I recently started playing DC Universe Online, the video game that features me, the fearless queer geek, running around the DC metro of my choice, building up my powers and coming face to face with a bevy of DC’s finest. But before I could zip away to save the world from Brainiac’s hordes I had to create a costume. CREATE A COSTUME. CREATE A COSTUME!?!
Holy shit, as a mode-loving gay, and a comic lover, what the hell am I supposed to do now?!? I’ve been asked to create the focused totality of my fashion prowess personified? And, let’s face it, I didn’t have some Beyonder-provided machine to read my mind to fabricate my inner hero in a flash.
Would I be simplistic, and clad in retro-chic Legion palettes with crisp gloves, peaked shoulder pads, and stewardess primary color ranges? Would I go 90s loathsome-Leifield over the top mullet crazy with leather jackets, and every belt known to man? Or, perhaps try to create something between Kirby, Apocalyptian Realness and First-Family-Fantastic matchey-matchey, same-same. I wanted to look fabulous, love my character, and still play the game feeling like a gay geek with an individual stylish representation of moi. Can this happen? This is clearly a Crisis on Infinite Earths-scale problem.
This made my simple mind start to think (cue steam sound). What does it take to make a comic book character look memorable, and can it be interesting and fashion-forward, because as the notorious Emma Frost said, “We must be nothing less than fabulous.” And, this is Comic Book Queers, where we can demand such high levels of narcissism, and vanity.
Which brings us back to me, Chimaeraman, who will persevere as CBQ’s own Mr. Watcher-Blackwell and monitor the perilous pages to bring you the answers to these questions and more. I will de-code the mode from Attilan to Zamaron filtered through the eyes of an haute couture happy homo. There will be good, there will be bad, and both hemlines and souls will be shredded with my Swarovski Soulsword. ( I don’t really have one, but one can dream.)
And yes, I’ll let you know how my DCUO character turned out….
First up, I thought I’d start by picking some of my all time favorites:
How can you not love her various incarnations of vermillion Gaultier-esque straps and undead Showgirl splendor?!? Death never looked so beautiful and I totally know that she commissioned Phillip Treacy to create her headpiece – just sayin’.