Yesterday was a snow day at Stately Spoilers Manor East, which meant that I spent a portion of my day perusing superhero uniforms on the internet in order to keep my sanity while Widget and her pet tiger ran roughshod all over my house.  While researching Gal Gadot, I found myself running into a number of different variations on Wonder Woman’s look, including the much-maligned uniform from J. Michael Straczyinski’s otherwise terrible pre-New 52 run on WW.  Though unfortunately paired with a featureless leather jacket (a 90s touch that’s the kiss of death for many super-suits), it nonetheless has a lot of good points, offers more protection and yet remains easily identifiable as Wonder Woman at a glance.  With the exception of her white catsuit from 1970, it may be my favorite Wonder Woman uniform that doesn’t involve star-spangled bloomers.  My judgement is seldom universally shared, though, as I quite appreciate Superman’s post-resurrection look (black leotard, mullet and silver ‘S’ shield) as well as Ben Reilly’s variation on the Spider-Man suit, which in turn brings up a query for all the Faithful Spoilerites…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has long spoken of my love for the Silver Centurion Iron Man uniform, but loves Steve Rogers’ black “The Captain” costume, asking: What’s your favorite *alternate* costume for an iconic superhero or villain?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales. That Black-Red costume looks really cool.
    Black and Gold Iron Man.
    Fantastic Four (including Spidey) with the black&white uniforms that are no going away.
    The Superior Spider-Man costume.

  2. There was a short time when Deadpool wore a black suit with red eye dots (I think he was working for Weapon X at the time), that I really liked.

    And for some reason I really dug Hank Pym’s ‘Wasp’ costume that he wore during a recent iteration of Mighty Avengers. Despite the super creepy taking the name of your dead-lover aspect, it looked like a cool mix between a supersuit and formal wear.

  3. My all time favorite would have to be Spidey’s black costume (symbiote or not). I’ve been strangely obsessed with it ever since Secret Wars.

  4. I really loved the Kingdom Come Green Lantern in his green armored look.

    Although I despised the concept of Electric Superman, I admit I really thought the costume was pretty cool, I just didn’t like it for regular Superman. I kept hoping that a slightly modified version of the look would end up reused by someone else connected to the Superman family (and not just a one-off appearance like we’ve seen a couple of times).

    And speaking of Superman Family, I absolutely adore the Dark Supergirl costume.

  5. I always thought Aquaman’s camouflage suit looked cool. It was different from his traditional suit and made sense. Unfortunately, I seem to be in the minority on that look.

  6. A +1 for Kingdom Comes Armored Green Lantern. Also loved the Battle Armored Thor from the Hel curse (380ish). Functional yet bad ass.

  7. Punk/mohawk Storm should be Storm’s primary costume, honestly. But as such, it’s my favorite alternate.

    Also, am I alone in thinking Wonder Woman shouldn’t be wearing underoos into battle, demigoddess invulnerability aside? I’ve always applauded the artistic choice to give her actual pants, or at leasr that armored “battle kilt” thing.

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