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On this twisted Thursday we are continuing our journey through 31 comic books for the Halloween season. As previously, not all of these stories center around the holiday, but all of them will be appropriately themed for All Hallow’s Eve.
Spoilers beyond this point.
The entry for today is Masters of the Universe: Dream Halloween.
From the depths of 2003 comes this Halloween one-shot from CrossGen and MVCreations.
“Power of Fear” was written by Val Staples with art by Emiliano Santalucia and Enza Fontana. Curiously, the letters are credited to Robert Kirkman (?). This release comes from the rebooted 200X line by Mattel and falls into that continuity. Here Skeletor decides that his numerous losses to He-Man are due to the ineptitude of his underlings. So, he summons a new warrior, Scare Glow. Immediately turning against Skeletor and his forces, Scare Glow escapes their citadel, Snake Mountain.
Later in the forest, He-Man’s allies Man-At-Arms and Teela run across the mysterious warrior. Determining that he won’t be plucked from his world again if Skeletor has no reason to, SG chooses to defeat his enemies. Teela and Man-At-Arms are subjected to terrifying scenarios that play into their deepest fears.
Eventually, Prince Adam runs across the scene and transforms into He-Man to stop the villain. However even He-Man is susceptible to Scare Glow’s powers as he envisions his parents call him a coward and tell him they are disappointed in him. Of course, He-Man is able to break through this attack to defeat SG.
Fleeing from the battle, Scare Glow returns to beg Skeletor to return him to his home world. Blasting him with an energy beam, Skeletor informs him that he now owes a debt that he must work off. At the end, Scare Glow vows to discover what Skeletor fears and return home.
Afterwards is a bonus story, “Hope” from 2002, by Val Staples with art by Enza Fontana. This is almost a storybook like tale comprised of splash pages with narration over them that tells the “mission statement” of He-Man.
This is a fun book that was part of an excellent series of comics. Unfortunately there was some controversy with this issue. Before this, the character of Scare Glow had not yet been introduced into Mattel’s 200X line of Masters of the Universe. While supposedly the details of the agreement were vague, the toy maker claimed this was beyond the purview of their license. Later MVCreations would produce another issue featuring a new character, again a violation of the license in Mattel’s determination. After producing an issue they could not release, they were stuck with a comic they had produced but could not recoup any money on. Below is an ad for the issue and the character, Illumina.
Aside from the problems that this comic lead to for the company, this is a good issue with the return of a fan favorite character. Understandably, this issue is out-of-print and is unlikely to be reprinted any time soon. DC Comics now has the license for Masters of the Universe comic books, but so far haven’t reprinted any previous comic offerings. Still, it is worth your time to track down this one, especially if you’re a fan of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
Come back tomorrow (glowing skeleton fingers crossed) for another comic book tale for Halloween.