A few years ago, Justin Marks wrote a film script title Grayskull that was to be a stunning reboot of Master of the Universe so awesome that it was on the same level as Batman Begins crossed with Lord of the Rings. It is perhaps one of the most tragically unproduced scripts in Hollywood, and it’s an insult that the new Masters of the Universe won’t be using it. Grayskull was a Masters of the Universe fan’s dream come true, epic and true to the original characters; it completely erased the 80′s live action movie. We’ll never see it realized.
Now, nearly a year after DC rebooted their entire line, the comic publisher has released a new reboot of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. The first issue is relatively short, but works as a reboot or new take on the material, while still remaining true to the characters we remember and the character designs from the original animated series.
The first issue has Adam dreaming of being He-Man, but he has no knowledge of the power. He’s living as a woodsman in the forest when Beast Man attacks. Beast Man knows about He-Man and the connection to Adam, but Adam has no memory of being He-Man. The fight is quick, and Beast Man is sent back to Skeletor licking his wounds. It also looks like Skeletor is in Grayskull at this time and knows that Adam doesn’t remember being He-Man.
It’s a short issue, but is an interesting take on He-Man and a good way to reboot things without erasing everything that happened previously. Fans of Master of the Universe will want to keep on eye on this run.