Packaging - ***
The boxes do job number 1 (keeping the
statue intact) extremely well, and they do it without a lot of extra
space. They lack the Certificate of Authenticity that many other
manufacturers provide, but the do put that type of information (bust
name, edition size, etc.) on the bottom of the base.
Sculpting - ***1/2
I like the sculpts on both of these quite a bit, and these have
actually revitalized some of my waning interest in the series.
Both have an appropriate amount
of detail for the art style, and have captured the signature aspects of
the particular artists - musculature, cape style, dynamic flow - quite
I do wish that the exposed face
on the Adams was a smidge more defined and detailed. I much prefer the
look of the Perez face, with it's chiseled lines. The Adams has a
smoother look to not just the skin but the lips and chin as well,
allowing it to all blend in together a bit too much.
On the Perez side, the belt
pouches could have used a bit more detail added in as well. Nothing
major, but as it stands the pouches look too clunky and thick,
especially the flaps, which look like they have tootsie roll edges.
These are all minor nits though,
and I think these are two of the best in the series this year.
Paint - Perez ****;
Both of these have better paint ops than we've seen on the last few
releases. That's a good sign, and much appreciated considering the
higher price point.
The Perez is pretty much spot
on, with almost no slop or poor cut lines. These statues often have
their biggest issues around the face and cowl, where the edge is often
sloppy. You see some of that with the Adams statue, but absolutely none
with the Perez.
The work on both bodies is
excellent. They've used the usual high gloss black on the boots and
gloves to differentiate them from the cape and cowl, and the emblems
are clean and straight on both.
Design - ***1/2
Ah, this is where it gets to be about 'art', and art is mighty
subjective. For me, both of these designs represent the artist
extremely well AND I like the look of them on my shelf.
The Adams Batman looks like he's
just taken off from the blocks to run the 100 yard dash. This is not an
unusual look for Adams, and is actually right off one of Adam's covers
on the Batman
Illustrated series of books. As the DCD solicits like to say, it's the
exact pose that first appeared in "The Joker's Five-Way
Adams helped define the Batman
of the 60's and 70's, and the statues design, in concert with the
quality sculpt, captures the look and feel of the period extremely well.
Perez is probably best known for
his work in the 80's, although he's remained active in the industry,
especially in the last few years. His Batman (as well as most of his
characters) has a thicker, more solid look from head to toe. The design
is an odd one for me - half the time I love it, and half the time I'm
not quite sure.
Doing something different with
the cape is very difficult after all these years. Here, Batman has
grabbed it in both hands at his sides, and the bottom is blowing up,
almost like Marilyn Monroe over the steam grate. It's dynamic, it's
different...and most of the time I love it. But sometimes I look at
the lower cape, and it just strikes me as...odd looking. Clearly, your
mileage will vary.
These aren't seventy dollar statues. At $40 or so, they were an average
value, and you were getting pretty much what you were paying for. But
at almost double that price, you are going to feel pinched.
Fortunately, the paint ops are
better on these two than they have been on the last couple, making your
pain at least a little less than it could be.
Things To Watch Out For
These statues have metal rods that attach them to the base. For the
Adams statue, those rods are in his feet and you insert them in the
holes on the base. The Perez statue works in the opposite way. But a
common problem is getting the holes and rods to line up, and often you
have to put pressure on the feet and legs to accomplish it. I found it
more of an issue with the Adams than the Perez this time around, but
both required a little effort. Remember that those rods are a lot
harder than the resin around them, and it's very easy to end up with
broken feet if you aren't careful. Also remember that if you have to
squeeze the legs together to get the pegs to fit, that when you remove
the base the sudden 'pop' as the the legs come free can break them as
Both of these statues are a huge improvement over the other recent
releases, and have managed to re-ignite my interest in the line. I love
the designs and sculpts on both, and the paint shows improvement as
well. Sure, I'm having a tough time stomaching the higher price point,
but the quality and artistic appeal of these two makes that bitter pill
a little easier to swallow.
With quite a few more statues
already announced, including another Gotham Knight, a Bruce Timm
version (FINALLY!), and both the Joker and Penguin added to the mix, it
looks like this series will be lasting for quite some time.
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - ***1/2
Paint - Perez ****; Adams ***1/2
Design - ***1/2
Value - **
Overall - ***1/2
Where to Buy -
There's a few online options amongst my sponsors:
has the Adams for $60, but is sold out of the Perez.
Collector has Adams for $65, and Perez for $60.
- Alter Ego Comics
has both for about $64.
- Things from Another World
has just the Perez, and he's $67.50.
- Circle Red has
just the Perez at $70.
- for the UK fans, you can
pick up the Adams for 45 GBP, and the Perez for 50
GBP at Forbidden
- or you can search ebay using
the sponsor MyAuctionLinks.
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of these statues, including the recent Gotham
Kane, Frank Miller,
Mignola, and Kelley Jones.
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