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A Look At He-Man #1 By Brian Jacks
Come March, the first issue of MVCreations's ongoing He-Man comic will hit store shelves, and the publisher promises it'll be chock full of "major shake-ups."
"From the get-go we really wanted to establish the Masters of the Universe series to be something different from any other fantasy based book out there," says Jonboy Meyers, the publisher's Marketing Director. "[We're a] book that blends science and sorcery into one big package. We're very ecstatic with the how well the mini-series has been received, and hope to continue that success with this new series. I know fans have been begging to see some really big action scenes and I promise fans will not be disappointed!"
The He-Man miniseries, which wraps up early this March, laid the ground-work by reestablishing key characters. With issue one of the new series coming out in late March, MVCreations is looking to begin more action-packed story lines.
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MVCreations President and resident Color Monkey agrees, "Our plan from the start was to introduce a story that had a similar feel to the new cartoon. From there, we stepped up the pace and are now ready to put out a book that pushes the boundaries of what has been done with Masters of the Universe. We want the story to parallel the new cartoon while being mindful of the classic series and the wants of our fellow fans."
With a successful toy line from Mattel and a popular cartoon series by Mike Young Productions on the Cartoon Network, Staples has a lot to live up to. "We're keeping stories as interesting and exciting as possible. With the new upcoming story arc, this is a great time for new readers to jump on board!"
Emiliano Santalucia, the book's Italian born penciller, says, "There's a real challenge in keeping pace with the cartoon series and toy line, but I've been allowed to put my own spin on things." In issue one of the new series expect to see oldies but goodies like Trapjaw and Meckaneck, but keep an eye out for some new faces. "I think I've drawn every character we've seen so far into issue one of the ongoing series, and my hand is totally numb! The hardest page I've drawn yet is page 10 of the new series. I cursed Val for days!"
"Mattel has given us a great opportunity to bring something exciting and different to the He-Man mythos," says Staples. "Elements introduced in the cartoon series may be reflected in our stories, but the comic allow us to expand on the story with a more mature feel."
"In addition to the fans and collectors, retailers have been a huge factor to our book's success. As a thank you, we have offered a holofoil incentive cover for the first issue of the new series to all the retailers who have supported our book." says Meyers. And for all those collectors out there, they can also pick up the spectacular Cully Hamner/Tim Townsend wrap around variant cover exclusive from Graham Crackers Comics.
As for the future? The publisher promises it'll be bright, and that fans can look forward to seeing a series of one-shots this summer focusing on individual characters from the Masters of the Universe.