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12 Romantic Moments in Image Comics

February 5, 2015

Valentine's Day is nearing and romance is in the air — often in unexpected places! Image Comics thrives on diversity of genres — science fiction, crime, fantasy, horror, and drama all find a place in our line of books. And what finds a place in all of these? Love! Below are 12 of some of the most romantic moments in Image Comics titles.

(Beware of SPOILERS AHEAD!)

12. Breaking the bad news in GRAVEYARD SHIFT #2 by Jay Faerber and Fran Bueno

Liam’s love for Hope is put to the ultimate test. As a homicide detective, he’s used to dealing with death… but how do you tell your girlfriend she’s a vampire?

11. Happiness at last? in THE LI’L DEPRESSED BOY #13 (collected in Volume 4) by S. Steven Struble and Sina Grace

LDB finally goes out with Spike, the girl of his dreams, and… everything seems to go great? It’s a new experience for sure.

10. The kiss in MORNING GLORIES #18 (collected in Volume 3 and the Deluxe Edition, Volume 2 hardcover) by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma

Gillaume and Hisao share a moment between dodging the dangers at the sinister Morning Glories Academy.

9. Just one more moment in TEN GRAND #2 (collected in Volume 1) by J. Michael Stracyznski, Ben Templesmith, and C.P. Smith

Would you die for the person you love? How about for just another five minutes with them? That’s what Joe Fitzgerald has agreed to: If he fights on the side of the angels (literally), he gets another moment with his beloved, lost Laura.


8. A zombie apocalypse can’t come between Andrea and Rick in THE WALKING DEAD #99 (collected in Volume 17 and the Book 9 hardcover) by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

Rick and Andrea have both lost loves, and with life’s uncertainty, they know not to waste time by not saying what needs to be said.

7. The climax in FATALE #23 (collected in Volume 5) by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips

Cursed to have men destroy themselves out of lust for her, Josephine doesn’t know what it is to have someone love her just for herself… until Nicolas Lash. When their love is finally consummated, it’s transcendent.

6. Toni and Paneer’s rocky romance in CHEW #27 (collected in Volume 6 and the Omnivore Edition, Volume 3 hardcover) by John Layman and Rob Guillory

Toni and Paneer’s relationship had a strange start — after all, the first thing Toni did after Paneer told her he loved her was tear a chunk out of his shoulder with her teeth (she’s cibovoyant, which means… well, just read the book, OK?). But in the end, love prevailed.


5. Death falls in love in EAST OF WEST #4 (collected in Volume 1) by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta

Mao Xiaolian is a force of nature. Death, one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, abandons his duty to end the world out of love for her. When’s the last time anyone did that for you?

4. Ally and Lisa put the heart in BDSM in SUNSTONE by Stjepan Sejic

Forget what you’ve heard. BDSM is all about trust and consent. And in SUNSTONE, consent has never been hotter.


3. Alex and Ada risk it all in ALEX + ADA #10 (collected in Volume 2) by Sarah Vaughn and Jonathan Luna

Alex was scared of falling in love with Ada, an android with newly-unlocked sentience. But he later realized, “Maybe when something scares you, it means it’s good for you.”

2. Suzie and Jon fall into bed, then fall in love in SEX CRIMINALS #2 (collected in Volume 1 and BIG HARD SEX CRIMINALS) by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky

“SEX IS JUST A WORD. LOVE IS A SENTENCE.” Don’t you forget it.

And don’t forget JUST THE TIPS, either — sex advice from SEX CRIMINALS creators Matt and Chip.

1. Two armies, two freelancers, and a whole universe out to get them can’t destroy Marko and Alana’s love in SAGA #1 (collected in Volume 1 and the Book One hardcover) by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a hastily-improvised sling as Marko and Alana try to escape the many, many people who want to kill them and take Hazel. Is it worth it? What do you think?


And, as a special bonus...

Al Simmons endured Hell for love of Wanda... He's back in SPAWN #250. Give 'im some love.