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Most romantic comic books?

UnderclassHeroUnderclassHero Registered User regular
edited April 2012 in Help / Advice Forum
So I want to show my girlfriend how much I love her. One such way is to give her a comic, or a couple of comics, outlining the extent to which a man will go for the one he loves. For some reason I thought of Amazing Spider-Man #121 where Gwen Stacy's neck snaps due to Spiderman's webbing. In the next issue, he's a man on the edge, with every intent of killing the Green Goblin, but doesn't. I'd like a story such as this (where the meaning could be interpreted over 2 issues #121-#122 without having much knowledge of previous issues) but maybe not as grim, or at least where the superhero actually gets revenge (although the Green Goblin does die). I really enjoy reading comics, although I'm no expert on them. I can't think of any that would symbolize what I want to say.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks guys (:

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  • DidgeridooDidgeridoo Flighty Dame Registered User regular
    Does your girlfriend enjoy reading comics?

    The reason I ask is that if she does, she may be more wooed by a few early issues of her favorite series, or if you can find it a signed print from her favorite author rather than an arc from a comic series she doesn't follow.

    If she does not read comics, I'm sure she'll be pleased that you thought of her and put thought into the gift, but she may not actually "get" what you are trying to convey here ("outlining the extent to which a man will go for the one he loves"). If comics aren't really her thing, she likely will not easily buy into the world of the comic, and may not read it very closely.

    Either way, good luck finding a meaningful gift! I'm sure she'll appreciate the thought and effort you put into it

  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    I'm no huge comic buff, so I can't be of much help here.
    I do however spend way more time on the forums then is probably good for me, so I can suggest you post this in this thread and you'll likely get some answers.
    You may also want to edit the title of this thread to say "comic books" instead of "comic(s)", I thought you were looking for romantic comedians and was curious.

    As a suggestion, Scud: The Disposable Assassin.
    After the title character's love interest is killed, he takes a contract that will result in his death and the destruction of the planet in return for her being returned to life.
    May not be quite the romance you where looking for, but it was pretty cool to read.
    As an added bonus, you can pick up Scud: The Whole Shebang for around 20 bucks from amazon.
    It's pretty huge as far as graphic novels go, easily large enough to crush a chihuahua.

  • SentrySentry Registered User regular
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  • sacreandprofanesacreandprofane Registered User regular
    Didgeridoo wrote: »
    Does your girlfriend enjoy reading comics?

    The reason I ask is that if she does, she may be more wooed by a few early issues of her favorite series, or if you can find it a signed print from her favorite author rather than an arc from a comic series she doesn't follow.

    If she does not read comics, I'm sure she'll be pleased that you thought of her and put thought into the gift, but she may not actually "get" what you are trying to convey here ("outlining the extent to which a man will go for the one he loves"). If comics aren't really her thing, she likely will not easily buy into the world of the comic, and may not read it very closely.

    Either way, good luck finding a meaningful gift! I'm sure she'll appreciate the thought and effort you put into it

    I really like your idea here. I would suggest that you make your own short comic, if you're up for it. You could convey exactly what you want to say, and the fact that you put your heart and energy into this thing would render it more meaningful to her and its message more clear and direct.

    Whatever you do, I hope it works out. :)

  • UnderclassHeroUnderclassHero Registered User regular
    edited April 2012
    Thanks guys, I found all of your comments really helpful and insightful. I'll definitely post this to the page you directed me to and check out Scud: The Disposable Assassin @see317. If nothing else, it'll be a good read. Yeah you're right about the title of this thread, I shall get right onto it.

    @Sentry: Spider-Man: Blue sounds like an awesome idea! I'm definitely gonna pick up a copy and have a read myself but from the description on Amazon it sounds great :)

    @Didgeridoo: She doesn't read comics regularly but I have loaned her some major titles like Watchmen , which she has enjoyed, so I have my fingers crossed with this one.

    @Sacreandprofane: Creating my own comic would be amazing :D I don't know if I'd be good enough to draw a full comic but sure my lack of artistic...ness? should make it all the more sentimental, right?

    Other suggestions are totally welcome too.

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  • CelestialBadgerCelestialBadger Registered User regular
    Remember that what guys find romantic, girls don't necessarily. For instance, no girl really fantasizes about having her neck accidentally snapped by the one she loves!

    Better to just buy nice comics as a gift. You can't go wrong with "The Sandman" if she hasn't read it.

  • LibrarianLibrarian The face of liberal fascism Registered User regular
    If you are looking for a romantic and heartbreaking graphic novel apart from the superhero "I would do anything for love" stuff mentioned, you really need to check out Blankets

    Habibi is supposed to be very good as well, but I have not read that yet.

  • UnderclassHeroUnderclassHero Registered User regular
    edited April 2012
    @CelestialBadger: I know what you mean dude, but I want this to be more of a statement rather than a gift, if ya get me?

    @Librarian: I heard Blankets is really good and really want to buy it, but is the religious aspect a strong part of the story? Cause we aren't religious. Never heard of Habibi, I'll check it out :)

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  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    I'm not sure if I'd give my girlfriend a few comics where girlfriends die. Nothing wrong with some romance, but maybe look at titles where the girlfriend lives?

  • UnderclassHeroUnderclassHero Registered User regular
    @Xaquin: Yeah dude, that's why I don't want to give her those Spider-Man ones, they just came to my mind when I started this thread. But I totally see where you're coming from.. Any suggestions? :)

  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    edited April 2012
    @Xaquin: Yeah dude, that's why I don't want to give her those Spider-Man ones, they just came to my mind when I started this thread. But I totally see where you're coming from.. Any suggestions? :)

    oops, I missed the 'not that grim' part =)

    hmmmm romantic comics huh?

    Wasn't there a JLI where Guy Gardner took Ice on a date and it had both hilarious interaction and a romantic ending?

    I'll see what I can find

    edit: the more I look, the more I think I just imagined that =/

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  • LibrarianLibrarian The face of liberal fascism Registered User regular
    @CelestialBadger: I know what you mean dude, but I want this to be more of a statement rather than a gift, if ya get me?

    @Librarian: I heard Blankets is really good and really want to buy it, but is the religious aspect a strong part of the story? Cause we aren't religious. Never heard of Habibi, I'll check it out :)

    Blankets is more about the main character breaking free from an opressive religious family and his first love is what gets him there.

  • LibrarianLibrarian The face of liberal fascism Registered User regular
    edited April 2012
    I also think that Sandman is in parts very big on the romance side of things. Definitely a comic that every girl I gave it to enjoyed.

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  • liquiddarkliquiddark Odd magpie St. John's, NLRegistered User regular
    edited April 2012
    Scott Pilgrim appears to be the only comic I have in my collection with a straight-up romantic focus. Blankets is very good, as is Habibi, but neither are happy romance material. They're complex stories.

    Based on the OP, of course, The Punisher oddly fits the bill. But I don't think that would get the message across.

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  • UnderclassHeroUnderclassHero Registered User regular
    @Xaquin: YES!! I'm gonna get them.. #45 he takes Ice on their third date.. I can't remember the other 2 issues but I'm sure I'll find them easily enough.. Issue 45 is really cheap on Ebay too :) Good call dude.
    I think I'm getting carried away with what I want to buy now :L

    @Librarian:You just gave me reason to want it even more!!

    @liquiddark: Scott Pilgrim's worth a look.. How didn't I think of that?? xD I thought of The Punisher but I don't think it'd get the message across, like you said.

  • Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Registered User regular
    Or you could go retro and get a collection of Jack Kirby and Joe Simon's Romance Comics

  • UnderclassHeroUnderclassHero Registered User regular
    @CentipedeDamascus: I can feel the cheesiness oozing from those comics xD I'd get them as a tongue-n-cheek type of thing, yano? Like, they're so overtly romantic and lovey-dovey.. they'd be nice as a 'we both know these are silly' thing. If I have any money left over, I might get 'em :)

  • TexiKenTexiKen Dammit! That fish really got me!Registered User regular
    I saw you posted this in GV first, this is what I wrote there:

    Spider-Man: Kraven's Last Hunt is pretty good in the "whatever it takes" romance department. Peter busts out of being buried alive because of his love for MJ. It's all nice and neat in a trade paperback.

    Action Comics #766 is a great Lois & Clark story where Superman is dying from Kryptonite poisoning, but is trying to find Lois who was kidnapped by the Parasite. Batman comes in to help play detective, and you see how much Clark loves her even as he's dying. Really good issue.

  • Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Registered User regular
    Oh man Tex, you just reminded me of the end of DC One Million.

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    It's not a romance comic, but I'll be damned if that's not one of the most romantic things ever.

  • Pure DinPure Din Boston-areaRegistered User regular
    This is a graphic novel, not a comic book, but "The Professor's Daughter" has really beautiful art, is accessible to people who don't read a lot of comics, and the female character is a smart, classy Victorian lady who doesn't get killed or have anything gruesome happen to her. It's a little more "cute" than deeply romantic, but I've had a few female friends who don't read a lot of comics see it on my shelf then pick it up and enjoy it a lot. If you're looking for something more of a compromise it might work.

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Professors-Daughter-Joann-Sfar/dp/159643130X

  • amateurhouramateurhour One day I'll be professionalhour The woods somewhere in TennesseeRegistered User regular
    Seconding Scott Pilgrim

    Also, Uncanny X-Men 394 is a good one shot that most comic shops carry or you can get online cheap

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    Spider Man Loves Mary Jane is a good series that's available in TPB

    Spider-Man_Loves_Mary_Jane_1.jpg

    Nightwing: A Darker Shade of Justice has some good stuff with Nightwing and Oracle

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  • Cultural Geek GirlCultural Geek Girl Registered User regular
    I'm a big fan of anything involving Big Barda and Mister Miracle. They have one of the few really equal, loving, and stable relationships in comics... and they both kick ass. I'll try to find some specific issue references.

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    I also second Blankets... it is complete and utter gold. Strangers in Paradise is also pretty good, though it gets a bit cheesy and overdramatic as it goes on.

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  • IrukaIruka Registered User, Moderator mod
    If you have a decent amount of time and a reasonable amount of money, you could commission a comic, maybe just one or two pages. Or even if you wanted to go imgs.xkcd.com/comics/angular_momentum.jpg style and make a stick figure comic, it would be a nice thing to personalize a few comic selections.

    I cant really help with the suggestions, but I think you could turn any comic into a better gift with a customized touch.

  • LuxLux Registered User regular
    edited April 2012
    Asterios Polyp isn't what I'd call a "romance comic" but it is a comic book/literary fiction story about the complications of relationships and, uhm, life.
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  • jkylefultonjkylefulton Squid...or Kid? NNID - majpellRegistered User regular
  • UnderclassHeroUnderclassHero Registered User regular
    edited April 2012
    Don't mean to sound like I'm kissing all of your asses but damn are these some good suggestions (: I'm literally checking out what everyone has recommended xD

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  • SkulloSkullo Registered User regular
    True Story (Swear to God) is a graphic novel about how a guy met his wife, and it's pretty cute.

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