Wednesday, November 21, 2012

SNAKE ATTACK! (mini-comic, 1985)

Snake Attack! is a 1985 Masters of the Universe mini-comic written by Steven Grant and illustrated by Bruce Timm and Red Grant. Here, Tung Lashor, hoping to impress King Hiss, sets out to abduct the king and queen.

Here’s yet another mini-comic that prominently features Extendar, the walking male enhancement joke for whom full plate armor is casualwear (his catchphrase here, “Call me Extendar – I get big,” doesn’t make it any better). And he’s still dealing with self-esteem issues. At least he’s competent enough that his constant presence isn’t an annoyance.

All that said, the story is solid, if not all that original. The Skeletor-King Hiss alliance is full of potential, and minions taking initiative is a good change of pace. Tung Lashor’s petrification venom is a rarely-seen, short-lived feature made obsolete by the later introduction of Snake Face. And how amusing that he equates kidnapping the king and queen with conquering Eternia.  

Timm’s art is good as always (although He-Man’s back tends to be freakishly large – see page 9). On top of his pencils, Grant’s heavy inks are great for atmosphere, particularly for the opening pages and especially for Skeletor.

Decent story, good art – on the whole, another quality mini-comic.


Read it HERE