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of the Universe Adventure Magazine
UK. Issue #14, 1989.
story 1: "Double Trouble"
No connection with the episode of the same name. Evil-Lyn
invents a harness that looks just like He-Man's. She
explains to Skeletor that it has special powers- the
main one being to transform the wearer into He-Man!
(Hey, what happened to Faker?) Skeletor dons the harness
and becomes He-Man. With a fake sword of power, he tests
out the disguise on his minions and the Snake Men, who
are fooled and think he's He-Man. He then explains his
plot to them, and they decide to fool the Eternian farmers.
Later on, the Royal city hears news that He-Man has
been seen attacking farmers in nearby villages. Adam
realises something is up, so he changes to He-Man and
goes to the village where the farmers were attacked.
But when the farmers see him approaching, they think
he is going to attack them and hide! He comes closer,
to explain that he is there to help them- but one man
sneaks up behind him and knocks him out with a heavy
club. Skeletor is spying on the incident, and now that
He-Man is down he decides to take over the city. He
dons the harness again and becomes He-Man, then he goes
to the palace and tries to persuade King Randor to give
the throne to him. But a farmer arrives at the palace
at the same time, telling Man-At-Arms about what happened
in his village- and Man-At-Arms suspects that there
are two He-Men, knowing that He-Man could not have reached
the palace so soon. He and Orko go to the village, and
tell the villagers that they suspect they were tricked
into attacking the real He-Man. The villagers take them
to the hut where He-Man is imprisoned, and Man-At-Arms
asks He-Man a question about the Elders, to prove he
is the true He-Man. He-Man gets it right, so they take
him to the palace, where he confronts the fake He-Man.
They begin a tremendous fight- but King Randor stops
them and arranges a duel to decide which one is the
real He-Man. An hour later, the duel begins- but Skeletor
has weakened the real He-Man with a beam from the harness
to ensure that he will lose. And at first, the fake
He-Man is winning- but Man-At-Arms scans the double
and finds that his power comes from the harness. When
He-Man is knocked down, Orko gives him a serum and tells
him he must destroy the harness, so He-Man gets up again,
smashes the harness, and changes the fake He-Man back
to Skeletor! Skeletor then teleports back to Snake Mountain,
and He-Man is congrautulated for winning.
story 2: "Blind Terror"
Reprinted from the regular magazine.
story 3: "The Siren of Fear"
Eternos City is attacked by three Rotons. Usually three
Rotons would be no threat at all, but strangely they
cause major chaos, spreading fear and panic across the
people. He-Man calls a meeting of the heroic warriors,
and they realise that Skeletor must be using some magical
spell to cause fear in the hearts of the people of Eternos.
So He-Man goes and tells the Sorceress about the problem,
and she uses her magic to trace the source. She tells
He-Man that Skeletor has used an ancient magical siren
to cause fear in the hearts of ordinary Eternians- but
the Sorceress uses her magic to alter the spell. Later,
the evil warriors all hear the sound of strange music,
which they find themselves automatically drawn to. They
are drawn to the siren rings, which are a device once
used by the Elders to conquer evil. When the three evil
armies meet one another, they begin to fight among themselves,
and with them all occupied by the power of the rings,
peace reigns over the rest of Eternia.
(This is just a great issue... 3 really enjoyable stories.
"Double Trouble" is excellent- although you
wonder why it wasn't Faker who impersonated He-Man,
the story is still great- just really enjoyable the
whole way through and one of the best stories ever in
the comic. The reprinted "Blind Terror" was
one of the best stories in the original series, and
"The Siren of Fear" is simple but sensational-
this is a classic issue!