He-Man fans have a lot to look forward to in the months and years to come, including two new Masters of the Universe animated series on Netflix. One of those upcoming series, Masters of the Universe: Revelation, will also be receiving a prequel comic from Dark Horse.
IGN can exclusively reveal the first details about this Masters of the Universe: Revelation prequel. The four-issue limited 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.
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.
“When the Masters of the Universe franchise first launched nearly 40 years ago, each action figure came with a comic book to enable children to further explore the world of Eternia,” said David in a statement. “Now, in partnership with Dark Horse, we will go back to our roots to set-up the upcoming ‘Masters of the Universe: Revelation,’ television series with a world-shattering comic book tale.”
Dark Horse’s Masters of the Universe: Revelation will debut on July 7, 2021, with new issues shipping monthly through October.
Unfortunately, Netflix has yet to reveal a release date for the animated series. We do know the full voice cast for the series, which includes Chris Wood as He-Man, Mark Hamill as Skeletor, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Teela and Lena Headey as Evil-Lyn.
David is also joining producers Adam Bonnett and Christopher Keenan for He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, a CG-animated series that will reboot the mythology for a new all-ages audience.
Sony is also developing a live-action Masters of the Universe movie, one reportedly starring Noah Centineo (The Fosters) and once slated for release in March 2021. However, even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit it was looking unlikely Sony would still meet that release window. The movie may wind up on Netflix alongside the two animated series, as Sony chairman Tom Rothman is said to be considering selling the He-Man reboot rather than risking a costly theatrical release.
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