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Comics 411: Favorite Superhero Couples

September 19, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Rogue and Gambit

I’m Steve Gustafson and thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to check out 411mania’s Comic Book Review Roundtable, every Thursday! Read up on the best reviews and let us know what you’re reading as well. Click to read the latest Comic Book Review Roundtable! Asgardians of the Galaxy #1, The Walking Dead #183, and more!

Now, on with the show!

Last week we discussed Wolverine’s Greatest Foes! Here’s what some of you had to say:

Kung Fu Panda: “I’m pretty old school and don’t know a lot of these others, but Wolverine was always my favorite and I enjoyed him going at it with the Brood.”

Mr.Greed: “Viper is a sadistic witch, Red is a Vile serial killer and Creed is a vicious monster with no conscience. Logan has the most blood thirsty rogues gallery in comic books.”

To read last week’s column, CLICK HERE! As always, thanks for the input!

This week we discuss…

Favorite Superhero Couples!

Marvel is celebrating a wedding that has been years in the making, and it’s the union of Fantastic Four’s Ben Grimm and Alicia Masters!

We’ve been assured that the nuptials will go through unlike another recent big name wedding.

This December, Dan Slott and Esad Ribic joined by Gun Aaron Kuder and artists Adam Hughes and Michael Allred for a special 650th issue spectacular, featuring the untold tale of Alicia and Ben’s courtship. Plus, a bachelor party that only Johnny Storm could throw.

“There are a handful of comic titles that demand respect due to their history. Titles that have influenced generations of fans and creators alike…Fantastic Four is definitely one of the biggest,” said Kuder. “It is truly an honor on that basis alone. Throw in the fact that I’m working with legendary creators like Dan, Mike, Adam, and Marte, and that just sets my inner fanboy a-spinning. I’ll be giving this ALL I’ve got.”

“It’s been a long time in coming—more than 55 years!—but Ben and Alicia are finally tying the knot!” said SVP and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort. “And we’ve gone all-out to make this an extra-special event for fans, with the inclusion of not only the terrific Aaron Kuder (who’ll be illustrating the next storyline as well) but also Adam Hughes and Mike Allred for an all-star spectacular bash!”

With that. I figured we could share our favorite superhero couples. While we love the action, drama, humor, and suspense comic books give us, the quiet moments are just as important and just as fun. This is never more obvious than when two characters come together as a couple and enter into a whole new world. One that is sometimes just as dangerous as the supervillains they battle.

Who stand out as favorites? The easy ones that come to mind are Superman and Lois Lane, Batman and Catwoman, Spider-Man and Mary Jane Watson, and Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman.

They stand out not just for the longevity of their relationship but the stories that had them overcome impossible odds, have their connections tested, and become even stronger together.

They’ve also overcome some really lousy storytelling…but that’s another column for another day.

I’m sure some of you expect me to throw Harley Quinn and Joker on here but that’s not quite the type of relationship I want to celebrate. Instead I’ll offer Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy.

A couple like Hawkman and Hawkgirl is a given and even with a slightly confusing continuity, they remain in fans minds. The same can be said for The Flash and Iris West.

Some couples are destined to be apart, like Gambit and Rogue or Daredevil and Elektra. And while Cyclops and Jean Grey are classic, you’ll find some fans prefer Cyclops with Emma Frost.

Aquaman and Mera may not have the strong classic stories but that’s not always a prerequisite, as newer couples like Black Panther and Storm are still remembered fondly. Even if they aren’t together.

And something tells me Aquaman and Mera might move up in the rankings after the movie comes out.

Some couples enjoy crossover love, like Luke Cage and Jessica Jones and Black Bolt and Medusa, even after that failed Inhumans series. While Apollo and Midnighter might not get the same attention as others, I believe you’ll find their relationship just as strong (if not stronger) than anyone else on this list.

Personally, I’ve always liked the Black Canary and Green Arrow dynamic. They’ve born a number of great adventures and their relationship has grown from it.

What about you? Who did I miss? Vision and Scarlet Witch? Kitty Pryde and Colossus? Who is your favorite comic book couple?

That’s all the time I have. Check out our Comic Book Reviews tomorrow and see you next week!

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