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He-Man is re-introduced by DC Comics
on 5 June 2016
This is the first trade paperback of the new "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" comic book series by DC Comics (as part of their 'The New 52' franchise). It collects issue numbers 1 to 6, which constituted a story-arc serving to introduce this conceptualisation of He-Man and the wider world of Eternia. It's written and drawn by several contributors (including James Robinson, Keith Griffen, Philip Tan, and Pop Mhan). The individual issues were published in late 2012 and early 2013. This book provides readers with the story as a whole, and it includes a few additional features (concept art).
The story starts off in an unusual manner - with Skeletor already having defeated He-Man, and ruling Eterina while seated in Castle Grayskull. How this happened isn't revealed for some time ... Although having been defeated, He-Man and the Masters are not dead. Rather, Skeletor has managed to make them all forget who they actually are. As such, He-Man is living simply as Adam - as a woodsman, way out in a forest area. Yet Skeletor has not managed to access the secret powers of Grayskull - and is furious at being denied ultimate victory. He takes out his rage on the Sorceress, who's abused and tortured as Skeletor's prisoner.
Adam knows that something is very wrong with the world ... and so he decides to set off and discover exactly what that is. Along the way, he meets up with old friends - including Teela - as well as old enemies - such as Beast Man and Trap Jaw. And it's during these confrontations that finds his old sword - the Sword of Power (which Skeletor never realised was the means of accessing the powers of Grayskull). Upon touching the sword, Adam's memories return ... and He-Man is re-born. Now he sets out to find and re-group the old Masters, and end Skeletor's reign of terror.
The story is intriguing and eventful. But I wasn't convinced that revealing He-Man's secret (that he's Prince Adam) was a good idea. The artwork is excellent throughout. Given the violence and abuse depicted in this book, it's not suitable for young children.
Overall, it's an enjoyable read - but doesn't quite feel like a "proper" He-Man adventure.