What’s that? Your beloved ladies have teamed up for a fashion shoot in honour of Young Avengers being relaunched this week? Indeed we have! What you’re seeing is actually the result of separate photoshoots on our respective sides of the border, but the intent was there nonetheless.
This is actually the start of a miniseries we’ll be doing over the next few weeks — Marvel NOW! is launching some books that we’re pretty darn psyched about, so we thought we’d honour their releases with outfits inspired by members of the team. As always, you’ll see our personal touches, i.e. Bria is a totally classy dame and Lin is just going to be this douchebag trainwreck. Enjoy.
This Week: Young Avengers by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie!
Lin: Everybody has an elemental weakness to Jamie McKelvie designs. Urban savvy brow-quirked assholes are a fashion template close to my stupid dumb heart, so here’s to checking off the box next to ‘America Chavez’ and her super rad kicks. While her redesign is pretty much the current gold standard in street utilitarian, I’m on this fancy hoodie + blazer twist with a headfake toward her creative team’s British roots.
Bria: I started by grabbing more or less all of the gold jewelry I own. I think only an extra pair of earrings and a headband were put back. Obviously I wanted to stick to his green/black/gold colour palette because, y’know, visual cues. My other goal was to use layers while simultaneously keeping things sleek and chic. With bonus ridiculous faces because how could I do a Loki outfit without the L-pose or asking Thor why the people I’m contacting via my Phone Of I are calling me a troll.
Coming Soon: Uncanny X-Force by Sam Humphries and Ron Garney! Also coming soon: more of our dumb faces. Don’t worry, we just got started on this magical train ride.
Sometimes we need our clothes to take us there. Sartorial armour can easily level up with bold comic book touches or a little wink-nod at your faves — and fashion upgrades don’t need to break the bank. While it may be fun to throw small amounts of cash monies at Forever 21 for a quick and dirty, even a small bump in quality is a winning proposition. Designer collabs and seasonal sales are a great place to start.
Pop of colour, graphic statements, so so so ready for spring — we got you covered.
Who has two thumbs, a dumb Avengers party favour bracelet, and self-help magical powers? This guy.
Nothing hooks me like face clawingly kawaii swag, so it’s without a doubt that Megarinri’s comic book inspired outfit sketches are like super fab punches to the face. And you know what I like better than punches to the face? Billy Kaplan, for one. Super cute wing motifs and little crochet vests, for two.
(… and a relaunched Young Avengers book, for three!!)
Asymmetric Tank: Helmut Lang
Black Shorts: Alice and the Pirates
Crochet Vest; Headband: Yesstyle
Red Scarf: Zara
Gold Buckle Belt: Guess
Arm Candy: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Juicy Couture, pre-con at Mandy’s house THIS IS A REAL PLACE OKAY
Lola Patent Pumps: Christian Louboutin
Monogram Cartouchiere Cross Body Bag: Louis Vuitton
Want to see other Megarinri inspired outfts? Bria has got you covered with Green Arrow. Check out how we sister with our Louis Vuitton bags because we are terrible human beings and should be confined to our rooms.
Sailor Pluto. Oh man, what a classy lady. She fights evil, guards the door of time, AND basically plays the role of Team Mom to the Sailor Scouts while actually being one of Sailor Saturn’s three moms. I’ll finally be getting the chance to costume as her at Katsucon in February and I just couldn’t help putting together an outfit for her. I decided to do something a little more subtle, hence the scarf with the dark red accents instead of just a plain red one. (Pee Ess: Bonus points if you recognized that I tried to mimic her hair style just for fun.)
White Sweater: Express
Silk Scarf: Burberry
Skinny Black Pants: Max Studio
Patent Heels: Kenneth Cole
I know. It’s not a geeky fashion outfit post but I promise that we’ll get back to those soon. This book was just too good not to write about!
Yesterday saw the start of another Marvel NOW book with the release of New Avengers #1 written by Jonathan Hickman and with pencils by Steve Epting. This was the first book announcement for new Marvel NOW ongoings to really catch my attention several months ago and it’s the book that I have been anxiously awaiting ever since. And boy oh boy did it deliver!
New Avengers reunites the biggest time bomb of a team in recent comic book memory: The Illuminati. No but really: this team is the WORST idea ever. Just ask the Black Panther. He’s objected since the group was first proposed and he still objects even now as he pulls them together. These men are the rich, the geniuses, the powerful, and some of them are even kings. That many egos in a room is bound to backfire spectacularly one day even with Captain America playing referee. This issue shows Iron Man, Captain America, Namor, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, and Mister Fantastic all arriving in Wakanda and answering T’Challa’s summons. (See what I meant about a lot of egos?)
Hickman uses this first issue to beautifully set up both the book and arc, making it fairly accessible to readers who might be newer to the Illuminati. (If you’re remotely intrigued by the Illuminati, I’d definitely suggest going and checking out the wiki entry just so you have a more completely idea of their history.) At the same time, the issue doesn’t feel like it was a filler introduction but instead tells its own story.
The last six pages of this issue are absolutely stunning and I don’t mean that purely from an artistic standpoint. Everything about them is perfect from the words, to the art, to the lettering. It drives home not just how desperate T’Challa is to save the world but also the caliber of team he’s reuniting. If anything, his invitation to Namor should emphasize the gravity of the situation. “Save me from what we are about to do” reads the final words of this issue. They’re going to save the world but who knows what the consequences might be. In all honesty, buying this issue is worth it even if it’s just so you can read these last six pages. (Yes, they are that perfect.)
What I’m really looking forward to about this book though is the team itself. Throughout Bendis’s run on the the Avengers, I always found myself intrigued by any Illuminati plot line because it’s wonderful watching all them play off each other while trying to save the world. This is really the first time we’ll be seeing them work more as a team instead of a secret society and I think it will be those team dynamics that make this book great. I want to see the friction between T’Challa and Namor. I want to see Tony and Reed play ‘I’m the smartest person in the room’. I want to see how Steve is going to adjust to being a part of this group. I want to see how a team with three kings works. This is a book that is as much about how the team works together as it is about the plot. If I want to read about a team that works well together most of the time then I’ll pick up my X-men or Avengers books. But that’s not this team. Let’s see this team get out there and save the world or possibly destroy it.
In short, the first issue of this book absolutely lived up to my expectations and I cannot wait to see where Jonathan Hickman takes us on this wild ride. Illuminati Assemble!