My 6 Favorite LGBTQ Couples in Comics
Even comic book superheroes can fall in love. Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson. Lois and Clark. All those women that Batman falls in love with, only to lose them in the end. Romance is as important to comics as superhero capes! It’s even the basis of my own comic, Gamer Girl & Vixen, a lesbian supervillain love story!
I like writing Gamer Girl & Vixen because I legitimately enjoy the push for diversity that we’re seeing across all entertainment, not just comics. I would love to see more LGBTQ romances in pop culture, and we’re slowly getting there. If I can help that along with my own writing, whether in my self-published comics or in this blog, then at least I’m having a good time.
So to celebrate the progress that exists, join me after the jump for my favorite LGBTQ couples in comics! And you’re welcome to share your own favorites in the comments!
6. Angela and Sera
I have enjoyed Marguerite Bennett’s Angela comics, even if I didn’t really understand them some of the time. Angela could be a really cool character, and I think Bennett was a good shepherd of her antics. The best part of the series was the central relationship between Angela and her sidekick, Sera. For all her warrior ways, for all the epic battles and heroic moments, Angela was still deep enough to fall in love, and to fight through Hel itself for that love. And Sera was a wonderful narrator/sidekick, with a sharp wit and a love of pop culture. It was the Xena/Gabrielle of the modern day (until we get the rebooted Xena and Gabrielle). I only hope we get to catch a glimpse of Angela and Sera’s domestic bliss in Brooklyn someday.
5. Rictor and Shatterstar
A lot of people might object to my not having Wiccan and Hulkling on this list. I totally understand, but from a personal level, I just haven’t read much with the two of them in it. I’m woefully behind on Kieron Gillen’s Young Avengers. My favorite guy/guy relationship in comics is the short-lived romance of Rictor and Shatterstar, which took place in one of my favorite comics, X-Factor. Here were two long standing mutant characters who had always been circling one another, but it took writer Peter David and a 21st century way of thinking to finally bring them together romantically. They were a fun couple, sussing out their feelings and their status, before finally departing on an adventure together.
4. Mal and Molly
I love Lumberjanes. It’s such a fun book. If I had children, I would have them reading Lumberjanes. I keep meaning to pass it out to some of my younger cousins. Lumberjanes does a great job with their characters, and one of the best stories has been the budding relationship between Mal and Molly. The creative team was so subtle about it at first, but the signs were clearly there, and the cuteness just grew exponentially, until I was actively rooting to see the the two cute kids get together.
3. Batwoman and Renee Montoya
A good friend of mine is a huge fan of the Batwoman/Maggie Sawyer relationship, but I will always ‘ship Batwoman and Renee Montoya. They’re such a fun couple, even if it takes Montoya out of her grounded character from her Gotham Central days. But Montoya is probably my favorite female character in all of comics, and Batwoman is super awesome. So seeing the two of them together, and having a nice time, is just a lot of fun to read. So it’s too bad that continuity became so messed up and I’m no longer entirely sure what their history is…I hope it’s still good!
2. Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy
One of my favorite relationships in a comics right now is the one between Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, which was only recently legitimized by Harley Quinn writers Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. The two have been fan favorites since they were randomly teamed up on Batman: The Animated Series. But only recently has DC let them actually be a couple…albeit a non-monogamish one! It’s 2016, that’s totally OK. Conner and Palmiotti write the two of them with such love and playfulness that their hanky panky is the best part of an already awesome comic.
1. Lisa and Ally
I lot of people probably haven’t heard of Sunstone, but it’s an amazing comic by popular artist Stjepan Šejić. It’s decidedly NSFW, so be careful when you click that link, but he’s posted most of the story so far on his Deviantart page. It’s the story of two women who start a friendship over their interest in BDSM, and that friendship grows into something deeper than either expected. Lisa and Ally are just such a fun couple. Šejić grounds their story in a comfortable realism that juxtaposes wonderfully against the almost academic look at the world of BDSM. You might actually learn something reading this comic.
I haven’t read the final volume yet though, so nobody spoil it for me!
Who are your favorite LGBTQ couples in comics? Who are your favorite characters? Let me know in the comments!
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