comics

Batman from Zero Year

Initially meant as a way to redefine Batman’s origin, the Zero Year comic run has since become a huge crossover event featuring many of the most well-known faces in Gotham. Parts of it were even used to influence the last season of the hit show Gotham and fans still go back to the comic run almost a decade after its release for Snyder and Tynion’s take on the fearsome vigilante.

In this iteration of Batman he often wears a horned cowl, grey suit with a black Batman symbol on his chest, purple gloves, a yellow utility belt, a black utility strap around his thigh, and black boots.

Because the comic run is not as widely known as the movie versions, finding the specific suit can be difficult. The one pictured here is close and includes the cowl, though you will have to request the gloves be left off if you purchase from the linked seller. For cosplayers who can invest a little more, Etsy sellers offer muscle suits that can then be painted and customized more specifically, but they do not come cheap.

With the linked suit, the utility belt is included. However if you go through an Esty seller – as with the suit – there are many who make the utility belts though they charge a great deal more for their craftmanship.

Iceman

Iceman is a hero in the Marvel comics in affiliation with the X-Men as well as Spiderman. His real name is Robert Louis Drake. He is a mutant with the powers to manipulate ice by freezing water vapor. He can also turn his body into ice. Iceman is notable for being openly gay in the more recent X-Men comics. Sew the X-Men logo patch onto the sleeve of the leather jacket. You can use the pale blue face paint on your hands or get a pair of light blue gloves. Add accents and ice effects with the white face paint. If you want more special effects makeup, use this tutorial.

William Clockwell from Invincible

William Clockwell is a character in the comic book and animated series, Invincible. He is a student at Reginald Vel Johnson high school, and his best friend is Mark Grayson. He is also friends with Eve Wilkins and Amber Bennett. He is openly gay in the comics and the show. Broadway star Andrew Rannells voices William in the show now streaming on Amazon Prime.

Atom Eve from Invincible

Samantha Eve Wilkins, aka Atom Eve, is a character in the comic book and animated series, Invincible. She is a member of the Teen Team. Her ability is atom manipulation, which manifests in telekinesis, regeneration, and flight. Like Mark, she balances being a superhero with a normal life, and she attends high school as Eve Wilkins. To the disappointment of her parents, Eve rejects college and instead leaves to use her powers to help the world. Gillian Jacobs, who you may recall as Britta in Community, voices Eve in the show now streaming on Amazon Prime.

molly from lumberjanes

Molly from Lumberjanes

Molly is one of the main characters of the comic series Lumberjanes. Molly is a skilled archer who also enjoys knitting, mythology, and puzzles.  Bubbles, the raccoon that sleeps on Molly’s head is a friend she made the first day of camp.  Molly is Mal’s girlfriend, and their personalities often offset one another.  Molly wears cargo shorts and a two-tone green shirt and styles her blonde hair in a braid.  Rather than have a wild animal sleep on your head, a raccoon cap can achieve a similar effect.

mal from lumberjanes

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.

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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.