"Superman/Batman series 4" (Mania.com)

By:Mathew McKee
Review Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Superman/Batman series 4 is an interesting series.  I had a lot of trouble deciding how I felt about it upon first inspection.  The first thing I noticed was the quality of the figures.  They all look very good.  The sculpting is clean, and there are no unsightly seems or other evidence of bad sculpting.  The paint jobs are excellent on all of them, and I especially liked the name plate Bizarro comes with.  The first figure that I really looked at was the Kryptonite batman figure, and I decided right off the bat that I liked it.  This figure is one of the best translucent style figures I’ve seen in a while.  The indecision set in when I looked at the figure set as a whole.  First off I noticed that every figure has gigantic thighs.  This looks all right on the Kryptonite Batman and the Batman Beyond figures, but it looks really unattractive on the Superwoman and Batwoman figures.  This made me inspect the two women in the set more closely, and that’s when I realized that they were almost the same exact sculpt, except for the head and stomach.  Then that got me to looking at the heads of the figures and I realized that the heads seem too big on all the figures except for Kryptonite Batman.  I was pretty confused at this point because I couldn’t figure out how I could think the figures were nice, yet find all these flaws within them.

I finally figured out what was going on after thinking about it for a few days.  My problem was with the source of the figures, i.e. the illustrations the figures were based on.  At this point I was still a little confused, because I like Ed McGuinness (the artist for the arc that the figures are from).  I couldn’t figure out how I could like the illustrations but not the figures.  What I decided it comes down to is that I don’t like the way the illustrations transfer to figures.  Now we come to the crux of this review.  The figures are excellent renditions of the artwork from the book.  They are also very well sculpted as well as excellently painted.  If you think that you would enjoy the characters jumping out of the comic book and straight into your hands without any alterations then I would tell you that I give this series an A.  My problem is that I don’t think that Ed McGuinness’ style of illustration translates very well to figures.  I think that there need to be some adjustments made to the proportions of the sculpts before they are produced into figures, so I would give the series a B.  You can understand my quandary now: They figures are excellent representations of the illustrations, but I don’t think the illustrations translate very well into figures.  The result is that you get two grades and you have the choice of picking which one applies to you.  Choose well, or face your doom……

Mania Grade: A-
Publisher: DC Direct