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The Wednesday Waffle - Issue Four: Costume Party (Part Two)

Superhero costumes are a constant source of amusement and bemusement. So let's continue our exploration of the oddest clothes in comics.

It's always difficult to know where to start, but I think Nightwing is as good a place as any. I mean, it's not as though poor old Dick Grayson got off to a good start in the costume stakes, given that as Robin he ran around dressed like this?

Truly Robin's original costume stands as one of the very, very few male costumes that can give the daftest of the female ones a run for their money - from the pixie boots and the massive gloves to the fact that he's running around in speedos, it's a look that only got sillier as Grayson grew into his teens.

So like most kids, eventually he rebelled and went his own way. And like most kids, when he started buying his own clothes Dick made a couple of questionable sartorial decisions.

I mean seriously - what on Earth is going on with that collar? Grayson is an acrobat and a skilled martial artist, so ditching the cape makes a lot of sense in terms of freedom of movement. But having removed one massive hindrance why the heck would you choose to cosplay a dog wearing the dreaded "cone of shame"? Never mind the amount of starch you must need to keep the thing standing up like that, how does he see things either side of him? Unlike Dick I'm neither a gymnast or a martial artist, but from my position of ignorance I reckon peripheral vision is probably useful in both endeavours...

Of course he's pretty much fixed it now, with his current suit offering ease of movement, good vision, and perhaps most important of all, a symbol on his chest!

The current Nightwing costume, as seen here, is my favourite of the lot.The bird logo on the chest is subtle but harks back to his original identity as Robin. The hardened strike points on the gloves emphasise that he's a martial artist, but he's not powered, he needs to make every punch count.

I remain unconvinced that the domino mask would be particularly effective at concealing identity, but making it a stylised bat is also a nice touch, and it seems to work for everyone else in the DCU, so he gets a pass.

I mean, he gets a pass anyway, because he's Dick Freakin' Grayson...

Anyway.

Moving on, I don't think we can talk about ridiculous superhero costumes unless we talk about Carol Danvers. This is what she looks like now, as Captain Marvel, leader of Alpha Flight and one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel Universe: