| Included in set:
Series One: Green Lantern, Hawkman, Superman, Wonder Woman
Slowly but surely, DC Comics' own toy line, DC Direct, has
been making name for itself by putting out a quality line
composed of small series that have been strung together to
create an excellent portfolio of figures based on their licensed
characters. The DC Direct line
is a fine example of this. Now, DC has gone with the brilliant
idea of making a series of figures based on Alex Ross' Kingdom
Come mini series. For those unfamiliar, the story revolves
around the future world of the DC Universe where a conflict
between the Old School and New School superheroes escalates
into full-blown violence and nearly brings death to them all.
Outside of the well-written story, one of the most impressive
aspects of the orignal comics was the painted art that gave
each of the characters a firm, realistic look. For the figure
series to be successful, the same attention to realistic looking
characters would be a MUST. Fortunately, DC Direct seems to
To start things off, DC Direct has gone with a four figure
Series One that includes Green Lantern, Hawkman, Superman,
and Wonder Woman, all magnificently scultped to represent
their comic book representations well. Each of the characters
have varying degrees of poseability and are sturdy. I like
the fact that the figures are large enough that the realistic
details and excellent paintwork don't get overshadowed.
To go along with the initial series, DC Direct has two other
series planned. Series Two, scheduled to be in stores September
10, 2003, features Kid Flash, Red Robin, Batman, and Shazam!
Series Three, scheduled to be in stores January 14th, 2004,
will have The Flash, Magog, Deadman and an Armored version
of Wonder Woman. With such an impressive array of characters
to choose from, there's definitely room to make a couple more
series based on the Kingdom Come story.
Let's be honest - this series is for fans of the comic. The
fine level of detail and nice packaging begs for these to
be displayed rather than played with. Still, if you want to
break them out, go ahead. They can handle being used.