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So, Demon Knights 2 written by Paul Cornell with artist Diogenes Neves has a new (I think) character called Exoristos in an outfit I should hate, and absolutely would in a lot of comic books. Breastplate that’d poke her in her exposed midriff if she sat down, bracers as her only other armour, and a skirt and totally bare legs to fight dragons in? Terrible ideas all of them! And yet in this very specific case, it’s totally working for me. Context is everything!

I should be mad, but I'm not!

The dragon breastplate looks kinda cool, she’s got her hair back and she’s drawn pretty beefy. That’s actually really important to me because it makes suspending my disbelief at her silly outfit way easier, she may not dress appropriately but she’s built for the beating up dragons part. And of course, it’s acknowledged that it’s not a particularly effective battle outfit twice (once followed up by a dick joke), so it’s not like the creators are going “pff yeah this is TOTALLY PRACTICAL!” like what sometimes happens and never ceases to annoy me. It helps too that while Exoristos and Madame Xanadu both have impractical outfits, the other female characters in the story are way more covered up and armoured, and nobody is wearing high heels.

Exoristos 2

Oh and of course any comic book that has the immortal Vandal Savage literally beating a dragon to death with another dragon while talking about how tasty they are does get a lot of leeway in the ridiculous department. The more over the top a comic book is, the more the costumes can get away with, and this is pretty high on the over the top meter.

Vandal

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Well I’ll be damned.

A dress!

So I looked at this dress and figured the neckline, sleeves and length were all nice and it looks super comfortable and flowy and really the only think I didn’t really like was the gigantic belt, which is a little too over the top. And then I realized I was thinking about clothes in a comic book like they were real clothes that I would see in a store instead of incredibly trashy dresses or ultra-generic jeans and solid coloured t-shirt and I was really happy! It even suits Helena, it’s flattering but totally classy and she’s got a big ole bag that’s probably full of pointy dangerous stuff, she’s got a little bit of jewelery! Oh, and white framed sunglasses are everywhere right now. It’s like Marcus To and/or John Dell (not sure who was drawing what) were actually thinking about the clothes she’s wearing! hurray!!

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So I was reading JLI #1 and it was okay and then I got to the big splash of all the members talking and I had an amazing realization. There are 4 female heroes on this page, and no cleavage or bare thighs or stomachs or anything like that! They’re still showing a little more skin than the guys, but not an uncomfortable amount and it’s just because of bare arms, which tend to be less ridiculously sexual and less likely to cause serious wardrobe malfunctions. And I was really happy and impressed at Aaron Lopresti or whoever came up with the designs and then I was sad because this surprised me. Ice’s fur belt thingy is a little silly looking, and I don’t particularly like the gloves on Vixen (what if she needs to claw someone!) but all in all I think this is nice to see.

I seem to recall Fire is basically naked when on fire, but it’s the same kind of naked that Johnny Storm and Iceman usually get where it just looks stupid and raises weird underwear questions if they’re still in their briefs while being all elemental and stuff.

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More Flashpoint!

Maybe the weirdest reboot of all, and a pretty eventful, if obscure one.

Before:

Flashpoint Pre-Reboot

After:

Flashpoint: After

They took a part-time actor, full-time rock singer, aged him up a bunch of years, shaved his head and decided that belting out rock wasn’t good, he had to do alt rock music AND be a serious professional actor in a well done Canadian tv show? That’s pretty implausible. At least the new costuming is good.

Okay this only makes sense if you like 90s Canadian rock bands and current Canadian television. Sooooo not a lot.  Hugh Dillon was lead singer for a band called the Headstones who were totally awesome and after they broke up, he got into acting, and after a few shows and movies got a major role in a tv show called, you guessed it, Flashpoint! So yeah, I made this post because the tv show has the same name as the DCU comic event and I think it’s funny. Even if nobody else does.

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Thanks DC, for giving me inspiration to start blogging again! How could I not with this upcoming reboot and its costume revamps?

Flashpoint: JLA

I think someone better at actual looking at society writing stuff could make a pretty sweet essay out of this. All of the men in full coverage bodysuits, Superman is showing the most male skin and that’s just hands and his face, while Wonder Woman, the only woman on the team, is going to fall out of her strapless top that leaves her shoulders and chest completely bare? There is some kind of talking point about sexualization and male gaze there. And there is a point about my searing hatred of strapless tops, the point is, they are not for crime fighting in!! Props to Jim Lee for drawing her in the same basic pose as all the dudes though, instead of her looking like she’s in a Maxim shoot while they’re all looking tough. The guys all look pretty decent, not sure how the other artists will like drawing in all the seaming lines, but I actually kind of miss Superman’s red underpants now that they are gone.

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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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Batgirl #17, Pere Perez

First of two today!

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It really is humiliating. Which is awesome.

Because this blog is about bad clothes, I absolutely have to post this. Because this is a terrible outfit. It’s ridiculous, ugly and infantilizing, and all the better for it. Doing undercover work with Batgirl when you’re being a total brat is not always a good idea,  and Perez definitely put some thought into making this outfit this completely terrible. Which I think is completely awesome. Especically because not only is the ever-angrypants Damian wearing a hat with a goofy face and a happy shirt, but the child trained from birth by the League of Assassins to be a killer fighting machine is wearing velcro sneakers.

velcro

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