Time to snuggle up and get cozy with “So You Want To Read Comics”, a weekly feature where we take a look at a single topic and then offer comic book recommendations for new readers, based on that topic. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’re looking at comics for couples.
Famous couples have permeated pop culture for centuries. Names like Romeo & Juliet, Antony & Cleopatra, Harry & Sally, Joanie & Chachi, Lois & Clark, have become synonymous with romantic partnership and have helped define what it means to be in love for generations of people.
Unfortunately, a lot of these relationships depicted are kind of toxic and riddled with unnerving implications when examined with a critical eye. While comic books may not have anymore of these than any other medium, they certainly do feature a lot of these sorts of couples (Joker and Harley Quinn are bad couple people). But, (relatively) healthy relationships do exist in the world of comic books. And, even better, some of their best stories also happen to be great for couples who are both new to comics.
And here they are…
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples
Publisher: Image Comics
Saga is destined to go down as one of the most celebrated comic book series of all time and much of that celebration will be due to the epic space opera nature with a kaleidoscope of interesting characters and intriguing plots. All of this is absolutely earned. But, what’s often forgotten about Saga is that at the very heart of the series is a tale of two kids in love, in over their head, first time parents, with seemingly the entire universe against them, which is a feeling a lot of couples can relate to. Of course, the two leads in Saga, Alana & Marko, aren’t perfect and their relationship isn’t perfect either, and even though what’s depicted in this series isn’t all roses and sunshine, there’s a steady foundation of love throughout this series that can be appreciated by all.
GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY
Writer: Judd Winnick
Artist: Jeff Chiang
Publisher: DC Comics
Here’s the thing, rarely do two people come together and fit perfectly together. Often times there’s history, baggage, exes, old choices, etc. that pop up and interfere with a couple and how a couple handles that has a lot to do with their success. That’s what we get here with this series. Following a disastrous wedding night, this series focuses a lot on Green Arrow and Black Canary not only as a couple or partnership but as two people with their own issues that choose to come together to help each other overcome them. Once again, this isn’t a perfect relationship, but in the realm of comic book couples they’re not bad. Also, it’s ties to the rest of the DC universe is minor which makes it a good introduction for you and your loved ones to the world of comic books.
What did you think? Will you curl up with your partner with one of these? Do you have a suggestion of your own? Let us know in the comments section below.