The DC series is not bad because it is new. It is bad because it is poorly executed. I know comic books are not great literature, but the writing is awful. The art is hit-or-miss, at best. I expected more from DC as a top comic publisher and from Mattel as custodian of the MOTU brand.
"A knight is sworn to valor. His heart knows only virtue. His blade defends the helpless. His word speaks only truth. His wrath undoes the wicked."
6 issues to undo everything Filmation brought to the table:
-falcon sorceress (which I bet will be reverted back to cobra sorceress somehow)
And add back pre-Filmation elements:
It's not a continuation of the pre-Filmation story, it's a dead on de-evolving of Filmation INTO pre-Filmation cannon. Brilliant if that was their purpose.
Not particularly my cup of tea, but at least with Sorceress dead in both MOTUC bios and DC comics, she's finally done being humiliated.
My MOTUC top wants (POST NYCC 2014):
Filmation:Twiggets - Red Knight - Granita - Hunga the Harpy - Dylamug - Vultak - Enchantress - Kothos - General Tataran - Evil Seed (Filmation artichoke) - Masque - Sybiline (with a pack-in Gorgon) - Melaktha
Others: Despara - toy version of Catra - Veena - Master Sebrian - Drissi - Caz - Andros - Sorceress (NA comics version)- Kex Queen - Lodar
Back before NYCC this past Autumn, I attended the Toy Tokyo MOTU art show in downtown Manhattan.
There were a ton of pieces for sale for charity - art from the digital comics, Scott's motuc mini-comics, and the DC Series.
On display was Mattel's test shot collection... but in the display was this:
After discussing this theory with a couple of MOTU fan-friends, THIS is who I think is sitting in that chair at the end of Issue #6... and I think that theory is supported by the imagery in the digital mini comic that features Orko... they gave us the answer in that issue.
I bet we get Gorpo this year... and that's NOT a hint It's PURE Speculation - and I mean that... but I wouldn't be surprised.
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I do enjoy the look of Beast Man.
Orko seemingly betraying the Masters seems to be a worthwhile story arc. It will be interesting to see who is controlling Orko. I'm guessing Hordak or more likely some new character.
An interesting twist on Sorceress being killed by Skeletor and not King Hiss.
Not thrilled by the look of He-Man's face/head on the cover.
Skeletor's outfit looks okay half the time and ridiculous the rest of the time.
More shots of the Masters please! Wishing it wasn't just Teela and He-Man that went after Skeletor.
Even after Skeletor shows He-Man the head of the Sorceress, He-Man spares Skeletor's life?! No reaction from Teela?
The artist got a little crazy with the energy coming out of those monsters' eyes on the last page.
A fairly bland, anticlimactic confrontation between He-Man and Skeletor considering we've been leading up to it for six issues + a number of mini issues.
Didn't care for the whole "I am the power" part.
The characters, especially the good guys, display a notable lack of emotion on the pages.
So Castle Grayskull has no power? Or was Skeletor tricked into thinking he was tricked by the Sorceress into thinking the castle held the power He-Man held?
Still, I'll say that even I wouldn't have done those things to Orko and the Sorceress. I can understand why people find Teela'na's death gruesome and upsetting. It did drive home the evil of Skeletor, and I don't think there are many other characters whose death would have gotten the reaction they wanted, but I wouldn't have done it.
The Orko thing is a very bold move that gives a good ending, but while it might not be a permanent thing I still don't think it jibes with the character.
I also thought their exchange was just too clunky to be funny in this issue. That's after generally finding it decent in past issues. This just felt very rushed and half-hearted.
I do hope it'll get better in the ongoing. Maybe with the knowledge of it being an ongoing and being able to "reboot" slightly with his own take Giffen will take this somewhere more interesting. I've liked a lot of his work in the past. If there are enough positive reviews I'm happy to give it a chance, I just thought this was badly executed.
I agree a bit with both sides RE: Teela's dialogue. I saw some funny moments, but on a WHOLE...I found it a bit painful to read. She seemed a bit...emotionally unstable in this issue.
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Having read this series has made me reconsider my stance on Battleground Teela looking like a reject from John Carpenter
I also hate the character redesigns. Well, I hate all the stupid added chainmail parts. They need to lose those. And hire an artist who has a clearer, bolder style. This sketchy art just isn't working.
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About Orko thing ,Perhaps the key to all this was on that hilarious digital comic of Orko , I thinks in that story he falls on "the dark side".
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Just finished it. My comment:
GozzoMan, Heroic Cherry Picker
If I look at this series as a kindof "Age of Apocalypse" for Motu, I can enjoy it. But, if I try to see this as a new canon**shudder** So, I am sticking with this as Age of Apocalypse Motu to keep my sanity
I really hope those demons aren't Trollans and that isn't actually Orko. I'm all for dark/gritty, but it still has to make sense. That just seems too bizarre.
Also, I'm all for the secret identity being gone as long as we still have both Adam and He-man. I think Adam is the heart of the story in many ways and a side to He-man that's needed.
I guess we lose the whole "good for nothing son/disappointed in my son" relationship with Randor, assuming that Prince "He-Man" might be "Prince Perfect" now. THIS is the son Randor had always wanted! Now that I think about it, this could be very interesting! This could be like the Texiera mini-comics...
I'm surprised that we haven't discussed the implications of everyone knowing that Adam is He-Man in this canon.
I liked it overall, probably my fav issue thus far, but I did not like the blood... in my mind MOTU has always avoided that much carnage, and I don't think it added anything. The Orko this is a whatever to me, it was a new take, I'm interested in how it's gonna turn out.
I will NEVER believe that Mermista beheaded Mer-Man! You sit on a throne of lies.... and smell of beef and cheese, bio writer!!!!