The Rundown: “Batgirl” Confronts Costume Questions, Funko’s Rocket Raccoon Fabrikation is Spectacular, and more
by David Harper
- I think you are probably getting sick of me talking about it by now, but this mini Batgirl comic by Cameron Stewart about the viability of her outfit for combat is completely genius, and a great example of exactly how well everyone involved with “Batgirl” has handled the announcement. Love it.
Wait, are people really complaining about this? 2 things.
1) HOW many characters run around in leather jackets/coats/whatever and no one says a word? (and in many cases would scream bloody murder if their coat was removed) Lobo, Blade, Nick Fury, Ghost Rider, Midnighter, Wolverine, Black Canary, Animal Man, Storm in her punk days, I could go on. So if it’s ok for them, why not Batgirl? It’s striking me as grasping at straws for an excuse to remain with spandex (or whatever the costume was made of) rather than a legitimate concern.
2) Not all leather is the same. Is some leather tough and restrictive to movement? sure. But some is soft and flexible, too. It all depends on the animal it comes from and the treatment it received. She could even be mixing different types of leather in this jacket to offer protection in some parts and flexibility where needed, the paneling totally allows for that.
If you just like the design of the old one better, hey, that’s fine. Different tastes and all. But just say that. Given the number of leather jackets floating around in comics and the reality of different types of leather, ‘it’s restrictive’ doesn’t hold a lot of water.