DC comic wields power of GrayskullWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Despite the buzz of “Forward” in the air these days, it’s nostalgia that drives us as a society, most notably in pop culture. Take that little known cartoon, “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe,” which ran from 1983 to 1985 — who would have imagined that almost 30 years later we’d be excited for a new “He-Man” comic book series? DC Comics, that’s who. And not only do they want to please the old-school Eternia fans, they want to move forward, too.
“He-Man and the Masters of the Universe No. 1 is from writer James Robinson and artist Philip Tan,” said Jim Collins of Toledo’s own JC’s Comic Stop. “This is not your father’s He-Man. The story starts out with Prince Adam, who is not a prince but a lowly woodsman. He seems pretty content with his life, cutting trees and taking care of his elderly sire. However, he does feel there is more out there for him on Eternia.
“As he ventures out he encounters Beast Man who seems to know much more about Adam than he himself does. Adam proves he doesn’t need to be He-Man — yet — to outthink and defeat the muscle-bound Beast Man. Along the way he befriends a bird named Zoar and they continue their adventure unaware that the evil Skeletor is keeping track of him. This new series has the potential of being something the cartoon series, in my opinion, never was … great.”
Zombies can also appear under the guise of nostalgia, seeing as how we’ve been fascinated with them for hundreds of years. The Walking Dead, the comic that inspired the TV series, is so old now that it may actually count as nostalgia to look back at its landmark 100 issues.
“Walking Dead No. 100 is a milestone for the ‘Little Series that Could’,” Collins said. “Hard to believe it’s up this high, but it’s true. Written by series creator Robert Kirkman and longtime series artist Charles Adlard, there’s a total of nine different covers for No. 100 to celebrate this achievement.
“Part Four of the ‘Something to Fear’ story promises to be one of the most brutal and violent encounters that Rick Grimes and his band of survivors have had to deal with yet. Rick has decided not to give in to a gang promising protection and this issue is a direct reaction to that. Now, that’s a bold statement considering what has come before with the classic Governor/prison storyline. For myself, as I’m counting out this week’s inventory, the world will come to a stop once I find this issue. I cannot wait to — pun intended — eat it up.”