Subway Shorts – Injustice vs. Masters of the Universe 1

It’s another crossover featuring He-Man, as the remaining heroes in the Injustice universe seek his aid in battling a tyrant Superman.

Injustice vs. Masters of the Universe 1
Written by Tim Seeley
Pencils and Inks by Freddie E. Williams III
Colors by Jeremy Colwell

I’ve loved the Masters of the Universe comics published by DC Comics over the last few years. From the ongoing series to the crossovers – one with the main DC Universe and one with the THUNDERCATS – the company has really done right by characters created to sell toys more than 30 years ago. The stories have added depth and history to the heroes and villains of Eternia, and whenever a new miniseries is announced, it’s something I look forward to.

Amazingly, the publisher still hasn’t run out of licenses with which they could cross over the Masters. The new miniseries takes the resistance fighters of a DC Universe where Superman turned into a tyrant after the death of his wife Lois Lane and his unborn child and has them approach He-Man to aid them in their battle.

DC has been publishing comic book tie-ins for both of the INJUSTICE video games, and the comics have proven to be both popular and well-written. A universe where Superman is the big bad is a unique take that opens up a whole world of stories. And while He-Man has crossed over with the heroes of the DC Universe before, these are different versions of them.

Of course, this isn’t exactly the He-Man we’re used to, and the residents of the Injustice universe are really just the final piece of this issue’s puzzle. Instead, it deals with He-Man overthrowing Faker, who has taken his place as ruler of Eternia.

The people of Eternia weren’t really happy to see the one, true He-Man return. They mock him for thinking he fooled the people into believing He-Man and Prince Adam were different people. They threw tomatoes at him, because Faker was tough on crime, going so far as to build a dome to keep the villains from the dark hemisphere out of Eternos.

It’s a bit of oddly-placed political commentary, though it does establish He-Man’s desire to eliminate a tyrannical ruler and makes him an attractive target for Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Batman and the others. But while He-Man is recruited to be taken back to Earth, Eternia is facing some other troubles, unbeknownst to its heroes.

That’s gonna be a hell of a fight.

As usual, Freddie E. Williams III’s artwork here is a sight to behold, and really makes the issue even more fun than Tim Seeley’s writing already does. I am really looking forward to seeing the Masters battle Darkseid.