BATMAN EARTH -32
DC MULTIVERSE (MCFARLANE)
“In DC’s Dark Multiverse, on Earth -32, the green light of will has twisted an angry Bruce Wayne into something very dark and sinister. After the murder of his parents in Crime Alley, young Bruce is gifted with a Green Lantern ring, which allows him to fly and to generate deadly hard-light energy constructs. With no Alfred Pennyworth to guide him, he soon swallows his fear and pain and lets the void that remains corrupt him and the ring, unleashing a wave of darkness across his world, and now ours, as The Dawnbreaker.”
There’s no denying that McFarlane’s DC output for the last year has been rather Batman-centric. So Batman centric that the storyline they’ve been most faithfully focusing on has been “Dark Knights: Metal”, a story that focusses in on “what if all of the non-Batman characters were also Batman?” One of the Batman-ed characters is Green Lantern, and, to be honest, the Green Lantern/Batman mash-up isn’t actually a new concept. It’s something DC’s been flirting with for a while in differing capacities, and this is just the most recent version, I guess. It could be worse, really. Anyway, it got a toy, and Green Lantern and action figure are two things that are rather up my alley, so here I am.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Batman of Earth -32 is part of the first proper “Dark Knights: Metal”-themed assortment of DC Multiverse figures. Where it falls in the actually numbering scheme is something that’s lost on me, but I do know it hit right at the end of 2020, for what it’s worth. This and The Grim Knight are the lighter packed figures in the line-up, at just one of each per case. The figure stands 7 1/4 inches tall and he has 39 points of articulation. His articulation scheme is similar to the Superman and Nightwing figures. It’s definitely more restricted on the neck, torso, and hips. The neck’s due to the costume design, which is understandable, but the torso and hips is just down to poor implementation. For the most part, though, it’s a decent layout. The sculpt is an all-new piece, based on Jason Fabok’s art from the cover of Batman The Dawnbreaker #1, which is certainly the most distinctive piece of art for the character. It also has the unintended bonus of making him fit in pretty well with the DC Essentials figures from DC Collectibles, since those are based on Fabok’s artwork too. Of course, it being a McFarlane product, there’s a certain level of McFarlane-izing going on. In this figure’s case it means he’s a little bit lankier than the illustration, and falls into the same territory as a lot of McFarlane’s DC figures of adding a lot of piping and other smaller costume details that aren’t present in the source material. It makes him a little busier than the comics design. It’s not as bad here as on more simplified designs like Superman and Nightwing, but I still do wonder why they feel the need to keep busying everything up. Also, for some reason, the GL-logo is different from every piece of artwork I was able to find of the character. It’s missing the circle around the actual lantern. I don’t dislike it, but it’s another case of change for the sake of change. One area that they got down pretty spot-on is the head sculpt. It’s got the lopsided sneer that the character frequently sports, which is a rather distinctive appearance. Dawnbreaker’s paint work is fairly decent. It’s an interesting mix of differing greens. There are some nice differences in sheen, and I definitely dig the metallic greens. Dawnbreaker includes a construct shaped like some eldritch abomination bat/octopus thing, a flight stand, and a collector’s card. The construct’s a lot of fun, but I do wish it were a little more secure on the figure’s arm. Still, it’s a cool visual, as is using the flight stand to allow him to hover off the ground.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
My initial experience with McFarlane’s DC figures wasn’t super impressive or confidence inspiring, so I haven’t really been following them since. However, I knew I’d have a hard time saying no to this figure when it was shown off, and sure enough, when I saw it in person, I was game. It’s a design that feels really up McFarlane’s alley, and they did a pretty decent job of capturing it in toy form. There are some definite flaws, but in general, this figure works out better than previous offeringsm and I’m much happier this time.