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Mal from Lumberjanes

Mal is one of the main characters of Lumberjanes.  In the comic series, Mal is a creative thinker who plays guitar and roller derby.  She is Molly’s girlfriend and her cautious nature is often in juxtaposition to her more adventurous partner.  Mal’s outfit consists of dark ripped jeans, a red plaid shirt, and grey denim vest.  She sports an edgy undercut and multiple earrings, as well as red bracelets.

Amber Bennett from Invincible

Amber Bennett is a character in the comic book and animated series, Invincible. She is a student at Reginald Vel Johnson high school — and Mark Grayson is crushing hard on her. After Mark defends her against Todd, she takes an interest in him too. They begin a romantic relationship, yet it crumbles under the weight of  Invincible’s responsibilities. Mark tries to win Amber back on several occasions, eventually revealing his secret to her. But — she already figured out the identity on her own, proving her keen detective skills. Aside from being observant, Amber is altruistic, as shown with her volunteer work at the community kitchen. She even inspires Eve to use her powers to start really helping the world. Marvel star Zazie Beetz voices Amber in the show now streaming on Amazon Prime.

al pratt the atom from dc comics

Albert Pratt / The Atom

Albert Pratt known by superhero alias The Atom was a small but mighty Golden Age hero who premiered in DC Comics in the 1940s.  Al was a scientist and athlete proficient in hand-to-hand combat.  His character later went on to acquire atomic strength (which coincided with a modernized costume that covered more skin than the original bare-legged version).  While he has undergone several iterations, most of his costumes include bright yellow, blue, and red, making him a colorful choice for those interested in a bold look.

Zenith from 2000 AD

Zenith from 2000 AD

Robert McDowell is a sarcastic superhero that goes by the name Zenith. He appeared regularly in the sci-fi comic 2000 AD. He first appeared in 1987 and began to fade from the scene in 1992. But he still has plenty of fans and his creator – Grant Morrison – has become a popular writer for both DC and Marvel!

Given his active years, Zenith’s look is very distinctly late-80s and early-90s. He wears yellow pants and black mid-calf boots. The exact style varies from year to year but the colors remain the same. He also wears a black t-shirt with a yellow lightning bolt Z painted on it. His jacket – the final piece of his costume – varies from issue to issue. Sometimes it is a blue jacket with padded shoulders and black stripes. Other times it’s a blue and white Letterman’s jacket. And occasionally he wears a black bike cop jacket from the ’50s with studs in the shoulders. With all this change, though, two things stay the same: His styled black hair and the black mask around his eyes.

Dream from Sandman

Dream from Sandman

Most people know him as Sandman but this immortal being’s name is actually Dream. Brother to death and bane of Satan’s existence, he is one of many immortals that drift in and out of the world of humans. Like his siblings, Dream’s appearance changes depending on the era and where in the world he finds himself. This gives cosplayers a lot of options, though there are a few things that remain constant no matter when or where Dream finds himself.

Dream’s clothes are always in shades of black and white. And, more often than not, his black hair is in wild disarray. When he’s not around humans he favors a pair of black pants, black boots, and a long flowing sweater or robe left open over his bare chest.

Even when Dream dresses to suit a particular time period he’s not always accurate. When you’re timeless, the fine details of mortal fashion probably don’t matter all that much. In the case of the Victorian era – or in many modern subcultures – the printed coat and pants paired with a white ruffled shirt and black boots is classic Dream.

Whichever look you choose, you’ll need a black wig styled in a bit of a fly-away style and a contour kit to mimic Dream’s shadowed and sharp look.

X-23 from the X-Men

X-23 from the X-Men Comics

X-23 is a genetic clone of the famous Canadian X-Man Wolverine, successfully created in a lab by scientist Dr. Sarah Kinney after twenty-two failed attempts. Her first-ever appearance in X-Men lore was the X-Men: Evolution TV series, but was welcomed into the comic book universe with the NYX comics, which explained her origin story in a grittier fashion than the children’s cartoon before it. X-23 then entered the Marvel-Fox cinematic universe in the form of a young Mexican child in James Mangold’s Logan, but her teenage/young adult persona from the comics can be just as fun to cosplay.