Heart Throbs (1999 DC Vertigo) comic books
A 4-issue Vertigo miniseries explores modern romance, written and drawn by some of the finest talent in comics. In "The Princess and the Frog" (written and illustrated by Brian Bolland), a beautiful princess kisses an ugly frog, with unexpected results; "Diagnosis" (written by Steven T. Seagle and illustrated by Tim Sale) teaches what happens when the little voice in your head starts whispering fatal plans about your wedding day; and in "Genes and a T-Shirt" (written by Robert Rodi, with art by Phil Jimenez), a young man tries to genetically rewrite the rules of attraction, and learns that there's more to love than libido. Painted cover by Bruce Timm. Mature Readers. FC, 32 pg. Cover price $2.95.
Love's a 4-letter word in this offbeat miniseries of truly weird romance stories. In "The Other Side of Town" (written by Brian Azzarello, with art by Tim Bradstreet), a small-town sheriff investigating a murder discovers that the prime suspect just might be his high school sweetheart; in "Romancing the Stone" (written by Ilya, with art by Frank Quitely), a man undergoing radical therapy for his peculiar obsession finds that the road to recovery may be the object of his desire; and in "Jericho" (written by Doselle Young, with art by Tony Salmons), an exotic dancer learns that the walls dividing titillation and true romance are higher than they seem. Painted cover by Glenn Fabry. Mature Readers. FC, 32 pg. Cover price $2.95.
Three unorthodox tales of love and romance: A lovestruck female alien battles a siren planet for the affections of a handsome spaceman in "Apposites Attract" (written by Simon Revelstroke, with art by Richard Corben); a beautiful time traveler serves up some poetic justice to a 19th-century Lothario in "Mister Right" (written by Peter Milligan, with art by Eduardo Risso); and a retelling of "Sleeping Beauty" includes an exploding princess, an uzi-toting prince and a witch with an elf fetish (written by Marguerite Van Cook, with art by James Romberger). Painted cover by Philip Bond. Mature Readers. FC, 32 pg. Cover price $2.95.
Three unorthodox tales of love and romance: In "Heartache 1.0" (written by Steve Gerber, with art by Danijel Zezelj), two people who have never met explore the tragic consequences of romance, passion and betrayal that never happened; in "Love...with a Twist" (written by Scott Cunningham, with art by Miran Kim), an unexpected visitor crashes a young couple's trip to lover's lane; and in "Kissing Cousin" (written by Bob Fingerman, with art by Pat McEown), a personal ad sets the stage for a blind date from hell. Painted cover by Guy Gonzales. Mature Readers. FC, 32 pg. Cover price $2.95.