The 17 best and worst Comic Book costumes of all time

Not all comic book costume designs are created equal. Here are the 17 best and worst superhero and villain designs of all time. 

Spider-Man from Columbia Pictures' SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME. Courtesy of Sony Pictures. ©2021 CTMG.
Spider-Man from Columbia Pictures' SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME. Courtesy of Sony Pictures. ©2021 CTMG. /
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MS. MARVEL
Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan in Marvel Studios' MS. MARVEL, exclusively on Disney+. Photo /

Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)

The best thing about Kamala Khan is she remains true to her Muslim religion. Her costume reflects that. In the Muslim religion, a woman’s modesty is important. This is why there aren’t any holes to show off her cleavage or any other part of Kamala’s body.  There was no way Kamala’s creator (G. Willow Wilson) would let Kamala's religion be insulted.

Besides staying true to her religion, Ms. Marvel is paying homage to her hero, Carol Danvers. The lightning bolt down the front of her shirt is similar to the one Carol Danvers wore when she was Ms. Marvel. Kamala’s new X-Men costume has the lightning bolt, but it’s smaller and on her shoulder. Now the X-Men's logos are prominently placed throughout her uniform. This seems to be her way of showing solidarity with mutants.

Comic book costume grade: A

THE MARVELS
Brie Larson as Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers in Marvel Studios' THE MARVELS. Photo courtesy of Marvel /

Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel)

Carol Danvers' first couple of uniforms were designed to show off her body. She was either in a full, one-piece bikini or one with a midriff. It never really fit her personality. Thankfully, those days are over.

Captain Marvel's uniform is more cosmic. Almost like a space cop. Considering that’s kind of what she is, it’s fitting. Her newest look debuted during the Hellfire Gala. It's more military than the other and it’s easily her best outfit. Hopefully, it’s more permanent.

Original costume: D

Current grade: A