Sunday, October 27, 2013

365 Comics...299: DC Universe vs. Masters of the Universe #2 (2013)

The first issue came out the first week of September, which puts the second issue a few weeks behind schedule.  In the process, all of a sudden Tony Bedard has replaced Keith Giffen on the script, which is interesting, considering that Giffen has also left the main Masters of the Universe book (now written by Dan Abnett) and he replaced James Robinson as writer of the first MOTU mini-series last year on the second issue.  I wonder if Mattel is really that hard to please.

Anyway, I was about done with this mess of a book when Skeletor enchanted the Justice League and sent them after Batman who teleported to the Batcave where He-Man, Teela, Queen Marlena, John Constantine and Madame Xanadu are waiting for him.  It dawned on me that both the Justice League and the Masters are not the characters I know and like.  Like, Marlena knows that He-Man is Adam, which means Teela knows He-Man is Adam?  When did that happen?

Anyway, the thing that gave me pause was the part of the ridiculous Masters versus Justice League fight when [Spoiler Alert] He-Man stabs Superman through the chest with his magic sword (which is a godawful ugly looking magic sword, I might add)... in an interview with Giffen about this series he did hint that this was out of continuity, so anyone could die...I just wasn't expecting it to be Superman after a terribly weak battle sequence.  I really would love to see Superman and He-Man tussle, and members of the League engage against the good and/or bad masters (hey, why not just take the whole thing out of current "style" continuity and just use classic versions of everyone?  Ah, whatever, it's really not worth even discussing anymore).

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