The fifth episode of Cosplay Melee was the superhero challenge, which is a lot of fun. I may not enjoy superhero movies in general, but I can appreciate the appeal, and I have a general understanding of the histories and mythologies surrounding the biggest and most recognized superheroes in popular culture.
For the first part of the challenge, contestants were asked to create a chest plate and crest for a superhero that they make up. These superheroes cannot have any superpowers. Instead, they should be regular people who are moved to do extraordinary things.
Aaron is from Bakersfield, California. He has only been cosplaying for under two years. He painted over googly eyes are used them as rivets. I have completely forgotten what the backstory is for his character.
Dhare is a creative director fr New York City. His character is a single man who comes home one day to find that his cat has been murdered. He then decides to go out and seek revenge. I like the cat logo on his chest plate, but the back story is kinda cray.
James is from St. Louis. He had a very troubled childhood, getting involved with alcohol and drugs from an early age. He also spent some time in prison. He draws from his own life with the creation of his character, The Guardian. He was the winner of the first challenge.
Tuwanda is from Orlando, FL. In this picture, she appears to be feeling up her mannequin. Tuwanda doesn’t use foam, choosing instead to work exclusively with fabric. The results of that choice were not stellar, as you can see. Tuwanda was sent home at the end of round one.
The remaining three contestants had to pick one comic book from a rack on the stage. The contents on the comic book would determine an accessory that must be used in the final costume. Further, no other contestant can then use that accessory in their own costumes.
Aaron picked a Batman comic book. His accessory was a utility belt.
Xero just doesn’t look like a superhero to me. Also, now that I’m reading the back story, I am reminded that it was needlessly complicated. The color scheme Aaron chose makes whole thing look like it takes place in a dystopian universe instead of a comic book. He appears to be wearing a red hoodie under his armor, which doesn’t work for me. And that thing on his shoulder looks like a giant bottle opener.
James picked a Superman comic. His accessory was a cape. And though he had never before made a cape, he did a great job draping the fabric for his superhero.
The Guardian strikes me as a little derivative. Not only that, but I agree with the judges saying that the white body suit under his chest plate is completely distracting.
Dhare picked a Daredevil comic book. His character got a mask.
Dhare’s costume appears to be the most complete and he showed the best attention to detail. There are cat scratches on his mask, and the cat emblem is strategically placed throughout his armor. Dhare was declared the winner, and deservedly so.
In other news, there is only one episode left to both Cosplay Melee and RuPaul’s Drag Race. Let’s see which reality shows I decide to pick up next…