I know the focus of this cover is supposed to be Kory’s face (or, alternatively, her breasts), but yeah.
Hi, Wally’s ass.
How nice to see you.

I know the focus of this cover is supposed to be Kory’s face (or, alternatively, her breasts), but yeah.

Hi, Wally’s ass.

How nice to see you.

slothchild:

I miss these two flawless babies ;~;

Kory is literally the most beautiful woman alive.
Jennifer Aniston who?

slothchild:

I miss these two flawless babies ;~;

Kory is literally the most beautiful woman alive.

Jennifer Aniston who?

peppers-pray:

amymebberson:

Sailor Tamaran
Really, ol’ Meatball Head wouldn’t stand a chance in a Love-off against Koriand’r

*squeak* This is adorable!

PERFECT SPACE PRINCESS.

peppers-pray:

amymebberson:

Sailor Tamaran

Really, ol’ Meatball Head wouldn’t stand a chance in a Love-off against Koriand’r

*squeak* This is adorable!

PERFECT SPACE PRINCESS.

5 Essential Superhero Redesigns!

dresdencodak:

Seeing as how I’ve done both the top ten for best and worst superhero costume redesigns, I feel obligated to put my money where my artistic mouth is and take a stab at fixing or updating some of these costumes.  I’ll be taking a similar approach to my earlier take on Batman & Robin, where both the back story and design of each character are fair game.  I’ve done five here, and chose them based on one of two criteria: 

  1. It’s a particularly awful outfit that doesn’t fit the character, or
  2. It’s a solid character who just needs some updating or tweaking

I’ll list these in order of “reboot depth:”

5. Starfire


What’s wrong: In the wake of DC’s “new 52” this felt like a no-brainer.  Starfire is a decent character who’s always, in my opinion, gotten the short end of the costume stick.  I get that she’s supposed to be sexually liberated and somewhat polyamorous, and that’s fine, but dressing like a John Carter’s Princess of Mars-themed stripper doesn’t cut it.  Really, up until the Teen Titans cartoon she’s always been in the most awkward and impractical getups for someone fighting crime.

The Fix: I went for the simple route and took some notes from the cartoon (notably the skirt). I wanted to make sure it kept the bubbly, innocent feeling of the character while also hinting at some power (with the exposed arms here).  The overall effect is meant to convey someone who’s tough, cheerful and comfortable flying around in the air.

4. Dr. Strange


What’s wrong: I love Dr. Strange, but he’s always had the worst outfits.  For a guy who basically hangs out in his house in the West Village, he seems to always wear the most ostentatious getups.  He’s not an alien from another planet or from some culture that would dress that way, he’s a grown man who became a wizard well into adulthood.  Nothing wrong with having some style while you’re maintaining the balance of the mystic planes.

The Fix: Two parts Vincent Price, one part Christopher Lee and one part Dr. Orpheus, this Dr. Strange is still magical, but with a more coherent design direction.

3. Ms. Marvel


What’s Wrong: Simply put, I think it’s embarrassing for Marvel to showcase a prominent character like Ms. Marvel and have her wearing that outfit.  It’s just so tacky, and tells us nothing about the character.  Basically they just changed the colors of Jean Grey’s Phoenix costume and exposed more skin.  Come on, guys.

The Fix: Since her origins are ostensibly tied with Captain Marvel, I decided to go a route that’s more along the lines of the Ultimate Marvel version of that character, where her abilities come from alien technology rather than vague space magic.  The notion that she’s, for example, permanently bound with this technology that she doesn’t fully understand can make for some interesting stories.  There can be some potential with this character again with just a little bit of tweaking.

2. Wonder Woman


What’s Wrong: Wonder Woman, in my opinion, is a character that’s always been on the cusp of being really neat but never quite making it like Superman or Batman.  Although a feminist pop icon, her origins are too tied up with creator WIlliam Marston’s obsession with bondage.  Because of this (and an all-too-frequent parade of poor or sexist writing), she’s never had a solid, progressive design.  The 21st century can update this character.

The Fix: One part Thor, three parts Xena. I’d push the mythological angle further.  Just as nobody thinks of Thor as “Superman with a hammer” I don’t want Wonder Woman to be “girl Superman,” as she’s sometimes seen.  I’ve also tweaked her origin slightly, making her a more literal “statue come to life.” This isn’t as extreme as it seems: in regular canon, Wonder Woman’s origin was that she was formed out of clay by the queen of the Amazons, and imbued with the powers of the Greek Gods.  (Note: I am well aware that Greek statues were painted, but for aesthetic & thematic reasons it doesn’t work here. She’s just an old statue, so there wouldn’t be paint.) This, I think offers more story possibilities if she’s less literally human, physically.  Her personality would remain the same (nothing more fun than the perspective of an Amazon in the modern world), but we now have an added Greek layer of Pygmalion or Telos.

The costume change is mostly conservative.  Because of the strong fetish associations (and overall impracticality for a fighting Amazon), I’ve removed the lasso in favor of more traditional Greek weapons.  The overall effect is intended to push Wonder Woman’s core themes further while making her also stand out as more than just “the female superhero.”

1. Superman


What’s Wrong: Since his creation, Superman’s drifted from being a progressive champion for the common man to a patriotic middle-America boyscout who represents the establishment and traditional values. When he was developed in the 30s, Superman was very much a Depression-era hero, mostly going after villains like crooked money lenders and saving people who were being abused by the system.  His superpowers came from the fact that he was from a more advanced society, and his morals too were because he was simply a brainier, more sophisticated guy.  During and following WW2 and into the Cold War, though, he became an official symbol for American values in particular (it was originally “Truth and Justice,” without “the American Way”).  He was now not just an alien, but an alien raised by simple Kansas farmers and his abilities had a more generic “superpower” explanation.  This is all fine, really, but I think the original concept is more compelling these days.

The Fix: Two parts Martian Manhunter and Ten parts Fleischer Superman. “Superman: the Man of Tomorrow, Strange Visitor from Another World.” I really want to push that.  First off, Kryptonians should actually look like aliens and not white people. Here I have Kal-El from a race of beings whose technology and biology are long since indistinguishable (Clarke-esque space gods, you know the type).  They’re strange to our mortal eyes but mean well.  I’d keep the “destroyed planet” origin but more heavily emphasize the “non-interference” part of Superman’s mission statement.  

If you’ll remember from the 70s movie, his father Jor-El told him he was forbidden to interfere with the course of human history, but when you think about it, that’s kind of vague.  What I’ve done is added a Star Trek or Uatu the Watcher kind of prime directive to all advanced species:  Kal-El can’t let people know that he’s an alien, nor can he openly interact with them using advanced technology.  Still, he’s a compassionate guy and wants to help, so he takes the form of “Superman” to inspire the mortals in a constructive way.  Also, the notion that he can take on different forms means that the Clark Kent secret identity need not be as bad as it currently is.

The costume redesign holds to the basic themes but makes it a little more working class.  The buttons at the top are meant to invoke overalls, and the sleeves are cut a little higher for someone working with their hands.  I’ve removed the spandex and gone with looser fitting slacks, while keeping a short cape and boots, since he’s still an adventurer.

Overall I want to evoke a classic Superman feel while making it a little more modern in its exploration of the sci fi themes.  He’s still basically the same guy:  an alien from another world looking to fight injustice, but without the overt patriotism and a quirkier execution of the secret identity.

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So there you have it.  I’ve hope you’ve enjoyed my superhero costume trilogy!

Part 1: The Best Superhero/Villain Redesigns

Part 2: The Worst Superhero/Villain Redesigns

I love this and everything it chooses to be.

Also? Doctor Strange is Vincent Von Ghoul.

ladytalon1:

Starfire: Gettin’ Lucky by ~magickmaker

Can we just love her forever like this or

ladytalon1:

Starfire: Gettin’ Lucky by ~magickmaker

Can we just love her forever like this or

Tears everywhere. You tell ‘em, small child!

silvanoir:

Q:  Would Starfire ever forget her friends?
A: NO. 

silvanoir:

Q:  Would Starfire ever forget her friends?

A: NO. 

My two cents: Starfire

Since basically everyone on the internet has been yapping on about Starfire since yesterday, I think I’d like to put my opinion forward.

I have no problem with Starfire being sexually liberated. If you’ve read enough Teen Titans, you’ll find that she’s always been very open, emotionally, and that her only canon, consensual sexual partners were Dick Grayson and Captain Comet. And if you think of all the years between her and Dick breaking it off and her space-hookup with Adam, well, that’s a long time to be celibate. My problem lies with this goldfish memory she seems to have developed.

No longer caring about Dick Grayson with the same intensity that she’s had since basically her introduction in 1980, that’s fine. Claiming that she can barely remember him, and that none of the other people she lived with, trained with, and loved with all her heart as her family stick out in her mind as anything else but humans, that’s where we hit a snag. Tamaraeneans are supposed to be creatures driven by emotion, that’s their nature. That’s what the kids who watched the Teen Titans cartoon remember. Remember that episode where she and Raven switched bodies, and their powers went haywire because Raven was too used to keeping her emotions in line so she wouldn’t destroy things, and Starfire was so used to just letting everything flow? I loved that episode, easily one of my favorites of the whole series. It showed how two people who were complete opposites, yet had the same goals, were able to work together.

But my basic point here is this: Sexual liberation in a female character shouldn’t come at the cost of her emotions. It all reminds me a little too much of a movie from a few years back called ‘Down With Love’. In the end, just having sex with no feeling attached wasn’t satisfying for any party involved.

And that’s my two cents on the matter. Feel free to ignore it.

This is Starfire

dratsing:

She cares, she hurts, she fights, she loves so damn fiercely.

And fuck anyone or anything that says otherwise.

koncubine:

marzx292:

nightwing kissing both ;)

dick u whore

Tim is there. You can’t see him, but he’s there.

koncubine:

marzx292:

nightwing kissing both ;)

dick u whore

Tim is there. You can’t see him, but he’s there.

lusilly:

So I really hate Dick’s long hair, but I think his hair here is waaaaay too short. No me gusta. 

I have this promo poster on my wall, actually. The art was reeeeally good in the beginning of the Titans series, but the writing was reeeeeeally bad.

lusilly:

So I really hate Dick’s long hair, but I think his hair here is waaaaay too short. No me gusta. 

I have this promo poster on my wall, actually. The art was reeeeally good in the beginning of the Titans series, but the writing was reeeeeeally bad.

daddywarbats:

Flashpoint sketch.
I cannot be the only one who believes that Father Todd is a Badass Preacher with a shotgun under his altar.  Because, you know, it’s Gotham.
Tim Drake gets a crowbar, because he’s that awkward paranoid runaway that hides in Todd’s church and living next to the creepy ass abandoned Wayne manor without any awesome superpowered/alien friends can’t have helped his mental state much.
Also fun with Starfire’s hair.  And knowing Tim, he’s the one that probably brought her to the church, injured and half-naked.

"She is our angel."
Father Todd had insisted that they existed, to watch over everyone, even in these times of peril and strife, or whatever. Tim hadn’t been so sure. The Furies were burning Gotham to the ground, bending the steel, turning the stone to rubble.
And then she fell out of the sky.
Face bruised, eyes swollen shut, a gaping stomach wound marring her otherwise otherworldly perfect body, the woman reached a hand out to him.
"Help."
Tim dragged her to the church on the remains of a tarp, wincing every time she let out a pained moan. Father Todd didn’t even ask, only fetched his first aid kit after putting her on his own bed. It was days before she was conscious long enough to talk. Though he was bursting with questions, Tim started out small.
"What’s your name? Where do you come from?"
She pointed skywards. “I am Koriand’r. I come from out there. Most call me Starfire.”
(derpy fanfic is derpy. In Flashpoint, Kory is a Fury, so if she were to end up in Gotham with the boys, she’d probably have sustained some serious memory damage. Still, this is a neat concept.)

daddywarbats:

Flashpoint sketch.

I cannot be the only one who believes that Father Todd is a Badass Preacher with a shotgun under his altar.  Because, you know, it’s Gotham.

Tim Drake gets a crowbar, because he’s that awkward paranoid runaway that hides in Todd’s church and living next to the creepy ass abandoned Wayne manor without any awesome superpowered/alien friends can’t have helped his mental state much.

Also fun with Starfire’s hair.  And knowing Tim, he’s the one that probably brought her to the church, injured and half-naked.

"She is our angel."

Father Todd had insisted that they existed, to watch over everyone, even in these times of peril and strife, or whatever. Tim hadn’t been so sure. The Furies were burning Gotham to the ground, bending the steel, turning the stone to rubble.

And then she fell out of the sky.

Face bruised, eyes swollen shut, a gaping stomach wound marring her otherwise otherworldly perfect body, the woman reached a hand out to him.

"Help."

Tim dragged her to the church on the remains of a tarp, wincing every time she let out a pained moan. Father Todd didn’t even ask, only fetched his first aid kit after putting her on his own bed. It was days before she was conscious long enough to talk. Though he was bursting with questions, Tim started out small.

"What’s your name? Where do you come from?"

She pointed skywards. “I am Koriand’r. I come from out there. Most call me Starfire.”

(derpy fanfic is derpy. In Flashpoint, Kory is a Fury, so if she were to end up in Gotham with the boys, she’d probably have sustained some serious memory damage. Still, this is a neat concept.)

fycomicbookfriendships:

Final Crisis - Legion of 3 Worlds #5
Superboy and Kid Flash return!

This was the worst scene. Aside from the rest of the trainwreck of failed logic that was Legion of 3 Worlds (seriously, 3 Brainiac 5’s bitching at each other was the only good part), this was absolutely the worst.
Let’s start with the panel at the top right. Why are Roy and Gar in the front? You know who should be front and center, wearing Roy’s look of utter shock?
Tim fucking Drake.
And where is he? Well, I can see a bit of his hair and mask between Kara and Cassie’s shoulders. Speaking of Cassie, come on, Geoff Johns. You made it abundantly clear in 52 and no less than three arcs of post-Crisis Teen Titans that Cassie thought of Kon as her One True Love. You spent five arcs pre-Crisis building them up as a couple. And that’s her reaction? I want a do-over. But at least she gets to hug him in the bottom panel. Where’s Tim there?
Waaaaay over on the far right, next to Donna Troy and Superman’s floating disembodied panel head. And he’s not wearing any expression at all. This was all sort of cleared up for us when he hugged Kon in his own title, obviously here it hasn’t sunk in yet that his best friend and possible love of his life has risen from the grave in a good way. Tim, who spent a year, over a year, trying to clone Kon and gets no expression, while Cassie, who spent a year…crying and being in a cult gets a hug. Tim’s hug will come a few months later.
This is the worst reunion ever, everyone go back and try it again.

fycomicbookfriendships:

Final Crisis - Legion of 3 Worlds #5

Superboy and Kid Flash return!

This was the worst scene. Aside from the rest of the trainwreck of failed logic that was Legion of 3 Worlds (seriously, 3 Brainiac 5’s bitching at each other was the only good part), this was absolutely the worst.

Let’s start with the panel at the top right. Why are Roy and Gar in the front? You know who should be front and center, wearing Roy’s look of utter shock?

Tim fucking Drake.

And where is he? Well, I can see a bit of his hair and mask between Kara and Cassie’s shoulders. Speaking of Cassie, come on, Geoff Johns. You made it abundantly clear in 52 and no less than three arcs of post-Crisis Teen Titans that Cassie thought of Kon as her One True Love. You spent five arcs pre-Crisis building them up as a couple. And that’s her reaction? I want a do-over. But at least she gets to hug him in the bottom panel. Where’s Tim there?

Waaaaay over on the far right, next to Donna Troy and Superman’s floating disembodied panel head. And he’s not wearing any expression at all. This was all sort of cleared up for us when he hugged Kon in his own title, obviously here it hasn’t sunk in yet that his best friend and possible love of his life has risen from the grave in a good way. Tim, who spent a year, over a year, trying to clone Kon and gets no expression, while Cassie, who spent a year…crying and being in a cult gets a hug. Tim’s hug will come a few months later.

This is the worst reunion ever, everyone go back and try it again.

I just had a thought

If Kory and Kyle Rayner ever got together, they would probably have to quit superheroing, because Kory would just walk around naked all day while Kyle paints/draws her.

The world would be a little more endangered, but think of how the art community would flourish!