Emerald City Comicon Costume Countdown

by Randall Cleveland

We spent the weekend roaming the halls of the Washington State Convention Center taking in the sights, sounds, and - unfortunately - smells of the Emerald City Comicon. We'll be sprinkling in our coverage throughout the week but let's be honest: you came for the nerds in costumes. Without further adieu, our favorite costumes of Emerald City Comicon:

ULTIMATE CAPTAIN AMERICA 

Old School Captain America

Call us bandwagon jumpers, but we're fans of the slightly-more-realistic-whatever-that-means-in-the-context-of-comics look of Ultimate Cap. The mask, the boots, the shield, the darker blue, it all just works. And it looks slightly less ridiculous than the Kirby version posing alongside the Witch King. 

Captain America and passerby

GOLDSTAR, BOOSTER GOLD, AND BLUE BEETLE  

Goldstar, Booster Gold, Blue Beetle

We'll forgive Blue Beetle's "I sharpied a spandex bodysuit" paint job for the sake of the great costumes her teammates are representing. Justice League represent.

THE LONELIEST RED SKULL EVER 

Red Skull

He may be a Nazi, a war criminal, and one of the most sinister criminal masterminds to ever blemish the globe with his machinations, but after seeing him in this light we feel like the guy just needs a hug.

COMPLETELY BAKED KICK-ASS 

Kick-Ass

It's gotta be tough fighting crime when your mouth is so dry and your eyes are too red to strike fear into any evildoer's hearts. But man, if any Funyuns break the law he's going to whip out that Justin Timberlake poster and things are going to get SERIOUS.

GOLDEN AGE GREEN LANTERN 

Golden Age Green Lantern

Spandex be damned! The golden age guys knew how to do a costume.

PASTEL JOKER AND HARLEY QUINN 

The Joker & Harley Quinn

We like this direction: let the chaotic, murderous rampages do all the talking and go with a more subdued shade of purple.

POWER GIRL AND SILK SPECTRE II 

Power Girl

Catching criminals must be pretty easy when they stop in their tracks and stare at you like a deer in the headlights.

PREDATOR 

Predator

Is there ANYTHING duct tape won't do?

THE COMEDIAN 

Comedian

He told us to call him Pagliacci.

WEIRD FUTURISTIC SOLDIERS WE COULDN'T IDENTIFY 

Soldiers

No one else could place these guys, either, but their costumes were legit.

NOW ON STAGE 3, MAKE SOME NOISE FOR WHITE QUEEN 

White Queen

Even X-Men have daddy issues forcing them to make horrible decisions. And come on, those are just UNDERWEAR. How's that a costume?

HELLBOY 

Hellboy

Maybe it's the slight beer gut or the relaxed pose, but we can't help but think this guy's ripping off our Hellboy/Al Bundy crossover special.

CHUN LI 

Chun Li

 Hadouken you doin'?

VENOM AND ANTIVENOM 

Venom and Antivenom

When you enter the world of cosplay, the trick is to pick a real classic character, someone timeless who's instantly recognizable. "Venom after he fell into a vat of White-Out" probably fits that bill.

THE SILVER SURFBRO 

Silver Surfer

The other side of his surfboard is actually a Coors Light ad.

THE PUNISHER AND BUSINESS CASUAL TONY STARK 

Tony Stark and Punisher

 Come on, Tony. A wife beater and a sticky light on your hand? Give us light-up chest repulsor at least.

HUGE SPACE-TAKING BLACK ANGEL WING GUY 

Black Wings Guy

You might think it's an inconsiderately-large costume to wear in an extremely crowded venue, but this guy had the best idea: working wings that sweep away all sweaty geeks.

THE REQUISITE JEDI 

Jedi

 What con would be complete without them?

THE FURRIES 

Furries at Lunch

It's not that they wore those things to the con, it's more about what we're worried they did in them before they got here.

THE KLINGONS

Klingons

 You can literally SMELL the honor wafting off these guys.

THE ALIEN 

Alien

 Finally! A 100% accurate costume indistinguishable from the actual character it's based on!

TROLLFACE 

Trollface

We don't know who this guy is, but we couldn't help but think he was going to be a problem.

WONDER WOAH, MAN 

Wonder Woman

By far the hottest woman at the con.