He Has The Power
Art By: Tom Derenick, Mark Roberts, Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $2.99
Okay, so I've got good news and I've got bad news for you. The good news is that after getting one hell of a whoopin' from King Hiss in the previous issue, Man-At-Arms is finally back to his senses and to continue that good news, the first thing he does is set off a bomb he placed in Tri-Klops' visor before he was captured and tortured. That means not only does Tri-Klops "go splody now", but the explosion also destroyed the shield around Castle Grayskull, allowing our Masters and the Snake-Men a way in to finish the battle. Yeah, that's a lot of good news coming our way, but the bad news is that after King Adam plunges what's left of his power sword into his chest, dispelling King Hiss from him and also killing him, we find out that when King Hiss was impersonating Mendor, he set up a backup plan in case something like this ever happened. Apparently, Hiss went and used the Doctor as a way to implant his venom into all of the Snake-Men and before he dies, he activates it, killing all the Snake-Men battling with our heroes against Skeletor............ So yeah, the majority of Fisto's army just went kaput.
In the end, the keystone memory of King Randor reminds Adam that he once used the power of Eternia to stop time and if he wants to save the Universe now, he has to tap into that power again...... so that's what he does. Before Skeletor can harness the power of Grayskull and Horokoth to destroy the Seed Star: the source of creation itself, Adam makes his way to the castle and uses the remnants of his power sword to put out the fire of Horokoth in the forge of Grayskull...... All during the last second of reality. With that act Adam is burned away, Skeletor's plan fails and as the skull faced fucker turns around to see what happened, he's faced with a fully recharged He-Man, looking to put an end to their feud.
That's it for this issue of He-Man: The Eternity War and even though I was disappointed at the complete lack of She-Ra that this series has given us and the absolute dismissal of the character in this issue, it really did a good job in bringing everything closer to where we originally started in terms of status quo with our characters here. The Snake-Men are gone, Man-At-Arms is back and the story is even back to simply being He-Man vs. Skeletor, which for everything that's been given to us this year, it's amazing that we're back to that type of normalcy, while the stakes have never been higher. I'm really interested in how He-Man will appear in the next issue after the Adam part of him was burned away in the fire of Horokoth and if there will be any lasting affect of this for our hero in the future. The art was amazing as always and even upped the ante a bit for me as we witnessed Adam being distorted by reality crumbling and the fire burning him away. This book is just a joy to read and to look at.
Bits and Pieces:
While She-Ra gets the shaft in this issue in a way that's way less dirty than it sounds, He-Man gets back to basics by taking everything that we dealt with over the past year and washing it away to get us back to what we expect from a He-Man title. That's right, just plain old He-Man Vs. Skeletor........ and it's awesome. Just another great romp in Eternia and another excellent issue to The Eternity War that makes me sad that it's ending so soon.