Daredevil Month: The Worst Costume?

Posted: April 5, 2015 in Comic Book Study, Reviews
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Image taken from youtube.com

Welcome back to Daredevil Month everyone. For today, I thought we could take a break from jumping between the different universes and just go back to basics. Namely, DD’s costume. It was yellow and black for a few issues, its been primarily red for years now (actor Charlie Cox actually stated on Reddit that he would indeed wear the red suit at some point during this first season of Daredevil), and Daredevil’s alternated with a few costume changes now and again (as comic books do).

Still though, all of this costume talk made me think about what I feel was the absolute worst costume Daredevil ever had during his entire superhero career (the costume he wore during the period when he could see doesn’t count). That, my friends, would be the armor he wore during the 1990s.


The costume first appeared in issue #319, when Daredevil decided it was time to get rid of the old and bring in something new. Ditching his red suit, DD adopted a new costume that was supposed to stand up to stronger and more serious enemies. Sounds good on paper, but the costume completely loses any and all seriousness when you see it:

Image taken from comicvine.com

Seriously, who thought this looked good? Apparently not the writer of DD’s book, because the costume was literally shredded to pieces in issue #344.

My Thoughts

First off, why does this costume exist? The armor parts look clunky and ridiculous, and the rest of the outfit looks like the artist tried too hard to make the character edgy. Daredevil is already edgy enough, he doesn’t need a costume equal parts red and black to up anything.

On top of this, the costume practically screams 1990s. Just one look at a picture of DD in the costume automatically dates any issue the costume appears in. Remember the armor Spider-Man wore around the same time? Neither does anyone else.

Speaking of Spider-Man, why do either of these two need armor in the first place? The both of them rely on stealth and speed when fighting criminals, and the agility they both have helps set them apart from other heroes. Why weigh them down with armor?

All in all, there’s too much going on on the suit: the spiked knee pads, the super small metal brace things on the sides of his legs, etc. It’s all too much. I obviously can’t speak for all of you, but I’m glad this costume bit the dust, and I really hope nothing on its level ever happens again.

Do you think this costume could ever make its way over to the MCU? Would Marvel ever pull this costume back into print? Leave a comment below, follow me on Twitter, and don’t forget to check out the Comic Books vs The World Youtube channel. Keep returning to the blog to enjoy daily content during Daredevil Month!

  1. JSL says:

    In an age of edgy superhero design, I can see why people hate this. Personally, I was buying Daredevil back in those days and thought is was pretty natural for Daredevil to want to have a bit more protection than spandex. But what do I know?


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