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Comic Countdown #40: Costumed Chaos

Posted on October 14, 2012 AT 08:51pm

Welcome to the fortieth edition of Comic Countdown, where comic book topics are put in a completely random order. With new series launching every month is seems (especially with the Marvel NOW! campaign up and running), costumes wind up taking on a different look quite often, to reflect the changing times, changing art team, or a change in their lives. Not all of them turn out to be good moves, however, with many costumes looking pretty terrible. That being said, it’s time to take a look at ten costume changes that wound up falling flat.

#10: Yellow Daredevil (Marvel Comics)

He may be blind, but even so, this looks pretty awful.  Going from the awesome of red to the eye burning yellow, Matt Murdock took a good thing and made it worse. Thankfully he went back to his original gear, because a lot of villains may not have been too intimidated by a blind bee.

#9: Armored Catwoman (DC Comics)

After getting wounded by another feline character, the lithe, agile Catwoman, a burglar by trade, put on armor and continued on with her life as if she’d never put it on. Not only did it look bad, it was pretty impractical. While it didn’t last too long, it just goes to show that the 90′s were weird, especially for comics.

#8: The Thing FF (Marvel Comics)

This one is in reference to his Future Foundation look, which was a nice change for everyone else on the team. Ben Grimm looked like he was ready to hit a World Wrestling Entertainment event than a battle with Doctor Doom. Sue, Reed and Peter Parker looked the part, but Ben was better off with his usual clobberin’ gear.

#7: Original Kyle Rayner Green Lantern (DC Comics)

Ugh. Metal and armor were the common theme of this age of comics, and the introduction of Kyle Rayner as a new Green Lantern was no exception, giving him a medieval looks with bulky gloves, boots and a mask that the Phantom Of The Opera would be jealous of. Ever wonder why everyone loved Hal Jordan and hated Rayner? Yeah, this was likely one of them.

#6. Rebel Storm (Marvel Comics)

Back in the late eighties, the X-Men series was going through some turmoil, with characters not exactly having the best time of things as a part of the team. Storm, in the leadership role, decided that instead of trying to set a good example, she’d shave her head and start looking like an extra in a Billy Idol video. Now, it was an expression of her inner-self at the time, but she kept the look long after, and it was never really fitting in the first place. Also: mohawks don’t look cool. Ever.

#5: Pirate Deathstroke (DC Comics)

While the costume didn’t change much, the small adjustments that were made in both costume and plot spoke volumes during Flashpoint for Deathstroke. A bandana, an eye patch and a pirate ship turned the completely awesome Deathstroke into the kind of silly Pirate Deathstroke almost immediately. ThankfullyFlashpointreset the whole DC Universe, and that this chance in both costume and persona went along with it.

#4: Scarlet Spider (Marvel Comics)

This age of comics wasn’t a great time for looking like a hero who could be intimidating, because trends were causing artists and publishers to go with what the kids thought was cool at that time. While the kids grew out of it, the heroes are forced to live it down forever, and Peter Parker is no different. Sleeveless t-shirt with a spider that is slightly off center over a full, monotone red is not a good look for ol’ Spidey, and thankfully even with the rebirth of the Scarlet Spider later on in comics, this didn’t really stick around (pun intended).

#3: Electric Superman (DC Comics)

Blue and white with bolts of electricity spawning from his body would be a cool look, if it wasn’t for Superman. Taking a classic outfit and making whatever the hell that was is a travesty for fans used to how the Man Of Steel used to look. While there have been other variations over the years to different levels of success, this one was thankfully erased from continuity, though it still exists, burned into the minds of fans everywhere as a terrible idea.

#2: Malice Invisible Woman (Marvel Comics)

Taken over by a dark mental being named Malice, Sue Storm makes it one half of the FF on the list this week with whatever she decided to use as an excuse to walk on the wild side. She apparently decided to make her pants invisible, and gave the world a window into her breasts cleverly shaped like the number four, in honor of her team. While appealing to some, it was far overdone to many, many more, and thankfully she get through her phase and went back to dressing like the woman she truly was.

#1: Not Bruce Batman (DC Comics)

Bruce took a little time off in the 90′s, and artist took the “Liefield” approach and made everything extreme, which meant pointy and far overdone. When Jean-Paul Valley took on the mantle of the Bat at that time, he took a far different approach to the suit, making a far more sharp and edgy theme with this costume, looking both ridiculous and restricted at the same time.

That’s it for this week, thanks for reading, whether it’s been from thee first countdown to the fortieth! See everyone next week!


Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for DigitalNoob.com. He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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