The Devil’s Due comics of the 2000’s brought back old Joe characters garbed in both classic looks and new interpretations. Zartan received some significant changes in his look, finally managing to get himself into a full shirt. While this isn’t exactly what Zartan looked like in those comics, you can see the inspiration. From the waist down, it’s more of the classic Zartan, and it doesn’t quite work for me. The two styles just don’t blend together very well, though I do like the skull belt buckle.
The rifle is my favorite element of this figure. We don’t usually see Zartan with rifles, but this one works for him, considering his past, and his new futuristic look. With the large scope, it for some reason brings in a bit of a reminder of Zartan’s sound amplifying bow from the Hard Master assassination flashback in the Marvel comic.
Overall, it’s a more attractive figure than the later, vintage accurate version. The mask is reminiscent of the original accessory, but the same issues with the old snap-on mask still apply. The face protrudes and has a weirdly huge forehead, and the concept of a snap-on mask seems out of place and too old school for a modern figure. A completely different swappable head like the movie and Pursuit of Cobra versions, would have been preferable.