I get the feeling She-Ra shows a bit more rage and acceptance of The Power than He-Man is in your other print. That's what makes her more of a compelling character like Wonder Woman. It's like she's seen enough crap to make her understand that things aren't as black and white as her male counterparts would believe. She might even be inclined to kill given ample justification and embrace her actions as appropriate. I get that from her facial expressions here as well as her stance where as He-Man looks like a naive first-responder who isn't entirely sure of just what he's getting himself in to. Regardless, both pieces look awesome. Wish I could've gone to Power-Com to buy these.
This is true only for the Filmation version. The pre-Filmation He-Man and the current DC He-Man don't have any problem with killing at all. He-Man turned Superman to shish kebab without second thought in the DC vs MOTU. The DC He-Man in my opinion is the best version of the character. A warrior king like King Leonidas, that is better for any kind of enemy, to not try to harm his world, because He-Man will unleash hell on him.
Agreed, but I liked to personally see He-Man as someone like Superman who wouldn't kill anyone unless all valid non-lethal options were dashed. Even then, I don't see He-Man as the type of person who would kill just to be done with a villain. It seemed in the 80s DC Comics MOTU stuff that Battle Cat was more excited about tearing into someone than He-Man was. Even that kinda speaks to his character in possibly showing mercy. Don't get me wrong, I see He-Man unleashing hell on someone, but to the point that someone like Batman would: leave them in the hospital from six months to a year. She-Ra on the other hand was trained by Hordak and held a significant title in the Horde before she was persuaded to join the good fight. I would think that killer/torturer in her would be ready to come out at any given time because that is what she knows. Even in the early mini-comics and the New 52 DC stuff I've seen, He-Man doesn't torture or pride himself on killing. I feel She-Ra could potentially be the one reverting to that.
Yes, that is something that I got out of this work. Regardless, I'm certain we both can agree that this is a great piece for what it is, and grants a great deal of dramatic integrity to She-Ra beyond the campy FILMation cartoon that established her in the first place.
He-Man is not a super hero though. He is a Fantasy warrior character that lives in a barbaric and primordial world but with advanced technology. He carries a deadly arsenal of weapons (swords, battle axes, daggers, laser blasters). And as any warrior, it's next that he will make use of lethal force in battle in order to protect his people and his world. Personally i see him more like Aragorn or Thor, than Superman or Batman. Filmation make him look like those super heroes, but then again Filmation depicted all their heroes in the same way, because they made kid-friendly shows. For example Filmation Tarzan was completely different from Burroughs's Tarzan. In the same way you see He-Man to make use of his weapons in the mini comics, or in the first 80's DC mini series when it needs Teela for stopping him to attack the guards in the palace. And in the new DC 52 comic, you see He-Man fighting with caning and even dirty if it's necessary. This He-Man is more interesting because he is unpredictable and he has a personality, and he is not just another "ole good super hero". And realistally with the fate of an entire Universe at stake i couldn't see He-Man being a saint with a sword, otherwise Castle Grayskull, Eternia and the Universe would be doomed. He-Man was trained all his life to be a warrior, it was his choice, what he wanted to be, so he will do what the warriors do in battle. I can't see him of course to torture people, or killing without a reason or liking doing it, but in a battlefield when the fate of Eternia is at stake, is a completely different story. And i completely agree with you that this an amazing piece of art from Axel.