Note: Artist Jason Reeves has turned Marvel’s Moon Knight into an actual knight. Done originally for the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Redux blog, this design by Reeves (and colored by Luis Guerrero) takes the Fist of Khonshu and livens him up with a high-tech / ceremonial set of battle gear. I like the mixture of functional with the accortrement of detail such as in the shoulder pieces and the waist belt. Plus, showing it as armor over a more fabricy-suit offers the story chance for it to become worn, beaten and torn off for tougher battles. The crescent moon in the shadowy face? That’s new, but I’d love to see it explored as well. – Chris A.
Note: With all due respect to George Pérez, Teen Titans‘ stalwart Raven has always been a character that looks half-finished in my book. And P:R Regular Thomas Branch has done much to finish what Pérez started in this great action-oriented design that stays true to the character’s dark roots. I especially like the gauntlets, which hold what Branch says are “Eyes of Trigon” that allows her to do “darker things.” Trigon’s baby girl, all grown up. – Chris A.
Note: Neil Gaiman’s Sandman owes its origins to the superhero who shares his name, so it’s oddly fitting to see artist Ilias Kyriazis bring these seven back to their roots. In these great designs, Kyriazis has transmuted their more esoteric and fantasy leanings into something straight out of a superhero closet. While I don’t know that a superhero version of the Sandman would be something I’d recommend DC try, I love the idea and the challenge Ilias gave for himself in designing these. – Chris A.
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Note: Elseworlds design or some lost relative of Bruce Wayne? Either way, this medieval redesign of Batman by Tom Edwards got Dean and I talking when we discvovered it. I love the loose-ness of the helmet, and those shoulder-pieces with the small gargoyles hanging off the end? Wow. – Chris A.
Note: This isn’t an official design, but it should be. P:R Regular (and upcoming artist on X-Men) Kris Anka is still finding time to do redesigns on the side, this time with a bit of casting with an all-female team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. From left to right you have Maria Hill, Agent 13, Bobbi Morse (Mockingbird), Black Widow, Spider Woman, Daisy Johnson, Victoria Hand and Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. Only thing missing in my book is Melinda May from ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.! I really enjoy how Anka’s integrated the superhero members of the team’s costumes to work with the standard S.H.I.E.L.D. togs, and would love to see these individually in full turnaround. – Chris A.
Note: Jason Reeves returns to the site today with a very bold re-imagining of the Wakandan warrior the Black Panther. Reeves (with colorist Luis Guerrero) has really given T’Challa some of the technological advancements his country is known for, hinting back at the works of Christopher Priest but also pushing it much further. The claws are new, but I could easily imagine this being introduced as a further extension of the powers he receives from the Panther God. I would have loved to have seen this Black Panther take a central role in Infinity! When I first saw this at the blog The Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe Redux I knew we had to share it , so here is an all-black one Jason sent to us specifically. – Chris A.
Note: After winning over the comics world at-large with his excellent design for Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel last spring, Jamie McKelvie is at it again with another Marvel — Ms. Marvel. Taking queues from the original Dave Cockrum design as well as McKelvie’s aforementioned Captain Marvel design, he’s made a design that befits the name AND the character of fangirl-turned-superhero Kamala Khan. I especially dig the designs at the ends of her scarf. – Chris A.
Note: Before Miles Morales there was Miguel O’Hara. Created back in 1992 by writer Peter David and artist Rick Leonardi, Spider-Man 2099 is hands-down one of my favorite Spider-Man runs despite the fact he isn’t Peter Parker and isn’t even from our time. And a big part of that was the excellent character design by Leonardi which did more than put Tron piping on the Spider-Man costume, but reinvented the ideal of the webcrawler as if in the year and situation that was the Marvel 2099 time period. In-story it was originally an outfit O’Hara created for a costume party, but turned into his real superhero duds — setting him apart from the original Spider-Man while still showing ties to the original Ditko design. This would be a horrible design for a modern-day Peter Parker, but for O’Hara andh is time period it was picture perfect. Here is a great shot of the design from Spider-Man 2099 #3 as well as some rarely seen early sketches by Leonardi.- Chris A.
Note: P:R is lucky to have the artists we have contributing art to run on our site, and one of our favorites is artist Ron Salas. Salas’ Aquaman got high marks by everyone here during our Aquaman: Sea Change contest, and we’ve featured him several times since. Ron’s also been gracious enough to talk at our annual panels at HeroesCon in Charlotte, and we look forwars to him doing more here and in comics soon. Here’s the pieces we’ve featured of his in the past. – Chris A.
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Note: Last call for cosplay! Project: Rooftop’s fourth Fights, Flights & Tights contest closes the submission window today. So if you dressed up as a superhero for Halloween or anytime in the past year and want to sent in your costume, do so now! Full details at this link. For inspiration, he’s a great entry of Dr. Strange by Dustin Drase from a few years back. – Chris A.