Note: Nightwing is in the news this month, but what’s grabbed me most in recent memory about this character has been Galit Weisberg‘s redesign of the character done for the DeviantArt group the-batcave‘s contest. Other members of the Bat-family have tried cowls and robes before, but this one really makes Dick Grayson stand out from his bat-brothers while staying true to his character. I would love to see this costume in action! – Chris A.
Note: The gang over at the DeviantArt group The Batcave recently held a Gotham City redesign contest, and it’s winner was well-deserving. The DA user DG-Doodles (no real name given) did this excellently detailed rendition of Nightwing, pulling in aspects from the various versions of the character from the past and making a pointed effort to make him more flashy and less dark than his mentor. Well done! – Chris A.
Note: Although his time as Batman has come and gone, the Dick Grayson era of Batman was a great piece of comics fiction. And artist Thaddeus Russell is reliving those great days by designing a costume for Grayson that blends the visual mantle of Batman with his own Nightwing costume. – Chris Arrant
Note: Some say you never get a second chance to make a first impression, but Pericles Junior hopes to do that with his second rendition of the Teen Titans kids. After appearing here last month, Pericles brought back the kids and posed them more front-and-center to show off his various ideas for the costumes. While not all of them are home runs, I like the the militaristic Superboy — especially offset by the slacker Supergirl. – Chris A.
Note: Is it Teen Titans alumni week at P:R? Not quite (although that’s a good idea for later… hmm) but we can’t go without showing this great Nightwing redesign by Eric Guzman. This design takes the Stelfreeze classic and modernizes it. The logo emblem is matured with spectacular results, the populer segemented armor approach used all over DC’s “New 52″ is used with much better results. – Chris A.
Note: Back-to-back features on the same character? I wouldn’t normally advise that, but once I saw how great Chris Copeland‘s take on Nightwing was I couldn’t help myself. Copeland’s design sticks closer to the Brian Stelfreeze designs from the comics, but accentuates them by adding the Batman-logo to it and also by making it glow. That, along with the segmented armor look that works better here than what we see at DC’s New 52, gives me shivers imagining this in use in comics. – Chris A.
Note: The best redesigns come about when an artist takes on a character he loves and critically takes apart the design and makes something fresh but true to the character. Pixar story artist Bobby Rubio did just that when he gave a second look to DC’s Dick Grayson — aka Nightwing — with this excellent mature design. Thistakes the character back to his original blue-tinged color scheme with a helmet riffing slightly off of Wingman that makes him as dangerous as his mentor. – Chris A.
Note: It seems seeing your favorite heroes and villains transformed and twisted into new times and locales is a popular past-time for artists, as Costa Giovanni has stepped up to the plate and taken Gotham’s gang into the Wild West, Sergio Leone style. Costa’s style really works here, and the standouts for me are the turncoat Two-Face and the Native American Nightwing. Thanks, Giovanni! – Chris A.
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Note: One of the biggest homegrown successes here at P:R has been Denis Medri‘s expert and rambuctious redesign of Batman and his supporting cast. Medri continues to work in this niche, and here’s some new illustrations the artist has done in that world. – Chris A.
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Note: A new artist comes into the P:R fold today as Ha Huy Hoang submitted some excellent redesigns of Batman and his associates. Designed with the intention of it being an animated series, Hoang mixes practicality with straight-up cartoony-ness that is a lot to love. I especially love that Red Hood design. – Chris A.