This was for transsupers, who asked for suphero costumes for (from left to right) Tank, Boychik, and Zambi from Battle the Universe
. So here we are!
What Zambi and T are wearing is pretty much the go-to for all street vigilantes in the BTU-verse: dark colors that are easy to move around in and "masks" made of greasepaint so as not to get grabbed and pulled down over the eyes. It’s not intended to look flashy, because street vigilantes are breaking the law. They don’t WANT to be noticed; they want to get the job done and then run like hell before the cops show up.Zambi has chosen her outfit mostly for speed--she'd far rather take a few hits from someone stronger than her than run awry of the police. The only protection she has is her gloves, which she got from a dirt-biking cousin after he'd lost interest in the sport. (She later got her own.) They help protect her hands when she's doing things like plowing through sheet metal or wood. She sometimes carries a water bottle with her to soak her hands before she deals with a fire--her super-durability is minor and doesn't do much about burning.
T loves goth fashion, but that's not exactly practical for his work (much to his dismay). At the start of his vigilante career (which is when this drawing is from) he pretty much does exactly what Zambi does. He quickly realizes that he is not nearly as durable as she is, and starts changing it up a little, especially after he meets Reggie. T later adds a big black fannypack to his ensemble (donated by his grandfather) and a padded vest with a lot of pockets, to protect his chest and stomach.
And then you have Tank. Until they get hired by Law and Justice, their outfit isn't that far removed from Zambi and T's--at best, a pair of army pants, combat boots, and black T-shirt. (This is actually how they got the handle Tank--people riffed on the military look, and combined with Lorry's ability to soak up damage, the name stuck.) Lorry is mostly in charge of wardrobe, and he still overcompensates a bit. (This drawing actually messed up the scale; he's not a tall man, maybe 5'7, while T is maybe 5'1 on a good day and Zambi 5'11.)
But that's not what this drawing is of. THIS outfit they're wearing is what they get stuck with after joining Law and Justice--superheroes in the BTU-verse are entertainers
, not just law enforcement, and so they're obligated to dress the part. Lorry flat-out refused to wear anything more revealing, and Martial Law already had the military look, so the design team tried to go a blue collar everyman look that just turned out like a cheap knock-off of Captain America. The entire system LOATHES this outfit, but they're stuck with it, and it could be way, way
worse. (Think the most elaborate excessive costumes of pro wrestling. Really, Tank got off easy
.) Lorry's discomfort with the outfit does not help his inherent lack of showmanship.