It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve bought a DC figure at retail. After Classics was canceled, I pretty much just glaze over that aisle on my way to the Marvel section. So I was a bit shocked to see a new Superman staring back at me during my last trip to TRU.
I’m not a big fan of the New 52. I understand the need to interest new readers in comic books, but I don’t think it should come at the cost of seventy plus years of rich history. Couple that with their new emphasis on art over story, and they’ve pretty much lost the majority of my business. But not all the books or ideas are bad. Even though I may not enjoy the new spin on some of my favorite characters, that doesn’t mean their new looks aren’t cool.
So there I was, in the Toys R Us aisle staring at the nU Supes, Flash, and Hawkman. After some back and forth debating with myself, I ended up walking out with Superman. (I would have also picked up Hawkman, but he had some really disappointing paint issues with his face.)
Sculpt wise, this is the exact same Superman figure that came out last year in the DC All-Stars wave with nU Batman, Red Robin, and Superboy Prime. Compared to the average DC Classics body, this DCnU “buck” is super detailed to capture all the intricate line work and piping from Jim Lee’s designs. Most notable is probably his new chest with its raised “S” symbol. This is a really nice touch, and I kind of wish some of my other Superman figures featured it.
Supes also has an entirely new belt piece, biceps, forearms, fists, and shins. His feet may also be new, but I can’t quite tell for sure. nU Supes also has a nU head. I don’t think the Four Horsemen captured the look of Jim Lee’s style very well, but that’s actually a good thing in my book. I definitely prefer the 4H to bring a bit of their flare to the design, this way all the nU DC figures won’t look exactly the same. He definitely has a much younger look than our previous DC Classics version. Personally, I don’t even think he could pass as a younger version of Classics Supes. He’s more like an older clone Superboy, or even a passing resemblance to Kal Kent.
The biggest difference between this Unlimited Supes and his previous All-Stars release is in the paint/plastic. Not only are the red areas a much brighter shade, but glitter was added to the blue plastic to give him a glowing sheen. Personally, I really love this bright and shining look. It reminds me of something Grant Morrison quietly pointed out in his DC One Million series. Superheroes have always had flashy costumes, with each new generation making theirs a bit brighter and showier. The costumed heroes from the 853rd century seemed to glow and were even colored differently in the books to emphasize this difference. Continue to page 2…