I’ve always been a fan of DC Comics’ characters, but it wasn’t until the 90’s when I jumped headlong into the universe and began subscribing regularly to a number of the books. There were a couple of very specific instigators for my renewed interest, and one of them was Kenner’s Total Justice line. I can still remember finding them in the store for the first time, looking at the back of the box and wondering who that new Green Lantern was and what the heck happened to Aquaman.
I soon discovered that Peter David happened. He took a character that was largely considered a joke and treated him with a more serious and realistic feel and personality. Sure he could still talk with the fishes, but now he was also the ruler of over half the planet, dealing with personal and political issues just as much as fighting the bad guys. Replacing a lost hand with a harpoon is pretty much the perfect symbolism for how Aquaman doesn’t take shit anymore.
With new tooling at a minimum, I was actually really surprised by just how well Arthur turned out. His head sculpt is one of the more detailed in the line with that manly beard and huge plume of flowing hair. The hair sculpt alone gives him a dynamic pose, even when you’re not trying. His stern “I’m gonna kick your ass” gaze gives the figure a lot of personality too.
When looking at the body, Hook-Hand Aquaman is almost entirely new. His upper chest, right bicep, and forearm are covered in armor with sculpted bands. There’s the obvious hook forearm on his left hand. His legs are new, with sculpted scales running down the sides. Heck, even his belt new as far as I can tell. Continue to page 2…