P:R Redesign: Darren Rawlings’ Avengers!

Note: Taking cues from the Avengers movie, artist Darren Rawlings makes his P:R debut with his take on the core trinity of Marvel’s mightiest heroes. Describing his take as if Tony Stark had designed all their costumes, Rawlings brought a sense of cohesiveness and Tony’s inherent nature as a control freak to the forefront. Bonus for the super-long Mjolnir! – Chris A.

14 comments on “P:R Redesign: Darren Rawlings’ Avengers!
  1. I love this idea. Tony redesigning everyone’s costumes would be a very Stark-like thing to do.

    The only thing missing? Cap’s photonic shield from Mark Waid’s run! It would have put this design over the top! :D

  2. The played-out “glowing blue circles” are over used here (the double GBC on IM chest is kinda funny though)…I think this fad started with IM redesigns and Tron-ifying characters … I’ll be glad when they stop showing up in every other design.

    Iron-man’s legs lack any armor seams where the legs meet the hips/groin area and his round eyes make him look perpetually surprised and too robotic. Not to mention it appears as if he has three eyes.

    Cap is just a mess…too many random lines and that red triangle on his forehead. If he wasn’t standing next to the other two I would guess he was some other less popular, patriotic hero. The star shaped facemask opening is the worse element for me. The way that the helmet wings and forehead ‘A’ are joined could be interesting if reworked a bit.

    Thor is the best of this group. I does look like Tony designed it and it looks like something Thor would wear. The nicely designed long hammer has cool possibilities as well.

  3. Thor’s outfit is really nice in line with the Iron Man design since it looks like somthing thor would wear. Tony’s glowing three eyes makes me want to hide somewhere from his blank, evil stare. but it’s a good design. Cap on the other hand…

    The Star shaped mouth hole makes me wonder how it holds its shape. The two different, greyish shades of blue don’t really feel Captain America to me. The lack of white is also kind of disappointing. I also feel like it’s needlessly complicated, even for a Tony design. The wings on the forehead design is nice, but not enough for me to say that this is the weak link in this piece of work and that’s unfortunate

  4. At first I didn’t know how much I’d like the star-shaped face-opening on Cap. Looks cool here, but in a different style, I thought it might look funny, but I did a little sketch of it and it works surprisingly well. Cap also needs an amped up shield to match Thor’s revamped Mjolnir.

    Thor’s great. I’d prefer blue rather that red, just so he doesn’t look so Team-Tony.

    I’d like to see some kind of pelvic joints on Iron Man’s armor. As it stands, it doesn’t look like he can sit down in that armor without destroying li’l Iron Man? Feels nitpicky to even mention that, given the style, but its more of a funny observation than criticism. I never thought I’d say this, but Iron Man’s feet are kinda…cute. There, I said it!

    Great work!

  5. This is an… interesting idea. I like Thor’s costume most, simply because the glowy circle motif has always fit him well. Not a fan of the Captain America suit, I think it could do with some streamlining. Iron Man is fairly traditional, save for the robot eyes and beat-box looking chest piece. Overall though, yes, interesting :)

  6. daaaamn, i love these.
    its so out of the norm, but still completely iconic.

    and i like the three glowing circles on them all. trinity. weaves them solidly together in mythos and mission.

  7. I doth like the Thunder God’s new look. He needs his cape, tho. Cap looks cool, the shield missing hurts the look of him.

  8. I think Cap is sort of a mess here, but I really like Thor, I think if you replaced those 3 random blue orbs with Thor’s trademark 6 circles, it would look a lot better. I think these could be reworked into being their own unique original characters. I really love the art style.

  9. Thor’s is my favorite. Love the style.

    Cool idea, even if the end result becomes a bit Power Rangers (the idea, not the execution here) with every Avenger wearing a suit. But why wouldn’t Captain America wanna be even more enhanced? And not to mention Hawkeye. It would make sense.

  10. Jay: The played-out “glowing blue circles” are over used here…I think this fad started with IM redesigns and Tron-ifying characters … I’ll be glad when they stop showing up in every other design.

    The fad started around 90′s automotive design (mostly because of the appearance of LED in the quest for ever sleeker headlights), then video games, then movies. I wouldn’t be glad if they stopped using them, because, much like pipping, seams, layering, texture, transparencies, etc… they are options in the character design palette.

    I think the author did a quite good job, including the trinity as their common symbol ( glowing orbs as well as triangles).
    I think iron man shouldn’t have as many of those lights (keeping to 3) and instead of a minds eye he should get a triangle on his forehead like the other 2. I like the homogeneous look of their seams, knee-pads, and collar lines.

  11. I don’t like the designs apart from Thor’s collar, which I would have extended to his trademark red cape. I don’t see the need for the Iron-man-like lights on the other Avengers’ costumes, nor recognize this Captain America as really being Captain America.

  12. The long handle on Mjolnir looks cool, but it also goes against the Norse mythology, as far as I dimly understand it: the whole point was that it was supposed to be a war hammer, but Loki kinda ruined it by causing the handle to be too short.

  13. ArC: The long handle on Mjolnir looks cool, but it also goes against the Norse mythology, as far as I dimly understand it: the whole point was that it was supposed to be a war hammer, but Loki kinda ruined it by causing the handle to be too short.

    You’re quite right. These dwarves were commissioned to make three particularly magical items for the Aesir, and Loki screwed up various parts of the forging processes to get out of paying the bill, including Mjolnir’s handle. I think that’s how he ended up with his lips all scarred. Anyway I wouldn’t put it past Stark to do a better job than a pair of magic master smiths. . .especially if Loki was helping him.

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