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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: A Character Guide and World Compendium Hardcover – May 23, 2017
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Anyway, this book lists every character, animal, monster, artifact, and place that appeared in any of the various formats in which the stories of He-Man and She-Ra were told (books, magazines, comic books, mini comics, newspaper comics, animation, and motion picture...am I forgetting any?).
With each entry, there is usually at least one picture. More prominent characters will have more pictures, usually one from each format, including their action figures (if there was one). There is a chart that shows where they're from, any other names they have, which side they're on, and their powers/abilities/weapons. Then, we get a brief history and description of their role in the stories and how they were portrayed across each medium.
The book is divided into seven chapters: 1) Characters, 2) Beasts, Creatures, and Monsters, 3) Factions, Organizations, Species, and Races, 4) Artifacts, Devices, and Weapons, 5) Spells and Magic, 6)Locations, and 7) Vehicles and Transportation. There is also fold out page that features a family tree for the Grayskull royal family.
The book is a hefty hardcover with no dust jacket, similar to the other books put out by Dark Horse. The cover features color illustrations of many characters in a battle scene. Inside, the pages are glossy and feature many color illustrations and photos.
This book is essential for He-Man and She-Ra fans.
A beautiful fit with the previous Dark Horse MOTU releases, this Encyclopedia is full of everything and everyone. If I had any complaint it is that I may have preferred not every little minor character have an entry, and to be sure it is not 100% every named thing in MOTU cannon...but I would not be surprised if it did. It's impressive and clearly an attempt at a definitive book. But at the end of the day I could have missed a large number of small paragraph booring human nobodies.
Another small criticism is that though we have an art book I would have liked as close to a full body shot of a character when available. With such an impressive amount of entries I know that space was at a premium but as a visual person I would have liked to see more of the images and full body shots.
Do not mistake explanation of personal taste as any real criticism however. Just felt it needed to be said. Point is if you care about MOTU at all, you need this book.