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The ComicsAlliance Halloween Costume Countdown: ‘Second Skin’ Costumes, Part 2

October is finally upon is, and here at ComicsAlliance, and one of the best parts of the month is gearing up for Halloween with costumes! It’s the one time of year when even people like me who could never cut it in our Best Cosplay Ever feature can drop by the local department store and walk out with the ability to dress up as our favorite characters.

But is that really a good thing? I have my doubts, which is why I’m spending every day taking on the store-bought costumes inspired by our favorite things. Today, things get even creepier with the “Second Skin” costumes.

Last time we took a look at these costumes, which are of course named for the practice of skinning people and wearing them as clothes, I focused mostly on DC’s entry into mind-bending terror. But fear not, True Believers! Mighty Marvel has their own set of horrifying sausage casings to wear this year!

 

Option 1: Wolverine

 

 

“I’m the best there is at what I do, and what I do isn’t very nice. Because what i do is lurk in closets and behind furniture, just out of sight, silent and mouthless with bare skin wrinkling as something moves beneath it, only moving in the corner of your vision but never there when you look directly at where you thought I was. But I’m there. Always there. Human shaped but with the contours of a mask. Bub.”

 

Option 2: Iron Man

 

 

I remember reading an interview with legendaryIron Man artist Bob Layton where he mentioned that he thought it was weird that, at the time, Iron Man’s armor had kept getting more and more complex and detailed, when the trend in actual mechanical design always goes towards sleeker, smoother designs. Then I heard that he saw this and was like “NO I TAKE IT BACK BAD IDEA BAD IDEA.”

 

Option 3: Captain America

 

 

I already spent my initial reaction to this thing — you know, all the stuff about faceless, eyeless horror — when I talked about Wolverine above, but given the current political situation, you could probably make a case for being a representation of America without eyes, ears or a mouth being a Bold Political Statement. I mean, you’ll never get invited to another party, but it’s definitely something you could do.

 

Option 4: Snake-Eyes

 

 

And with this, I’ve kind of come back around on these things. Sure, the lack of eyes and mouths is a problem, but this is also the only time in a long career that I’ve gotten to accurately describe something with the phrase “trompe l’oeil hand grenades,” and that is a delight in itself.

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