Friday, November 9, 2012

TEELA’S SECRET by Knorr, Quinn, and Holloway

Teela’s Secret is a 1985 Masters of the Universe children’s book written by Bryce Knorr and illustrated by Harry J. Quinn and James Holloway. Here, Teela seeks to discover the identity of her mother, Skeletor lays a trap for her, and Evil-Lyn sells him out to the Horde.

This book borrows heavily from the Filmation episode “Teela’s Quest,” although it tells a completely different story. And since Knorr is doing the writing, it’s a lazy story, in which characters jump from one location to another incoherently, there’s some mess about a Snow Queen who’s never shown, and Skeletor plans a diversion for He-Man that directly results in him being present in the one place Skeletor didn’t want (but nothing comes of it: “Hey, that looks like Teela going into Snake Mountain; guess I’ll go home now”).  

Quinn and Holloway turn in a mediocre performance with the art. They’ve produced solid work in this series, but this isn’t it. Hordak has a distinctly different look here from both his toy and cartoon versions – he looks like an old albino man. It’s not a bad look, but it’s not right for Hordak (unless maybe a Hordak in a Gary Goddard film). And once again the cover has nothing to do with the story.

In every way, Teela’s Secret is decidedly inferior to the cartoon episode it’s based on; it’s passable at best.


Read it HERE