Friday, September 7, 2012

SIEGE OF AVION (mini-comic, 1983)

Siege of Avion is a 1983 Masters of the Universe mini-comic by Michael Halperin and Alfredo Alcala. Here, Skeletor raids Stratos’s home city, then summons a demon to destroy Castle Grayskull.

The story is interesting enough, and it’s neat to see an interracial (interspecies?) marriage. But truth rays? Do we really need to give He-Man and the Power Sword extra powers? It’s a slippery slope down to Superman IV masonry vision, Halperin.

This is a strong effort by Alcala. The heroes look good, the monsters are cool, and the atmosphere is great. Alcala’s renditions of the action figures and other toys are uncannily precise.

One more thing: I don’t know about you, but it’s always weird to see the Muppet-faced Snake Mountain playset in a story like this. It’s jarring. Give me the Filmation one with the actual mountain and actual snake and Kool-Aid waterfall any day.  

But back to business: the Halperin/Alcala collaborations are the unequivocal highlights of the mini-comics thus far, and this one’s no exception.


Read it HERE