The world of Eternia is unique among worlds. Located at the center of the universe, on a nexus of gateways to other realities, it is one of the few places in the universe where the laws that govern technology and the laws of magic share equal heft, allowing both advanced science and high magic to exist side-by-side. Ancient legends tell of even greater powers than what exist on Eternia today and many of these secrets are kept with the walls of Castle Grayskull, safely protected from those who would use such knowledge for evil. And to protect this knowledge, in most realities, a champion is chosen – a hero who is said to be the most powerful man in his universe – He-Man!
Yet among this vast array of worlds, there is one where the laws that govern science and magic are twisted and what is fair is foul and foul is fair. This realm is known as Anti-Eternia and its He-Man has begun to travel the Multiverse, killing his counterparts and claiming their Swords of Power for himself. This would be disturbing enough, if the power he gathered weren’t slowly paving a pathway to the Power Prime – the source of cosmic energy that fuels all the He-Men across reality.
A group of rag-tag He-Men from other worlds have joined forces to fight against this Dark He-Man, but the same laws of magic that empower them also make them helpless against the power of Anti-Eternia. The only being that might have a chance against him is his equal opposite, for in every world where a He-Man rises there also exists a dark lord Skeletor to oppose him. Unfortunately, the Skeletor of the Anti-Eternia dimension is a spoiled prince more interested in pranks than power, who can barely manage a few simple cantrips after nearly a decade of magical tutelage…
Take the concept for Dark Nights: Metal, mix it with every single alternate universe based on He-Man that ever existed and you might wind up with something staggeringly similar to He-Man & The Masters Of The Multiverse. Whatever else can be said about this comic, writer Tim Seely is thinking big and cranking everything up to 11. Is this a ludicrous idea for a comic? Yes. But if you’re the sort of person who worries about things being ludicrous, you’re probably not a big fan of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, which thrived on such fantastic insanity. Seely perfectly captures this spirit, introducing a cartoonish chibi-style He-Man alongside Dolph Lundgren’s He-Man from the live-action movie most of us pretend doesn’t exist.
The artwork does a fine job of capturing the essence of this insanity, crafting a world that seems inspired in equal measure by Frank Frazetta’s pin-ups and Jack Kirby’s Asgard. Dan Fraga crafts some interesting designs that are further enhanced by Richard Friend’s inks. It is the colors of Matt Yackey, however, that truly give this comic an epic appearance.
While it won’t win the franchise any new fans, those who grew up proclaiming “I have the power!” while holding a plastic sword over their head will find He-Man and the Masters of the Multiverse to be a welcome slice of nostalgic fun.
He-Man & The Masters Of The Multiverse releases on November 20th, 2019!
Written by The Critic The Internet Deserves, but not the one it needs right now…. Matt Morrison. He’s a smart-ass guardian. A sarcastic protector. A Snark Knight.