Writer: Keith Giffen
Art: Dexter Soy
Publisher: DC Comics
It seems this is the year of bringing two worlds together in comics. We just finished with the Worlds Collide saga over at Archie, which brought Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man together for the first time. Now DC is brining the thunder with their own crossover, DC vs. Masters of the Universe! That’s right Superman vs. He-Man, Batman vs. Man at Arms, this is a crossover I have been waiting for ever since I saw a two figure pack of Aquaman vs. Merman at Toys R Us.
This fist issue of the limited series truly sets up what is going to be, in my opinion, a truly epic story line, and how can it not when they make a huge point of putting John Constantine in the middle of it. This was an absolute thrill for me as Constantine is one of my favorite characters of all time and when you are dealing with a world like Eternia where magic is in abundance, you have to have him front and center.
It also gives a look at what happened to Skeletor after the initial He-Man miniseries that evolved into the current ongoing title. Needless to say he is up to his old tricks and he has a plan that could rip the Earth apart. It is this that causes He-Man to take notice once he finds out from an unlikely source as He-Man and Teela must figure out a plan to stop him. At the same time someone who has been mentioned in the He-Man comics has appeared at Madam Xanadu’s looking for Constantine to explain the severity of the situation. This leads into the Masters crossing dimensions and will ultimately lead into the epic battles I am hoping for in the upcoming issues.
Keith Giffen has really started something in this issue that any fan of both universes will simply enjoy. You get all the fantastic banter between He-Man and Teela and you get the snarkiness of Constantine right from the get go. I am really enjoying Giffen’s work on the ongoing He-Man series and I was ecstatic when I heard he would be writing this series, as he truly seems to know the Masters of the Universe. He brings in the history of the characters and the world they inhabit and really it’s the He-Man story we have been waiting for.
Dexter Soy’s artwork is beautiful and his redesigns of some of the characters are superb. The one that really stands out in my mind is Stratos. He got a complete overhaul in this series and honestly it’s pretty BA! It is what you would think a modern Stratos would look like and I find myself drawn to his design on every page he is on. Soy’s style is unique and fun to look at and his close up shots of the characters really showcases the features of their face and the emotion that is displayed.
Any fan of He-Man and DC should pick up this series because it is going to be fantastic. Just the mere fact that the DC characters you see in the premiere issue are two of the biggest Mystics in the universe tells you that magic is going to play a huge role and while we know the Justice League will be making appearances, I really think we are going to see Xanadu and Constantine take charge in this crossover.
5 out of 5 nerds