What’s better than a comic book hero? When he is accompanied by a heroine. There have been a few superhero couples from comic book land that have stamped their mark on the genre with a heavy stomp. Some superhero couples have a romantic connection and other are just two forces that have decided to work together and protect society.
Superman & Wonder Woman
The most powerful couple to emerge from superhero land has to be Superman and Wonder Woman. This coming together has been fairly recent, and some comic book purists have turned their noses up at the coming together of these powerhouses. Why exactly the princess from Amazonia and the Man of Steel should be paired together is a bit of a conundrum, and when the relationship was axed in the edition of New 52 it was hard to see where the relationship was going. And with the latest marriage of Superman to Lois Lane it is hard to see the relationship being re-established.
Hank Pym & Janet Van Dyne
Possibly the first superhero couple that came out of the Marvel stable was Ant Man and Wasp. The relationship took some time to blossom, but when Ant Man took Wasp under his wing the pair became integral to the Avengers. Like all couples, their relationship has had its ups and downs, but they have stuck at it through all the controversy and have toughed it out. It is one of the longest relationships in Marvel history and one of the most successful.
Black Canary & Green Arrow
Opposites are supposed to attract, and in the case of Black Canary and Green Arrow this is certainly the case. Whilst Canary is measured and calculated, the other half in the guise of Green Arrow is bad tempered and very impulsive. The pair came into the spotlight in the Justice League, and then the writers decided to let the couple get married and fall apart. This DC couple has had many different guises, and in Rebirth the couple have once more been put together but for how long is anybody’s guess.
Emma Frost & Cyclops
Cyclops is one of the main characters of the X-Men and Scott Summers has had many romantic attachments including of course Jean Grey. Perhaps his most significant partnership was with Emma Frost, his one-time nemesis. In fact, it was Emma Frost that broke up his relationship with Jean and set him off in another direction. But today the writers have decided that the couple should once again be antagonists. Emma Frost is the Black King of the Hellfire Club and has totally erased Cyclops from her brain. Other superhero comic book couples have included, Rogue and Gambit, The Vision and the Scarlet Witch, Batman and Catwoman, and Mr Fantastic and the Invisible Woman. The invention of a romantic connection between these superheros adds to the mystery of the characters. It brings another dimension to who they actually are and why they need to feel loved. The fact that many of the relationships are short-lived tells its own story.