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Let’s face it, we all wish we could be the characters we love. While we may never have super powers, some hard-core fans set out to dress up as those characters by crafting amazing costumes, armor, and props. We call these sartorial stars cosplayers. Cosplay allows fans to have a creative outlet and show off their impressive skills. Twice a month, I look for jaw-dropping and creative cosplays around the internet and share them here. So get your peepers ready because here are some of the best cosplays for this round:

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Does Gail Simone know that Red Sonja is real? Because this Red Sonja cosplay is incredible. The scales. The cloak. The dagger. This girl has it all. She even has the scars! She’s ready to take out a horde of baddies, drink a whole bottle of mead, or bring back artisans for a dying king. Cosplay and photography by It’s Raining Neon.

 

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With Matt Fraction’s run on Hawkeye winding down, I couldn’t resist including this wonderful Clint Barton and Kate Bishop cosplay team. The expressions on both cosplayers are picture perfect. Every time I see a Hawkeye cosplay, I always want to know if the bows are functional. Those both look pretty functional to me. Clint Barton cosplay by Chris and Carrie Creative. Kate Bishop cosplay by Ryoko-Dono Cosplay. Photography by MindFall Media.

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In honor of the new Spider-Gwen series, here’s a picture perfect cosplay. It’s amazing to see so many people embracing Spider-Gwen and her fabulous costume. Hopefully we continue to see this trend of practical yet flattering costumes for everyone to enjoy. Cosplay by Grange Air. Photography by PhotoKings.

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So I might have gasped and squealed out loud when I saw this cosplay of Amaterasu from the Wicked + The Divine. First off, the shot is gorgeous. But the eye makeup is a work of art. Cosplay makeup tends to be more intense than normal every day makeup because you have to be so precise yet dramatic with it. Yet, she made it look exactly like it does in the comic book. Cosplay by Invincible Kiwi. Photography by Nikki Smith Photography.

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I just finished the Zero Year arc of Batman so I’m all about some Riddler right now. The stance here looks like something out of Capullo’s drawings. Love the choice to loosen the tie and roll up the sleeves. Usually he’s pretty buttoned up so it’s nice to see him a bit more loosen up. Costume by Arlindo Alves. Worn by Teacher Tony – Cosplay & Epic Stuff. Photography by Allerson Photography.

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Here’s a great group from the Walking Dead. They even have a Dale! Shane and Rick look ready to take out a whole horde of zombies. Also, that female version of Daryl is bad ass. Shane cosplay by paulelder. Rick cosplay by Kevlar and Clank Productions. Glenn cosplay by Blood Spider Cosplay. Dale cosplay by Antonio. Fem Daryl by RagemoreRoberts. Photography by Blasteh (Matthew Chan).

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Check out this adorable Nightcrawler. The details are spot on; even the boots and gloves are shaped just like Kurt’s hands. So bummed I didn’t spot this amazing cosplay in person at HeroesCon! Also, the photo effects of the post-bamf wisps really add a whole additional dimension to this. Cosplay by BloodxButterfly. Photography by Starrfall Photography.

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This female version of Hellboy makes me nostalgic for the movies and makes me want a female Hellboy comic book series right now. I have no idea how she did it but the details on the arm and horns with the cracks and the weathering are great. Cosplay by Gabrielle Louise Cosplay. Photography by Lorenzo So Photography.

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Be still my beating heart. I’m absolutely in love with this Batwoman cosplay and not just because Batwoman one of my all-time favorite characters. Everything about this is beautiful – the hair, the pose, the lighting. Cosplay by y-o-s-s-i. Photography by Dark Age Photography.

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I love this Black Cat cosplayer and the shot framing her. Not only does her costume and pose really capture the essence of the character, but the shot and the setting does as well. I feel like I’m looking at a comic book page. Beautiful work by both! Cosplay by Yasemin Arslan – Vera Chimera Cosplay. Photography by Beethy Photography.

I love this Black Cat cosplayer and the shot framing her. Not only does her costume and pose really capture the essence of the character, but the shot and the setting does as well. I feel like I’m looking at a comic book page. Beautiful work by both! Cosplay by Yasemin Arslan – Vera Chimera Cosplay. Photography by Beethy Photography.

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