CBR wrote a list of 10 worst moments from the 1990s. Some of the examples are certainly shoddy, like Magneto yanking Wolverine’s adamantium skeleton out of his body, the Clone Saga, DC forcibly replacing anybody they thought could result in sale spikes, and the gimmicky covers for pamphlet issues, but I’m decidedly going to take issue with what they say about Sue Storm’s costume from the early 90s:
Along with the bare legs and midriff, Invisible Woman’s new costume, for reasons no one can really give a good explanation for, had a “boob window”. Here was one of the most respected female characters in all of comics, one who had never been pushed as a sex symbol before, and suddenly she was wearing a costume that looked like it was taken out of Vampirella’s closet.
Also, notice how the picture they featured was a combination of 3 images from different issues. The way it’s set up, the first one confusingly makes it look like Sue told the gang she doesn’t want to hear a word about her new costume. Umm, that scene was from shortly after her son Franklin Richards went into the future during 1993, and came back at least a decade older. Sue just couldn’t bring herself to accept, and that’s what the scene was all about. (And Franklin, if it matters, was back to his kiddie self by the end of the original volume in 1996, before they made a mess of everything with the Heroes Reborn controversy.) How strange they didn’t see fit to comment on a certain somebody wearing a helmet in the background, namely, The Thing, at a time when he got his face accidentally damaged by Wolverine in FF #374, and took to masking his head for about 30 more issues until it healed. Why doesn’t that warrant some commentary?
IMO, it sounds like this dopey list was written by somebody who didn’t have what it takes to say Sue looked hot in that outfit. Or wish he had a wife who could say, dress in a bikini and be the beauty he’s proud to have married. That seems to be what today’s would-be college graduates have come down to. Instead of having the courage to say you think a girl looks hot in a bikini, we’re being taught to tiptoe around everything in shame. We can probably guess what the columnist thought of the Marvel Swimsuit Specials too, for that matter, two of them being edited by a woman (Bobbie Chase) notwithstanding.
The bottom line: it may not have been the best costume design Invisible Woman ever had in her Fantastic Four history, but it’s not the worst either, and certainly not worse than a horror thriller like Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street. All this anti-sex propaganda being spread around is unhelpful, and makes all who take that position look jelly-spined.