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Anger, greed, despair, jealousy; all emotions found regularly amid the Marvel Universe-but what about love?
This February 3, just in time for Valentine's Day, four of Marvel's finest writers crack open the Book of Love in MARVEL HEARTBREAKERS. Taking time out from their hectic lives, some of your favorite characters will feel that oh-so-special sting of Cupid's arrows in this heartfelt one-shot.
"Remember how much it hurt when you got dumped for the very first time?" asks editor Michael Horwitz. "How immediately afterwards you sat down with a tub of cookie dough ice cream and ate the whole darn thing? And how that empty tub of ice cream seemed to make everything ok? This book is like that tub of ice cream: comfort food to make you forget your trampled romantic dreams. Only it's zero calories and stars the most fabulous, eclectic supergals in the Marvel Universe."
As each story begins, the state of romance in the lives of Dazzler, Gwen Stacy, Mary Jane Watson, Snowbird and the girls of Nextwave will become quite apparent, and its not always a pretty sight.
"My story takes place just after the ending of Dazzler's ongoing series, which ended with [her] and Beast faking her death," says Jim McCann. "So, Dazzler's not really in a place to think about romance. She's trying to figure out what the next step in her life is. This is unfortunate for
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Kathryn Immonen's tale begins with Gwen Stacy offering to help Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, with his calculus homework. Hilarity then ensues. Kind of.
"I decided to write the story where he takes her up on it," she explains. "Except he doesn't remember doing so. It was at a time, too, when Peter was still trying to decide between Gwen and MJ-as if the decision was solely his-and, you know, I'd like to feel sorry for the guy, except that I don't. Whatta maroon. And then things explode, metaphorically and literally."
And that frosty creature, Snowbird? What weight does love hold in her heart these days?
"Zero, zip, zilch and nada," answers Karl Bollers. "Snowbird has no romantic ties. She's quite the lonely, shape-shifting demigoddess; but she longs for more than just her mission. Thwart a would-be world conqueror here, slay a Great Beast there-gets kinda tedious. What about someone to give her flowers and a backrub?"
"Elsa Bloodstone is a monster hunter which has led to most of her past boyfriends being, well, monsters," notes Spears of one of the Nextwave girls. "The story opens with Elsa and her girlfriend Boom Boom hunting down Elsa's latest dating mistake with a bear trap!"
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"Beast would most likely want to catch an exhibit at the Museum of Natural History and a nice dinner," says McCann. "Dazzler, depending on when we are talking, would probably prefer something out of the spotlight and paparazzi, but something that was more romantic and sentimental than flashy."
Spears zeroes in on Ms. Bloodstone's straight-forward approach to dating:
"Elsa likes to keep it simple. For her the perfect date is a night of libation and laughter down at the pub with her man and her mates."
"Snowbird's perfect date would probably involve a certain amount of animal magnetism," Bollers notes. "Get it? It's a joke. Because she's a shape-shifter...and can...never mind."
"One on which he gets smooched and snuggled-by his date-but not slapped, splashed, tripped up, banged up, freaked out-by his date-caught with his Spider pants down and having to do his own laundry," Immonen
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"Which, now that I think about it, is kind of perfect and it didn't cost him one thin dime. Also perfect."
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