IGN has today revealed details of a prequel comic book tie-in Masters of the Universe: Revelation; the upcoming Netflix Original anime series created by Smith and based upon the characters of Masters of the Universe in a collaboration between Netflix and Mattel Television. The comic series is being released by indie label Dark Horse Comics.
The four-issue limited comic-book series is written by executive producers Kevin Smith and Rob David and show writer Tim Sheridan, with art from Mindy Lee (Crimson Lotus) and covers from Stjepan Šejić, Mike Mignola, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Walt Simonson and Laura Martin, with other covers artists to be revealed.
Dark Horse’s Masters of the Universe: Revelation will debut on July 7, 2021, with new issues shipping monthly through October.
Revelation is specifically a continuation of the original 1983 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon from Filmation. This comic helps set the stage for that series, taking place in between the events of the Filmation cartoon and the Netflix series. After saving his father King Randor from an attack by the monstrous Orlax, He-Man realizes his Sword of Power has a mysterious connection to the beast. Dark Horse’s press release also teases Teela will “take the reins of a powerful legacy,” presumably referring to her mother the Sorceress.
The Netflix series is being produced by Powerhouse Animation Studio and is the third series produced by the studio after Castlevania and Seis Manos. Smith is joined by four writers; Marc Bernardin (Castle Rock), Eric Carrasco (Supergirl), Diya Mishra (October Faction) and Tim Sheridan (The Death and Return of Superman).
The show is due to release on Netflix later this year. A new toy line from Mattel is also expected to be released along with the show.
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