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Hero Mode: A Guide to The Best X-Men Apparel

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The X-Men could claim to be the best comic ensemble group of all time. Created by writer and titan Stan Lee and artist and visionary Jack Kirby in 1963, the misfit team has offered some charged commentary about race, class, and otherness, and has most other teams beat when it comes to women, persons of color, and characters on the LGBTQ spectrum --- though it also has room to grow, of course.

There are of fan favorites and memorable characters in both the cinematic and comic lineup, so when it comes to X-Men apparel and collectibles, the options are vast; there's a fandom for every almost every individual X-Men member. Whichever character is your mutant of choice, you're bound to find some gems in out latest Hero Mode collection.

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Hero Mode: A Guide to the Best ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Apparel

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The verdict is officially in. Captain America: Civil War has dazzled viewers and critics while establishing itself as one of the best superheroes films ever made. The scope of the MCU seems to have doubled overnight, and the superhero throwdown at the heart of the movie has become an instant classic.

The movie offers a great range of stylistic touchstones, from the stealth and sleek of the Black Panther to those iconic Spider-Man underoos. Whatever your personal style, we think we have something in our latest Hero Mode collection that you might like.

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Archie Comics Teams With Threadless For New Clothing Line

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In its latest step towards cultural domination, Archie Comics has teamed up with Chicago-based designer clothing website Threadless for a fashion line featuring and inspired by "America's New Teen-Age Boyfriend" and his pals.

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Hero Mode: A Guide To The Best Wonder Woman Apparel

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Created by psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston, in collaboration with his wife and fellow psychologist Elizabeth Holloway Marston and artist H.G. Peter, Wonder Woman first appeared in All Star Comics #8 in December 1941. An instant feminist icon, she's known for fighting for truth, justice and gender equality --- and for her arsenal of weaponized accessories. Is there anything more fabulous than bulletproof bracelets?

You're not going to find anything quite that awesome in our collection of Wonder Woman-themed apparel, but we have unearthed a collection of Amazonian inspired goods that are the equal of any treasures of Themyscira. With these fresh looks, you'll be more fly than Diana's Invisible Jet.

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We Love Fine Conjures Hex Magic in New Scarlet Witch Collection

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2016 has been a magical year for the Scarlet Witch. Wanda stars in her own solo comic series by writer James Robinson and illustrated by a whole host of amazing artists, following the witch on her quest to heal what's left of magic in the Marvel Universe. In addition, Wanda makes her second appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe next month, standing alongside #TeamCap in Captain America: Civil War, with Elizabeth Olsen reprising the role.

Now fans of the much maligned and misunderstood character get a chance to show off their loyalty in style thanks to a new line of apparel and closet cosplay pieces from WeLoveFine.

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Keep ‘Em Flying with Hot Topic’s DC Bombshells Collection

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The line between fashion and cosplay is blurrier than ever with Hot Topic's new fashion line based on DC Comics: Bombshells. Not that it was ever a particularly stark distinction to begin with, and the difference is almost irrelevant to the Bombshells, since Marguerite Sauvage and the other artists who've worked with Marguerite Bennett on the digital first comic have done a fantastic job of dressing the characters in cute period-appropriate clothes instead of the outlandish outfits common to other superhero comics (especially where women are concerned). So you can wear exactly what the Bombshells characters wear and still be appropriately attired for just about any social setting, not just those held on Halloween or at comic book conventions.

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Why The X-Men Need Unique Costumes, Not Bland ‘Hunger Games’ Jumpsuits

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As X-Men:Apocalypse approaches, fans have been treated to a surplus of film stills and promotional images, including several posters showing the film’s opposing teams of X-Men and Horsemen. While Apocalypse and his mutant flunkies are dressed in armor, which we’ll accept, because it's Apocalypse, the X-Men are wearing black ops-style uniforms that look so much like the costumes from a Hunger Games sequel that you could be looking at a “Katniss and the Districts” band poster.

There has been plenty of fanboy outcry about Jennifer Lawrence’s non-indigo appearance in the film’s promo materials, and righly so; Mystique’s sense of mutant pride has been a plot vehicle in both the past and current X-Men movies. While Mystique’s missing scales are a problem, what's even more worrisome is the lack of originality or care in the X-team’s looks.

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Jutting Angles And Tapering Widths: Revisit ’80s Style With John K. Snyder III’s ‘Fashion in Action’

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Read “fashion comic” and it’s easy — it’s really easy — to visualise genteel elegance, perhaps (if you want to get nutty) with a side of razzle-dazzle. Dior, Chanel, the '50s-through-'70s girls’ comics with paper dolls and reader-designed costumes...

What was once daring and new, liberating for the wearer, has become established, gender-restrictive, rote and retro. Things "for girls," or about us, are easy enough to dismiss without the added impression that comics, as an English-language industry, doesn't think girls want much more than the feminine or the shallow. We imagine "fashion comics" and see good clean fun — easily, we see compliance.

Interrogating that reductive response is hard when we look around and see very little to contradict it, or to comfort our non-compliant selves with, as we explore what fashion and gender mean personally, to us. Fashion in Action, currently halfway through a healthy Kickstarter campaign, is something to cling onto: Fashion in Action is kind of grotty.

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Hero Mode: A Guide To The Best Deadpool Apparel

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Geekdom has grown rapidly in the past few years, extending beyond comic shelves and hitting the apparel market. Brands such as WeLoveFine and Her Universe have made an effort to incorporate geek culture into their collections and introduce trendy apparel for every type of fandom. With Hero Mode, ComicsAlliance hopes to offer you a selection of the best geek-themed apparel for your wardrobe, inspired by your favorite characters.

It's no secret than Ryan Reynold's appearance as the Merc with a Mouth in Fox's Deadpool movie crushed the box office. To celebrate Reynold's spot on portrayal, we’ve sourced some of the best chimichanga-friendly gear to add to your closet of hero wear.

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Hero Mode: A Guide To The Best Doctor Strange Apparel

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Geekdom has grown rapidly in the past few years, extending beyond comic shelves and hitting the apparel market. Brands such as WeLoveFine and Her Universe have made an effort to incorporate geek culture into their collections and introduce trendy apparel for every type of fandom. With Hero Mode, ComicsAlliance hopes to offer you a selection of the best geek-themed apparel for your wardrobe, inspired by your favorite characters.

This time, to mark Benedict Cumberbatch’s upcoming appearance as Doctor Stephen Strange in Marvel's Doctor Strange movie, we’ve channeled the mystic energies of fandom to find you some supremely sorcerous apparel.

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