You know you’ve lost a bit of interest in your former favorite toy franchise when a comic written by Geoff Johns is released and you don’t even know about it until you happened to wander over to the forums.
Long ago I interviewed Geoff Johns, where he expressed a desire to write a Masters of the Universe comic. Therefore I was rather disappointed when I learned Johns wasn’t writing the new DC miniseries, due out this summer. But it seems Johns did at least get the opportunity to highlight his own creation, Sir Laser Lot, as part of a DC digital-only MOTU side project. (They’re basically minicomics.) Here are the details:
There was a lot of excitement around our April announcement that we’re doing an all-new HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE print comic book – so we have a feeling you’re going to love the news that we’re also producing a digital-first comic book MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE. The new comic features a series of character one-shots by various creators, with the first chapter debuting later today.
Written by none other than Geoff Johns with artwork by Howard Porter and John Livesay, the lead-off chapter is a prelude from Eternia’s history that is tied directly to the upcoming print comic HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE. In his story, Johns introduces an entirely new character that he first imagined when he was just eight years old – Sir Laser Lot. Mattel even created a new action figure based on the character that will debut at San Diego Comic-Con.
“I’ve been a huge fan of HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE since I was a kid, so it’s cool to write a story for this new series — not to mention teaming up with Howard Porter and John Livesay, my old FLASH partners in crime,” stated Geoff Johns. “And to create an all-new character that will become an action figure – Sir Laser Lot — it’s beyond fun. I’m going to buy like 100 of them.”
The digital series will debut new chapters twice a month on Saturdays. The second chapter (7/14) is written by Mike Costa with artwork by Jheremy Raapack and it tells the story of He-Man’s most trusted companion, Battle Cat. The third digital chapter (7/28), written by Kyle Higgins with artwork by Pop Mhan, is an adventure with the captain of the Eternia guard, Man-At-Arms.
I get my online comics via Comixology, whose link to the comic is here. There might be other vendors, I’m not sure. I’ll be reviewing the minicomic soon, but I’ve already read it and, aside from some iffiness regarding the character designs, I liked it.