Kevin Smith’s ‘Master of the Universe: Revelation’ gets prequel comic from Dark Horse Comics

Dark Horse Comics will be publishing a prequel comic for the upcoming Netflix’s Master of the Universe: Revelation show. The most awaited 2D animated series doesn’t have any premiere date yet, but the release of its prequel comic indicates that Netflix will premiere it soon.

The comic will be four issues long and will feature a story written by executive producers Kevin Smith, Rob David, and the series writer Tim Sheridan, with art from Mindy Lee and covers from Stjepan Šejić, Mike Mignola, Bill Sienkiewicz, Walt Simonson and Laura Martin. The prequel comic will be a much darker version of Master of the Universe.

Master of the Universe: Revelation’s first cover is the continuation of the original 1983 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon from Filmation.  Here’s the official synopsis from Dark Horse Comics:

In the comic book, following a vicious Orlax attack on his father King Randor, He-Man learns the creature is linked to the origin of the sword of power. To save Randor and put an end to the chaos, He-Man embarks on an epic journey that pits him against his longtime foes Skeletor and Evil-Lyn, and sees Teela take the reins of a powerful legacy.

The upcoming Netflix 2D animation series is being called the Games of Thrones version of He-Man.

Being a direct sequel to the original 80s cartoon, Kevin Smith announced that, “Despite the change in tone from a comedic cartoon to a darker anime-styled series, the character designs have not changed much from their original interpretations.”

In a statement David said, “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”

He further added, “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 comic book will debut on 7 July 2021, followed by additional issues on 11 August, 9 September, and 13 October 2021.