He-Man/Thundercats #1 (DC)



Rating: 5/5 – Nirvana for Fans of These Two 80s Franchises!
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

DC has held the license for He-Man for quite some time now and even had the character first appearing in an issue of DC Comics Presents, number forty-seven, if you’re looking to add one to your collection. After first appearing at DC, the property shifted over to Marvel’s Star imprint for a while and in the early 2000s even landed at Image for a time. I’ve enjoyed quite a bit of what DC has recently done with the property and really enjoyed the just concluded Eternia War.

The Thundercats’ comic publishing history is very similar to that of He-Man. The Thudercats first appeared in Marvel’s Star imprint and ran for a few years before taking a long break. Then in the early 2000s, DC began publishing Thundercats comics through the Wildstorm imprint, but again they didn’t last all that long. Now DC has combined these two fan favorite franchises into one titled simply, He-Man/Thundercats. This first issue written by Rob David and Lloyd Goldfine, and drawn by Freddie E. Williams II is a fantastic first issue that shows the potential of these two franchises coming together!

Williams II’s art is wonderful throughout but it’s his opening pages that absolutely set the stage for what we’re in for, not only in this first issue, but for this series. We get a full page splash of Lion-O and Mumm-Ra and a full page splash of Mumm-Ra’s transformation in just this issue’s first four pages. That’s mirrored in the last four pages when we see two more splash pages that are just as strong to finish the book off. Each of these pages and almost every page in between showcase the strengths of William’s art and even though at times, especially when the camera pulls back from the action I’d prefer his pencils to be inked, his art truly shines. The characters all look as they should and I can’t wait to see him draw some of my more favorite characters from these two groups.

David and Goldfine do a great job of balancing both franchises, opening with Mumm-Ra recovering from a battle with Lion-O and speaking with the evil spirits about another sword that can rival the power of the Sword of Omens. This eventually brings Third Earth into Eternia’s orbit and the two franchises finally meet. The story is solid in its execution and makes sense within the context of both worlds before it ends on an exciting cliffhanger. The potential of a crossover like this has always seemed inevitable but now that it has happened, they have exceeded my expectations. I can’t wait for the next issue!

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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