They just seem wrong headed. I like Cully Hamner. He's a great artist and has even done some great costume designs. These just seem like they went the wrong direction.
They took a couple great, clean, simple designs and cluttered them up with really odd straps and belts like it's the mid-90's.
Off the top of my head I can't think of any New-52 designs that were improvements. So I'm dubious about the claim that he's "done some great costume designs".
He did some pre-New 52 that were good. Like the original design on the new Blue Beetle and Renee Montoya as the Question.
Some early Black Panther concept art for Civil War, going for a more 'tribal' look:
Prior to the Nu52, he designed some great characters. I'm biased toward the 90s though.
I will concede that although Gambit is one of the coolest characters, his original outfit was nothing special - if we're talking tough guys in trenchcoats with unconventional headgear, Grifter's got him beat.
Over on the Byrne Robotics forums, there's a discussion going on about the Champions. Someone mentioned the red and yellow eyesore Angel wore early in that series' run:
I like everything above Grifter's neck is great design but below his neck not a fan
That just reminded me of this Fred Hembeck strip from Marvel Age:
I thought it was amusing when Roy Thomas changed Johnny's FF uniform for one that looked like the Golden Age Torch, and provided an in-story explanation that Johnny really loved the GA Torch.
Well, I probably didn't think it was amusing when I first read it. The amusement came later, when I realised that Roy Thomas was psychologically incapable of writing a comic without a Golden Age call back
Found this searching for DC Rebirth designs:
What did the New 52 do to Huntress!?
It's not an entirely fair comparison as they sort of split Helena B off into a different character within Grayson, as an agent of Spyral, I think, while "Huntress" was Earth 2 Helena Wayne. Quote the wiki:
Which is all stupid, granted.
I read that three times and I still can't get my head around it. Wasn't Huntress always from Earth-Two anyway, pre New-52?
The original Huntress in the 70s/80s All Star Squadron/JSA Jr title was Earth 2 Helena Wayne. The Birds of Prey (post-crisis) Huntress was Helena Bertinelli, a new character that's the daughter of a dead mob boss.
But isn't the Earth Two of the new-52 different from the Earth Two of the pre-new-52? Because wasn't the Earth Two of the pre-new-52 just the Earth One of the pre-Crisis pre-new-52 DCU? Whereas the Earth Two of the new-52 was an all-new alternative to the Earth One of that new continuity, rather than a folding-in of a pre-existing continuity as with the pre-new-52 but post-Crisis Earth Two?
(Who says DC continuity is overly complicated and inaccessible?)
Dunno. What's selling?
Aaron Diaz is a great artist, his full Justice League redesigns (from which the Superman and Wonder Woman in the third link are recycled) is well worth checking out.
I don't like any of them... They don't look superhero-y =/