My Top 5 (ish) DC Direct Public Enemies figures
It’s hard to believe that it’s been ten years since Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness launched Superman/Batman (which, btw, has finally been released as a series in DC’s new52 universe). But, as of next month (August 2013), it will be. And what better way to recognize that anniversary then by talking about my top 5 (ish) figures based on Ed McG’s work on that run?
I’ll answer that one for you…there is no better way.
Ed McGuinness penciled the first 6 issues of the series, a story arc called “Public Enemies”. He then came back later and penciled one of the trippiest arcs, “With a Vengeance” (issues 20-25). The figures below are based on both those storylines, and, yes, the figures are in order by how much I like ‘em…
6: Batman – Suresuresure. There’s 50 million different Batman figures out there. But, this one is definitely one of my favs. The detailing is great. Just look at the pouches on his utility belt! My only complaint with the figure (and it really applies to most of the figures in this line, not just Batman), is that it looks like they all spend a little too much time at the gym doing Lat pull downs.
That, and his cowl is a little too shiny. But, I guess that’s why he’s number 6 on our top 5 (ish) list…
5: Armored Lex Luthor– Now Lex here isn’t one of the most articulate of figures, well…ever. But, you gotta admit, that crazed look on then President Lex’s face? Oh…that’s more than priceless! That look alone makes up for the lack of articulation. Besides, his arms and legs move. What else do you need?
4: Bizarro Batman – Take everything that’s great about the #6 Batman figure, ship it off to the Bizarro world when it returns (if it ever returns) you get this kick ass figure. From his upside down (and open) utility belt, to his creepy, hasn’t-brushed-his-teeth-in-a-very-long-time smile, Bizarro Batman is a terrible figure to own (get it?!?!?)
3: Nightwing – To be honest, there’s nothing special about this Nightwing figure that makes him stand out all that much. I’m just a big fan of Nightwing. And most of the previous iterations of Nightwing have been pretty much been…meh. And I’ll be honest with you, cause I feel like I’ve known you for a long time: I liked this figure so much, I bought two of them. And opened them both!
2: Superman – Not to be confused with the Superman from Public Enemies Series #1, this is the “end of time” Superman from Series #3. Everything that’s wrong about the Superman from Series 1 (spoiler alert: we’ll be covering him in a minute), is the complete opposite for this guy. Which, I guess, should make him Bizarro Superman. But…it doesn’t. It just makes him a well done figure!
1: Hawkman. Now, I’m no fan of Hawkman, at all. So, for me to put this guy in the top 5 (ish), let along number one!?!? Well…that says something. At least it should.
Unfortunately for your friendly neighborhood jman, my Hawkman is broken. One of my kids broke off his wings a few years ago. See, I used to make the mistake of letting my kids play with some of my figures. Well…this is what happens when you do. Learn from me, people. Learn from me. Just because they look like toys, act like toys and are packaged like toys, doesn’t mean kids can play with them. Can I get an amen? No?
Not so special mention:
Superman – Public Enemies Series 1. The figure that SHOULD be my favorite, is not. I don’t blame this so much on DC Direct as much as I do Ed McG. Now, if you hadn’t already surmised it, I’m a big fan of McG’s art. But, what the hell is up with Superman’s cape? It’s way too short!!! But, that’s exactly how McG drew his cape in that series. All’s Superman needs is some stars and some glitter on that thing and he’d look like fat and sweaty Elvis.
I don’t care what they said in Incredibles, if you’re gonna wear a cape…you wear a cape! Not a shaw.
And my other problem with this figure? His suit is far too shiny. Look at it! It looks like it’s something right out of an early 80’s exercise video. He’s not fighting crime in that suit! He’s sweating to the oldies!