|Dane Cypel's Power Girl & Batgirl|
|Olly Woodman's Batgirl & Big Barda|
"Barda: The New Gods are some of Kirby's best designs in my opinion so all I really did was simplify Barda's costume, keeping the bold, colourful shapes that denotes Kirby and add some warrior touches. The shoulder armour is more to give her a military vibe than for actual protection as I really don't think Barda needs armour. The most controversial choice is the mohawk; I don't see Barda as someone who cares about her hair too much so I wanted it to reflect her rebellious, warrior spirit: half punk / half Mohican. Her cosmic rod would be like a cross between and Green Lantern power ring and a lightsaber; making whatever hand-held energy weapon she desired."
|Shang Protum's Black Canary & Huntress|
"I've always found Black Canary's name underrepresented in her costume, so there's a fair amount of yellow in here. Her cape could be stiff and made of a thick polymer, designed to protect her from surprise attacks from the back. Huntress is a biker chick with a bad attitude, and here's a slightly more realistic take on her costume. I've always preferred her using bludgeoning weapons -- they seem to suit her character more than the crossbow."
"Power Girl: I wanted to
retool Karens most familiar look and make it a bit sleeker, and give her
her own identifying symbol. The power symbol is something that has
appeared intermittently on Peej's costume, but is often forgotten in
favour of the more familiar -- and apparently iconic -- boob window. The window is a bit of a tricky thing for me, as its not something that has
made sense in tailoring terms. I decided to create the illusion here
of the familiar window by having a cropped coat teamed with a
bodice/one piece bathing suit-style uniform that shows the breasts, without
being so in your face. The baggy material on the sleeves, coupled with
big gloves and boots, act as a balance and help tone down the window. I've often thought Karen's costume has some military style aspects to it, so I attempted to incorporate this here, making the cape a more practical coat.
|Jamie Rimmer's Power Girl & Oracle|
"Oracle: One of the greatest disservices of the rebooted DCU for me is the retooling of Barbara. The character has somewhat devolved from premiere information broker for the entire superhero community to a former sidekick who was shot, but got better. By wiping out this part of the character, I feel DC has taken a major misstep. I thought, why can't she be both Batgirl and Oracle? Not just a mere sidekick, but a strong woman who, despite everything she has been through, is a respected and important member of the superhero community?
"The exoskeleton serves as a reminder of where Barbara came from and helps to boost muscle capacity, and take some of the strain away from newly cured legs. It also ties into the Oracle identity, with the tech heavy aspects. I thought the costume would be creepy and unique, somewhat faceless and shrouded in mystery. Technology is a massive part of the character, and should not be ignored. The VR screens act as both an intimidation/distraction for enemies, and also are very useful for hacking/projecting on-the-go. This is a Batgirl for a modern age, Oracle for a new DC -- embracing change, but becoming more than she was, rather than less."
"For Oracle, I went with Grant Morrison's concept from Batman:
Leviathan Strikes, where he presented Oracle as an online avatar, and
mixed it other concepts. The idea behind revamping her as an avatar is
to give Barbara a form of mobility and watch her perform 'in the field',
while maintaining her Oracle persona. I kept the sleek black look, but
instead of using yellow I went with green because the yellow and black
theme gave a Batgirl vibe. I took the idea of adding green circuitry to
her costume from when she was infected with Brainiac's virus in order to
play up on the idea that Oracle is a computer program. I also replaced
the cape with thruster boots, like the
ones in Terry's Batsuit, for a more futuristic feel. I kept the helmet
from the original design, but I tweaked it just a bit, and removed the
flame-like hair. I opted out of
using the Bat symbol, instead going with the bat-themed helmet, because
Oracle is Barbara's own creation.
|Aamina's Oracle & Misfit|
"For Misfit, I felt that she had been underplayed by the writers. In my mind Barbara would never let Charlotte patrol without protective gear, so I gave her a full body suit and boots rather than her normal outfit. Misfit strikes me as more of traditionalist when it comes to costumes, so I kept the cape and placed her "M" crest of her chest while keeping it simple. I kept her mask design relatively the same, but I added lenses to in order to hide her identity. I also added elbow and knee pads for protection and as a echo of her future Huntress suit. I stayed with a lighter color palette because Misfit is a happy, optimistic girl, in spite of the obstacles she has faced."
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