As many of you will know I continue to self-publish cereal:geek magazine; the one-hundred page glossy magazine dedicated to the cartoons of the eighties. I have incredibly talented individuals write articles for the magazine. However, when I required an article covering the Masters of the Universe comic book published by Marvel's Star Comics imprint I knew I had to write this article myself, given that I have such strong views on this series! As I have rarely covered the Star Comics series on this Blog I thought it would be good to showcase the article I wrote for the magazine across a group of posts.
So here I present the eighth part of the article...
With George Caragonne taking over the writing chores with issue nine the entire quality of the comic shifts dramatically. The first thing to notice is that there are no new characters in this story. Okay, I tell a lie, there is a new character, but she's not a toy, and was never intended to be one!
Right off the bat Caragonne shows his knowledge of the Masters of the Universe cartoon (or at the very least willingness to research the source material) by introducing Uncle Montork and Dree Elle from Orko's homeworld of Trolla. The story of Orko's desire for revenge on Hordak for the apparent death of Dree Elle is well written, and while the Hate Stones sudden appearance is never really explained, as a plot device they work well. The story is refreshing, and it is a nice to see the characters genuinely torn by the actions of their friend.
One clever and somewhat amusing element to the story is that the Evil Horde have a new ship/weapon called the War Star which looks like a large pyramid. The ship is powerful, but due to the energy used in transporting the ship from Etheria to Eternia they seem to be constantly waiting for their weapons to charge. I think this is well worked into the story because it shows that not all of the Evil Horde's plans are well thought out.
There is also a reference to Marlena's earth heritage as He-Man quotes Lord Acton's famous "absolute power corrupts absolutely", and an ending that is the first decent non-preachy moralistic ending the comic has featured. It should be noted that this ending is handled a lot better than most episodes of the cartoon as the characters muse the events of the day without lecturing the "audience". George Caragonne finally gives the comic a story that it deserves.
To be continued...
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