Young Romance: A New 52 Valentine's Day Special #1

Young Romance: A New 52 Valentine's Day Special #1

5.3Critic Rating
2.0User Rating

Romance is in the air in this very special Special! Wonder Woman consults Eros himself about her feelings for The Man of Steel. Barbara Gordon has always been too busy for romance, but could her role as Batgirl bring her back to the first guy she ever kissed? Following the events of “Death in the Family,” how can Catwoman ease Batman’s troubled soul? Aquaman makes waves as he treats his wife like a queen for a day. From the pages of STORMWATCH, Apollo and Midnighter celebrate Valentine’s Day separately but with each other in mind. Who—or what—stands between them? Dick Grayson and the daughter of Lucious Fox meet-cute! Plus: Perforated Valentine’s Day cards featuring the stars of these stories!

  • 10
    Fanboy Buzz - TommyZimmer Feb 11, 2013

    Finally, Andy Diggle does a great job with his story. He manages to capture both characters' voices amongst the sirens luring Superman under their spell to fight Diana. What I love about the story is the seamless combination of both their universes into one story. Alongside Robson Rocha who deserves more work, it is definitely one that you should check out as it seems to lay the groundwork for more in Scott Lobdell's awesome Superman. Definitely looking forward to Diggle's new Action run coming soon. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Feb 6, 2013

    So, overall, Young Romance #1 is a cute gimmick with a couple of touching stories, but with little resonance. If you're in the mood for it, read it. If not, you're likely not missing anything. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Feb 12, 2013

    A pleasant read, though not a very memorable one, with far better art (in most instances) than story, though you do get a few interesting pieces out of there. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Melissa Grey Feb 6, 2013

    Young Romance ends with DC's latest power couple sharing a romantic candlelit dinner in "Truth or Dare," by Andy Diggle and Robson Rocha. While the love affair between Superman and Wonder Woman has been met with a rather lukewarm reception, Diggle finds common ground between the two of them, and their earnest heart-to-heart is the story's greatest strength. Less compelling is the hyperbolic villainy of the Sirens, who are intent on spoiling everyone's fun, even mine. The relationship between Clark and Diana is rife with narrative possibilities, considering how similar and yet so very different those two heroes are, and it would have been nice to see them explored without the untimely interruption of a largely generic fight scene. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Sara 'Babs' Lima Feb 6, 2013

    First, it is accessible to new readers. You don't really need to have a whole lot of background information on the characters and concepts we see in this issue. It's great because you get a variety of different stories featuring many of our favorite characters all in one place. So what's bad about this issue? Well, unfortunately, not every story is going to be very good. In fact, a few of them are really very bad. The issue is also pretty expensive; after taxes it costs you over $8.00. That's a lot of money for an issue that contains stories you may not necessarily like at all. So while a couple of these might be fun to read, it doesn't exactly feel like it's worth it. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Feb 11, 2013

    Anthologies are always a mixed bag, and unfortunately, Young Romance: A New 52 Valentine's Day Special" #1 doesn't have any standout romances that make the entire collection worth picking up, unless the reader just wants the cards. While the art is often strong, there isn't a single story that moves the reader or is well-structured enough to hold its own, although "Dreamer" is a nice introduction. Considering the character lineup and the cover price, that's a disappointment. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Erika D. Peterman Feb 11, 2013

    Like an overpriced Valentine's Day candy sampler, Young Romance is evenly split between short-lived pleasures and duds. Read Full Review

  • 4.8
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Feb 8, 2013

    Overall, this is a really disappointing issue, and it costs nearly eight dollars, which is highway robbery. Now, granted, it does have Valentine's Day cards in the back, and one of them made me literally laugh out loud. Many of them have a character on it, along with a punny greeting, like "You put a hex on me," next to a picture of, you guessed it, Jonah Hex. The best, hands down, is the card that has a heart that reads "The New 52," and then at the bottom of the card, "You've been rebooted as my valentine." That is a rare bit of self-awareness and humor on DC's part. If only the rest of the issue was as carefree as that final card. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Feb 7, 2013

    This is a book that's supposed to be a collection of romantic vignettes yet there's no heart in most of these tales. No real emotion. Aquaman & Mera's story was great and I enjoyed Nightwing & Ursa Minor's date as well, but everything else fell flat. The book has a great cover, two decent stor Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Feb 10, 2013

    DC's anthology books have often been a source of new creators and new ideas, but you won't find much of either here. To be honest, you won't find much value for money either, as the book's price feels grossly inflated considering the relatively small amount of pages within. You're actually paying more per page here than you would for a regular DC book (16.7 cents a page versus 15 cents a page). Don't even get me started on how this compares to DC's other anthology books. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    AiPT! - David Feb 6, 2013

    After a throwaway Nightwing story which is more focused on a gang fight than anything else and also ends with Nightwing alone. The final story delivers a very unsatisfying date between Wonder Woman and Superman. There's an introduction of WW's cousins (the Sirens) which is neat, but really it's again focused on fighting and not love or romance. One of the villains also oddly wakes up from being mind controlled and admits to being used"then a few panels later tries to shoot Superman. Huh? Read Full Review

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