What Were They Thinking- Starfire’s New 52 Costume

The New 52 has given us many, many things, some good (Aquaman’s awesome series), some bad (whipping out 3 decades of continuity in some stories but not others), but that’s a moan that that’s been done before in the Big Question. For now, we’re going to look at something more revealing.

Now, I know Starfire has always had some of the more risqué costumes of all super heroines (apart from in the Teen Titans cartoon, which in my opinion was her best costume, but I digress), but surely this is taking it too far. I’m not averse to girls showing a bit of skin in a sexy outfit, but this is on the boarder-line of not wearing anything at all.

In one of the later Bad Super Costumes blogs that Jeff did, he talked about Emma Frost and this costume

The first thing he pointed out was how there is no way she would be able to stay in that top, but obviously DC have looked at this costume and said “no, that is just too safe”. Literally all that is being covered by Starfire’s costume is her nipples, and whilst I may not be the costume design expert on this blog (I’ll defer to djuby on this matter, but I think he’ll agreed here), she’ll have either needed to have glued those bits on or chosen a fabric so stiff she’d be in some serious discomfort.

Meanwhile, up on the neck we have some very unusual armour placement going on. Ok, I get making sure your neck is protected, lots of veins close to the surface there. But when you haven’t bothered even covering your chest or stomach, where most of your vital organs are, it does look like a bit of an odd choice.

Then we move to the bottom half of the costume. What is going on with those pants? She obviously couldn’t decide between Granny Pants, a high riding thong or just a normal straight line, so went with them all, at the same time. And I’m loving the thigh high flared boots. I’m trying to work out the mechanics of how they are flared like that without being made of metal and therefore leaving no movement in the knee. That is assuming they’d be made from the same fabric all the way down. If they weren’t, they’d be too bottom heavy to stay on. Although, as I’ve said before I’m no expert so I’ll let you guys correct me on that if I’m wrong.

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15 Responses to What Were They Thinking- Starfire’s New 52 Costume

  1. Well, straps can be hidden under breasts if they’re crammed together like that–I’m with Hobbes. Part of their superpowers is to wear those costumes.

  2. William A. Peterson

    Yeah, those boots are kind of impractical for walking… But, since she flies everywhere she goes, does that really matter? I don’t think that’s ‘armor’ on her neck, I think the whole ‘costume’ is more of an homage to Dejah Thoris, from the John Carter series…
    I notice that her Energy Blasts now look more like she’s casting spells, than firing Starbolts!
    Yet more reasons (not that I needed any!) to HATE the New 52!!!

  3. As a whole, the Titans got screwed by the new 52:
    -all continuity gone
    -Wally West, Donna Troy and how many other members wiped out of existence
    -Roy Harper having a stupid hat

  4. I don’t know… Not too long ago, Tony Stark’s Iron Man armor was as flexible as Spandex. Just sayin’… Oh, and I agree that stripper costumes don’t belong on superpowered types.

  5. I suppose if you were actually trying to make Starfire’s costume IRL then you’d need either a… skin coloured skinsuit or some mesh fabric that would hold things together whilst appearing not to be there – the type of thing they use in ice dance costumes (djuby can probably confirm this). The idea that the scraps of material in her costume would stay on by itself is daft (she’d need a whole other superpower just for that). And the “she’s an alien, she doesn’t follow human standards” idea they tried out in that series is risible, too – why does that always have to mean wearing virtually nothing? It’s all a little too gratuitous , really.

  6. What counts is keeping SALES (and pubescent boys) up. Quality art is secondary, quality writing tertiary.

  7. Skybandit:
    What counts is keeping SALES (and pubescent boys) up.Quality art is secondary, quality writing tertiary.

    And that’s the sad thing.

  8. Skybandit:
    What counts is keeping SALES (and pubescent boys) up.Quality art is secondary, quality writing tertiary.

    Sad but true :( :(

    Insulting and demeaning to both men and women.

  9. This is a unique strategic planning on Starfire’s part to get male Supervillains to be so distracted by her costume they can’t fight. Brillaint!

  10. Have you ever piloted a Futsushi-class Land-Air Mech? It gets so freaking hot in the cockpit! Her outfit is very appropriate for combat duty.

  11. Arioch: Sad but true

    Insulting and demeaning to both men and women.

    , and aliens–we really miss the writers. WE know not to eat them. Remember: readers digest and writers cramp!

  12. fuzztone:
    I suppose if you were actually trying to make Starfire’s costume IRL then you’d need either a… skin coloured skinsuit or some mesh fabric that would hold things together whilst appearing not to be there – the type of thing they use in ice dance costumes (djuby can probably confirm this).The idea that the scraps of material in her costume would stay on by itself is daft (she’d need a whole other superpower just for that). And the “she’s an alien, she doesn’t follow human standards” idea they tried out in that series is risible, too – why does that always have to mean wearing virtually nothing? It’s all a little too gratuitous , really.

    The fabric you are referring to is soufflé (pronounced soo-full). It is a flesh toned knit – sometimes in a spiderweb motif – and provides the appearance of nude flesh while still supporting the constructed costume. It is widely used in ice skating and dance costumes.

  13. punkjay:
    This is a unique strategic planning on Starfire’s part to get male Supervillains to be so distracted by her costume they can’t fight. Brillaint!

    Ever hear the song by comedian Rodney Carrington show’em to me? Youtube it.

  14. Lawrence Wilson

    Eye candy, yes. Practicality, no! Those boots look stupid and the pasties are just distractingly weird.