SHE-RA Returns in New HE-MAN Ongoing Series by KEITH GIFFEN
The He-Man comic is based on the 1980's media franchise that was built around a line of popular action figures and toys. In fact, Masters of the Universe was once so popular that the toys spawned a TV cartoon series and several spin-off lines of action figures.
Written by Giffen with art by Pop Mhan, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #1 will tell the story of what happens when the evil Hordak invades Eternia. With him is one of his most deadly weapons, a warrior woman named Despara, whose identity is actually She-Ra.
Giffen, who's also a penciler, will lend his artistic skills to the He-Man universe in May when DC releases his one-shot special, Masters of the Universe: The Origin of Hordak #1. Written and drawn by Giffen, the comic tells the history of Hordak in this new, revamped He-Man universe.
Newsarama: Keith, now that you're doing an ongoing He-Man comic, it's time to bring back She-Ra, right?
Keith Giffen: Yeah, in this arc, we're bringing She-Ra into the book, but not like anyone expects. She's not the She-Ra you've seen on TV, I'll tell you that much.
But Adora does show up. She doesn't even know her real name. She's known as Despara, one of Hordak's most deadly weapons.
Nrama: Can you tell us anything about Despara? What's she like?
Giffen: Despara is, in a lot of ways, is the way I would handle Wonder Woman. She's got that heroic, warrior about her, but with a little bit rougher edged personality.
Nrama: But she's still Princess Adora?
Giffen: Yeah, she still has the whole Adora/She-Ra background. But we tweak her in this story to almost create a new character.
Nrama: Besides her introduction to the story, what else can readers expect from the first story arc of Masters of the Universe?
Giffen: Hordak invades Eternia, and I know how these stories normally end. But this one doesn't end that way.
The first six-issue mini-series was a quest of trying to regain you. But now that the ongoing is starting, they've regained themselves and here comes Hordak. And it's war.
So it's the whole Despara/She-Ra story within this massive, worldwide invasion of Eternia by Hordak.
Nrama: And DC has teased about the first issue that somebody dies?
Giffen: Well, you'll have to pick up the issue to see what that's all about.
Nrama: And you're working on He-Man and Masters of the Universe with Pop Mhan?
Giffen: Yeah, and I love Pop's stuff. The first time I saw his artwork, on issue #4 of the mini-series, it was the first time in years that I flipped through a book and went, "Oh my God! This is the way I'd lay it out! This is the way I'd tell the story!"
Nrama: And now that you're not drawing Legion, you've started working on the art for a He-Man one-shot that comes out in May?
Giffen: Yep! I'm drawing a Hordak one-shot, which is allowing me to stretch that drawing muscle again. It's the origin of Hordak, and it fits into the mythology of the ongoing series. It gives you the background behind what he's doing in the ongoing story.
The guys at Mattel have been just great. And I'm not just saying that. Most times when you're working with the guys who license this stuff to you, it's like pulling teeth. And I've worked with a lot of guys like that, to the point I wasn't sure I wanted to do this again.
But the Mattel guys are sharp. They know what they're doing. If they add something to the mix, it's something that's really worth adding. And they're not inflexible. So good for me! I don't mind them being involved. I actually appreciate them being involved. A lot of times, they will push me farther than I thought I could go with a licensed property.
It's been a joy so far. And I'm having a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to telling a lot more fun He-Man stories.Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!