In this piece, we see artist Nuno Alves has paired down Rogue’s traditional costume for something more sleek, adult and determined.
Harking back to her original costume first seen in Avengers Annual #10, Alves’ design goes further to simplify it with a simple black unitard as used by acrobats and dancers (and fetishists). The green scarf serves a complimentary function and intriguing aesthetic when imagined in motion. although such a trailing garment would leave herself vulnerable to a foe with quick hands and a strong grip. The green track shoes might at first seem against the lithe form and build of the costume, but when taken in consideration Rogue’s formidable strength, these sports shoes would provided added traction when accomplishing her tasks.
The redesign here alludes to a more iconic and seductive era. I’m personally reminded of the seminal work of Darwyn Cooke on DC: New Frontier in this redesign; not for any swipes or stylistic references, but of a shared reliance on the properties of Form and the use of simple clean lines as seen in early comics and most animation work today.