Sculpting - ****
Greg Capullo is well known to any comic book fan. As an artist with
Image Comics, he did excellent work on titles like Spawn, as well as
his own creation, Creech.
As part of the New 52 relaunch
of the DC universe, Greg joined the Batman team. This Joker is based on
his designs that started with Batman:
Death of the Family, and it's one of the more interesting
character adjustments that came out of the overall relaunch.
The Joker has had his face cut
off. Yes, you heard that right. But you can't go walking around without
a face - even Darkman knew that. So the Joker has reattached his skin,
in a rather utilitarian way, with hooks and straps. If you thought he
was gruesome before, this Texas Chainsaw Massacre look is going to
freak you out.
He's also gone away from the
dapper clothes, wearing overalls and carrying tools. This is all part
of his more determined, blue collar approach to getting revenge on Batman, and fits
in nicely with the theme of the books.
They've captured all that
extremely well with this statue, right down to the stretch lines in the
facial skin and glassy eyes set deep behind it.
One of the things I really like
about this statue when compared to others in the series, is the small
tools strung along his belt. Most of the statues don't have that sort
of small detail work, making this one stand out from the crowd. Even
here the tools are a little lacking in textures, but it's still great
to see so much variety.
I also like the dynamic pose,
which meshes the expression with the action perfectly. It's a perfect
marriage of violence and madness, just what the character needs.
The Joker stands about 7 inches
tall, fitting in nicely with the rest of the series. There's no assembly this time - it's all one piece.
Paint - ***
While I love the sculpt and design, I'm not quite as thrilled with the
paint work. There's plenty of grayscale blood, but some of it looks
just like what it is: paint droplets.
And while the overall quality is
good - no slop or fuzzy cut lines - I'm not really digging the look of
the wash on the face.
I do like the glassy eyes
though, a big improvement over what we've seen with most of the Batmen
in this line. These are much more realistic, even reminding me a bit of
the sixth scale Hot Toys work.
Value - ***
You can find this statue for $70 pretty much everywhere, and maybe a
bit cheaper if you look hard enough. That's a very good price for a
statue in this scale, and slightly larger statues (like DC Comics
Bombshells) are north of $100 now. Keeping the price lower and more in
line with the releases from earlier years makes it that much easier to
be a completist on the series.
Things to Watch Out For -
Since there's no assembly required, there's not much to watch out for.
Overall - ***1/2
I really like Capullo's style, and this is one of the creepiest Joker
designs ever. Add in the cool tools that they've sculpted with care
around his belt, and you have one of the more unique designs in
the entire series.
The paint is a little weak, but
its a minor quibble when compared to the excellent design and
sculpting. DC Collectibles have produced several Jokers in this series
now, but I think this is my favorite so far, simply because it's such
an unusual look. I wouldn't want it to be the only one on my shelf -
you need something a bit more traditional first - but as an addition to
the long running series, he's top notch.
Packaging - **1/2
Sculpting - ***1/2
Paint - ***
Value - ***1/2
Overall - ***1/2
Where to Buy -
Online options include these site sponsors:
Earth is at $70, but has free shipping right now.
- Big Bad Toy Store is at $70.
Collector has this guy for $70.
Collectibles also comes in at $70.
Comics N Stuff comes in at $70.
From Another World is at $72.
- or you can search
ebay for a deal.
Other Black & White reviews include the recent Allred, Bane, Batman
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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