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First Look: HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #1

By the power of Grayskull! Get a glimpse of the classic character's brand new series!

I have the poweeeeeeeeeeeeeer!

He-Man and the rest of Eternia are soon coming back with their own monthly ongoing. Taking place after the defeat of Skeletor, this series will focus on the return of She-Ra. Check out a black and white preview below!

HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE is written by Keith Giffen and illustrated by Pop Mhan. The first issue will hit stands April 17th. Viners, is this a must buy for you?

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Posted by TommytheHitman

... HE MAN!!!

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Posted by KRYPTON

HE-MAN returns again. Funny, nobody wants to create a new He-Man TV show.

Posted by Mucklefluga

Now i have the TV show intro stuck in my head.

Edited by cyberchop979

"Check out the preview below of Hordak and her forces invading Eternia."

Hordak is female?!?!

Huh, I always thought Hordak was male. Maybe this is a new version.

Posted by dondave

Looks Good, might pick it up

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Posted by leokearon

I want to see the rest of the Horde

Posted by Perfect 10

@cyberchop979: the reviewer didnt do their research cause that's not hordak, that is Despara, the commander of the hordak horde. she is really she-ra, but being raised by hordak they gave her a different name

Posted by Perfect 10

she-ra she-ra she-ra she-ra

Posted by k4tzm4n

@cyberchop979 said:

"Check out the preview below of Hordak and her forces invading Eternia."

Hordak is female?!?!

Huh, I always thought Hordak was male. Maybe this is a new version.

@Perfect 10 said:

@cyberchop979: the reviewer didnt do their research cause that's not hordak, that is Despara, the commander of the hordak horde. she is really she-ra, but being raised by hordak they gave her a different name

The description we received:

Check out the gallery above for a sneak peek at the inaugural issue’s interior art to witness Hordak and her army invade Eternia!
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Posted by JamDamage

how many times is He-Man going to return already.

Posted by redbird3rdboywonder

Give me an awesome return of skeletor and make him uber powerful just because

Posted by Miss_Garrick

I grew up with the 80's He-Man and She-Ra. Tread CAREFULLY Mr. Giffen!!

Posted by Inner_Demon

Art looks pretty solid. Cautious optimism engaged.

Posted by inferiorego
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Posted by kennybaese

Whatever happened to that He-Man book that James Robinson was doing and then wasn't doing and then fell off of the face of the earth?

Posted by Billy Batson

@kennyshat said:

Whatever happened to that He-Man book that James Robinson was doing and then wasn't doing and then fell off of the face of the earth?

It was a six-issue mini. Giffen finished it after Robinson left.
BB

Posted by NightFang

@StMichalofWilson said:

Man, I miss that cartoon.

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Posted by Ben3000

I'm excited for this, I mean it was thanks to the 2002 series I've became a fan so I've been ready to get some more He-Man media.

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@KRYPTON said:

HE-MAN returns again. Funny, nobody wants to create a new He-Man TV show.

That 2002 remake on Cartoon Network was legit. Shame it got canceled so fast.

Posted by Super_SoldierXII

Hm. Decapitation and children getting eviscerated. Safe to say, this is not a book you're going to buy for your kids.

That's what a new He-Man book needs IMHO. Adult related themes and content.

Looks good.

Posted by blur99

@StMichalofWilson: That was a great show. One of Cartoon Networks' best ever.

Posted by evilvegeta74

@cyberchop979 said:

"Check out the preview below of Hordak and her forces invading Eternia."

Hordak is female?!?!

Huh, I always thought Hordak was male. Maybe this is a new version.

Thats not Hordak that's She-Ra under some spell.

Posted by SavageDragon

@NightFang said:

@StMichalofWilson said:

Man, I miss that cartoon.

This was an excellent show.

Posted by Danial79

Since when was Hordak a woman? :\

Posted by animehunter

Can't wait, here are the solicits for issues 1-3

ISSUE 1

• First exciting issue of the new, ongoing adventures of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe!
• While the Masters of the Universe mourn the loss of a fallen friend, Hordak infiltrates Eternia!
• Featuring the return of She-Ra! Now known as Despara, the most lethal weapon in Hordak’s army, she returns to Eternia as He-Man’s newest enemy!

Written by: Keith Giffen
Art by: Pop Mhan
Cover by: Ed Benes
Variant Cover by: Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson
On Sale Date: Apr 17 2013
ISSUE 2

In the second issue of the new, ongoing series, Hordak’s forces have invaded Eternia, and Despara’s identity is revealed! But what is her relationship to He-Man? And will he be able to stop her from killing everyone he loves?

Written by: Keith Giffen
Art by: Pop Mhan
Cover by: Howard Porter
On Sale Date: May 15 2013
ISSUE 3

Castle Grayskull under siege! He-Man must rally the Masters of the Universe As Despara and legions of Hordak’s troops march towards the castle. While He-Man vows to protect the last unconquered place in Eternia, Despera vows to destroy it and everyone within!

Written by: Keith Giffen
Art by: Pop Mhan
Cover by: Pop Mhan
On Sale Date: Jun 19 2013
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Posted by Baberaham_Lincoln

the 2002 he-man was awesome. I will be picking this up for sure, Giffen doing good on threshold

Posted by Dark_Guyver

"After the defeat of Skeletor." So will he not be in the new ongoing?

Posted by Loki2u

I believe the Origin of Hordak is being released in April as well as a One-Shot

Posted by ltbrd

the last mini-series was awesome though I wish the battle with Skeletor had been expanded just a bit but it will be nice to see all the Masters back in the next series.......but really excited to see how the big reveal in issue 6 continues to play out.

liked the fact that the Masters and the King knew Adam and He-Man were the same. Always thought the character was being limited by the dual identity aspect of a standard superhero and its nice to see a change of pace and how people respond to him as a result.

Posted by KRYPTON

@Reignmaker said:

@KRYPTON said:

HE-MAN returns again. Funny, nobody wants to create a new He-Man TV show.

That 2002 remake on Cartoon Network was legit. Shame it got canceled so fast.

I knew of that. I'm talking a new show, much like what they did with the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja (CGI) Turtles.

Posted by ltbrd

also did anyone else notice that the sword Teela was using in issue 6 was a near exact match to She-Ra's sword? not to mention the fact that she rode into battle on a gold unicorn? or that she was dressed near the same as He-Man?

coincidence or was Teela the guardian of She-Ra's sword and familiar as she wasn't in Eternia to receive them?

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Looks absolutely great, especially for an old Eternia fan like me!

Posted by muhabba

So is Hordak a girl now or is that Aurora?

Edited by animehunter

@muhabba said:

So is Hordak a girl now or is that Aurora?

for everyone wondering

Hordak is NOT a girl, he is definitely male

The one in the previews above is Adora aka She-ra Aka Despara, you can tell by her mask and armor she's wearing, that she's has in the image below.

And if you take a look at the issue 1 solicit the cover shows the same as well.

• First exciting issue of the new, ongoing adventures of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe!
• While the Masters of the Universe mourn the loss of a fallen friend, Hordak infiltrates Eternia!
• Featuring the return of She-Ra! Now known as Despara, the most lethal weapon in Hordak’s army, she returns to Eternia as He-Man’s newest enemy!

As extra proof here is

Adora Aka She-ra Aka Despara

Hordak, although might not be his true form in this reboot of the series

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Posted by k4tzm4n

Hey all, I've decided to edit the OP to avoid any talk of gender. Sorry for the confusion, that was in a bit of info I received about the preview. Thanks to @animehunter: for presenting me with a lot of evidence in a PM.

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Posted by Trodorne

First off I just want to say thanks for comicvine for showcasing this series, for those who are into Terry Dodson, They are doing a 1st issue variant for She-ra fans. check it out.

@inferiorego: lol don't be mean. its bad enough this series get that sort of treatment.

@Inner_Demon said:

Art looks pretty solid. Cautious optimism engaged.

This ^^

@dondave said:

Looks Good, might pick it up

Second.

@animehunter: @muhabba: Its ADORA.

Does anyone else think that they are playing Hordak much like Darkseid? There is no dreams or freedom there is only Hordak and the Horde Empire. lol

Edited by animehunter

@Trodorne: Thanks for pointing out my mistake regarding her name, I can't believe I forgot her actual name.

Where was my head?

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Posted by Inner_Demon

@Trodorne:

I enjoyed the recent miniseries, as well as the origins for Skeletor and He-Man that DC has done. So far, it looks like they're definitely taking the franchise in a new direction, while still attempting to preserve the core of what made me love it back in the 80s.