Today sees the release of DC Comics‘ “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” Volume 1 trade paperback collection. The book collects the initial “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” mini-series, introducing the publisher’s take on the iconic ’80s toy line and cartoon series. “He-Man” features writers James Robinson and Keith Giffen, pencillers Philip Tan, Howard Porter and Pop Mhan, and inkers Ruy Jose, John Livesay and Pop Mhan, among several others. Also, included is the Geoff Johns written and Porter/Livesay drawn digital prelude comic featuring Sir Laser Lot.
One may think that is an extraordinary number of creators involved in a single mini-series that is meant as a launching pad for a licensed property that stands on its own. Johns’ limited participation is reasonable, considering he created the Sir Laser Lot character for Mattel‘s “Masters of the Universe Classics” toy line. However, James Robinson only lasted the first one and a half issues before Keith Giffen took over writing duties for the remainder of the series. Thankfully, the transition was relatively seamless