By Todd Allen
Every once and a while, news takes you completely by surprise. Were you expecting James Robinson and Philip Tan to be teaming up for a He-Man comic? Neither was I. And yet, it has been announced.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. A six-issue mini-series kicking off in July, written by James Robinson, pencilled by Philip Tan with Ruy Jose on inks. Which doesn’t really sound like the creative cast on a DC licensed property, to be honest.
MTV’s take on the premise:
That’s right: the skull faced arch-enemy of He-Man has figured out a way to rewrite the reality of Eternia, casting himself as the ruler of Castle Grayskull, and our heroes – including He-Man – as regular peasants with no memory of their previous life. And while simple woodsman Adam may dream of wielding a massive sword, and fighting in battles, he thinks they’re just dreams. That is, until a mysterious sorceress approaches him, and sends him on an epic journey to save all of Eternia.
In that interview, Robinson says (of Skeletor):
He’s terrifying. Period. The silly era is done and gone. Phillip and I are taking great pains to make Skeletor, who is after all a barbarian warrior with a skull face, into a horrifying and worthy foe for He-Man. As to motivation, much like before he wants it all. Eternia. Castle Greyskull. Adam’s head on a plate. Everything. He’s just going to be much more ruthless in how he goes about getting it.
Now we know where Tan landed after Liefeld and Bennet ttook over Hawkman.
Also of interest from that MTV interview, Robinson says he’s working on a novel, which he expects to have finished by the end of the year.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.