In Q & A, a semi-regular feature of Fantastic Fangirls, we ask our staff to tackle a simple question — then open the floor to comments.
Talk about a character in comics that you have a little crush on.
In terms of fandom crushes, I’ve a type. Brilliant, damaged jerks. Think Gaius Baltar (Battlestar Galactica), Gregory House (House M.D.), Bruce Wayne (Batman).
Tony Stark. He’s a genius. He’s an alcoholic. He’s a womanizer. But I am drawn to this type because it all makes him complicated. Tony is flawed. He decided to be a hero to make up for that, for his mistakes, his shortcomings. He’s not a White Knight; he’s arrogant to a fault. But he never stops trying to do and be better.
I was out shopping this past weekend and I wanted an Iron Man t-shirt. There were 8 different styles in the Boys’ section, but they were all overtly pro-military, I’d say pro-war. The worst featured Iron Man with a tank behind him and the words Heavy Metal. I didn’t (couldn’t) buy any of them. That was not my Iron Man. Not my Tony Stark. My Tony Stark is a brilliant, damaged jerk. But he is not a warmonger. He is Iron Man.
Hal Jordan. Neal Adams’ art is entirely to blame for this crush. Because even if you disregard the totally awesome costume, and that determined-yet-conflicted man-on-a-mission-if-I-was-only-sure-what-my-mission-was attitude. . .well, you’ve still got this.
Jennifer was away for the first part of this week, but she’s posted her answer in the comments.
Well. I don’t ever really want to meet her, because she’s homicidally deranged with a massive disregard for her own life, but Rachel Grey always heads my list. In fact, I pretty much don’t want to meet any of my fictional character crush-objects. Their lives are too exciting, and the characters are damaged people with massive emotional issues. But, omg, hot. Possibly even hawt, were I to stoop to that. Rachel is pig-headed and cynical while constantly managing to pull heroism out of a thin air. She has no reason to still be heroic — none at all — but she tries anyway. Too stubborn-stupid to lay down and die. And, for for the record, she’s hot.
What about you? What character in comics do you have a little crush on?