Before dramatically reinventing its universe for the umpteenth time, some of DC’s finest creators came together for Brightest Day, a tremendously entertaining 24-issue saga.
Thankfully more 52 than Countdown, Brightest Day featured some of DC’s best heroes like Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Hawkman, Hawkgirl and today’s review subject Deadman.
Deadman got a prime spot in DC Collectibles’ new Icons line getting released in the debut wave with Batman, Green Arrow … and Earth-2 Mr. Miracle (OK, they can’t all be winners) so let’s see if this guy comes to life in his latest figure incarnation.
Packaging: I really like this box design. Red accents the white this time and we have the D insignia around the box. The line logo design to incorporate the character’s insignia was a pretty inspired choice. I wish the same applied to the back, which is still a plain showcase of the other figures in the line and no further insight into the specific character you purchased.
Likeness: Depending on your preference, you could choose to overlook the positives of the Batman and Green Arrow figures, but there’s no such option with Deadman. This is unquestionably the best Deadman figure I’ve seen.
Thankfully, Deadman is one of those increasingly rare characters that hasn’t changed up his look all that much. The biggest difference between this costume and the classic look is the loss of the Robin style booties.
The physique is dead-on with a leaner, lithe look that fits in nicely between Batman and Green Arrow. The flared collar is just the right height and the D insignia is actually sculpted on and not painted in a nice touch.
The headsculpt may be my favorite of the first wave and the others were no slouches. In Deadman’s case, there’s almost a sense of mystery in the expression where you can “read” more into Batman and Arrow’s face sculpts.
I can’t wait for DCC to start experimenting with characters with more weight and height — the packaging allows for some exploration on that front without changing up the box format.Paint: For a dead guy, Deadman received a lot of love in the paint department. There’s some great shading and paint washing to bring out the details of the sculpt in both the white “skin” areas and the outfit. The gloves and boots have a clean sheen to them to suggest a latex type material and it’s a great contrast.
The headsculpt is terrifically done. The black eyeliner gives a greater sense of depth to the sunken in eyes, which really adds to the dead man walking appearance.
I only caught a small, barely noticeable overlap on the white from the D. Otherwise this was one of the cleanest figures I’ve picked up in awhile.
Articulation: The Icons line packs more articulation than the standard DCC figure, allowing for some dynamic posing possibilities.
- ball jointed shoulders
- elbows (double-jointed)
- knees (double-jointed)
Deadman has less useful articulation than Batman. His torso range of movement is so restricted it’s pretty much useless. Additionally, his back and forth leg movement is also poor.
While Batman could do a straight kick to the knee and shin level, Deadman’s legs splay out to the side. Granted, Deadman isn’t much of a fighting character, but his articulation definitely doesn’t give you the highly-articulated feel like the others. EDIT – After watching a few videos, it appears my Deadman needed a soak in some hot water as he does have the same torso range as Batman.
Complicating matters, my figure had an aging Marvel Legend issue where his crotch and torso weren’t glued together firmly enough making the seams come loose when I started posing him. Hopefully that isn’t a typical issue with the figure.
Accessories: Deadman comes with easily the most unique accessory of all the Wave 1 figures. Deadman’s shtick is he can inhabit the body of another person so to simulate that, DCC made a Deadman-overlay to place over your other Icons figures. It’s a very creative spin on his powers and the plastic seems like it will be able to hold up pretty well.
The DC Direct Brightest Day Deadman had a separate unmasked head to reveal Boston Brand’s face and a Deadman mask in keeping with the story. It’s not something I missed with this figure at all though.
Worth it? Prices fluctuate with the line as they range from $19 to $25. Deadman’s original articulation issues aside, I’m more concerned with the parts not staying together. That’s never a promising sign especially so early after opening the figure up.
Where to get it? Check your local comic book store to grab them in person or you can grab him at LMF affiliate partner Amazon.com where he’s currently $19.95: DC Collectibles DC Comics Icons: Deadman Brightest Day Action Figure
Read up on Deadman’s exploits in Brightest Day Omnibus.