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of the Universe Magazine
UK. Issue #13, 1986.
Orko is suffering from insomnia, and tries counting
dragons to help him sleep..... but it goes wrong.
Story 1: "My Sword, My Enemy"
He-Man is attacked by a mysterious space rock, which
vanishes just as he attempts to defend himself. Then
his sword whisks itself out of his hand and starts firing
at him! Then a strange beast appears from nowhere and
attacks He-Man, but as they fight, it changes its shape-
and turns into Queen Marlena! The fake Marlena starts
firing bolts at He-Man, but He-Man traces the source
of these strange happenings to a tiny space ship on
the ground. Inside is a miniature child called a Zog,
who wants to join Skeletor's army and wanted to defeat
He-Man to prove his worthiness. He has lost this time,
and so he flies away in his ship- but He-Man is sure
he'll be meeting him again. (He did, in the next issue)
An interesting question about how far Eternia is from
Earth, and curiosity about the 2 different Fright Zones
feature on this issue's letters page.
Story 2: "Orko and the Genie"
Orko opens up an old cupboard of his, and finds a magic
lamp, from which emerges a genie. The genie says that
the first person Orko names will become its master-
but Orko accidentally says Skeletor first, and the genie
goes off to find Skeletor, who sets him on the royal
city! So Orko reports what happened to He-Man, and finds
another magic lamp, from which comes another genie.
This time, He-Man is the first person named, and the
genie helps He-Man to foil Skeletor's scheme, and to
beat up the other genie, who is his brother.
Story 3: "The Reality Shaper"
One of the most weird and unique MOTU stories ever.
It begins with what looks like He-Man getting up from
bed in the morning, but the reader is shocked when they
see that in place of the cross on his chest is a Horde
bat symbol! In the Royal hall, He-Man, and all the heroic
warriors and evil warriors, are worshipping Hordak!
But the Sorceress manages to retain control of her mind,
and uses the power of her mind to see what is causing
the terrible problem, and in her mind's eye sees the
Reality Shaper, a demon with the power to create an
altered reality from people's dreams. It has been used
by Hordak. So the Sorceress restores He-Man's mind,
and once he is returned to normal, He-Man attacks the
warriors in the Royal hall, as the Sorceress sends the
Reality Shaper back into its home dimension. Things
then return to normal at the palace, and the evil warriors
retreat. This is a truly excellent story, with a dream-like