I think it's pretty funny (and at the same time, sad) that we're now 4 issues in to this new MOTU comic series and we still do not know if that's Teela or She-Ra.
I'm leaning more towards Teela, since she has the white, furry neck collar. Her outfit details in the "standing triumphant" group shot, reminds me HEAVILY of the 1987 Movie She-Ra concept though...:
- She-Ra's hair
- She-Ra's sword
- She-Ra's clothes
...it's probably Teela.
This story was told somewhere before. The Tygors vs Panthors (and is on box art). In Filmation, Battle Cat's Family was killed by a different creature though. Never explicitly stated, but heavily implied.
I liked the story. I hope He-Man can talk to Battle Cat telepathically.
RE: books. Filmation Teela was very bookish. Her father trained her in many aspects (not just fighting, but technology, etc.) and she even went to Eternian University and that dude fell in love with her and went all dark when she didn't love him back (or still). Little fuzzy as I'm extremely tired.
EDIT: I wonder if Mer-Man and Whiplash have been combined into ONE character? His character design (and tail/use of tail) would seem that way. Maybe they combined She-Ra and Teela in the same manner? Both of those things wouldn't make me happy though.
I liked the story, by the way.