DC Comics went retro for Valentine’s Day this year releasing the first issue of the classic Young Romance comic book title in literally decades, a title that started its own sub-genre more than sixty years ago. For the new DC Comics New 52 that means six stories in an anthology of young love for the 21st century, superhero-style. So this adds Young Romance to other long-lost classic titles recently resurrected for the New 52, including All Star Western, Mystery in Space, G.I. Combat and Worlds Finest. Maybe it’s time for DC Comics to keep those trademarks in order? No matter, the February 2013 issue of Young Romance does what it needs to, featuring personal glimpses of key characters Catwoman, Batgirl, Aquaman and Mera, Apollo and Midnighter, Nightwing, and Superman and Wonder Woman.
Young Romance features work by a slate of top DC Comics creators. The best of these is Ann Nocenti and Emanuela Lupacchino’s look at Catwoman’s first encounter with Batman in “Think it Through,” and Cecil Castellucci and Inaki Miranda’s Victorian ghost story tale of Aquaman and Mera in “The Lighthouse.” Ray Fawkes and Julius Gopez offer a great looking Batgirl story with “Dreamer.” “Seoul Brothers” features a story out of the Stormwatch series featuring Apollo and Midnighter written by Peter Milligan with art by Simon Bisley. The Dick Grayson story “Another Saturday Night” was written by Kyle Higgins with art by Sanford Greene, and the Superman/Wonder Woman story “Truth or Dare” was written by Andy Diggle with art by Robson Rocha.
Collectors and big kids of all kinds will appreciate added holiday fun with the inclusion of two insert pages featuring 18 two-sided, cardboard, punch-out Valentines each featuring DC Comics characters. These are exactly the kind of Valentines you’d drop in your friends’ paper bag Valentines bags in grade school. And they have the same kind of good ol’ knee-slapping messages, including the tongue in cheek “The New 52!–You’ve been rebooted as my valentine.” Pull ’em out and give them away or keep them intact as a collectible comic book oddity–it’s up to you.
And Happy Valentine’s Day from borg.com!