The Legion of Super Heroes

Costume Stats:
Costume Completed: 2015
Debut: Dragon*Con 2015
Convention History:
Dragon*Con 2015
D*C Parade, Dragon*Con 2015
Photo Credits:
Patrick O'Malley
Brainiac 5, born Querl Dox on the planet Colu, is a teenaged genius with 12th level intelligence who becomes one of the original members of the Legion of Superheroes. Brilliant and infinitely curious, Brainiac's main role is that of a scientist, developing his own force field belt and most notably the flight rings which all Legionaries use. Respected and well-liked, Brainiac 5 serves at least one term as the Legion's leader and pursues a serious romantic relationship with Supergirl.

Construction Notes:
Shiva grew up as a huge silver-age Legion fan, and I've been helping her collect the anthologized versions of her disintegrating 1960s comics since we first starting dating, so of course I started reading them as well. I considered several of the male Legionnaires for their cosplay potential when Shiva was putting together a Legion group for Dragon*Con 2015, but ultimately settled on Brainiac 5; not only did I enjoy the idea of portraying the engineer/mad scientist of the team, not having to wear spandex was a huge plus. Especially since we were planning to march in the parade in these costumes, I went for comfort over everything, making the pants out of a comfy and breathable purple cotton and color-matching them to a store-bought cotton turtleneck. The utility belt was made from foam and resin-cast gems and painted, closing with velcro. I used Ben Nye face paint for his green skin and spray-in dye to make my hair yellow, and bought the Legion Flight Ring on eBay. The boots are my least-favorite part of this costume; I could not find yellow ones and so they are rain boots which I spray painted yellow and they never dried properly in the summer heat. They were such a mess I threw them out after the con! I hope to redo the boots and belt before wearing this again.

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