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"Justice Series 5"

By Mathew McKee     March 13, 2007

Justice series 5
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Alex Ross.  Ask any decently well-read comic book fan for a list of their favorite comic artists and this man will be on almost every one.  Alex Ross has been on the scene for a long time, and he is one of the few comic artists that still uses paint for his illustrations.  His most well known works include Kingdom Come and Mythology, as well as Earth X and Universe X.  His current endeavor is a JLA story called Justice.  This series is fantastic; it is absolutely beautiful, and has a very engaging story.  What’s unique about Justice is that DC Direct is putting out a series of figures, which are being designed by Alex Ross, at the same time as the comic.  Normally the figures would be coming out after the comic is finished.  The fifth series of Justice figures was released towards the beginning of February.

This new series of figures features 5 characters: Brainiac, Green Arrow, Lex Luthor, Red Tornado, and Martian Manhunter (translucent and regular versions both available).  The first thing that I noticed when I saw these figures is the amazing paint job.  The paint used for this set is very thick and heavy just like the comic and gives one the impression that the characters stepped off the page and straight into the package.   The sculpting for these figures is very good as well; it is very detailed and creates a good likeness of the characters.

Brainiac is one of the characters with the least points of articulation, but he has plenty of great qualities to make up for it.  The figure comes wearing a bloodstained surgical gown and bloodstained gloves.  As well as two excellent accessories: a bloody brain, which can rest in his hand, and his monkey, which sits on his shoulder.  This figure is my personal favorite from the set.  Green Arrow also comes with several accessories and has the most points of articulation of all the figures in the set.  He gets his quiver for his back, and he can be posed with an arrow knocked and ready to shoot.  The Red Tornado and the Martian Manhunter figures are both excellently sculpted characters, and the painting style used for this set works particularly well for them.  The translucent Manhunter figure uses the same sculpt but it is clear.  The lack of paint makes it difficult to see the details of the sculpting, however since the Martian Manhunter in this form is supposed to be essentially invisible; the poor visibility of the detail on this figure is actually an accurate portrayal of the character.  The Lex Luthor figure is a good sculpt, but has a different paint job.  This is definitely my least favorite figure in the series, but is definitely still a great figure.  In the end I would say that this series is a good addition to your collection, especially if you are Alex Ross fan.  I give this series a solid A.


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