At Comic-Con 2011, there's nothing quite like the sight of good cosplay. Where others simply pillage the depths of their local Hot Topic stores and hastily cobble together embarrassing scraps of the colored cloth, some will rise to the occasion with expertly crafted costumes. Out of all the cosplayers we saw at the San Diego Comic Con, here are the best of the bunch this year.
Mysterion (South Park)
She's the symbol this Comic-Con needs.
Spider-Man and Black Widow (Marvel)
Call us cynical, but we like this guy's Spidey costume a lot more than that weird design from the upcoming movie.
Sure, the outfit is simple to put together, but the Long Fall Boots and authentic Aperture Science uniform are a great touch. (And that's a real cake! No lie.)
If a breath of non-sterilized air is lethal to a Quarian, one Comic-Con convention would probably kill their entire fleet.
Sexy, er, Jedi Girl (Star Wars?)
Grandma clearly does not approve of this gratuitous violation of Jedi dress code.
Popo and Nana (Ice Climbers)
Wait, so if one of them gets knocked off-screen, does the other one just disappear?
Booster Gold and Blue Beetle (DC Comics)
An alternate universe take on two famous Justice League members. We like this version better.
Beetlejuice and Lydia (Beetlejuice, duh.)
Is that armor pink, or light-ish red?
Catman (DC Comics) and Danger Girl
Catman's jazz hands put the Dark Knight to shame.
'Lil Captain America (Marvel)
Cue the "Awwwwwwwww"s.
Black Cat, Spike, Storm, Jean Grey (X-Men), and Deadpool (Marvel)
We'd like to note that the middle cosplayer is the awesome comic book version of Storm, and not the lame Halle Berry version.
Joker and Harley Quinn (DC Comics)
They told us that the gun wasn't a fake. We couldn't tell if they were joking. We laughed anyway -- nervously.
Scarecrow and The Riddler (DC Comics)
Even more Batman villains coming out of the woodwork.
Tuskin Raider (Star Wars)
We actually weren't asking for a photo. He was doing this when we walked by; kept doing it when we left.
Hit-Girl (Kickass) and Deadpool (Marvel)
Deadpool and Hit-Girl together could feasibly kill more people together than smoking and high cholesterol ever would.
Guy With a Big-Ass Mini-Gun
GamePro Readers, a little help here? All we know is that this guy has a mini-gun. Still wondering how he got through security with that thing.
Imperial Troops (Star Wars)
Why does that guy to the left look so nervous? Is he a Rebel spy and a traitor?
Team Noble (Halo:Reach)
No, no, he wasn't pointing his gun at us. That's his way of saying "High Five," but with bullets.
Johnny Sasaki (Metal Gear Solid)
Sure, it's probably not his name, but we just hate typing in "Random Soldier Dude" when so much work went into the outfit.
Federation Officers (Star Trek)
Those haircuts are clearly not Federation regulation.
It must be really uncomfortable walking around Comic-Con, of all places, with massive unlicensed nuclear accelerators strapped to your backs.
Galactus and USA Girl
We think the one on the right is doing the Captain America thing from the recent film. She's totally outclassed by that huge Galactus hat, though.
Mad Hatter (Alice in Wonderland) and Ariel (The Little Mermaid)
Man, that Hatter's crazy to be wearing a full piece suit in such hot weather. One might say that he's a little -- Mad.
Comic-Con Cosplay Clan
We'll call them "C4" for short. Hey, that's catchy!