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He-Man: The Eternity War #12 Review and *SPOILERS*
Memories Make Us What We Are
Written By: Dan Abnett, Rob David Art By: Pop Mhan, Mark Roberts, Deron Bennett Cover Price: $2.99 Release Date: November 25, 2015
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
The Eternity War wages on as our Masters fight for not only Eternia, but the Universe itself. In the previous issue we saw the events that made Man-At-Arms go all War Wraith on our asses...... pretty much he became all voodoo-ed by Hordak's Slime Pit and after Skeletor's hostile takeover, he put the former Master of Weapons to work as his personal assassin and sent him after King Adam....... and boy did he get a surprise! After it looked like Duncan was going to straight up murder his former King, it's revealed that Adam is actually King Hiss and while we knew that a bit before, it was a hell of a shock to see Duncan taken down by a body full of snakes. While all seems lost on all fronts of this war, we did end on a kind of hopeful cliffhanger, where we saw that King Adam is somehow still alive within King Hiss and as we all learned from Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park, life finds a way. Let's jump into this issue and see how our Masters can come back from seriously getting their asses kicked.
Our issue begins with Teela going all Serpos on Evil-Lyn's Horokothness.......... Pretty much, Teela turned into giant ass snakes and Evil-Lyn is rocking the Battra look. While the two fight, we get info on what's going down on Eternia and hell, the rest of the Universe as well because we find out now that Skeletor gave himself a blood transfusion from Hordak's body, he can access the forge of Grayskull and uses Hordak's power sword and his own Havoc Staff to create his own power sword........ and man, that shit's gotta be pretty damn powerful because each time he slams the hammer down in the forging process, planets shatter. Usually, whenever I'm hammering something, if I haven't already given up because I hit my thumb too many damn times, my forearm gets tired and I give up anyway....... no stamina here....... no arm strength either. Maybe I should quit reading comics and go work out or something.
While the Universe crumbles and our heroes try to break the shield surrounding Castle Grayskull, King Adam wages his own war to free his body from King Hiss........ Well, that's kind of dramatic. What he does is act all kinds of confused while King Hiss tries to figure out why he can't take full control of Adam, while the two traverse Adam's mindscape........ So yeah, not really anything like I just said at all. While Adam battles King Hiss within his mind, the scaly son of a bitch does that whole villain monologuing thing and tells Adam exactly what he's doing to him and that he was able to take control of Adam only because the young King went and did the dumb shit by breaking his power sword. Eventually, Adam finds out that not all of his mind is against him when he is led to safety by three different versions of Teela, who Hiss wasn't able to corrupt yet because of how much Adam loves her and they tell him that Hiss will take all his memories, but he must never be able to get a hold of a keystone memory that Teela has found and gives to Adam. So yeah, all Adam has to do is keep this memory safe, battle Hiss off with the mind constructs of King Grayskull's axe and shield and everything should be gravy baby.
In the end, Adam can't be trusted to do one goddamn thing right because he loses hold of the keystone memory and we watch it shatter. Hopefully, with the memory shattered Hiss won't be able to get to it, but I doubt that's the case and I'm left wondering.......... what the shit Adam?
That's it for this issue of He-Man: The Eternity War and while I really enjoyed seeing Adam kicking and screaming to get his life back, it was kind of over the top in a not so good kind of way. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for over the top, hell the story line alone is over the top with the Universe shattering hammer thumps of Skeletor and that was amazing, but having King Hiss pretty much twirl his metaphorical mustache while he told Adam his evil plan was just a little too much even for me. The art was amazing as always and I loved seeing He-Man go at it with King Hiss with just his classic axe and shield. It looked great and I loved the inclusion. I'm a total Pop Mhan fanboy though so don't take my word for it, go out there and get yourself some Eternity War and find out for yourself because as 2015 comes to an end, it's pretty apparent that this is the event of the year from DC Comics.
Bits and Pieces:
The Eternity War continues to impress, even if King Hiss becomes a little mustache twirly here. While the story doesn't progress much with what the fate of the Universe will be, it does give us a fun look at King Adam's mind and the inner struggle of having snakes on the brain. Go and get yourself a inside look at what rattles...... or slithers around He-Man's mind and have yourself an eye-gasm while you're at it because the art and colors are terrific as always.