Note:There’s more to super-heroes than Batman and the X-Men, and from time to time we like to remind the artists who read and submit to us of some of the biggest fashion faux pas in comics. Last time we pointed out heroes like the Phantom, Martain Manhunter and Star Sapphire, and this time out we’re focusing exclusively on villains. If you’re an artist trying to find the perfect subject to re-invent for Project: Rooftop, look no further! – Chris A.
Ultra-Humanite: I stand by what I said before: his only costume is a girdle, a crotch-flap, and gold-studded red suspenders. That doesn’t say “original supervillain” to me, it says “Christmas at the Furry S&M Club.” – Jessica Plummer
Omega Red: Although Jim Lee’s contributions to the X-Men mythos are large and immutable, the visual aspects of Omega Red seemed dated even when he first debuted in 1992. His most recent appearances in Uncanny X-Force (as seen above) see some of the most agregious slights in his costume fixed, but it seems the best way to fix Omega Red is not by small details but by re-inventing the entire thing. – Chris Arrant
Deathstroke: What is even going on here? He’s an assassin/mercenary who’s supposed to be good at blending silently into the shadows. So he goes with floppy orange pirate boots and chain mail? Every step he takes must sound like a bag of change falling down the stairs. Plus with that mask he might as well be wearing a sign saying “Adversaries! Aim at my blind side!” And let’s not even mention the little half-shirt. I know he got something of a costume change with the reboot, but it just made him pouchier and added inexplicably sci-fi-looking lines to his costume. I’d love to see him in a costume that an assassin might actually wear. – Jessica Plummer
Count Nefaria: Created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee as one of the Avengers’ earliest foes, Nefaria’s costume looks like he bought it off the rack at a second-rate superhero supply store. In comics he’s a wealthy European businessman — of Italian descent even — so why not splurge on some more original and evocative threads? – Chris Arrant
Cheshire: Not to pick on George Perez, but, well, I’m picking on George Perez. Cheshire, like Deathstroke, is an assassin in a brightly-colored, highly impractical costume, but she has the added bonus of her left boob risking popping out during every backflip. Her look has nothing to do with cats or assassinations – though I guess the green does evoke her poison trademark – but it sure is bogged down with fakey “Asian” details. Plus, between her headband, choker, armband, wrist cuff, and boots over thigh-highs, she’s like a pictorial representation of that old chestnut about looking in the mirror before you go out and taking off one accessory. Or seven. – Jessica Plummer
Deadshot: I realize comics come with the need for some suspension of disbelief in favor of cool-looking get-ups, but Deadshot’s single-eye gets me to no end. In animation he’s shown having a regular eye to go with his scope eye, so I think some brilliant artist should start there and go down and reinvent the entire costume. Maybe they can re-think the Black Widow-esque bracelets too? – Chris Arrant