DC comics to release special Valentine’s Day comics

By Jen Weddle

DC Comics has something special in store just in time for Valentine’s Day this year, and it’s aimed at the hopeless romantic–a comic book dedicated to the love lives of some favorite superheroes.

DC announced the release of “Young Romance: A New 52 Valentine’s Day Special,” which features some of DC universe’s most famous couples, including Catwoman and Batman, Aquaman and Mera, Wonder Woman and Superman and many others.

The comic is split into six different stories, each revolving around specific characters. Each character either faces a dilemma in love or encounters a new love interest.

“While it’s true that the dating game must be difficult when one spends their nights gallivanting about town fighting crime in skintight spandex, it’s a curious ratio of failure to success for a compilation that bills itself as a Valentine’s Day Special,” Melissa Grey writes in her review of “Young Romance” on IGN.com.

I have to disagree with Grey. Although this issue is full of pessimism, it’s the optimistic stories that win me over. The stories that seemed depressing weren’t the ones that stood out to me because I already knew the way it was going to turn out. If you know the stories well enough, you know how it’s going to turn out for the hero.

I think that DC has a right to credit this as a Valentine’s Day Special because its focus is on the love lives of the heroes in each segment. We can’t complain if they don’t all end in a happily-ever-after kind of way.

I’ll review three of the six more memorable segments that “Young Romance: A New 52 Valentine’s Day Special” had to offer.

“Think it Through” by Ann Nocenti and Emanuela Lupacchino

Rating: 2/5

As the first segment of “Young Romance” stars Catwoman and Batman, it didn’t exactly start off as a surprise. Batman and Catwoman’s shared love has become a fan favorite, so it’s easy to see why DC would want to start off with a story about it. It’s something the fans already know and love.

The story is a flashback of when Catwoman first meets Batman. It’s set on a Valentine’s day in the past. The illustrations are done really nicely here, but something bothers me: the complete lack of romance in the story. Batman is only in a few scenes, and he basically tells Catwoman how it’s wrong to steal from poor people who reside in the projects.

Come on, Batman. Do you really think we’re all mindless drones who need to watch TV to survive? Just stop lecturing Catwoman and kiss her already.

“The Lighthouse” by Cecil Castellucci and Inaki Miranda

Rating: 4/5

This next story came to me as a surprise. The stars of it are supposed to be Mera and Aquaman, but the whole segment focuses on love letters found by Mera.

The letters are written between two lovers: Felicity, the daughter of a lighthouse owner, and Samuel, a sea captain. It focuses on the love shared between Felicity and Samuel and how their love could never be since Samuel was always at sea.

The art in this is definitely my favorite because it’s the most vivid and well done. It ends with the spirits of Felicity and Samuel kissing next to Mera and Aquaman. Mera says, “You won’t ever lose me, Arthur. True love always comes home.”

“Truth or Dare” by Andy Diggle and Robson Rocha

Rating: 4/5

This was the final segment for the Valentine’s Day special starring Wonder Woman and Superman. The story revolves around them on a date, gushing about how nice it is to be honest.

The evening takes a strange turn when the band they are listening to turns out to be composed of two sirens. Eros, Wonder Woman’s enemy, shows up and Wonder Woman believes that he has set this trap up. She uses her lasso of truth and finds out that the sirens have used Eros. The sirens manage to make Superman fall in love with them, but Wonder Woman transforms and uses her lasso to make Superman realize it’s a trick. Eros, angered that Superman tried to hurt Wonder Woman, shoots a bullet at Superman.

Wonder Woman seems to be distraught as she holds Superman in her arms. She must have forgot that whole “faster than a speeding bullet” thing that Superman has going on. He unclenches his fist to reveal a golden bullet and his love for Wonder Woman.

Clark, you really know how to tug at the heartstrings.

This was well worth the $7.99 I spent on it. It has a lot of extra features and some really comical Valentine’s Day cards in the back. It’s pretty long; on my Nook it was 58 pages.

If your Valentine is not a true comic book fan, I’d suggest getting him or her something like candy or flowers. If they are a fan, then why not surprise them with this special edition comic book?