Thursday, July 12, 2007

Amy Reads the Week (of July 13th, 2007)

Happy Friday the 13th, Gentle Reader! I confess that Fridays the 13th never have filled me with dread, but rather, their successor, Saturdays the 14th, tend to be Unlucky for This Humble Author. I'm not superstitious by habit, mind, but rather, I grew up in the Bayou, drenched in Catholic, Southern Folklore, and Voodoo imagery. Sometimes--just sometimes, Friends!--you Can't Take The South Out Of The Girl.

No matter, as I plan to spend the majority of my Saturday finally catching up with My Pop Culture. But as I prepare to embark on several missed weeks of Amazons Attacking, and Crossovers Crossing-Over, I started to think of a subject Quite Dear To My Heart.

That's right, Gentle Reader. Fashion.

Perhaps it is because the phrase, "no capes!" (gratitude, The Incredibles) has lived with me for a few days now, or perhaps it is the dissertation topic, coming out in One Form Or Another, but I have been thinking about Super Hero Fashion for Some Time Now. Specifically, I wonder what you, Friends, claim as your Favorite Super Hero Costume.

I am Ever The Fan of Wonder Woman's full armor, of course, a la Kingdom Come, but the Elseworlds' Red Son grey, red, and black suit is nothing to dismiss lightly. Over Marvel-side, I do so enjoy Ms. Marvel's black and yellow suit, even with the sash that some despise. There is also Spiderwoman's fantastic suit, and Big Barda's armor is so elaborate it's Nothing But Fun.

But lest we Forget The Gentlemen while we Remember The Ladies, I have to say that Alan Scott's Green Lantern suit, the original, is Nothing But Charming. I have a soft spot for the Dark Knight, too, of course, not to mention Daredevil (I do so love the color red) and who can discount Thor's dramatic entrances complete with helmet?

But further, I love to see the redesigns, even when they seem So Utterly Strange, like the X-Men reboot, or Spider-Man's metal suit. DC's Elseworlds line, in particular, offers this chance to explore Our Beloved Costumes in new and interesting ways.

Any thoughts, Gentle Reader, before I drown myself in work, work, work once again?

4 comments:

Blake said...

I always enjoy it when Wonder Woman's costume is rendered more like armor.

Alan Scott's costume really shouldn't work, I think, but it does.

Amy Reads said...

Hi Blake,
I always enjoy it when Wonder Woman's costume is rendered more like armor.

Indeed! She is A Warrior, after all, and the armor definitely clues us into that.

Alan Scott's costume really shouldn't work, I think, but it does.

Mr. Reads said it looks like a color-blind fashion designer cobbled it together, but for some strange reason, it still works. It's so much over the top, it's perfect. Does that make sense?
Ciao,
Amy

SallyP said...

The only reason that Alan Scott's outfit works, is because it is Alan Scott who is wearing it. On anyone else, it would look ridiculous.

I must say that Green Lantern outfits in general are awfully good looking. The black, green and white just works well together, without being garish, as some of the other brighter color combinations sometimes have a tendancy to be.

And Guy Gardner's outfit will look good on anyone.

Amy Reads said...

Hi Sallyp,
The only reason that Alan Scott's outfit works, is because it is Alan Scott who is wearing it. On anyone else, it would look ridiculous.

It's very true! What a grand man he is. Debonair, I believe, is the best word for him.

I must say that Green Lantern outfits in general are awfully good looking. The black, green and white just works well together, without being garish, as some of the other brighter color combinations sometimes have a tendancy to be.

True, very true, although This Humble Author looks Quite Awful in Green--olive complexion, you understand. Too much green and yellow undertone :)

And Guy Gardner's outfit will look good on anyone.

I confess, I don't know how Mr. Gardner's outfit differs from the other GLs. Do you have images?
Ciao,
Amy