Superman may have gotten his old boots back but Green Lantern needs some help too.
What’s wrong with this picture?
Not much, actually. It’s a beautiful variant cover by Kevin Nowlan that I made a point to buy. Gorgeous, really. Old school and new school at the same time.
But I can’t help but be annoyed by this:
Let me back up.
Fans got very excited this week when DC (via ComicBook.com) showed off a tweaked Rebirth costume featuring the return of his classic red boots.
Still not all the way there though.
I don’t think I’ve ever formally waded into the shorts vs. no-shorts debate but I’m a believer in Superman’s red trunks and Batman’s black or black/blue trunks.
Fill in your jokes now.
The republic will stand either way, obviously, but I’ve never understood the point of doing away of them. They never struck me as especially antiquated, any more than the whole idea of grown men and women running around in garish costumes bopping similarly attired bad guys over the head.
I mean, part of the beauty of Christopher Reeve’s performance as Superman is that he didn’t look silly wearing this:
So when I see Batman or Superman in their modern, more monochromatic outfits, something seems … off. Part of it is that your eye is trained to see them, so when you don’t it’s like having an itch that’s just out of reach. And from a design standpoint, the contrast helps both costumes.
That brings us back to Green Lantern, or more specifically, Hal Jordan. The original Silver Age design is one of brilliant simplicity. And I think it was improved by the green-shoulder revision.
Those are great-looking outfits. Great balance of color and cut. Near perfection.
So why, oh why, did DC feel a need to raise the green in Hal’s midsection when they brought him back about 12 years ago?
It’s not even like they were “trunks.” That seemingly small change makes everything seem out of balance — enough to make me notice it every time I see it.
So, thanks for Superman’s boots, DC. Now please send Hal to a tailor.