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Injustice Vs. Masters Of The Universe Comic Is A Giant Sandbox Of Nostalgia

Finally, a comic featuring Scare Glow.

When you think about DC Comics, you think about Batman fighting the Joker or Superman fighting Lex Luthor. However, when you're a kid, playing with all your action figures, sometimes Batman ends up fighting Starscream from Transformers and Superman ends up fighting Mumm-Ra from Thundercats. DC has taken that sandbox mentality into its comics over the past few years, with miniseries like Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlesand the publisher's newest book Injustice Vs. Masters of the Universe. What would happen if Superman, from Injustice: Gods Among Us, fought He-Man?

The six-issue miniseries, which saw its first issue's release on July 18, has these two vastly different universes crossing over. "After basically the end of the Injustice 2 video game, Superman has taken over, again," explains writer Tim Seeley. "It's the alt-ending, it's the dark ending. Superman has taken over and he's using the powers that he gets from Brainiac, and Batman has to go find someone to defeat Superman, and he picks He-Man.

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"For reasons in the story which is basically, He-Man is like the good version of the evil Superman. He's a guy with all this power, but he wants the people to have freedom and to be able to determine their own destiny. In Injustice, Superman doesn't want that, at all; he wants control. So, it's basically, He-Man gets recruited to go to Earth and kick the crap out of bad Superman."

Both the DC and MOTU worlds are filled with characters, so of course, there are going to be some lesser-known characters included in the comic for the hardcore fans. This includes adding the MOTU villain Scare Glow to the book, which artist Freddie Williams II explained was not a joke. However, from there, the two creators went deep into He-Man lore. "Tim has put in so many cool Easter Egg characters, deep holes of all this Masters of the Universe continuity, it is a pleasure to draw," Williams explains. "It's the coolest stuff, I'm getting to have all the toys I never had as a kid. Like, the whole army of every Masters of the Universe. It's awesome."

While both Eternia and the DC Universe are vastly different worlds, they fit together perfectly for this story. "Tim has such a great deep understanding of Masters of The Universe that he immediately connected it well, like as a contrast," explained Williams. "Sort of like a brightness in Eternia, which is the home planet of Prince Adam. That's their universe, with this dark dystopian-esque sort of alternate reality of the Injustice world. Just reading his initial outline and his initial thoughts. It connected in a way that I didn't see coming, but made total sense. I can't picture a better way to basically make these properties interact and connect."

This isn't the first time DC Comics has worked on something with the MOTU property. "I think an interesting sort of evolution in the Masters of The Universe it domes from DC Comics, because when Mattel came up with this toy line and had a story for it," Seeley said. "They said 'Oh, we're gonna have a mini-comic' and DC Produced that initial stuff. Also basically came up with the Prince Adam story and all that sort of stuff. It's basically Captain Marvel. It's a kid that turns into a superhero with a magic word. And that comes from DC. It all comes back together."

You can check out this series for yourself as issue #1 of Injustice Vs. Masters of the Universe is on sale now, and issue #2 comes out on August 15.

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Posted By Kevd4wg

This is not a crossover I saw coming at all. It's cool to see a new article

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Posted By Lvenger

This does look better and more fun than the previous DC Universe/Masters of the Universe crossover. Certainly seems as if it'll be even crazier with Darkseid invading Eternia whilst He-Man fights Injustice Superman.

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Posted By FaradaySloth

Hyped

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Posted By Eric_of_Apotos

If we don't get He-Man on an Injsutice roster I'll be legitimately upset. He was one of my picks...

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Posted By Fabricolage

Nice, DC has done decent crossovers as well.

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Posted By deactivated-5bb52f8f25413

Pretty hyped!

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Posted By cbishop

Definitely good to see another article @inferiorego. Looks like a fun crossover. Do you think DC's stepping out on some of these crossovers in response to some of the fun crossovers Archie has done in recent years?

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Posted By cmpunk4life

Just read first issue its good love the art.

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Posted By King_Krown

Eww... Injustice. Just why.

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Posted By JakeFuryV2

DC Universe vs Masters of the Universe was a box of something too.

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Posted By Moofen

I just want to see Teela Na

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Posted By Frozen

@lvenger said:

This does look better and more fun than the previous DC Universe/Masters of the Universe crossover. Certainly seems as if it'll be even crazier with Darkseid invading Eternia whilst He-Man fights Injustice Superman.

Even though I'd never support the idea of He-Man beating Superman, in this case I think there should be an exception. I hate Injustice Superman so much that it'd be very pleasing to see He-Man kick his ass.

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Posted By Lvenger
@frozen said:
@lvenger said:

This does look better and more fun than the previous DC Universe/Masters of the Universe crossover. Certainly seems as if it'll be even crazier with Darkseid invading Eternia whilst He-Man fights Injustice Superman.

Even though I'd never support the idea of He-Man beating Superman, in this case I think there should be an exception. I hate Injustice Superman so much that it'd be very pleasing to see He-Man kick his ass.

In terms of power levels and feats Superman should beat He-Man most of the time. But in the case of Injustice Superman it would be cathartic to see He-Man kick the snot out of him.

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Posted By Gokluma

I'm hoping He-man get the pill,a lantern ring and kicked Regime Superman butt away.

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Posted By Ready_4_Madness

He-Man is the one guy Superman can’t beat I guess.

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Posted By BeautifulTemptress

It would be better for DC to restart Injustice. Tired, that Superman and Wonder Woman are shown on the bad side to make Batman look better.

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Posted By Paragon_13

Nice enough warm up for the She Ra show.

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Posted By Eric_of_Apotos
@gokluma said:

I'm hoping He-man get the pill,a lantern ring and kicked Regime Superman butt away.

I don't think the pill significantly boosts those who are already on a Kryptonian's level of strength which He-Man definitely is.

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Posted By Warlockmage

@gokluma said:

I'm hoping He-man get the pill,a lantern ring and kicked Regime Superman butt away.

I don't think the pill significantly boosts those who are already on a Kryptonian's level of strength which He-Man definitely is.

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Posted By Gokluma

@eric_of_apotos: Cool but imagined He-man with a lantern ring or the shazam?

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Posted By Maniac2312

Looks cool enough to read.

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Posted By terry2012

If we don't get He-Man on an Injsutice roster I'll be legitimately upset. He was one of my picks...

Looks cool enough to read.

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Posted By amazing_webhead

@kevd4wg said:

This is not a crossover I saw coming at all. It's cool to see a new article

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Posted By Farkam

Yeah i am down with this book. Cant wait for the next issue

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Posted By arctika

Great start, I remember reading about this months ago and being hyped. For good reason, lol @ someone wanting Injustice redone? Why? It's insaney successful as is, not every universe paints Supes, WW or Bats as "goody good guys" you know for the chick who said that.

Anyway, DC kills it with crossovers usually.

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Posted By Baron_Dante

@eric_of_apotos: He-man was never one of my picks, but considering the comic, it would be a waste not to add him either to this game or a hypothetical Injustice 3.

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Posted By DanMarshall

I dont like either of these properties but i really like Freddie's artwork and I havent read anything by Tim Seeley lately thats been very good.

Has Batman/TMMT II come out in hard cover yet?

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Posted By arctika

Batman/TMNT II comes out soon if not out already. Have to say that series is also great, and this one is starting off awesome as well. I wonder, while crossovers typically aren't canon with their own stories this book hints that Superman's ending was canon...

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Posted By hurricanefunnel

@cbishop said:

Definitely good to see another article @inferiorego. Looks like a fun crossover. Do you think DC's stepping out on some of these crossovers in response to some of the fun crossovers Archie has done in recent years?

ironic but copy that

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Posted By asdfzxh

wrg, bigx, muscx s inferiox

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Posted By adriana18

i'd love it

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Edited By arcanepayaso

so is it me or has comicvine not been uploading much since the gamespot move? am i wrong? are there things going on behind the scenes or in clear view im just not understanding?

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Posted By godzilla44

so is it me or has comicvine not been uploading much since the gamespot move? am i wrong? are there things going on behind the scenes or in clear view im just now understanding?

You're not the only one who has noticed this.

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Posted By arctika

so is it me or has comicvine not been uploading much since the gamespot move? am i wrong? are there things going on behind the scenes or in clear view im just now understanding?

I feel like they do more Marvel updates than DC and hardly general updates anymore I agree.

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Posted By Strike3

As long as they don't have Superman KO He-Man in a fight and claim him his strongest opponent ever, might be good.

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Posted By PyroSuperman

great series

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Posted By Bl00dwerK

You mean to tell me whoever is left around here couldn't take time out to post Stan Lee's passing?