35 comments to “P:R Approved: Frank Quitely’s Wild West Justice League!”
  1. Glad I’m not the only one looking at Diana and thinking “What? Did you just run out of steam over there?” She looks like she belongs in ‘Warriors’, not the Wild West.

  2. Medri’s Old west JLA is leagues beyond this one, sorry Frank. His Wonder Woman isn’t dressed like someone’s backup dancer in 1993.

  3. A better approach for WW would have been to portray her as a Native American … showing more skin (but maybe not THAT much) would make sense could incorporate eagle imagery.

    Even with the Jersey Shore WW this is a look piece…but I have to say that that Superman makes me think of the Chris Farley “fat guy in a little coat” gag!

  4. Gotta say I am not a fan, much prefer the old Elseworlds Justice Riders that came out awhile back. Especially for Wonder Woman’s look.

  5. The men all stepped out of a period western. While Wonder Woman stepped out of a L’il Kim video. *sigh* Except for the boots, everything else is modern. Even prostitutes wouldn’t have dressed that way (not least because jean shorts and tube tops weren’t even invented yet).

    Don’t worry, DC. Us women will stop buying your books soon enough. It’s clearly what you want.

  6. Everyone is protected from the harsh conditions of the Wild West; then there’s Wonder Woman in her daisy-dukes and strapless top coming off the set of the newest Nikki Minaj video.

  7. Ditto what Bryan and Alex said.
    Also, what happens in the event of a breeze? Those wonderfully arranged neckerchiefs will immediately move out of place.
    In general, although I’m not a fan of his drawing style, I think Dennis Medri’s wild west JL designs were more spot on that these.

  8. superman busting out of a canadian tuxedo? wonder woman as a south-central gang banger? and i’m not sure what it is about the flash, but he just feels a bit… dandy. the “wild west” superhero is a great idea, but P:R has posted much better interpretations of this genre in the past.

  9. It’s not like there were any great historically accurate outfits for female cow-wranglers.
    Right fellas, wink wink?
    Seriously though, I think Wondie’s outfit would make Western Bar Girls blush.

  10. While I agree with a lot of the feedback – Medri’s designs seem more interesting; Wonder Woman doesn’t match the theme – I think most of that can be forgiven when you remember this is a design from 1997. Nineteen Ninety Seven meaning “in the nineties’ and “16 years before PR ran Medir’s Justice League of the Wild West.”

    Cut the artist some slack, folks.

  11. The Flash as a dandy I can buy because my League is JLA. Wonder Woman in hot pants, not so much.

  12. Ok, ok, since I made my Wondie comment, but didn’t get to the lads, I guess I’ll make another comment. Before I get started, I do truly get a kick outta the starch shaped handkerchiefs for the hero logos :D

    On Batman, it’s actually really cool to see he has a plain belt compared to the rest who have ammo belts (which I honestly don’t get for Supes or Lantern) I question why the artist chose such a bright color for the handkerchief and belt rather than a shade that matched his hat, since there’s no reason to draw attention to Bats’ chest unless he’s got some kinda Clint Eastwood bullet proof vest under there. Something I would have added to the cool overcoat is scalloped ends since the artist already made the bat ears with the hat.

    Flash looks great and dandy, though I think his gloves should the same color as his boots. I love the fact he looks slimmer and longer than the other guys. It’d be a cool visual to see, literally, the fastest shot in the West in action.

    For Supes, nothin’ real big I can complain about. You took the Man of Steel, and just converted the suit into denim and cow leather. Only thing, that again, I’m unsure about is why Superman has guns, but I can kinda see how they are there for the whole “Sheriff” shtick.

    Lantern’s emblem confuses me greatly, as it doesn’t look that much like a lantern. However, I can catch a S, so is it supposed to be referencing his Spectre time? Concerning his belt set up, it’s really cool with the lantern hanging off. I don’t see a ring on him, so is it his pistol? Does he shoot lantern blasts instead of ammo?

    And everybody and their mother have already said their 2 (rather nasty and dented) cents about Wondie’s set up (including me).

  13. Wow. Wonder Woman’s ‘design’ has to be a joke. This is just ridiculous. The awfulness of her portrayal completely outshines all of the good points about the rest of the piece.

  14. While I too find WW to be straight outta not-the-wild-west, what really bugs me is Supes’ weird chest/arm ratio. I’m really curious as to what is going on under that duster to make his arms so darn far away from his already massive pectorals. Also, I get that this is more “Classic Spaghetti Western” style, but dang these designs are boring.

  15. Not sure why everyone is losing their mind over the WW design, it actually correlates to her normal costume aside from the bare midriff,which was meant to resemble her golden belt. All of the male characters are covered from top to bottom in their standard costumes but WW is decidedly not, so Quitely stayed true to that with this piece. I agree that it would look more interesting had he dressed her in the ornate hoop skirt and corset of the era, but the effect of squinting your eyes and seeing the classic costumes would be lost. Is it the bare midriff that everyone finds so vulgar? Can it be rightfully assumed that everyone with negative comments must hate her classic costume/New 52 costume?

  16. @Avi

    Honestly, I think the reason why people are “losing their minds” is because she looks, well, unnecessarily silly. The “classic” costume, as functionally silly as it is, simply has some iconic grace to it since people have had it ingrained in their heads for so long (or somethin’ like that). That, and the classic costume doesn’t involve daisy dukes. I think that’s the main thing.
    Apparently daisy dukes on a woman like Diana is like lighting fire to a perfectly good pile of gun powder for no reason. Gun powder is expensive, just like Diana is a lady with expensive tastes! Those earrings have to magically allow her to breathe in any
    un-oxygenated environment, or no sale!

  17. “Can it be rightfully assumed that everyone with negative comments must hate her classic costume/New 52 costume?” : No. What a weird jump of logic. … It’s safe to assume that everyone with negative comments here dislike THIS particular design. It is pretty bad.

  18. I had to grow into Quitely’s art. I hated it when I first saw it as it made everyone ‘frumpy and ugly’ but in time I’ve just grown to absolutely love it (I suppose New X-men and All Star Superman for me showcased what he could really do with that style).

    So as for these I’m kinda neutral about. Although it’s clearly him I feel some of the sheen and crispness isn’t quite established yet. Which is fine. In terms of the designs though I think they are pretty solid. Nothing to go ‘Hey, I’d never have thought of that’ but they are nice and if they didn’t directly inspire Medri in a couple cases then I guess it shows a through-line of similar thought.

    With WW I’m inclined to actually think the fact she doesn’t fit in, seems out of context, misogynistic and just ‘what the…?’ is kinda the point. I could be wrong but if someone said ‘Redesign the Justice League as they are only in Western garb’ then WW would be the one where I went ‘Okay yeah…what the hell let’s just make it something for teenage boys to fantasise over; irregardless of taste, sense or context.’ Because in a lot of cases…that’s what she’s become.

  19. Oh, sorry Bruce B. I guess my “weird jump of logic” should have been better explained. It seems to me that since everyone had issues with the scantily clad nature of this WW costume, notably in regards to the short shorts/hot pants/daisy dukes; I assumed that people would have the same issue with the fact that Wonder Woman wears EVEN SKIMPIER SHORTS as a part of her classic costume. Is it a universal maxim that star spangled bikini bottoms are inherently classier than cut off jean shorts? If so, then yes; it would be “a weird jump in logic” to wonder if people would have the same issues with the classic/New 52 costume in regards to the lack of skin coverage. However, I do not think that such a maxim exists. I find it quite odd that people would turn their nose up to the western analog without exhibiting similar distaste for her more conventional costume. You can disagree, of course, but I hardly think my question is illogical.

    Does that help explain the “weird jump in logic” I posited in my initial post?

  20. Wonder Woman invented cut-offs – what’s the big deal?

    Avi: Not sure why everyone is losing their mind over the WW design, it actually correlates to her normal costume aside from the bare midriff,which was meant to resemble her golden belt . . . I agree that it would look more interesting had he dressed her in the ornate hoop skirt and corset of the era, but the effect of squinting your eyes and seeing the classic costumes would be lost.

    Spot on.

    Clearly the only mistake here is the unfortunate amount of Hal Jordan in the image.

  21. I just think Wonder Woman’s attire seems out of place for this time period. That’s the only problem I have with it. As for the costume designs, they’re pretty bland, but still somewhat inspired. The neckerchief symbols are the best part in my opinion.

    I will always love Frank Quietly’s art style the most. He’s a genius.

  22. Avi: Oh, sorry Bruce B.I guess my “weird jump of logic” should have been better explained.It seems to me that since everyone had issues with the scantily clad nature of this WW costume, notably in regards to the short shorts/hot pants/daisy dukes; I assumed that people would have the same issue with the fact that Wonder Woman wears EVEN SKIMPIER SHORTS as a part of her classic costume.Is it a universal maxim that star spangled bikini bottoms areinherently classier than cut off jean shorts?If so, then yes; it would be “a weird jump in logic” to wonder if people would have the same issues with the classic/New 52 costume in regards to the lack of skin coverage.However, I do not think that such a maxim exists.I find it quite odd that people would turn their nose up to the western analog without exhibiting similar distaste for her more conventional costume.You can disagree, of course, but I hardly think my question is illogical.Does that help explain the “weird jump in logic” I posited in my initial post?

    I think the problem is that “Daisy Duke” is not generally considered to be period Old West clothing. Your comparison makes no sense because it’s not that it’s too skimpy, it’s that it is completely out of place within the theme of the drawing. Nothing in her costume correlates to any traditional clothing of the time period. You seem to have completely missed the point of the complaints against her Hot Pants, it’s because they’re HOT PANTS.

  23. But since jeans existed, why couldn’t she have invented Hot Pants? This being a work of fiction.

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