It was fashion week in New York City this past week and that, plus my love of Dean Trippe’s wonderful superhero re-design website Project Rooftop had me thinking about the great hits and misses of superheroine fashion. So in honor of Fashion Week and Brian’s month of Top Fives I thought I’d do a nice light post about some of my favorite female superhero costumes…really just an excuse to post a lot of fantastic images.
I kept the list to five…but then added about a million honorable mentions…because, well, because I’m a terrible editor…the secret is out. Oooh, and if you think I could keep my big mouth shut about a few costumes I think are in desperate need of an update…you’d be wrong…they’re at the bottom (where they belong). Bwahahaha!
Onto the list!
WONDER WOMAN #600. Gail Simone, Amanda Conner, Louise Simonson, Geoff Johns, and J. Michael Straczynski (writers). George Perez, Amanda Conner, Eduardo Pansica, Scott Kolins, Don Kramer (art). Scott Koblish, Bob Wiacek, and Michael Babinski (inks). Hi-Fi, Paul Mounts, Pete Pantazis, Michael Atiyeh, and Alex Sinclair (colors). Adam Hughes, Nicola Scott & Jason Wright, Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert, Rod Reis, Gullem March, Greg Horn, Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato, Phil Jimenez & Hi-Fi, Jock, Shane Davis, Jamie Mendoza, Nei Ruffino (pin ups). Lynda Carter (introduction). DC. 56 pages. $4.99.
All right, let’s jut talk about the costume briefly and get it out of the way since we’ve kind of beat this horse dead already.
No, I don’t like the new costume. But it’s not just because I don’t like the look of it (though I don’t). It’s because it simply doesn’t feel like Wonder Woman. I don’t like the way it looks, but that’s fine, everyone has different tastes and we’re never ALL going to agree so it’s a fools errand anyway. Yes, I would prefer if the costume was more “fashion forward”, more modern and clean-lined rather than feeling like a fussy design throwback to 80’s fashion and 90’s comics. And while we’re here I’ll flat out say that I think this Jamie McKelvie design comes really close without even trying.