He-Man: The Eternity War #7–9 (DC) are written by Dan Abnett and illustrated by Pop Mhan, Edgar Salazar, and others. Here, Skeletor reminisces about how he once hooked up with Shadow Weaver, raised Adora, and got involved in a pretty sloppy time paradox, and then he sells out She-Ra. Meanwhile, Adam, having broken the Power Sword because Teela told him to, sits around feeling sorry for himself while Hordak launches his invasion of the entire universe. No, really, the entire universe.
So here we’ve got the introduction of a brand new plot device that allows Skeletor to turn the tide suddenly and catastrophically. Well, that’s convenient. Much of these issues, in fact, feel rather convenient, as Skeletor’s apparently a Batman-level advance planner.
So this is three issues not only without He-Man, but also without Adam doing anything of consequence. No, this is the Skeletor Show through and through. I have mixed feelings about this, because on the one hand, they’re obviously doing it wrong, but on the other, Skeletor’s the only remotely interesting character we’ve got around here.
The art is generally fine, although the action sequence at the end of #9 is not. It’s confusing and underwhelming, and that’s too bad, because it’s a pretty important scene.
I’m not ready to say these issues were any good, but at least they were decently interesting. That’s something. But given that issue #9 ends with Hordak dead and the revelation that Adam is possessed by King Hiss (Hssss? Hssssssssssss?), there are no doubt plenty of shenanigans ahead. And I don’t mean that in a good way.
TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT