This is NOT part of Comic Dork Sunday, though it could be, given what I'm about to discuss, but it's not. Because that thing is done and in the bag, and I am not adding another entry to it right now.
If you don't know yet, I am creating my own costume this Halloween. A couple of Halloweens ago, I went as a Green Lantern. I made myself a skirt, painted up so cheap boots, and painted up a busted old shirt I had. It looked fucking awesome. (I cannot, at the moment, find the picture, but trust me.) This year, because I just don't have enough things to do with my time, I'm making a full dress, mod style (or so I hope), pairing it with my boots from two years ago (which are white, pleather, and awesome), and dying my hair red. I shall be Gal Gardner. And it will, of course, be awesome.
Anyway, this made me think of a GL costume for the ladies I've been seeing in Previews for years. It's this one. It has a mini skirt, boot pullovers, and a halter neckline. The copy (such as it is) tries to sell the costume as empowering because Green Lanterns are all about willpower and ass-kicking. Which, yeah. But guys, seriously, there is a much easier way to sell that costume. And that way is Arisia.
Don't know Arisia? She's a Green Lantern, and in canon, her costume looks like this
, and her official bust from DC looks like this
, and her official action figure from DC looks like this
(scroll down about a quarter of the page. So, basically, you are dressing as Arisia if she lived in the real world and not a comic book.
I want to make it clear that I generally don't have an issue with Arisia's costume. The bust and the action figure are more tit-tacular than I'd like, but I've seen a lot of good takes on Arisia's costume, mostly the cover artist and inside penciller for "Emerald Warriors" who gave us (collectively) this glorious face-punching shot
and numerous instances of Arisia in her tiny skirt (and other tiny things) and not looking sort of skeevy
. As a lover of minis, I can't ever disagree with Arisia's wardrobe, but I definitely appreciate when an artist stops to think about how ridiculous it could look versus how believable they can make it look.
Also, for the love of fuck, do not seach "arisia green lantern costume" without safe search on Google unless you want your brain to die a little. I don't have issues with porn of fictional characters, but when I'm not expecting it, something breaks in my head.