Best Superhero Costumes
If there’s one thing that has stayed the same for years and years of comic books, it’s the costumes. Brightly colored, cape adorned, silly yet serious superhero costumes. We love them when they’re great, and we even love hating them when they’re bad. But today, we want to focus on the best superhero costumes. We know that superhero costumes can be subjective (everyone’s a critic, especially me), but here are our picks for the ones that take the cake.
It may not provide the best definition for his muscles, but you have to give credit to the superhero costume that started it all. Superman influenced the hundreds of superheroes to follow him, as evidenced by the cape, the belt, the boots, heck – even the red and blue color scheme. Because it’s such a clean costume and focuses on the hero instead of the extraneous details, it’s a winner for us.
Forget Halle Berry’s film interpretation of the hero – in the X-Men comic books, Storm is a badass not to be trifled with. It was clear to readers the more story and character development Storm received, but the above pictured punk costume was a visual representation of Storm’s evolution as a superhero. As somebody who grew up as an orphan on the streets of Cairo, having to fight for survival, we’re not surprised this is the costume she created.
In the wrong artist’s hands, Doctor Strange’s costume can look dopey. If the shirt is too puffy he looks like a bad pirate, and if the cape looks too stiff he looks like a bad vampire. That’s why we love the drawing above – it has streamlined the elements of Doctor Strange’s look to focus on the most important (and mystical). It’s a great mix of modern and classic comic book elements, and we’re in love.
Batman (Terry McGuinness)
There are a lot of amazing Batman costume, but this futuristic version that gives Terry super-strength, radar, and plenty of other superpowers that the original Batman didn’t possess. We love the red highlights and the simplicity of the bat sigil on his chest. It’s true to Bruce Wayne’s older costume (which makes sense, since he designed it) and fits in the futuristic Gotham that the Batman Beyond cartoon created.
Even though she’s the newest superhero on this list, this alternate universe version of Gwen Stacy, a.k.a. Spider-Gwen, has one of the best comic book costumes of the modern day. The hood is chic, the pattern is unique yet traditional to Spider-Man lore, and as a bonus – it’s incredibly easy to cosplay. Win-win-win!
Yes, we know we already put a Superman costume on this list, but as far as alternate takes on our favorite Boy Scout go, Superman’s costume from Red Son is pretty epic. It provides an interesting comparison between Superman as an American Hero and Superman as a superhero – what aspects are unique to Superman and what aspects are unique to (American) Clark Kent? One things is for sure – the cape, tights, and exterior underwear are always a mainstay.
We could never forget about our puddin’! This costume is a perfect companion to the Joker yet stands out on its own – which makes total sense seeing that Harley Quinn has become a mainstay of the DC universe. And yes, she may not have started off as a superhero, but she’s getting there with each new comic book issue that comes out. Hats off to you, Harley!
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