Just like in the real world, comic-book heroes have their own fashion trends.  An inordinate number of 40s heroes wore buccaneer boots ala Captain America, while heroes of the 70s were into shiny nylon looks, and the 90s were full of open-top cowls.  Very recently, the fashion trend has been layered armored suits with exposed metallic “abs,” even for characters known for wearing hypercolor spandex or a collapsible red speed-suit.   As someone who wants every character to have something visually unique that is only theirs, it’s bothersome to me, but I realize I’m not universal, leading to today’s tailor-made query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) remembers the 2000s, when all the heroes wore black leather motorcycle suits, asking: Is it a problem for you that so many heroes are similarly armored?


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  1. Malone_hasco on

    Apparently, in these creators’ minds it isn’t. For me, it kinda is, because these armors often look generic and over designed.

  2. It was pouches in the 90’s, now is armor in the 10’s.
    Yea, it over used. If the character is in a lot of combat and can deal with restricted mobility, armor makes sense. Otherwise, its over designed.

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