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Let me make myself clear. I love Chris Bachalo’s artwork. Some people find his work too over the top, or hard to follow, but I really like how stylized and dynamic it is. And when you have really stylized art, you get a lot more leeway when it comes to ridiculous costumes and outfits. The more your art looks like real actual people, and the more grounded in reality the writing is, the less wiggle room you have before stuff starts looking silly. And his art is pretty far from reality, so a lot of things I would find stupid on other artists with a more realistic style, I will totally give a pass to for Bachalo.

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And yet, if anyone steps on Storm’s cape thing, there are going to be BOOBS EVERYWHERE. Janet Jackson will have nothing on this wardrobe malfunction (I know this is like 4 years too late for this joke,) and Storm is going to electrocute anyone who sees anything and it will be a terrible international incident if it happens in public, and Wolverine will probably say something crass and just make everything worse and it will not be good at all, because this is a terrible way for the dreaded anti-mutant war everyone is so worried about to begin. Embarassed electrocuting is no way to kick something like that off.

For some reason Emma’s top/cape combo doesn’t bother me half so much. I think because it doesn’t have that gap in the middle it looks more secure, and it looks like the cape might fasten over top, rather than be directly attached. And really, other than the cape part, Storm’s costume isn’ttoo bad. I had to check it wasn’t a more stylized version of an older costume, even though I was pretty sure I would have remembered it, so it definitely looks like something I think she would wear, which is always good.  And totally unrelated to Storm, Bachalo should always be on a book that has at least one badass monster in it, because man he draws some seriously badass monsters. Just, hopefully ones that don’t step on capes.

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Check it out it’s alternate universe spooky magic Batman and his alternate universe spooky magic sidekick! Batman still in the full body uniform being all spooky and well covered and in this case all patchwork stitched together looking, and she’s…. well…

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Booooooooring. She’s boring. Generic spooky vampire lady, in black leather with torn fishnets and dark hair and pale skin and blahblahblah generic scary goth blah. Do not care anymore, I’m over the whole look, and a little sad because I think something inspired by the reds and yellows in the traditional Robin costume could have been much more interesting and probably more intimidating if they were careful with the costume design.  I’m reminded a little bit of American Vampire with some of the stylistic choices with her fangs and nails, especially in later panels, but that book didn’t go the cliche goth route and is much better off for it. Seriously, it’s a really good book (if very bloody) and Rafael Albuquerque is an amazing artist who makes the lead female character look terrifying and absolutely monstrous when the story calls for it. In conlusion, my opinion of this outfit in Superman/Batman #81 by ChrisCross is go read American Vampire by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque. That wasn’t where I meant to end up with this post, but that’s okay!

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As someone who watched the old X-men cartoon from the 90s, this is awesome.

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On the left, we have Jubilee in her old costume, on the right, newly vampiric grumpy-pants Jubilee, and I am loving that the trench and pink sunglasses are back and still work. It’s a nice reminder about what she used to be, and how cheerful she used to be, and how different she is now. And the fullbody suit makes sense, because while sunlight isn’t killing her, it’s not comfortable, and looking more closely at the inking, looks like it’s a black shirt and black pants instead of a one piece which is even cooler really. She’s got a bit of a heel on it which is a little bit of a bummer, but she’s not wearing high waisted shorts, which I think would be worse. So hurray for Phil Noto being awesome and mostly sensible about things.

And of course, Kathryn Immonen is a rad writer and I’m liking the story, that helps too!

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Well speak of the devil, I mentioned Deodato last post and look who shows up to make me angry.

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Now, Mockingbird is on a stakeout as the inside woman. She knows her buddies are watching and waiting for the right signal to begin kicking ass, and she will kick ass alongside them. So she puts on a cute pair of pants with just a enough stretch in them to allow for any necessary kicking in the head. Oh wait, no she doesn’t, she puts on a skintight overalls-themed dress for some godforsaken reason.  Because normal people totally wear those right? And then holy crap there’s a fight, and she ninja splits kicks people in the head, wearing a skintight dress.

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Which to Deodato’s credit, rides up like a skintight dress actually would. To Deodato’s whatever the hell the opposite of credit is in this case, he chose to illustrate that with a front view that includes carefully drawn in asscheeks and crotch. With juuuuust enough highlights in the dress thing to let you know that yes, it’s way over her crotch and whoever she’s kicking in the head knows her underwear preferences. I find this stunningly tasteless, like wow I can’t even articulate it. Who decides that’s a good way to draw that pose with that outfit? Argh. Deodato has issues with oversexualising women in general, putting them on inappropriate tippy-toes, or doing ridiculous things with their hips, and it’s made worse by the fact that everything else about it is really well done.  In summary, Deodato should draw books with only men in them.

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Gallo noooo not again. I’m serious, this better be an established supervillainness because this is painfully ridiculous. It’s a projection so I’m pretty sure she actually will have arms and legs, but as it stands she’s got a thong and a top that she’ll fall out of if she moves. See how stiff her pose is? She HAS to stand like that or risk a wardrobe malfunction! I’d be evil too if I was literally paralyzed by my poor choice in clothing. I give it 50-50 odds she’s in stilettos. If not, probably absurdly boring flat soled detailless boots because those are sadly common too.

If this is actually a new character and Gallo wasn’t explicitly told to make her look this silly I’m going to have to put him in the same category as Mike Deodato. Very good artist, but with choices in drawing women that just drive me insane. I’m sure something from Deodato will pop up eventually and I can explain further but for now, Gallo, go draw this poor lady something that will cover her nipples if she has to do anything but stand there.

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