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Comic Theme Month – Best Comic Book Near-Romances

All December long, I will be doing daily installments of Comic Theme Time. Comic Theme Time is a twist on the idea of a “Top Five” list. Instead of me stating a topic and then listing my top five choices in that topic, I’m giving you the topic and letting you go wild with examples that you think fit the theme.

Today’s topic is “what do you think was the best comic book romance that was teased in the comics but never actually came to pass?”

Some examples include Storm and Cable, Captain America and the Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye and the Scarlet Witch, Flash (Barry Allen) and Zatanna and Flash (Wally West) and Power Girl.

What’s your pick?


Does Uncle Scrooge and Glittering Goldie count? Especially Don Rosa has thrown plenty of teasers about that but of course it should never come to be (and the end of the story “Heart of Yukon” is just killing me).

Raven and Wally West (Kid Flash) is a good one.

Terra and Changeling. (heartbreaking!)

Jean Grey and Wolverine!

The Pre-Crisis Batman and Catwoman.

Namor and Sue Storm Richards.

Rogue and Magneto.

Big Ethel and Jughead.

Bernard the Poet

December 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Marvel Team-Up #85-89. Written by Chris Claremont. Viper mindwipes the Black Widow, Spiderman finds her and takes her back to his apartment. It gets very will-they-won’t-they. Black Widow gets her memory back and gives Spidey the brush-off.

That story definitely needs a sequel.

Back up, when did Cable and Storm nearly hit it off?

I’d say Jubilee and Tim Drake, but there was some smooching involved in that one.

Back up, when did Cable and Storm nearly hit it off?

Roughly 1996ish.

wolverine and storm. for one . wonder woman and superman since they will never hook up unless Lois dies also batman and catwoman batman still will not commit fully. plus batman and wonder woman

More in the JLU cartoon than the comics, but Batman/Wonder Woman had possibilities.

Tony Stark and Pepper Potts. Seriously, they’ve been through so much together and their bickering is so much like that of an old married couple, that Marvel might as well just marry them.

Jean Grey and Wolverine, definitely. And Batman/Wonder Woman, in JLA.

I always hoped they’d do more with the teased romance between Nightcrawler and Rachel Summers/Grey when she first reappeared after Excalibur. Nightcrawler has always been my favorite Marvel character, and I liked Rachel a lot during Excalubir. The returned Rachel is barely the same person as Excalibur-era Rachel, but they suggested the two of them might start dating shortly after she came back and I was still holding out hope she’d be the same person she used to be.

Around the same time, they started hinting that Wolverine and Storm were going to become an item (they actually dated a few times, if memory serves) but that never seemed as promising to me, if only because virtually anyone who’s ever written the X-Men seems to be obsessed with Wolverine being in love with Jean Grey.

Wow, I can’t believe it but I knew exactly what you were talking about Brian when it came to Cable and Storm; didn’t that start up during Onslaught? No wonder nobody remembers it (although I didn’t think it was bad…)

The Nightcrawler and Meggan, the Beast and Dazzler, Wolverine and Snowbird.

Cloud and Moondragon. Cloud even went so far as to change sex in order to please her, which seems really strange in retrospect.

For a tragic, non-superhero example; Spider Jerusalem and Vita Severin in Transmetropolitan. She was the only person on the Smiler’s campaign with any integrity, and Spider immediately took a shine to her. They never actually had a relationship, but they were going to start dating– and then the Smiler had Vita brutally murdered to win sympathy points. This was the only time Spider actually dropped his Hunter S. Thompson 2099 persona up to that point, so he was understandably devastated.

I don’t know if this counts as a near romance or just a very quickly failed romance, but Storm and Forge was the first thing I thought of. Lifedeath in Uncanny 186 is one of the best single issues Claremont ever wrote, and then Lobdell did a nice epitaph for the near relationship in 289/290 with fantastic art by Whilce Portacio.

I also really like the way Bendis handled Spidey and Black Cat in the Ultimate universe, with how she was initially turned on by the idea until she saw how young he was.

And, of course, the ill-fated courtship of Yorrick and 355 is pretty tear-jerking.

@Third Man; yeah, Ultimate Felicia puking in disgust on the 15-year-old she had unwittingly lusted over was hilarious. :)

Recently I kind of thought that Spidey & Ms Marvel could become an interesting couple – there were hints during Ms Marvel solo book and during a Siege tie-in book.

And apparently it did not work out. Too bad because I think it could have had potential.

Bernard the Poet

December 19, 2011 at 1:20 am

Spiderman and Shanna the She Devil shared creepy kiss during Bruce Jones excellent run on Ka-zar. Everyone believed Ka-zar was dead (readers included). Shanna was staying at Peter Parker’s apartment. She was grief-stricken, far from home and needed a little physical comfort, so she made a move on Peter. Peter is only human, and found it hard to resist the attentions of a hard-bodied jungle queen.

Damn, Bernard beat me to the possible Black Widow/Spidey hook-up from what is my favorite story-arc in Marvel Team-up. However, I have to say I’m glad the story never had a sequel: it’s fine the way it stands.
By the way, Rogue and Magneto? Eeeeeeewwww!

Bernard the Poet

December 19, 2011 at 3:21 am

Edo, I don’t know. When Black Widow next turned up in Marvel Team-Up, they made not a single reference to their previous encounter. I always thought that was a bit off.

I always liked Aquaman/Wonder Woman, which was hinbted at During the JLA run. Then he died, and she started the thing with Batman. Is there any DC Player she hasn’t flirted with?

Ed (A Different One)

December 19, 2011 at 10:11 am

This is probably a stretch – but how about Spidey and Pre-Crisis Wonder Woman from the 2nd Superman/Spider-Man crossover (the one Shooter wrote)? I think there was some definite sexual tension underlying their encounter.

And if nobody goes for that, I’d have to go for the missed opportunity that was Spidey/Ms.Marvel . . . .

Firestorm and Power Girl

Beau Smith really wanted to get Wonder Woman and Guy Gardner together, but DC wouldn’t let him. Which is a darned shame, in my opinion, because it could have been a LOT of fun.

I thought Billy Batson and Star Girl in JSA was a good match, especially because she was the only one that knew he was really a teenage boy and everyone else thought it was creepy that Shazam was spending time with an underage girl.

Beau Smith really wanted to get Wonder Woman and Guy Gardner together, but DC wouldn’t let him. Which is a darned shame, in my opinion, because it could have been a LOT of fun.

I hate to be all judgy, but something in me died inside when I read that. I hate that Diana can’t seem to keep a romantic interest in recent decades, but man, I wouldn’t wish Guy on her.

Kitty Pride and Changling in the New Teen Titans / X-Men team up..

It seemed for awhile that JSA was setting up a Wildcat/Power Girl thing, which seemed as though it might have been interesting.

I seem to remember Storm and Bishop having a very intense, flirty discussion or two when he first joined the X-Men. Anything ever come of that?

Northstar and Quicksilver (Pietro had had a few beers, NStar thought he could be swayed, it didn’t work out. All happened so fast no one noticed).

Silver Surfer and Mantis, then Surfer and Nova (Frankie Raye), then Nova and Galactus! Those space types sure get around — almost!

Iron Man and Wasp

Machine Man and Jocasta (a dull idea)

Man-Thing and a giant-sized bag of potting soil in the back of a Florida Home Depot!

Batman and Robin?

Was there ever anything between Bruce Wayne and Zatanna?

Ganky- I think the relationships, like Norrin’s private parts in general, went a bit farther than was shown on screen.

and LOL.

Jonathon Riddle

January 17, 2014 at 1:54 am

Is no one going to mention Rouge and Gambit? Or does that one count as a relationship despite the total lack of physical touch? If so, then how about Professor X pining away for Jean Grey back in the ’60’s?

Is no one going to mention Rouge and Gambit? Or does that one count as a relationship despite the total lack of physical touch?

They dated a lot over the years (Rogue lost her powers for a while).

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