Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: “Costumes – Unique Or Uniform?” Edition


Several of my recent discussions (including an upcoming podcast discussion that was a great deal of fun) have circled around the issue of “modernizing” old-school superhero costumes.  Books like ‘The Ultimates’ have made much hay of creating a uniform template upon which all the heroes designs are set, leaving us with a group of characters who look snazzy together but can be seen as bland and uninspired individually.  When Jim Lee’s tweaked New 52 Justice League was revealed, much comment was made on the fact that they all shared similar collars and detail work, with some liking the team’s new, more consistent look, while others complained.  As a fan of Super Sentai/Power Rangers, it’s often fascinating to see how the creators will personalize helmet-design, costume detail and color to make each team member unique, while still clearly belonging together as part of the year’s team.  This, in turn, begs a query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) grudgingly accepts the return of Barry Allen, so long as he keeps his plumbing-handle earpieces and thick-tread, winged boots, asking: Are you happier with costumes look “uniform” (i.e. the 90′s-era Legion of Super-Heroes) or costumes that are individually attractive but don’t always look consistent together (i.e. the 70′s-era Avengers)?