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of the Universe Magazine
UK. Issue #42, 1987.
can tell this is a special issue right from the start,
with Shadow Weaver on the cover! It is a special Halloween
issue of MOTU!
Orko attempts to make himself bean soup..... but ends
up with something that has been soup!
Story 1: "The Final Chapter"
The closing part of the epic Snake Men saga which began
in issue #38. He-Man, Rio Blast, and Extendar are travelling
along in the monorail car, when they are attacked by
a huge monster, that King Hiss has sent. They trick
the monster into smashing open a dorr, allowing them
to enter the building. They make their way down the
corridor, but are attacked by King Hiss and the Snake
Men themselves, just as the monorails continue extending
towards Grayskull and Snake Mountain. They take a shortcut
away from the Snake army, and He-Man and Extendar attempt
to deal with the monorails, while Rio holds back the
Snake Men. He-Man and Extendar find the control center
for the monorail, and Extendar reverses the movement
of the monorails, while He-Man summons the other heroic
warriors. The other warriors arrive quickly, and drive
away the Snake Men. The Snake Men have fled from their
would-be fortress, so the heroic warriors decide to
use Viper Tower as their own base.
More questions and answers feature in this issue's master
Story 2: "Happy Monster's Day, part 1"
Eternia is celebrating its annual Monsters Day, which
is really the Eternian equivalent of Halloween. Hordak,
meanwhile, is aware of the legend that the dimension
of monsters opens onto Eternia on this night. So he
intends to combine sorcery with his powers of science,
and summons Shadow Weaver from Etheria to help him.
At the Royal Palace, Orko is practising a spell to make
him as strong as He-Man- but the spell doesn't go exactly
according to plan, and changes Orko into He-Man! At
the same time, the spell accidentally makes Adam and
Cringer disappear. Orko is in major trouble! Back at
the Fright Zone, Hordak is showing Shadow Weaver the
recorded footage of He-Man's battle with the Mantisaur
in issue #32, which helped him learn many of He-Man's
weaknesses. Hordak tells her that if she were to project
a beam of magic at He-Man's neck, he would be made powerless.
Shadow Weaver teleports away to find He-Man. Back at
the palace, the transformed Orko is having a spot of
bother with people thinking he is He-Man- so he leaves
for Grayskull, so the Sorceress can reverse the spell.
But just then, he is found by Shadow Weaver- who mistakes
him for the real He-Man, and traps him on one of Hordak's
machines, which is designed for the specific purpose
of trapping He-Man! (Continued in part 2)
Story 3: "Happy Monster's Day, part 2"
Shadow Weaver fires bolts at He-Man's weak spot... still
not realizing that the 'He-Man' she has captured is
really Orko. Therefore the bolt doesn't work on Orko
the way it would with the real He-Man, and Shadow Weaver
is confused as to why He-Man does not seem to be weakening.
And since the machine is made to hold He-Man, but Orko
is not really He-Man, Orko finds a way to escape- and
he breaks free, then surprises Shadow Weaver by using
his magic powers on her! Shadow Weaver is shocked to
see He-Man using magic, and attempts to use her wand
to defeat him- but Orko's powers have been greatly increased
by the power of Monster's Day! When out of sight, he
reverses the spell and changes back to Orko, and Prince
Adam and Cringer reappear. Orko briefly explains what
happened, and Adam and Cringer become He-Man and Battle
Cat. They go back to Shadow Weaver, and she sends an
army of jewelled warriors after them- but He-Man uses
a sound wave from his sword to shatter them, and Shadow
Weaver flees. Orko, He-Man and Battle Cat prepare to
make their way back to the palace where Orko will tell
the whole story- but first, Orko wishes Happy Monster's
This issue's power pin-up is Skeletor riding in the
(I really like this issue! The end of the Snake Men
saga, with the heroic warriors moving to Viper Tower,
is one of the most important turning points in the continuity
of this comic series- while the "Happy Monster's
Day" story, corny as it may sound, is brilliant!
It's also great to see Shadow Weaver in a MOTU story
for a change! Don't miss this issue!)