Here’s how you rip off a popular character owned by a rival comics company, Image style. First, make part of his costume unmistakably derivative:
Look closely, it’s pretty hard to spot! Not.
Then, make sure the derivative costume element is used to stab someone through the chest:
Finally, make sure your art direction and panel layouts are so bad that even the people involved can’t tell what’s going on:
As you can see, Hawk-ripoff-guy says “How’s your gut”, when clearly Brigade (the stabee) had the not-Batman helmet shoved through his rib cage and chest. But hey, at least the gut and the heart are both in the torso, which in Image anatomy is close enough.
(Characters and images ©1993, Rob Liefeld.)