Axel-In-Charge: Waid & Samnee on "Black Widow" and the Dawn of the All-New, All-Different Era
Unless there’s a lot online discussion about an item, I usually don’t pay much attention to high-priced statues based on comic characters. It’s obviously a lucrative business, one that sometimes targets very specific tastes, but I have no interest in shelling out $50 for, say, a Supergirl mini-bust.
However, occasionally something catches my eye, if not necessarily for the intended reasons.
A few months ago famed Japanese collectibles-manufacturer Kotobukiya launched its Marvel Bishojo (“pretty girl”) Collection of statues designed by Shunya Yamashita, who’s well-known for his illustrations of busty young women in provocative poses.
Between the name of the line and the name of the artist, you have a pretty good idea what you’re in for: Black Widow, her cleavage in full view and perched atop impossibly tall stilettos, posing with a gun; Rogue, showing off her “voluptuous curves” as she activates her comlink or maybe cups her ear to sing; and Scarlet Witch as she … well, I’ll get to that in a moment.
Look, Yamashita is incredibly talented, and the statues are well-crafted. Kotobukiya will likely sell a ton of them, as there’s obviously a market for pricey figurines of curvy superheroines in odd and “sexy” stances. And there’s nothing really wrong with that, I suppose.
But what made me take notice this morning was a pair of releases from Kotobukiya announcing details of the Scarlet Witch bishojo statue and the Thor “fine art” statue. The timing and proximity make it difficult not to compare the two (unfairly or no).
One one hand we have the god of thunder “in the midst of battle, swinging the hammer Mjollnir against the foes of Asgard. … The hero’s intense expression and dynamic pose clearly shows his power and battle prowess!”
On the other we have Wanda Maximoff, who “leaps right off of the comic book page in a relaxed flying pose, while she coyly points to her lips in a sultry manner.” Yes, read that last bit again.
I’ll overlook the improbability of someone leaping in a relaxed way, but her “math is hard” pose is more difficult to ignore. Black Widow and Rogue may not be battling foes, like the $200 Thor, but at least they’re doing something. (In the case of Rogue, I’m not exactly sure what that something is, but at least she’s not just pointing — coyly or otherwise.)
But, hey, maybe next year Kotobukiya will release a statue of Thor swinging his hammer in, um, a sultry manner. Yeah, probably not.