C2E2 2019: 16 cosplay standouts, from Shadowhunters to Star Wars

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Harley Quinn and the Joker

Since Suicide Squad came out in 2016, Harley Quinn has become a popular Halloween costume, and even more popular as a convention cosplay. And where there’s Harley Quinn, there’s often a Joker to go with her.

I saw plenty of Harleys and just as many Jokers – from Jared Leto’s version to the comic version – but these two were the standouts. It’s not often you see a genderbent depiction of the duo, and it worked.

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Seeing any one of the Avengers at a comic con is kind of like the free space on a bingo card. There’s usually a good variety of them, but they’re just a constant. What made this Thor stand out? He was clearly the new version of the Asgardian.

In Thor: Ragnarok, Mjolnir meets its tragic end at the hands of Hela. So, when Avengers: Infinity War dropped, it meant that Thor needed a new battle weapon. Thus, Stormbreaker was born. It takes commitment to carry that around all day, much more than carrying Mjolnir.

Photo: Andi Ortiz


The Black Panther may have met his fate – ideally, one that’s only temporary – in Avengers: Infinity War, but that doesn’t mean he’s gone from our hearts, or our cosplays. At any convention it’s not too hard to find a suited up Black Panther in the crowd.

I stopped this T’Challa because he wasn’t suited up. A huge part of Black Panther is the representation of Wakandan/African culture. This cosplayer wore T’Challa’s robes with respect, and more importantly, with pride.

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