It’s never too early to get into that Valentine’s mood and, hell, it’s only two weeks away so why not dive into DC Comics’ $9.99 Valentine’s special? This special explores forbidden love in Apokolips, the tricky thing about romance when you’re a Green Lantern and more.
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
Sometimes love can make you feel like you’re from another planet…but what if you actually were? Join Superman, The New Gods, Green Lantern, Starro, Hawkgirl and even the Teen Titans’ new sensation Crush for eight tales of romance that will whisk you to the moon and back!
Why does this matter?
This comic features eight stories running 84 pages so it’s a massive amount of talent contained in one book. It also plays around with current characters in creative ways and delivers a different kind of reading experience.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
With any anthology, there is a good chance you’re going to like something in the collection. Be it the art, clever storytelling, or the fact that you like some characters more than others you’re bound to like this anthology. Of these eight stories I highly enjoyed six of them and at the very least appreciate the other two. The romantic tales range from love lost, love desired, false love, loving oneself, and even falling in love with inanimate objects!
The first story by James Tynion IV and Jesus Merino tells a tale on the unlikely location of Apokolips. Love does not and should not exist and yet it does. This story comes with a great twist that puts into perspective what love can mean in other cultures.
Following this story is Kyle Higgins and Cian Tormey’s Kilowog story focusing on Kilowog wanting love, but the duties of the Green Lanterns taking up too much of his time to develop relationships. This story has a touching end as it captures how he may be alone, but he’s still affecting the lives of others.
Next up is a Bizarro story by Saladin Ahmed and Max Dunbar that’s filled with action, love, and even sex. This story hits the feels as Bizarro comes to grips with the fact that a girl actually liked him but it won’t work out.
Cecil Castellucci and Elena Casagrande are next up with a Hawkgirl story exploring what it’s like to be allowed one true love that has lasted over 1,000 years. The story has interesting takes on love using Starfire and Jessica Cruz’s cultures to reflect on Hawkgirl’s unique position.
Next up is everyone’s favorite cab driver Space Cabbie in a story by Aaron Gillespie and Max Raynor. This tale is all about Space Cabbie’s love with, what else, his cab! It’s a cute tale that explores sci-fi tech and Space Cabbie’s easy to enjoy personality.
Andrea Shea and Amancay Nahuelpan take on Crush aka Lobo’s daughter. It’s a sad story that involves Crush falling for a girl who may not have her best interests in mind.
Wrapping up this collection is a story by Jeff Loveness and Tom Grummett which uses a story by Lois Lane for Clark’s eyes only. It’s a sweet story that recaps their relationship over the years and touches on Clark’s alienation.
This collection ends with a quick Adam Strange story by Garnder Fox and Mike Sekowsky. This is a Silver Age romance story that suits this collection nicely as it reminds us of love in the history of comics.
It can’t be perfect, can it?
As I said above not every story is a winner, but given this is an anthology you might like something someone else is sour on.
Is it good?
This is yet another great holiday collection by DC Comics. They seem to knock every single one out of the park whatever the season, whether it’s Halloween or Christmas/Hanukkah specials. This collection celebrates love in a variety of ways and will put you in the mood for Valentine’s Day.