Since comic books are a visual art form and home to some of the most talented artists working today, it makes sense that some characters would end up with some unusual haircuts. Long hair does help to emphasize speed and motion in a static image, much in the way superhero capes do. Sometimes, creators choose to give characters a longer hairstyle to make the character movements pop. And not all characters with long hair make you stroke your chin and wonder just why their hair is that long.
However, there are certain characters that make you sit back and think, "Wait, wouldn't all that hair just get in the way?" This was much more common in the 1980s and 1990s than it is today (looking squarely at you, early-'90s Nomad) but there are still characters in the pages of modern comic books that just have an impractical amount of hair for what they are doing. Sometimes these hairstyles are a fight risk, sometimes they are a flight risk, and sometimes they are just a mirror-cracking risk. One thing is for sure: The following characters would definitely fit in during a White Snake music video.
Medusa's hairstyle seems to be a bit of a two-edged sword: Her Inhuman power grants her psychokinetic control over her hair, meaning she can use it for all kinds of different activities, but that also means she keeps her hair extremely long at all times, thus making her vulnerable to crafty villains.
Medusa surely has one of the coolest and most unique powers in the Marvel Universe... but is it all that practical? You don't hear her complaining much.10030Is this an impractical style?
The early-'90s incarnation of Nomad was Jack Monroe, and he has just about the craziest hairstyle Marvel Comics has ever printed. Nomad is a street-level vigilante, a la Punisher, who takes on criminal organizations.
But how can this guy try and take out his villainous targets if his hair is constantly in his face? Can you imagine this hair-metal wannabe trying to use a sniper rifle? It would be high comedy, for sure.8627Is this an impractical style?
Much like the Bible's Samson - where the good doctor's name comes from - Doc Samson's power used to be tied to his hair length. The longer his noticeable, green hair was, the more powerful he would become.
Although that plot point seems to have gone away, it still begs the question: Why does he keep that green hair so long? As if having green hair didn't make you stand out enough, choosing to keep it that long certainly is a choice Samson is making. It's not a choice we'd endorse, but it is a choice.5928Is this an impractical style?
Storm may not always have a mohawk, but when she does, it is the raddest haircut to grace the pages of Marvel Comics. It exudes power and is both iconic and timeless.
We do have to wonder, though, just how long it takes for her to get that mohawk to stay up each day. And how does it stay so perfectly immaculate while she is flying through the air? Some questions are better left untouched.5434Is this an impractical style?