Sculpting - Earth One
***; Earth Two **1/2
The sculpting on both of these is quite good, at least in terms of
detail work, sharp edges, and clean lines.
Neither of the designs really
popped for me, however. The Earth One design from Frank is my favorite
of the two, but he is larger in scale than many of the other releases,
making him at odds with some of the others on the shelf. While the pose
is alright, it's just that - alright. Nothing about it really jumps off
the shelf or has that 'wow' factor.
I like the Earth 2 design even
less, but it's not the funky costume. I like the outfit, and it's nice
to see some of these more unusual suits, not just because of the artist but
because of the style.
It's also not because of the
dynamic nature of the pose. I've said before that I really like it when
they make the base part of the actual design, and here Batman is
stepping up on to the base as part of his fighting pose.
While I like the leg and body
pose, the arms aren't doing it for me. The pose of the arms makes the
extreme nature of the body pose seem awkward and clumsy.
It doesn't help that he's on the
opposite end of the size spectrum, coming in a bit smaller than average. Not
a lot, but with the large Earth One version next to him, it seems
pretty extreme. There's about an inch different between these two -
Earth One is just a smidge over 7", while Earth 2 is down around 6" -
and even accounting for the deep stance on the latter, the size
difference is startling.
Paint - ***
Both of these statues are quite similar in this category. The work is
solid, with good choices in terms of the gray tones and the use of
matte versus gloss finishes.
They also both have some sloppy
edges here and there, especially around the eyes and faces. Theres also
the occasional mark or drip, and the most obvious on mine is on the
front of the base for the Earth 2 statue.
Still, considering the price,
the paint is solid B work.
Value - ***
You can pick these up for under $70 with a little effort, which is a
solid value. While the Bombshells are slightly bigger (9" compared to
7") they are up over $100 each now. The fact that these are still
reasonable is pretty amazing, and it makes it a little easier for the
Things to Watch Out For -
Not a thing.
Overall - Earth One
***; Earth 2 **1/2
It's very hard for a series like this, that has ran for so many years
and so many releases, to remain fresh and interesting. I think these
two are a good example of that problem, at least for me.
Neither really knocks my socks
off aesthetically, and the slightly wonky scale doesn't help. Perhaps
my favorite thing is that they've been able to keep the price in a
range that allows completists in the game, something
that's critical for this series to continue strong.
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - Earth One **1/2; Earth 2 ***
Paint - ***
Value - ***
Overall - Earth One **1/2; Earth 2 ***
Where to Buy -
Online options include these site sponsors:
Ego Comics has both for $68.
Collector is also at $68.
has both for $70.
- Big Bad Toy Store comes in at $70.
Comics N Stuff is also at $70.
Earth is also at $70 for both.
From Another World has them at $72.
- or you can search
ebay fior a deal.
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and Cooke versions of Batman, New 52 Jim
Lee Batman, Sam Keith
version, the Mignola
variant, the humorous version based on artwork by Sergio
Aragones, the Gleason
versions, the Finch
version, the Bermejo
Joker, the Tony Daniel
Batman, the Arkham
Asylum version, the cool Man-bat,
and don't forget the other black and white Joker Jim Lee.
- before that, we had the Quitely
version of Batman, the Bermejo,
the McGuinness version, the Dave
Mazzucchelli version, the Penguin,
Knight 2 version, the Bruce Timm
version, the Ethan
Van Sciver version, the Aparo,
the Neal Adams and George Perez versions,
Knight, Bob Kane, Frank Miller,
and Kelley Jones. *whew*
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