Writer: Tim Seeley
Art: Freddie E. Williams II
Colors: Jeremy Colwell
Letterer: Wes Abbott
What They Say:
Believing He-Man and the Masters of the Universe defeated, a robotic impostor has seized control of Eternia—but not for long! After freeing his kingdom from this strongman’s rule, Prince Adam learns not everyone is pleased to see the pretender deposed—but Adam knows the value of freedom. So when heroes from another dimension ask his aid in deposing a super-hero turned dictator, he agrees. Teaming up with Batman against the Superman of the Injustice Universe, He-Man and his new allies face dangerous and familiar enemies in a battle where no world is safe!
Content: (warning, spoilers ahead)
The Injustice books have always been a more dark and brutal look on the DC Universe. It’s a world where Batman and his allies fight a constant battle against a Superman who who took justice into his own hands. That universe just got a bit bigger. As we begin, an unknown figure races towards the realm of Eternia, bearing an important message. On Eternia itself, He-Man ends the hostile rule of the robotic doppelganger Faker, who had stolen his identity and ruled the land as a dictator, much like Superman rules Earth now. He-Man deposes the villain and brings us to the news that not all citizens are happy Faker is gone. Transforming back to Prince Adam, the man has little time to contemplate what’s gone on when he’s accosted by Batman and a team of heroes from DC’s Earth. This meeting of two worlds allows Batman to show Adam what’s going down on Earth, and we Find that the series is using part of Superman’s ending from Injustice 2. Superman has taken Brainiac’s technology and used it to rebuild his regime even better than before, with a seemingly brainwashed Batman, who may be Bruce Wayne, detecting thought crimes and other such things before they happen!
Superman has become very much like Big Brother in the novel 1984 or the men in power from V for Vendetta, and now punishes even those who think bad things about him. How some of this came about, however, lies in his new ally: Skeletor! Apparently, Superman rescued Skeletor from death, and the two have been on the lookout for magical objects. Before you know it, Batman’s got new allies of his own in He-Man, Teela, Man-At-Arms, and Orko, but we soon return to our unknown figure who was trying to reach Eternia. Something seems to want to stop him and we find that Eternia has bigger problems than Faker! Darkseid is here!
The first issue of this crossover certainly isn’t holding back! Off the bat we’ve got great action, intrigue, and mystery! How did Superman find Skeletor, and did minions like Trap-Jaw, Beast-Man, or Evil-Lyn find there way to the DCU as well? Similarly, how did Darkseid find Eternia? These questions set up the idea that something bigger may be going on here, and maybe Brainiax’s tech exposed the existence of Eternia. Seeley’s writing works so well to give the characters personality, and you really do get the sense “Yeah, this is Injustice Superman”, or “This is definitely He-Man. The art by Williams and Colwell works well together as well, and they really manage to make the worlds of DC Earth and Eternia pop out in different ways. Earth has become this gnarly, dark dystopia where Superman watches all, and Eternia is presented as a fantasy kingdom realm in political turmoil. The book is interesting not just for all this though, but also because it raises the idea of what should be done with power. on Earth, Superman has abused his power and taken dictatorial control over the world, while Eternia’s people seem to WANT He-Man to do that, blasting him for only using his power when threats show up. It’s a very interesting dynamic, one I expect will continue in future issues. If there’s any flaw in the book, it’s that it introduces a lot of character in just one issue. Just in this alone, we get introduced to He-Man, Teela, Man-At-Arms, Orko, The King and Queen of Eternia, Faker, Moss Man, The new Batman, Harley Quinn, Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Superman, Skeletor and Darkseid’s crew. That’s a ton of characters for a # 1, but Seeley shows his skill in that it doesn’t end up feeling overwhelming. Not all characters are fully fleshed out yet, and we’ll get more insight presumably later. If you’re an Injustice or a He-Man fan, you are going to enjoy this one.
Age Rating: Teen
Released By: DC Comics
Release Date: July 18, 2018