Note: Eric Guzman‘s work returns to the site today, this time with a new take on an old favorite: Robin. Guzman’s designs gives him the armor a crimefighter like Robin would need, but also understands that too much armor is a bad thing for someone as acrobatic and stealthy as the boy wonder. – Chris A.
Note: The New 52 ain’t all bad. Superman artist Kenneth Rocafort has given new life to one of the most memorable (and sometimes derided) DC creations from the 1990s: Cyborg Superman. Moving past the cyborg stereotype perpetrated in the 1990s, Rocafort’s design melds Otomo aesthetics with the segmented armor approach of the New 52, making it actually work. The fact that this also looks like a Bruce Campbell gives this one bonus points. – Chris A.
Note: People sometimes make jokes about Aquaman, but there’s no joking when talking about his half-brother Ocean Master. P:R Regular Kris Anka recently targeted Orm here in great new iteration of the Bob Cardy design. The buttoned cape has a certain regality fit for a member of the Atlantean royal family, and Anka’s reforged Ocean Master’s mask to make him less like Merman from Masters of the Universe and something more tyrannical and threatening. – Chris A.
We asked Anka about the design, and here’s what he said:
This was done as part of a series of daily bust redesigns. I attempted to adapt Ocean Master’s previous versions into something that wasn’t super corny that could actually be taken seriously as a villain. I adopted a lot from the Young Justice version, which I feel was the best out of his already existing designs.
Note: Talk about a character who’s grown. This one-time New Mutant Danielle “Dani” Moonstar has gone through more changes than a butterfly, twisting to the tides of creators and editors’ whims but coming out of it a thoroughly complex and exciting character. Moonstar is a Cheyenne mutant whose was inducted into the Asgardian order of Valkyries. Although her psi powers are robbed from her, she remains a vibrant character and Thomas Branch has given her the wardrobe to match. I might recommend a tweak to some of the colors to make her stand out more, but all-in-all this is invigoratingly great. – Chris A.
Thomas had something to say about his redesign, so here it is:
Talk about a character that gets SCREWED. Mutant, not a mutant, Valkyrie, not a Valkyrie. I can do this one thing with my powers…no that’s boring, lets get her to do this power. Now I tote guns. *sigh* Sheesh, lady sit down and have a cup of tea.
So as far as *I* Know (thanks wiki) Dani’s been restored to Valkyrie status again, sorta. WHATEVER. THIS Dani is the Herald of Hela. Much like the Silver Surfer, Dani must answer the call of her Mistress.
Her look has pulls from Valkyrie, Sif, and Hela. The waves in her armor is to represent flight or air, the skulls for the lost dead that she must seek out, and her chest insignia is Hela’s headdress design. Of course, Dani has some of her Native American details like her feathers and the necklace. Armed with a ‘big sword’ and her bow and arrows, she’s a force to be reckoned with.
She’s even got the skull eye thing going, but you probably can’t see that.
Note: Kris Anka doesn’t seem happy with things being great. He wants more. After turning in some great redesigns of Batman in the past, Anka is back at it; tweaking his designs, honing it to become something more. And I’m not complaining. – Chris A.
Note: The one-time Wonder Girl has a new look on life — and on herself — in this great costume redesign by Thomas Branch. Sort of a modern version of Wonder Woman that Diana herself could never be, Donna Troy has one foot in the legacy of Wonder Woman and another in cutting edge body armor without sacrificing her mobility. – Chris A.
Note: Every day P:R gets a submission for a redesigned Superman; when they’re great, we post them. But we’re much more impressed when a artist takes on a more challenging and less-obvious character and knocks it out of the park. Jordan Gibson has done that by taking on DC’s Mon-El. Mon-El (or whatever you call him) has a great history in the DCU that is overlooked by many, but Gibson here has taken that and made a great design that makes Mon-El super without trying to be Superman. – Chris A.
Note: Harley Quinn has been DC’s scarlet sweetheart since she was first introduced, but her recent revamp in the “New 52″ has turned some people off Dr. Quinzel’s escapades. But this redesign by Kris Anka takes that original design by Bruce Timm with the more sexualized current design into something I could really get behind. And it’s a little thing — but the little wisp of hair poking out of her jester’s hat seems like something Harleen would spend hours on to make just right. – Chris A.
Note: Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are the flag-bearers for the DCU, and artist Patrick Hollowell has taken to updating their costume to modern times. Coming from a similar motivation as the “New 52″ designs, Hollowell’s work took him down a much different path, with some excellent results. – Chris A.
Here’s what Patrick said about his designs:
Batman -Wanted his suit to make his silhouette hard to distinguish other than the ears, especially up against the cape. Put the Symbol over the cape for dramatic effect, like there’s a group of ne’er do wells in a meeting and one of them randomly gets knocked out, they look up and the last thing you see is that haunting yellow bat before you wake up in the hospital. No cod pieces, tired of them damn undies on the outside
Superman – Real heavy up top, sparse below. A bit more yellow than normal but he does most of his work in the daylight and gets his power from the sun so I think it brightens him up a lot more. Draws more attention to his chest where most of his strength lies I believe. And I LOVE the damn Kryptonian collars, gonna get me a suit with one. Same with Bats, gotta get rid of the bikini bottoms, can’t remember who it was, maybe Kirs Anka, but someone pointed out
Wonder Woman – Lots of things to get rid of, the “WW” push up is gone, makes life dangerous for heroines. Titties could be exposed at any moment, easily. Tied up the hair, harder to grab, harder to take down, cuz everyone know Cheetah is an underhanded bitch. No heels, cuz Diana knows better than that, and she’d probably break them mid-battle and that’s no good. Opted for a skirt to keep archaic/feminine vibe. Wanted her to be separate from Superman, so I changed her color scheme to include 2 reds and no gold or yellow, think it looks better with her bands