I could pretend that I wasn’t slightly baffled by this comic, and try to be objective about its visually appealing art and its rather nuanced storytelling, separating it surgically from the fact that I grew up with the cartoon and played endlessly with the He-Man figures with my siblings. But the more entrenched those childhood memories are, the harder it is to react without sentimental overload.
This comic, firstly, is a very unfamiliar world to those who have only watched the cartoon. This is partly because the first issue follows on from a mini-series they might not have read, and so does not make it a point to focus on the distinctive, simplistic, iconic images from the TV show or toy-line. There is no Skeletor visible in issue #1, no focus on Grayskull as a location. What we do have are zones that were not as fully explored in the show, and that broadens the world of MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE. That is actually a good thing. It just may throw new HE-MAN comics readers for a loop.