If you’re here to read about the DC Comics reboot, you probably already know the news that’s come out since my last Titans post:
Bart Allen is Kid Flash (good).
Red Robin’s feather-cape lets him glide (okay, but from what does he propel?)
Red Robin has a jet-pack (oh, that’s right. So it’s not like the old Spidey cartoons where Spidey is just shooting up webs in the middle of fields and spiriting away after IceMan and Firestar).
The girl with the Feral hair is being called Bug Girl in promotional convos by the creators, but I don’t think that’s her real name. Now, your Daily Cocca thinks all the hatred going Bug’s way is pretty strong tea, but I’d be lying if I said my first impression of this character wasn’t “1993 called, in bad way.”
Now for the newish image, which you may have already seen elsewhere but I completely missed:
S-boy’s gloves are an intentional homage to the character’s 1990s origin. I guess that’s cool, even if it’s superfluous. The modern Superboy didn’t really come into his own until the last decade and the fashion sensibilities that came with it. Note to DC: Black t-shirts and blue jeans will probably always be cool. I’m not sure about the muscle shirt here. I want to commit to hating it.
Red Robin joins Bart in the shoulder-insignia club. Maybe Tim’s does something.
One of these pictures is awesome. One of them, despite my George Perez fandom, isn’t.
It’s not Perez’s fault. He’s dealing with a redesigned Superman costume that isn’t his, and the inker made the space above Supes’ boots look gray/silver. Here’s the overarching technical problem with the new suite: maybe it will work okay when Jim Lee is drawing it on a stylized, younger-looking Man of Steel, but it just isn’t going to work across artistic styles. George Perez is an iconic Superman artist, and look how hamstrung this costume makes him. The classic costume works in any style because it’s simple and iconic. The new look has panels and too many lines. The belt’s over-thought. The collar’s too high. No red undies. Wrong wrong wrong. Superman doesn’t need bells and whistles. That’s the point. That’s his deal.
Argh. This is 90s in a bad way. I know, you thought that was impossible. So did I.