be.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our story begins with She-Ra bleeding out around Skeletor and his evil warriors.  After getting made fun of for asking for her sword by Trap Jaw, Evil-lyn and Beast Man, Skeletor tells them to shut their yaps and hands our Princess her power sword, which immediately heals her and blows everyone else's minds.  Once She-Ra is up and about, Skeletor asks to talk to her in private and that's when we get a huge bombshell dropped on us.  After He-Man and Constantine banished Skeletor in DC Vs. Masters of The Universe, Skeletor used his previously acquired Gem of Chaos to traverse the Multiverse and he eventually found his way home......... Kind of like Sliders.......... Why doesn't anyone talk about Sliders anymore?  Poor Jerry O'Connell.  This is kind of a cool idea of Skeletor showing up in different universes, but here it's kind of taken lightly and to the point of absurdity as we see photos of different versions of Skeletor through all the different series and mediums he's been in............. including his 80's action figure.  Yeah, it's a tongue in cheek way to give the fans a bit of fun, but it really took me out of the story.  Anyway, Skeletor goes on and tells us that in every Universe he visited, Skeletor always looses to He-Man and after having this as his wake up call, he decides that he's done with evil and is going to fight for the winning team.  So for his assistance in the war against Hordak, he asks She-Ra to heal him to bring him back to full power and when the war is won, to heal him back to being Prince Keldor....... Yeah, some serious shit is going on here.

While we can't simply have the bad guys turning good and going on to win the war, we have Evil-lyn eavesdropping on the conversation and getting rightly pissed at the idea of a reformed Skeletor and like a scorned lover, steals his stuff (in this case being the Eyes of Grayskull) and jumping into bed with someone he seriously dislikes (in this case Hordak).  That's right, Evil-lyn drops off the most dangerous weapon in Eternia right at Hordak's feet and swears allegiance to him.  So yeah......... It looks like our heroes are pretty much doomed.

In the end, He-Man explores Mount Zoar with The Sorceress and she tells him that all of destiny converges at this spot and if he so wishes, he can walk through it's corridors and be shown exactly what it will take to stop Hordak and bring peace back to Eternia......... Well, He-Man being the fearless hero we know him to be goes with it, even though Teela tells him that what he sees might not be something he'll like and we end this issue thirty years in the future where we see He-Man as an old king that is celebrating the anniversary of his defeat of Hordak.......... and while yes, Eternia now looks like a police state with mounted guns everywhere, He-Man did wake up to a neckid Teela in his bed, so things aren't all bad.

That's it for this issue of He-Man: The Eternity War and man was this a fast read.  I'm not sure if I was just really into this issue or if it really lacked a ton of dialogue.......... Either way, I had a great time while reading it.  Like I said about the dialog being slightly lacking, there were points here where it seemed like characters just kept repeating themselves that threw me off a little bit and the whole scene where we saw different Skeletors throughout The Multiverse...... While yes, it was a fun idea, it really just came off corny to me and didn't help the story any.  As per usual, the art in this book was fantastic and is definitely one of best looking titles that DC Comics has to offer.  Pop Mhan needs to be shown some recognition and be given a shit ton of books to work on so that his family barely recognizes him without his head down and a pencil in his hand.......... Sorry Pop, I just crave your sweet sweet style.  So yeah, fantastic art, with a mixed bag of strange choices and epic developments that leave me wanting more while hoping that the silliness is left behind us from here on out.

Bits and Pieces:

The Eternity War continues to impress as the story moves into strange territory, where enemies become friends, evil gets an upgrade and He-Man finds out that his pick up lines will finally work.  It's a lot of fun whenever I jump into the world of Eternia, especially with this creative team and besides for a few odd choices that threw me out of the story at times, this is another decent installment to this series.

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