On the world of Eternia, a fragile balance exists between science and magic, a balance kept by the universe’s mightiest hero, He-Man!
On a peaceful mission to the island nation of Anwat Gar, the royal Eternian caravan comes under attack by the minions of the evil Skeletor!
And on the island itself, the nefarious Evil-Lyn sets in motion a plan that could lead to all-out war!
• A “He-Man Year One” prequel to the hit Netflix series Masters of the Universe: Revelation!
• From superstar team of Tim Seeley and Eddie Nunez!
COMICONAll the things I could be critical of in a normal comic review don’t feel as important in this one, because it’s a comic about a goofy concept that, somehow, after all these years still works. If you like He-Man, you will dig this story. Until next time, the level of absurd characters in the Masters of the Universe series that somehow just work together will always astound and delight me.
AIPTMasters of the Universe: Forge of Destiny #1 gives a solid Year One origin for He-Man, though only hardcore Masters of the Universe fans will probably check it out. I’ll say this much: It definitely pumps up my anticipation for Masters of the Universe: Revolution.
Big Comic PageA fascinating new story set in a previously untapped period of Eternian history, and an absolutely essential purchase for any self-respecting Masters of the Universe fan.
Indie Comix DispatchMasters of the Universe: Forge of Destiny stems to be a wonderful attempt to add to the magic of the Netflix series as well as the mythology of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe itself!
Derby ComicsSeeley and team produced a successful debut issue that has me interested for the long-term narrative of this comic series and even intrigued to consume more Masters of the Universe content. It was well written, looked great, and serviced it’s characters well. What more could you ask for?
Comic CrusadersHow this book is received may well depend on the readers thoughts on the show. If you didn’t like it then I don’t think you will be that fussed to pick it up. On the other hand, if the show worked for you, then visiting once more Eternia could work. Whichever way your deck is stacked, Seeley and Co. have created a decent looking book that looks to add a level of complexity to the He-Man, Adam and the Masters of the Universe!
ComicBook.comThis prequel series to Netflix's Masters of the Universe: Revelation is about what fans might expect, plenty of set-up and exposition that you may already know but which total newcomers might need. Even for those unfamiliar with MOTU though, this may become tedious. Writer Tim Seeley's work on the MOTU "What If"-style series Masterverse was a little more interesting than what we get here. Artist Eddie Nunez does a good job of channeling the animation style of the series here however, with colors by Brad Simpson really popping in some instances.
RazorfineMasters of the Universe: Forge of Destiny #1 features quite a bit of narration and expository explanation over the first-half of the issue to get events eventually moving, but I did enjoy Eddie Nunez’s art here. While understandable, I’m not a big fan of this particular Adam/Teela dynamic which the prince constantly lying about what he’s doing during his He-Man time and Teela being incapable of seeing through such weak attempts, making them both look foolish and incompetent, but it does allow for his absence at the crucial moment of Evil-Lyn’s frame which will likely help in evil’s plans to use the prince to start a war.