1. 10. Roy Harper and Cheshire
When Roy decided to go “legit” as a hero back in the old DCU, he joined up with Checkmate, the international espionage agency of the DC Universe. One of his assignments had him going undercover to tail Cheshire, a supervillain, and find out about her organization from the inside. Well, he certainly got inside. After hitting and quitting, he took off, leaving the pregnant Cheshire behind. She would later have the child, Lian, and eventually freely give her over to Roy. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out too well either, as she wound up dying under his charge. Fortunately, the relaunch seems to have just erased all of that altogether! (Not that Roy hasn’t gotten involved in some eyebrow-raising entanglements over in the New 52’s Red Hood and the Outlaws.)
2. 9. Superman and Wonder Woman
This one may really be more of a “Eh, shouldn’t they have all along?” When you take the ultimate specimen of a man and ultimate specimen of a woman, it only makes sense for them to come together. In the “possible future” Elseworlds story Kingdom Come, the story ends with a kiss between Kal-El and Diana, hovering above the ground. Then the epilogue hits, which reveals the two of them have uh, “flown the invisible jet” together, and that Diana is pregnant. But a Superman/Wonder Woman romance is no longer limited to the territory of “imaginary stories” (other than the fact that they’re both fictional characters): Supes and Diana are now a couple in continuity, with a romance sparked earlier this year in Justice League, and appears to be the status quo going forward (Clark Kent and Lois Lane, for now, “just friends”). In fact, the pair now have their own ongoing series, meant to explore what it means for the two most powerful beings on the planet to be an item.
3. 8. Norman Osborn and Gwen Stacy
Norman Osborn famously murdered Spider-Man’s girlfriend Gwen Stacy in the classic Amazing Spider-Man #121. But as revealed in the 2004 storyline “Sins Past,” their shared history is actually a bit more complicated than just that. Turns out, Gwen Stacy and Norman Osborn who, let us remind you, is the insane, murderous Green Goblin actually had a consensual congress, as creepy as that may sound. This dalliance also resulted in Gwen being pregnant with twins, who aged prematurely and showed up to attack Spider-Man. In Peter Parker’s quest to confirm that these twins were indeed the offspring of his lost love and greatest enemy, he dug up Gwen’s grave to fetch a DNA sample. The “ol’ Parker luck,” indeed.
4. 7. Deadshot and Harley Quinn
Just when you think things couldn’t get more ridiculous for hammer-wielding juggalette Suicide Squad member Harley Quinn, along comes Suicide Squad #3 from writer Adam Glass and artist Cliff Richards, where Harley has sex with Deadshot in a bathroom and apparently compares her own vagina to a clown car.One of the most noticeable things about Harley and Deadshot’s hookup is that they somehow magically have sex through their clothing. During their rendezvous, Harley says “this reminds me of a joke about a clown car” as Deadshot is presumably penetrating her, and while I’ve tried to think of alternate interpretations, I really can’t. Harley is comparing her private parts to a clown car because she wants Deadshot to know that lots of things go in and out of her. Like they do in a clown car. It’s also topical because she is a clown!
5. 6. Juggernaut and She-Hulk
Chuck Austen’s early-to-mid 2000s X-Men run was marked by controversy Angel dated Cannonball’s little sister, Nightcrawler was revealed to essentially be the son of Satan and a nurse fell madly in love with comatose Havok. But one of the moments that angered fans the most was the Juggernaut and She-Hulk had a meeting between the sheets that appeared to be both unstoppable and savage. Not only was it She-Hulk showing questionable moral judgment in getting involved with a villain (who, to be fair, was in the midst of an attempted reformation at this point), she was also representing Juggernaut as an attorney at that point. Despite what prime time TV might suggest, a lawyer having sex with his or her client is generally not part of “attorney-client privilege,” and is in fact, frowned upon. At least one prominent creator wasn’t a fan of the hookup: Dan Slott, who wrote it out of continuity during his She-Hulk run.
6. 5. Luke Cage and Jessica Jones
Discussing the infamous first hook-up between Jessica Jones and Luke Cage in Brian Bendis’ 2001 then mature-readers MAX series Alias is proving a little difficult.
How do I back into this topic without upending our general audience’s mandate, and become the butt of jokes? Ah forget it, guess it can’t be done, only to say I think it’s a fair bet that Jessica and Luke’s daughter Danielle wasn’t conceived that evening.
And hey, with both characters coming to TV via Netflix and Marvel Studios, maybe we’ll see a shocking superhero hookup on the small screen?
7. 4. Scott Summers and Emma Frost
Cyclops is never alone for long. After his long-time girlfriend, Jean Grey, was presumed dead post-“Dark Phoenix Saga,” his grief took the form of marrying Madelyne Pryor, a clone of Jean. Then in Grant Morrison’s New X-Men, when things got rocky in his marriage with the real Jean Grey, Scott turned to Emma for support… which soon turned into a full-fledged telepathic affair. Then when Jean died at the end of Morrison’s run – for good this time, though it seems inevitable that she’ll be back at some point – Emma and Scott wasted no time in taking their psychic tryst to the physical realm, literally kissing while standing on Jean’s grave. But it’s not as bad as it sounds; from beyond the grave, Jean Grey was telepathically urging Scott to move on. (Hey, that’s the X-Men for you.) Scott and Emma are now broken up romantically (yet still allies) post-Avengers vs. X-Men, and Jean Grey is now back in All-New X-Men albeit, and this is important, a teenage version of the character, so it’s possible that Cyclops’ love life might get even more complicated in the future.
8. 3. Batman and Catwoman
Was there any scene from the first month of The New 52 in September 2011 that got fans talking more than the final sequence of the Judd Winick-written Catwoman #1?
Sure, the relationship has already been hinted at, both in interviews and Detective Comics #1 earlier that month, but in an issue filled with sex and skin (see the cover and pages 1, 8, and 11), it’s the last 4 pages that take it and the long-time flirtation between the Cat and the Bat to a whole new level. Expect a lot of debate about whether arguably the most disciplined character in comic books would give in to the moment like that, some questions about the Still… it doesn’t take long… line (really Bruce?), and a few new jokes about the contents of Batman’s utility belt. Of course, it’s gone farther over in the pages of Earth 2, where Selina and Bruce were married and had a child, Helena, who now fights crime as The Huntress back on the main New 52 Earth.
9. 2. Ultimate Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch
When it comes to “no… just no…” there probably hasn’t been another moment in comics that pops to mind more than this one. In Mark Millar’s initial run on Ultimates, it was implied but never outright said or shown that this brother and sister, the children of Magneto, were… living in royal tradition. Then Jeph Loeb came along and decided it was time to be up front about the situation, having Ultimate Wasp explain it all to Ultimate Captain America.
Wasp: “You don’t get it, Mister Rogers, Do you? They love each other.” Cap: “Of course, they do. They’re brother and sister.” Wasp: “No, it’s more than that. They’re in love.”
Yup, ew. The pair are going to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the big-screen sequel to the #1 grossing superhero movie ever. Hopefully this part of the ultimate continuity won’t be carrying over, though a pair of Lannisters may have paved the way for that sort of thing on screen.
10. 1. Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne
If there’s an unwritten rule about sex and superheroes, it’s that the unsettling extracurricular implications of the superpowers of folks like the Atom, Colossal Boy, and Mr. Fantastic are mostly left (thankfully) unsaid, beyond dialogue in Kevin Smith movies.
But then in 2003, Geoff Johns broke that rule with extreme prejudice with this, um, “memorable” scene featuring super-shrinker/grower Henry Pym showing some southern hospitality to ex-wife Janet Van Dyne during the writer’s short-lived Avengers run.
There really isn’t much left to say about this one it does its own justice.
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