Along with action, comics also need some drama. Comic book romances are by far my favorite part of reading a comic book. Here are my top 5 comic book romances.
Number 5: Jean Gray and Scott Summers
I know what you’re thinking, why is the most iconic couple in X-Men at the bottom of this list? Well, the only reason Scott and Jean are even on this list is because they’re so iconic. Scott and Jean are the too-good-to-be-true couple in marvel comics, they are the equivalent of Cinderella and Prince Charming. While the idea that their love can last through anything is idealistic, it’s far from reality. The only thing that made the relationship interesting was Jean’s death, and even that didn't last. Also Scott and Jean are too much of the same person to offer any development for either character.
Number 4: The Joker and Harley Quinn
This is by far the most interesting relationship in comics. Harley’s love for The Joker is so strong, that she can look past all his faults. Considering this relationship started on a children’s show, (Batman: The Animated Series) they weren't afraid to dive head first into the abuse that is Harley and The Joker. One of the best episodes of the series is when Harley leaves The Joker and stays with Poison Ivy. The episode focuses heavily on Harley’s dependency on The Joker and her inability to live with out him. The show accurately portrays the steps a person needs to take to get out of an abusive relationship, and unfortunately fall back into one.
Number 3: Emma Frost and Scott Summers
Now this is a relationship that benefits both characters. Emma and Scott’s physic affair in the pages of New X-Men was a stroke of genius. Some say that Emma stole Scott from Jean, but I couldn't disagree more. Scott and Jean were already starting to drift apart, and Scott came to Emma to talk about him and Jean. Emma has just enough edge to give Scott some excitement, and he gives Emma an anchor and a support system. And the fact that Emma has come out of Jean’s shadow and the two have become their own couple is amazing.
Number 2: Rogue and Gambit
Rogue and Gambit’s relationship is under constant stress because of the lack of physical contact. In the beginning, Rogue was reluctant to give into her feelings for Gambit because of her ‘situation’, but Gambit didn't give up and they have become the second most popular couple in X-Men. Gambit is always reassuring Rogue that she is the only woman he could ever want. In X-Men Legacy when Rogue got control of her powers, the two shared a kiss and it was clear that they both wanted to do that for a long time. Gambit and Rogue have stuck together through a lot and they have earned a place on this list.
Number 1: Spider-man and Gwen Stacy
Finally number one! I know, I know, all you Spidey and Mary Jane fans out there are freaking out, but let me explain. All Mary Jane ever does is gilt trip Spider-man In a ‘What if…’ comic, Gwen had lived and Peter told her that he was Spider-man She understood completely and was very supportive. Also, Gwen’s death was arguably the most influential moment in all of comics. It took away the ‘everybody’s safe’ thought and let comic books evolve. And Peter still remembers her and loves her. Plus, who doesn't love a tragic love story?
What do you think? Do you agree with the list? If not what would you change? Be sure to leave your comments.