Black Adam was an ancient Egyptian slave who received the powers of the Wizard Shazam. However he was imprisoned for millennia by the Wizard after he misused his powers. He was eventually freed in the modern day where he went on to battle the Wizard's new champion Billy Batson many times.
With a movie starring The Rock on the way, and a resurgence so to speak in the comic series it’s only fitting that Diamond Select Toys has created an amazing Black Adam statue standing on a piece of rock with lighting flowing from the cloud base this is one impressive piece that captures the look and feel of the comic bad guy completely.
The face. This is awesome. I love the classic comic book style hair. It’s painted and etched but still has a slick back look about it. The cheeks are especially well done. You can see how they are slightly sucked in and shaded just a bit darker. You combine that with the frowned lips and slightly raised eyebrows and you have a truly menacing look. They eyes are polarizing to say the least. Black with just a hint of white if you really look close enough this gives it the full comic book look. Black Adam is bigger and more menacing than Shazam and the muscle outline of his traps alone show that.
The body looks great. A combination of black and yellow makes the comic book drawing come to life. Take notice of the rib cage. It’s shaded a bit lighter to show the muscles underneath the costume. It looks great. The entire torso looks great. Making the lightning bolt bright yellow with some black shading inside add a sense of depth to the piece. The costume is done in that elephant skin style which looks amazing under the light. The big yellow sash tied to the side looks great. I like how the sash, lightning bolt, arm wraps and boots are all of the same matching color. It looks great with the elephant skin style black.
Moving to the side you have to be impressed with the arms. You can see all of the muscles getting ready to pop through the costume. Painted and shaded just right to give it an amazingly real look but still holding the comic book style. The fist lurching down adds yet another piece of the tough guy puzzle. The golden yellow forearm wrap really helps add to the overall look and feel I also like how both legs are bent, yet by having one placed behind it adds to the feeling that Black Adam is ready for a fight.
The base is very cool. It’s a big cloud filled with lightning. Grey with white and black shading designed to have that “Puffy” cloud look. Its very well sculpted. Everything is different to say the least. The various colors of the shading really bring it to life. The placement is fantastic as well as you really get the look and feel that Black Adam is floating on a cloud. Throw in the rods of yellow lighting all around and this is a mean looking piece. I love how the lighting is a more faint yellow as opposed to the deep yellow in the costume. Keeping the two separate was a fantastic idea.
This is a great piece that you will want to add to your collection especially with the new movie coming out. This is the comic look that I always prefer, and I have him front and center on my desk. It’s a must own for all superhero and DC collectors. Pick one up today.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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