GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH (DC DIRECT)
I’ve mentioned before that I’m quite the Green Lantern fan. Well, I’ll be frank, that doesn’t really extend to his villains. Sure, I’m a fan of characters like Sinestro and the original Star Sapphire, and heck I’m even a pretty decent fan of characters like Sonar, Evil Star and Goldface. But there are some Green Lantern villains I just plain don’t like. Like, for instance, Hector Hammond, star villain of the 2011 Green Lantern movie. My opinion of today’s character, Black Hand, is not as simple as the previously mentioned opinions. No, he’s much more complex, and today’s figure just plays right into those mixed feelings.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Black Hand was released as part of the first wave of DC Direct’s Green Lantern: Rebirth line, done to coincide with the comic event of the same name. Hand himself only has a minor appearance in the actual Rebirth series, and he doesn’t look like this. The figure here is actually based on Hand’s look in the re-launch GL book shortly after Rebirth. While this is the look that would gain notoriety in Blackest Night and the like, it’s presence here seems to be solely because it was what Hand was wearing at the time, as the character would remain relatively obscure for a few more years. Anyway, the figure stands a little over 6 inches tall, and features 11 points of articulation. He looks to be built on a similar under-lying structure to that of the Hal Jordan figure released in this line. The outer details are different, with Black Hand featuring a lot more details on his costume. In particular, he’s got lots of wrinkles all over his costume. What, does this guy not have an iron? On his left arm, he’s got straps and buckles, I guess to “modernize” the character’s look. The Right hand is the titular “black hand”, and is exposed in all its veiny goodness. This guy also has a lot of rivets, which begs the question: is his cosume actually riveted on to him? That might explain the figure’s surly facial expression. Black Hand is topped off by a non-removable rubber cape. It’s a decent sculpt, but it can make the figure a bit top heavy.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
So, I’ve done my (mostly) non-biased review of the figure itself. Now, onto the nitty-gritty, me part: I absolutely, without a doubt in my mind, hate the modern Black Hand, and pretty much everything he’s been involved with. I know, that’s a strong opinion, but I just haven’t liked what he’s been involved with. Classic Black Hand had a pretty neat design, and while he was hokey as hell, that was a lot of fun. A decent character. But, hokey characters can’t be hokey anymore, so we wound up with this redo of the character, where he’s got leather straps, and wrinkles, a random lines all over the place, and looks like a zombie. And, hey, “Black Hand” makes no sense, unless you spell it out for people by giving him a BLACK HAND! Hey, MGM, I’ve got an idea for a Goldfinger remake. Here’s the twist: Goldfinger loses one of his fingers, and he has to replace it with one MADE OF GOLD!
I know what you’re thinking: If you hate the design so much, why do you have the figure? Because I got him for a dollar. And for a dollar I guess he’s alright.