Notice how you ever feel better when you got a new set of duds? Clothes, do indeed, maketh the man (or woman), and in comics, your costume can make or break you. Everyone is familiar with most of the famous costumes: Iron Man’s red and gold armour, Batman’s scalloped cape, Superman’s red and blue outfit. There are though, some variations that don’t get the credit that they deserve. By that we don’t mean things like Spidey’s black outfit, or Captain America’s uniform from the First Avenger movie. Here are some outfits that are well known, others that aren’t, but We think they’re all pretty cool, and spectacularly underrated. We haven’t rated these on their functionality for the character or how many (or few) times they were worn, it’s just, in our opinion, how cool they really are:
5. Spider-Man’s Spider Armour
No, not the red and gold Iron Man tribute with all the legs, but the bulletproof version he wore in “Web of Spider-Man #100.” Sure it makes him slower, and it gets melted in acid eventually, but it is bullet proof (which given the amount of times Spidey gets shot, you’d think he’d have a few of these in the cupboard), and looks very, very intimidating. We imagine it gets a bit difficult when he wants to go to the loo though.
4: Iron Man’s Mark V Armour
It’s the one in the suitcase (see main picture). Yes, yes, we know, it gets taken apart pretty easily by Mickey Rourke and his Botox in Iron Man 2, but just think of the concept of having your own Iron Man armour, that you could carry around in a suitcase? Imagine the benefits. Car breaks down? No problem, reach in the back seat, pop your armour on, and fly to the shops. Live in a top floor apartment and can’t be bothered to use the stairs? Grab your case, suit up, and fly up there. Lastly, stuck in a really boring business meeting? Grab your case, get changed, and say you’ve got to go and save the world and will someone email you the transcript. Problem solved on every level.
3. Azrael’s Batsuit
We don’t know about you, but there were sometimes when we wanted Batman to go that extra mile when it came to punishing villains. We’re not talking killing them, but sometimes he’s a little bit too moral for his own good. When Bruce Wayne gets incapacitated though, during the “Knightfall” storyline, Jean-Paul Valley takes over the mantle of the Bat, and proceeds to make some upgrades to Bruce’s suit. He starts with armoured gauntlets with claws, then slowly moves up the scale in a drastic way. In the end, Azrael’s Batsuit has claws, a Batarang gun, a glider and searchlight built in, as well as infra-red and night vision and breathing apparatus. Just a shame it gets so big and ungainly in the end, that Bruce tricks him into taking it off to fight him. And we can all guess how that ends.
2. Thor’s Ultimate Costume
Less glamorously known as the European Defence Initiative Bio-Mechanical Suit, or EDI Bio-Mech for short, it basically gives a normal human the powers of a Thunder God. Various different incarnations have existed, worn by at least two people in the Ultimate Universe, and without going into the rather complicated backstory of Thor not being a God, then being a God, then not being a God again, suffice to say that he looks pretty badass in it, and he can fly, use lightning, teleport and do loads of God-like things.
1. The Iron Patriot
We unashamedly love this outfit. When Norman Osborn was given control of SHIELD AND renamed it HAMMER, he needed a fitting persona, and what do you do when you have access to Iron Man’s tech and haven’t got a Captain America? Simple: Build your own. The Iron Patriot was a clever idea, giving the Dark Avengers a focal point, as Osborn amalgamated the identities of two of the greatest Avengers and used it as a rallying point for the general public behind his new team. Sure, it hasn’t got the repulsor technology that Stark destroyed, and his Unibeam isn’t as strong (something to do with the star shape), but you have to admit, it just looks awesome. So awesome in fact, they should really put it in a movie, shouldn’t they?