There's nothing wrong with being a property that was designed to sell toys in the 1980s. Plenty of today's beloved properties started out that way, especially the ones being published by IDW. But MASK: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand has always felt almost comically toyetic to me: Good and evil teams who wear special helmets that give them powers and ride in vehicles that transform into other vehicles. However, as we see in this preview from MASK #4, writer Brandon Easton and artist Tony Vargas have found the key to rising above that problem and making their characters feel like people: family melodrama.

This issue finds our heroes in the clutches of Miles Mayhem and the forces of VENOM. And that's got MASK leader Matt Trakker feeling some feelings about his mother, and the death of his father, and how wrong he was to trust a Josef Stalin lookalike with the last name "Mayhem." A new storyline begins in the following issue, so we can have faith that Matt and his allies will escape from this situation, but there are plenty of feelings to be felt along the way.

MASK: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #4 is out this Wednesday, March 29, and features covers by Tommy Lee Edwards, Joe Suitor, Andrew Griffith, and Artyom Trakhanov.

 

Art by Tony Vargas / IDW
Art by Tony Vargas / IDW
Art by Tony Vargas / IDW
Art by Tony Vargas / IDW
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Cover by Joe Suitor / IDW

 

Here's the official word from IDW:

With all secrets revealed, Matt Trakker and the M.A.S.K. team take on Miles Mayhem and V.E.N.O.M. in a brutal final assault. With their first major victory in their sights, the M.A.S.K. team must remain vigilant as other powerful and unforeseen forces rise up from the darkness. New enemies are on the horizon and you must NOT miss what happens on the last page!FC • 32 pages • $3.99