Writer: Keith Giffen,
Artist: Dexter Soy
As much as it may have excited this particular fanboy, it was always going to be a bit of a tough sell to intertwine two completely separate worlds into a series like this. However, in the first instalment of this six-issue story, I found myself pleasantly surprised by just how unforced it all felt. Focusing on the more magic-oriented DC characters such as Madame Xanadu and John Constantine made the whole ‘dimension hopping’ thing a lot less jarring than it could have been, and Giffen did a great job of laying the groundwork for what looked to be an intriguing tale.
Sadly, the second issue is a comic of two halves. The first half finds itself bogged down in needless exposition and awkward dialogue, and manages to derail a lot of the series’ early momentum. The characters don’t quite feel right, and while Giffen has done a terrific job of building up the inhabitants of Eternia in his ongoing MotU series, almost none of that charm is on display here with [NAME]’s dialogue.
However, the book manages to turn the slow start around in emphatic fashion as soon as Skeletor arrives on the scene. His interaction with the Justice League, while undeniably hokey (“woman of wonder”, etc) just plain worked for me, and the final few pages of the issue – as we’re treated to some of the head-to-head battles we’d been promised – most definitely got my fanboy juices flowing. Dexter Soy is an artist who thrives on the dramatic, and while his work falls a little flat in the early, dialogue-heavy scenes, he absolutely knocks it out of the park once the punches start flying.
The issue finishes on an exciting cliffhanger, which bodes well for the rest of the series as we move forwards. Giffen seem to be having a blast with the relative free reign he has over the DC characters, and hopefully some tighter dialogue the next time out will help the ‘Masters of the Universe’ hold up their end of the deal.
An interesting comic with a lot of potential, made bearable by my own childlike glee at seeing Superman and He-Man going blow-for-blow.
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The writer of this piece was: Craig Neilson (aka Ceej)
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