C2E2 2016 Photos: Comics Costumes!

Silk + Luffy!

New Marvel meets modern manga: Silk and One Piece star Monkey D. Luffy.

Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover: my wife and I spent two days at the seventh annual Chicago Comics and Entertainment Exposition, where Midwest comics fans in particular and geeks in general gather together in the name of imaginary worlds from print and screen to revel in fiction and touch bases on what’s hot or cool at this moment in pop culture.

In tonight’s photo gallery: costumes from your favorite comic books! Or someone else’s favorite comics, whichever. You’d think these would out number the other categories, but C2E2 attracts a diverse following of myriad tastes in reading material. Regrettably, it wasn’t till after we got home and I took inventory, when I realized Marvel and DC Comics were very nearly the only publishers represented in the “comics-based costumes” section. I have no idea how that happened, but it’s too late for retakes.

Regardless: onward!


Spider-Family deluxe: another Silk teamed up with Spider-Gwen, Iron Spider, Pokemon trainer Misty, and the only Harley Quinn you’ll see in this week-long MCC miniseries, though there were several hundred patrolling the show.

Spider-Man India!

Spider-Man India, one of the undervalued members of the extended Spider-Family. (For those new to the idea: yes, Spider-Man India is a thing.)

War Machine + Black Widow!

War Machine and Black Widow, charter members of the No White Chrises Squad.

Baron Strucker!

Erstwhile HYDRA leader Baron Strucker, armed with his deadly Satan Claw. You may remember him as one of the 461 characters vacuum-packed inside Avengers: Age of Ultron. He was played by Thomas Kretschmann, but sadly de-Satan-Clawed.


DOOM is less than pleased with his movie-universe surrogates and thinks Baron Strucker should count his blessings.


The Reverse-Flash, complete with his own Flash costume-ring.

Arrow and Speedy!

Arrow and Speedy from TV’s Arrow. I want to say their companion is…a Joker/Harley mash-up? variant Sailor Mercury? an anime superstar popular with everyone younger than me?

Lex Luthor!

The real Lex Luthor, who’d love to have a few words with Jesse Eisenberg about some…creative differences.

Gandalf + Bane!

Bane hanging out with off-topic guest Gandalf the Grey. As allies with powerful facial hair go, he’s less of a backstabber than that Ra’s al Ghul.

Jareth + Troia!

Once upon a time, Donna Troy was Wonder Girl, charter member of the original Teen Titans. Then she was just Donna Troy. Then she was Troia, pictured above. Everything after that is a convoluted blur, but suffice it to say hanging with Jareth the Goblin King is a far better fate than being torn apart every six months by DC reboots.

Static Shock!

Static Shock! Or just Static, if you’re an old Milestone Media fan like me. Either way, I’d pay good money to have the complete animated series on DVD, and even better money for a regular comic series that reverses everything I loathed about his New 52 reboot.

Ms. Marvel!

Ms. Marvel, another rising star in the Marvel universe, who recently made her video game debut in LEGO Marvel’s Avengers.


The Taskmaster, a classic villain who copied all the weapons and physical talents of all the Avengers. If he appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he’ll just be a guy who has the proportionate strength and speed of five guys named Chris.

Luke Cage!

Jessica Jones costar Luke Cage, soon to headline his own Netflix series.

Power Man + Iron Fist!

Another Luke Cage, this one in his classic ’70s super-costume as part of the mismatched buddy-hero duo we called Power Man and Iron Fist. Soon to be Netflix acquaintances.

Power Man + Captain Cold!

That time Marvel and DC used to do crossovers, but the comics executives decided Iron Fist just wasn’t white enough and replaced him with Captain Cold.

To be continued! Other entries in our special 9-part series:

* Part 1: C2E2 Kicks Off Our 2016 Convention Season in Style
* Part 2: Dance of the Mad Deadpools
* Part 3: We Are Here For Supergirl!
* Part 4: Star Wars: The New Cosplay Order
* Part 5: Gaming and Animation Costumes
* Part 7: Last Call for Costumes!
* Part 8: Who We Met and What We Did
* Part 9: The Things They Carried

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