January 7th, 2010

I'm Batman

We've gone to the bad place! The baaaaad plaaace!

Shortpacked!: He's a snowflake.

Hey, the guy who hosts my site, Bookworm, runs this place for not much at all.  He just likes me!  And it all runs so smoothly.  He is an insanely selfless man.  But he just had a kid, and, well, his site has a Paypal Donation button, hint hint hint.  That is all.

First impression of DCUC Copperhead: Hey, doesn't this guy have a tail?  I'm pretty sure he has a tail!  Where is his tail???  I searched the corners of the packaging, but to no avail.

About five minutes later, I learn that the earliest apperances of Copperhead didn't give him a tail.  Those things I was interpreting as his tail on his first appearance's cover were actually his really tail-like arms.   He was a "contortionist," meaning he could make his arms into long wrappy things.  Weird.  And he got the tail later when he got changed into an actual snake man instead of guy-in-costume.  

So Copperhead is half-technically a Batman villain.  Or maybe two-thirds technically.  He first showed up in a Brave and the Bold issue, set in Gotham City, as a foe for both Batman and Wonder Woman.  In my book, that makes him a Batman villain!  And, hey, Copperhead is a neat sort-of-crazy-weird orange doofus.  I like Copperhead.  So any excuse to get a Copperhead.  

Y'know, Copperhead may just be the most Spider-mannish villain in Batman's rogues gallery.  He's a guy in an animal costume.  Sure, Batman fights guys and gals who may  have an animal motif, like a tuxedo or cat-ears, but not usually guys in straight-up animal costumes.  That's what Spider-Man fights.  Though Spider-Man's animal villains usually have names like Scorpion and Beetle and Rhino.  If Copperhead were actually a Spider-Man villain, "Copperhead" would be a bit too specific.   His name would probably be Snake.

The best part of this figure is the head, by far.  He's got this crazy wide-eyed laugh going on.  It makes the presentation, I tell you.  The rest is fairly standard.  His glittery orange is also nifty, though, I admit.  

Still wish he had the tail.