He-Man & The Masters of the Universe #1

He-Man & The Masters of the Universe #1

Writer: James Robinson Artist: Philip Tan Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 4, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 11
5.9Critic Rating
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  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Jul 9, 2012

    And how did Skeletor conquer the power of Grayskull? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jul 5, 2012

    Something has happened and He-Man is no longer the champion of Eternia. With Prince Adam having no memory of his previous life and no signs of the other Masters of the Universe, it appears that Skeletor may have finally won the battle. He-Man may not put in an appearance but there is some action and familiar faces here. You get the feeling that this could turn out to be really cool. Casual readers or those unfamiliar with the characters might not be completely willing to accept it. It's basically James Robinson's idea and Philip Tan's art that is enough of a hook to make you want to read this. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Brett Monro Jul 6, 2012

    He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is a much better book then I was anticipating. The story is engaging and different, while the art is adventurous and fun. There is something in here for the long-time He-Man fan, as well as the new reader who knows very little about the Masters of the Universe. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Jul 5, 2012

    This is a fun book, but I'm ready for more He-Man, more Skeletor, more of the setting and characters that 5-year-old me loved so very, very much. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Jul 3, 2012

    Thus, there are some mysteries to be revealed that may turn out to be interesting, given Robinson's talent, but He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #1 is a bit disappointing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jul 9, 2012

    There are, in my experience, multiple kinds of James Robinson stories. There is the Robinson who created the sublime Starman, which takes cast-off bits of history and ephemera, and welds them into a seamless continuity which creates its own reality. And then, there's the Robinson who gave us 'Cry For Justice,' a tale which makes the Justice League alternately thuggish, unpleasant and useless, while killing the most sympathetic characters in what felt like a transparent bid for relevance. Thankfully, He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe #1 bears more resemblance to the first example, treating thirty years of backstory with respect, and positing a mystery about what in the world has happened in Eternia, earning a hopeful 3 out of 5 stars overall. If this book continues being this interesting, I'd welcome it becoming an ongoing series... Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Jul 5, 2012

    So, I will ask it again – why does this exist? An under-exposed, over-talented, licensed comic is a weird, weird thing. And while I've seen a lot of great and a lot of terrible this year from DC, I haven't seen anything like this yet. Bravo, DC – you still manage to surprise me. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jul 5, 2012

    Masters of the Universe fans will be pleased to read these adventures and see their beloved characters in play again. The range of characters might be disappointing in this issue, but the promise of more (and soon) is clear enough at the conclusion. I might not be interested in reading more, but I can understand why fans who are entrenched in the He-Man universe would. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Kevin Beckham Jul 5, 2012

    Oh I have a question-- there was an odd thing on the last page that made me ask… why did Skeletor have Modulok’s head in his hand? Modulok is part of the Evil-Horde which makes him one of Hordak’s minions. I know Hordak and Skeletor had beef and history but he was sent from another dimension. I guess it just makes you wonder where this falls in the timeline…whatever. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Jul 13, 2012

    All of this is competently done by Robinson and Tan, but all that that means is that the book isn't offensively bad. It just feels typical, which is quite the feat considering the source material's trippy feel and lack of character foundation. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts Jul 5, 2012

    I will give props to the art team here (all five members) as they carry the book and modernizes these almost 30-year-old characters, but even then, it's mediocre in the panel layouts and presentation. This book belongs in Snake Mountain's dungeon. Read Full Review

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