Monday, July 23, 2012

KING OF CASTLE GRAYSKULL (mini-comic, 1981)

King of Castle Grayskull (1981) is the second Masters of the Universe mini-storybook, again written by Donald F. Glut and illustrated by Alfredo Alcala. Here, Skeletor, now unable to get into Castle Grayskull, takes about fifteen minutes to collect both halves of the Power Sword and get the lock open. He then “rules” Castle Grayskull for the short time it takes He-Man and Teela to kick him out.

Quite a few of the goings-on here, frankly, don’t make a great deal of sense. In just pages, Skeletor goes from unstoppable sword collector to castle owner who clearly has no idea what he’s doing. In the first book, he tried to capture Teela and marry her; here, he gets a friendly Teela ready to serve him, and he can’t wait to drop her down a pit. At least we get Battle Cat (although he’s not talking yet). This story does do a good job with its primary objective, though, which is to show off the finer points of the Castle Grayskull playset.

Alcala’s art is solid, but it’s not used to as good effect as in the previous book. His outdoor night scenes are the best, and we do get a little of that in the end.

On the whole, I’m not impressed.


Read it HERE