Happy February, Spoilerites! Many collaborators here at Major Spoilers have done time in the trenches of comic book retail. February is very famously the home of Valentine’s Day – a mere two weeks away if you are reading this the day it’s posted! In celebration of Valentine’s Day – and to save you the grief of browsing for gifts! – we have assembled a Gift Guide for Her.
(and a Gift Guide for Him!)
Full of suggestions for the comic book-loving person in your life. Gender is a construct and Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about romantic love, so whoever you are buying for, we want to help you find gifts.
Scott Pilgrim volume 1
Written and Art by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Since Scott Pilgrim first made its debut the entire series has gotten the hardback and colourized treatment taking the story of two slackers from two different countries falling in love and learning how to be adults together to a whole new level. Fans of the 2010 movie, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World will love the first installment in this graphic novel series. For those who didn’t enjoy the movie? I promise you they will still enjoy this comic book. Scott and Ramona struggle with Valentine’s Day, as many young adults do, in the same way, their narratives entwine and unravel against the backdrop of beautiful Canadian landscapes.
The Prince and the Dressmaker
Written and Art by Jen Wang
Who doesn’t love a prince-and-the-pauper story? The Prince and the Dressmaker takes the bones of the story Disney movies taught us to love to a whole new level. A Prince falls in love with a Dressmaker because the Prince loves wearing the dresses she makes. Wang celebrates the complexity of identity with the first flush of love many folks spend their whole lives longing for. This is a perfect Valentine’s Day Gift for the person in your life who doesn’t think they like comic books.
Teen Titans Go! My Crummy Valentine
Written by J. Torres
Art by John McCrae, James Hodgkins, Brad Anderson
The Teen Titans franchise has several iconic couples in every incarnation. This special Valentine’s Day hardback dives into the trails and tribulations of the popular ships (Robin/Starfire, BBRae), with some fun original characters like Goth Boy. Yes, you read that right. Goth Boy. For all the silliness wrapped up in the holiday that is Valentine’s Day (you know the ones!), Teen Titans Go! My Crummy Valentine is the most fun bang for you comic book bucks!
In Love & Pajamas
Written and Art by Catana Chetwynd
From the popular Instagram comics account Catana Comics, this collection provides short comic-strip snapshots of a relationship through its various stages. Everything from the exciting honeymoon period in the early stages to the warm comfortability of a relationship that has been underway for years. This collection is a wonderful Valentine’s Day Gift whether or not you are giving it to a frequent comic book reader. Each strip is a self-contained adventure that can be read together or alone, all at once, or piecemeal over the course of years and years.
Ms. Marvel vol 2 (2016)
Written by G. Willow Wilson
Art by Elmo Bondoc
Ever since Tom Hiddleston broke onto the MCU scene Loki has been a staple of the fandom. He was the king of Tumblr for a while. When Kamala Khan was introduced she was immediately iconic for being the Marvel fangirl who became the Marvel superhero. This volume marries the best of both worlds. High school dance trope? Check! Superheroics? Check! The coolest addition to the Marvel Superhero Line Up in years? Check! Readers old and new are certain to love the various types of love expressed in Ms. Marvel this Valentine’s Day.
We would love to read your additional recommendations in the comments section of this post. Happy Valentine’s Day, Spoilerites!