“Upon my shoulders rests the fate of two worlds.”
Skeletor has made a bold move to finally gain the upper-hand on He-Man. He looks to finally take control of the power of Greyskull and claim the ultimate power. Will he be successful in He-Man/ThunderCats #2?
Writers Rob David and Lloyd Goldfine continue to impress with one of the best comics on the stands right now. They continue with their use of an unknown and mysterious narrator on top of dialogue. The narration highlights the dialogue and Freddie Williams II’s gorgeous artwork, but it is not directly connected to it. This allows them to emphasize certain panels while providing an in-depth look into the narrator and teasing you with trying to figure out who it is.
The characterization is absolutely superb. Not only do you see it through the narrator, but it also shines bright in the dialogue and through Williams’ artwork. Skeletor’s main motivations are made abundantly clear as he discusses his ill intent with Mumm-Ra. There is even one point where Skeletor completely dismisses a very lucrative bargain from Mumm-Ra.
While Skeletor’s character is developed through the dialogue, He-Man’s is done through an epic fight sequence. He-Man battles through multiple attacks from old foes and new ones alike. He continues to persevere and overcome no matter what they throw at him. It shows his indomitable will and desire to protect his kingdom from all kinds of terrible threats.
Freddie Williams II’s artwork is absolutely fantastic once again. The details in each panel are jaw dropping. There is one panel that really caught my eye and you might overlook it if you aren’t paying attention. You can see Mumm-Ra’s soul in terror as Skeletor is about to consume him. Imagine Imhotep from The Mummy being vanquished, but extremely subtle.
The action sequences are fast-paced and creative. The one battle scene takes up about half the issue, but Williams doesn’t duplicate one single combat attack. Each panel has something different happening in it whether He-Man is being attacked mentally, via dark magic, or dog pile. You get to see him in all his glory overcome each situation in his own unique way. It’s exciting, edge of your seat combat.
The pacing is excellent. David, Goldfine, and Williams expertly transition from detailing Skeletor’s devious plan to an epic battle scene with He-Man and Skeletor’s minions and back to see Skeletor’s plan come to fruition. There is really nothing truly amiss and they even add in some history to build up He-Man’s world and mythology.
Jeremy Colwell’s colors expertly highlight Williams’ art. He captures He-Man’s strength by having the light gradually fade the further it is from He-Man. Thus, it is brighter right on top of He-Man drawing your eye and highlighting his strength and power. He also does an excellent job with all of the mystical effects. He primarily uses bright blue and purple to capture these mystical effects. It really makes the full splash page truly epic when you see the magic coursing through the characters.
He-Man/ThunderCats #2 is a perfect comic. The pacing is excellent; David, Goldfine, and Williams do a fantastic job of capturing the characters of He-Man and Skeletor as well as the mysterious narrator. The action scenes are some of the best comics have to offer. You get to see He-Man in all of his glory as he battles insurmountable odds and the story keeps you on the edge of your seat. Go buy this book.
- A damn good story
- Absolutely fantastic artwork with edge-of-your-seat combat scenes
- Unique use of narrator to add layers to the story while also letting you inside one of the main characters