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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 6 June 2016
This is the second trade paperback instalment in the "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" comic book series by DC Comics (part of their 'New 52' franchise). It collects a number of one-shot stories, which were previously published either in print or online. Each concerns an 'origin' tale - and they focus on: Man-At-Arms; Battle Cat; Randor; Evil-Lyn; Orko; Trapjaw; He-Man; Skeletor; and Hordak. It is, as such, a compilation of 8 issues (and is 144 pages long). It contains no 'extra' features. As the writers and artists differ, from one issue to the next, there is a lack of consistency - with some stories and artwork being much better than others. Nonetheless, generally speaking this is a good book - and it assists in understanding the grander story-arc presented in the series as a whole.

To briefly outline this series: it consists of three main volumes, each offering self-contained story-arcs (with each building upon what has gone before), as well as a cross-over mini-series and several one-shots.

Volume 1: this first six-issue series was titled “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe”, and it introduced the central characters as well as the wider world they occupy. The particular ‘take’ on He-Man presented here is distinct from earlier incarnations (e.g. the TV series).

Volume 2: this second instalment was an ongoing series, consisting of 19 issues: 3 story arcs (each of 6 issues) and a one-shot prelude to the next ongoing series.

There is also a six-issue mini-series titled “DC Universe vs. Masters of the Universe” (which takes place between issues six and seven of Volume 2).

Volume 3: this was another ongoing series, of 15 issues, known as “The Eternity War”. It concluded in February 2016 (and this comic book title came to an end).

Each story-arc (typically consisting of 6 issues) can be purchased as a 'trade paperback' collection. Unless you're a collector of individual comics, I'd suggest buying the collections.
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on 9 October 2017
As described. Arrived quickly
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on 20 March 2014
I'm enjoying the Maters Of The Universe current run of comics and was interested to see what the origin story for He-man and two of his most powerful enemies would tell. Its interesting but feels way too short to really go into depth and sadly some of the drawings seem a little below par. The stories do give backgrounds to the villains and run canon with all the issues of the recent storylines. If you can get past the minor criticisms then any fan would enjoy this collection
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on 2 December 2015
It's great to see more mature stories of the MotU.
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on 9 September 2016
Great gift, many thanks!
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