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Injustice vs. Masters of the Universe #1


By Carter Hutchison
Jul 20, 2018 - 20:13

I did not expect to like this issue as much as I did. In fact, this might be the best comic I read all week.

One of the most surprising things about this comic is its accessibility. You’re not a super fan of Masters of the Universe? Doesn't matter. The first two pages tell you all you need to know about the heroes and villains of Eternia. Haven't been following Injustice? That's fine too, as Batman has Cyborg give a power point-esque presentation of the story so far.

With just the most basic knowledge of either of these properties this can still be a fun ride of a comic for you. But there are also deep cut references below the surface for the more intense fan. There is a great reference to Batman viewing criminals as a “cowardly and superstitious lot” along with some more obscure DC characters making a cameo or two.

There are also some deeper themes in this issue that are not usually found in a crossover event. When He-Man saves the citizens of Eternos from Faker, he discovers that a vocal minority actually preferred Faker's rule to his own. These citizens would rather have the security of a despot than the uncertainty of freedom. In today's political climate, this theme is eerily applicable.

If there was any negative to this issue it was the art. The art is not intrinsically bad, it just isn't my cup of tea and appears muddled at times.

At the beginning of this week I did not plan on picking up this book, much less loving it. But this issue easily won me over and the tease of Darkseid at the end will have me coming back for more.

Rating: 8 /10

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