Note: Check out this creative quartet of cosplayers from Disney’s D23 Expo. These unidentified women really showed how Earth’s Mightiest Heroes could do with a woman’s touch. MTV Geek, whom posted this photo, calls them the Princess Avengers. – Chris A.
Note: We’ve seen female itterations of Captain America before in alternate universes and some great cosplay, but I’d say Yasmine Putri takes the cake with this. Although I’d like to see her with a mask/helmet of some sort, everything else reads as excellent and true to the heritage of the mantle. – Chris A.
Note: We here at P:R have played host to many fondly remembered gender-swapped superhero redesigns and also superheroes meshed with other concepts, but never have we seen two in one set. This time out, P:R original Joel Carroll takes the movie line-up of the Avengers and translates them into the Sailor Moon mold, skirts, gender and all! On their own they’re great gender-swamped renditions of Marvel’s mightiest heroes, but as a group they really work together the way the original Sailor Soldiers did back in the day. Just one question — would Loki be Tuxedo Mask? – Chris A.
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Note: Marvel might be building up to an “All-New, All-Different” X-Men by bringing back the original team, but artist Snareser is showing just how different, how new, and how unique they can be. Flipping the chromosomes around, the artist has re-interpreted the original Lee/Kirby line-up as more X-Women than X-Men. That Cyclops design is especially great — that coat is positively envious. . – Chris A.
Note: Some fans can’t get past the inherent sexiness that some superhero characters put on, and the trend of gender-swapping in superhero design really forces people take a second look at costume design. Artist Joe Phillips recently did a host of Marvel & DC superheroine costumes as if worn by males, and really innovated here in terms of making the costumes work on men. – Chris A.
Note: Frank Castle may be all man, but model-maker/sculptor Pat Billings thinks the Punisher can mean something more. It’s not the first time the Punisher has been a woman, and Billings here has really done the costume justice, and I could easily see this being an alt-reality version where Frank’s wife Maria lived and he did not. Billings promises more in the future, including doing some models of some of P:R most popular redesigns. – Chris A.
Note: Some of the great redesign we’ve ever featured come out of the blue, and today’s showcase certainly qualifies. This piece, by an artist going by the moniker of quantumqstar, showcases an alt-reality version of Tony Stark – Antonia Stark — with a great piece of armor that’s ready for war and the runaway. While I could see the 616 Tony donning these duds, picturing it as a construct of a female Tony Stark make the storytelling possibilities even more imaginative. – Chris A.
Here’s what quantumqstar had to say about this piece, from her Tumblr:
Extremis Tony is my favorite (ugh don’t get me started on that magical bleeding edge armor, I suppose he stores his extra mass in a pocket dimension??) but a while back I did some research on bio-nanotechnology for a paper and I always have my own sci/fi bullshit ideas for how stuff works. Instead of having an undersuit stored in his bones (arrgh bones aren’t hollow, learn to anatomy!) he’d sweat out a protocellular metallic gel that functioned as a medium for nanobots and synthetic flora to leave his body and interface with the armor like a circulatory system. He’d sprout fiber optic “hair” that would wire into his nervous system. Wetware! It would be super gross :D
I steal ideas from myself (in this case the Antonia Stark that I did forever ago)… cos it IS challenging and fun to design robot armor, but you can’t really improve on perfection :p There’s only so much you can do before it loses its iron man…ness.
BUT I needed to give him rocket launcher arms I DRAW WHAT I WANT
Note: We’ve seen gender-bent versions of Superman, Batman and others, so why not the JLI? Artist Maya Nord returns to answer that challenge with this super-hero sextet. Gal Gardner Go! – Chris A.
Note: This gender-bent version of the Justice League by Nate Snareser takes the opportunity to revise the costume for their new body-types, resulting in some inspired revisionist history. Click to enlarge, and check out that Batwoman and the Green Lantern! – Chris A.
Note: Transposing your favorite characters to another gender has been a popular pastime for both artists, cosplayers, as well as comic creators. This pin-up by Yasmin Liang takes inspiration from the recent “gender bent” Justice League cosplayers from Comicon to wonderful effect. - Chris A.