Firehawk… Firestorm’s sometimes partner, sometimes love interest. She’s a compelling character and played vital roles in Firestorm volume II and volume III. We’ll be looking at this character more over the coming weeks. Today we’ll be focusing on her various costumes.
When Firehawk first appeared she had been brainwashed into attacking Firestorm. You can see in her first appearance below the aggressive posture and facial expression. Also notice the similarities between the costumes of Firehawk and Firestorm. Both have the yellow gloves, boots, and body suit; both have the flaming hair; and where Firestorm has red sleeves and legging, Firehawk has pink. Overall, very similar.
Firehawk quickly became a supporting character in the book. You can see in the cover below the artists began to soften her costume, moving away from the aggressive appearance above. It doesn’t really constitute a costume change, but the subtle differences give her a more friendly appearance.
Firehawk got her first real costume change in Crisis on Infinite Earths #8. While on the derelict JLA satellite, Firehawk’s original costume was destroyed when the Red Tornado exploded. In a bizarre moment that still doesn’t make sense, she created a new costume for herself stating that, “When you have molecular reconstruction powers, whipping up a new suit takes hardly any effort at all.” The confusing part is that she doesn’t have molecular reconstruction powers. In an effort to make sense of the scene, I tried reading it as if Firestorm had created the suit for her with his powers. Nope, the scene doesn’t work that way. Perhaps the confusion happened because another writer was handling the character in Crisis. In regard to the costume itself, note that Firehawk changed the color of her flames from orange to light blue. The flames and the asymmetrical hawk pattern really created a neat look for her.
Finally, here is Firehawk’s current costume. This is how she looked during Firestorm volume III. This costume was designed by Jamal Igle. Notice she kept the light blue flames, but now her skin color has changed and she has pointed ears. I don’t believe they ever explained the pointy ears, but that combined with the shorter hairstyle gives her a cute pixie-like look.
Personally, my favorite costume is the second one. It’s a really interesting design and helped to set her apart from Firestorm’s look. Watch this space for more on Firehawk coming soon!
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