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.
Note: Although they’re not related (save one), the Bat-family has in a way become the signature family unit in superhero comics — vying only with perhaps the Richards for that title. And artist Jason Ho has taken a deeper look at the many sons of the Dark Knight in a redesign set he’s titled “Sons of the Bat.” Ho did these redesigns as a experiment to dream up a hypothetical cartoon series, combining elements from different timelines and even different universes into one Elseworlds-style format that gets this fanboy’s brain reeling. Check out these great redesigns below, and then go over to Ho’s website to read his write-ups on each! – Chris A.
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Note: Cartoon Network’s Young Justice animated series has carried on the proud tradition of DC animation, and the character designs are a key part of that. Artist Phil Bourassa recently released the turnarounds to several of the characters he did for the show, and we couldn’t help but share. To see more, head over to Bourassa’s DeviantArt page. – Chris A.
Note: Carrying on with his winning streak, Mista-M returns to P:R with a back-to-basics approach to DC’s Nightwing. I still hold Brian Stelfreeze’s design as my favorite for Dick, but Mista-M manages to take that 1995-era design and make it more functional and practical. – Chris A.
Here’s what Mista-M said about his design choices:
I don’t know why they went with red for the new costume, but I had to take it back to blue (my favorite colour). I made his mask blue so that it doesn’t get lost in the black of his hair. I was going to pop his collar but it looked stupid so I went with a more formal look. Since Nightwing is an acrobat and all that I figured he’d be doing a lot of rolling and tumbling, with that in mind I wanted his suit to be more protective than spandex. Hence the angular shoulders which have slight padding. This suit is a one piece so the belt is simply for gadgets and weaponry- the little loops obviously hold his sticks. The blue soles on the shoes were just a bit of flamboyance.