Injustice vs Masters of the Universe #1

I think it generally accepted that any major inter-property crossover takes place in some alternate universe, out of the continuity of even the commonly accepted multiverse(s). Rarely has it be so blatantly alternate, as Injustice vs Masters of the Universe. So alternate that I’m not even sure what to think.

Lets split this up a bit, shall we?

On the one hand, we have Injustice. It apparently started as a video game, then spawned some comics, and I fully admit to googling that. There was a page of exposition where Batman tells Prince Adam the history of his Earth. For the casual reader, or at least a reader who doesn’t have to write a review, it was a decent enough summery. Although I still have no idea why there are two Batmans (Batmen? Batsmen?).

On the other side of the crossover, this story follows the He-Man / Thundercats mini-series from 2016/17. In that, apparently, He-Man’s secret identity of Prince Adam is exposed, and the robotic Faker replaces He-Man. We re-enter the story as He-Man (and The Masters of the Universe) are battling Faker and his supporters. To the credit of writer Tim Seeley, I did not actually have to google anything more than the date for that.

The two plotlines basically converge like this Batman and some of his compatriots travel to Eternia to recruit He-Man to help them defeat the evil Superman. Skelator is presumed dead on Eternia, but is actually on Earth helping Superman (because of course he is) and I assume will betray Superman somewhere around issue #5, because he’s Skelator. There’s a couple other sub-plots developing (including the second Batman thing), but I’ll leave them out for today.

There are a few character points I take issue with, but not in any sort of major way. There are also some real gems here. For example, Batman saying that they should bring Orco because Orco makes him laugh. As much as that feels out of character for Batman, it really accentuates Orco’s character (which really only happens in the periphery throughout the issue). I also appreciated that He-Man’s ally Mossman quickly defuses an ensuing battle by revealing that both he and Swamp Thing serve the Parliament of Trees and he knows Batman’s story of Earth is true. (Swamp Thing seems to be popping up in a few interesting places lately, and I’m wondering if I shouldn’t give him a new look.)

I’m a bit torn on whether this title is legitimately interesting, a cheap money grab. My initial reaction was pretty much blah at best, but it has grown on me a bit. I don’t know that I’d pick up the rest of the series, but that could be my loss.

I’m giving this an optimistic 3 out of 5, but you’ll have to judge this for yourself.

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