I bought Michael Chabon's new novel 'Telegraph Avenue' yesterday. It's phenomenal. If you liked 'Kavelier and Clay' give it a shot. Chabon is the greatest living American writer as far as I'm concerned. Maybe some authors have written better books, but no one can match Chabon's consistency in my opinion.
I picture myself as an editor and having that image of Blue Devil come across my desk:
"Chains?...really?...you put chains hanging off of him? Have you ever even heard of the term "cliché"? And that open chest costume, how did Blue Devil get access to Freddie Mercury's wardrobe? I love Freddie Mercury, but I don't think Blue Devil is going to be singing 'We are the Champions'. Why don't you put a little chest hair in there and he can be the Blue Chippendale. And I'm not sure, we better ask legal, but I'm almost positive Loki has a trademark on those horns. I mean, is he a devil, or does his head double as a sled?"
Silliness aside, It's not a bad look, it just seems like it's a pastiche of 4 or 5 other costume ideas that have already been done to death. I agree with what most people have been saying here and in the other thread; Costumes don't have to be designed like a parade float, with activity, variety, and texture over every single square centimeter. And I realize we're dealing with comics here, but at some point practicality has to come into play. What possible need could there be for those loops of chain around his knee-caps?
I'm just f-ing angry. The senselessness. The abject dismissal of any human capacity for sympathy. The relentless selfishness. It's sickening and I hate that some drooling nutbag has to take out his aggressions on innocent people, and at the same time connect his atrocity with a beloved cultural icon, thereby maligning an otherwise joyous and celebratory event. It just serves to remind me that the world is populated with evil on the level of the super villain, but there's really no Batman to even the scales.