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icon_uk ([personal profile] icon_uk) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2012-02-19 10:46 pm

Cute Romance Week - It's cute, but it's not quite... right.

One that even Chris Claremont never pursued to it's logical conclusion...

Cypher has merged with Warlock to become Douglock for the first time, and saved the New Mutants, Captain Britain and Psylocke from the machinations of Spiral and Mojo, which had resulted in them all being trapped inside the Wildways, a mind-controlled Psylocke's psyche-scape.

This is the first time Doug has even heard of Brian and Betsy, but that didn't stop him risking everything (and possible technorganic infection)to save them (and his friends), because that's the kind of guy he is.

So he's ended up zapped back to the real world, into the remains of the office that the controlled Betsy was in, and where Douglock had tapped into her mind. Bear in mind that this is the first time Doug has laid eyes on the "real" Betsy...

I can't say I ever approved of Betsy's choice here, but the emotion of the moment is nicely captured by Alan Davis, with Doug welling up into tears in sympathy, and then just giving her a hug...

And so Doug gets a hug back from a Braddock, even if it's not the Braddock he might have been looking for one for. (I adore Brian's big, broad, not even potentially suggestive hug), and look at that smile on Doug, who couldn't love this kid?

And aside from one scene in the next X-Men Annual, where Doug breaks Mojo's renewed hold over Psylocke, not by fighting her mental attack, but by opening his mind and memories to her, so she can see how much he cares and the depth of that emotion does indeed shock her back to her senses.

But nothing happened beyond that, which given the age difference I'm rather glad about. Still I'd love to see the two of them meet again....

Oh, and just for fun, a sketchcard (not mine alas) featuring the two of them in the brief period before several shovel-loads of shit hit the fan they were standing directly in front of...

Now, I'm omitting bromances, no matter how close to romances they might be, but I've found an image or sketchcard or two which highlights cute couples...

Longshot and Dazzler - I'm given to understand that he's been given some sort of "ability to influence women" power, which is extremely skeevt, but that was never part of his original powerset. He was very charismatic, and very good looking, but people tended to fall for him of their own volition, not because of any inherent power.

So this is from pre-those days, when he and Dazzler, made a very cute couple...

Then we have the tragically doomed, but heartbreakingly cute romance between Kelda Stormrider and Bill, son of Bill

And because this is s_d and we have no problem with such things, a couple of non-hetero pairings (Sorry those who like ladies with ladies, but this is my post so we're looking at guys with guys)

Shatterstar and Rictor, whose relationship we can't actually feature on this comm due to our rules about Mr David's work

And let's not forget Wiccan and Hulkling, who are rather adorable together...

There's an absence of Mr Grayson's romance's in my posts for this topic, but that's the way it goes, I just wish I could remember which issue it is that has Dick making use of his knowledge of Kory's weakness... she's ticklish... it's a very cute, very ordinary moment, but rather fun. C'est la vie...

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[personal profile] pallas_athena 2012-02-20 12:58 am (UTC)(link)
I loved British Betsy. I mean, I get that the body-swap added some much-needed ethnic diversity to the X-Men lineup, but katana-wielding ninja assassins are so overdone that I lost a lot of interest in the character after that point.
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[personal profile] auggie18 2012-02-20 01:32 am (UTC)(link)
Massive ditto. Plus, her outfits were much better when she was British. Her original flowing outfit, the hooded armor. Then, BAM! Bathing suit, bathing suit, bathing suit.
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[personal profile] pallas_athena 2012-02-20 01:42 am (UTC)(link)
I did love those costumes! She's got her own distinctive look now with the leg bands and the sash, but yeah, nostalgia. Also I miss the butterfly psyche-thingy.
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[personal profile] biod 2012-02-20 06:04 am (UTC)(link)
She does the butterfly psyche-thingy a lot more recently.
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[personal profile] biod 2012-02-22 02:42 pm (UTC)(link)
I like the butterfly effect a lot, but I must say that having a knife that's at hand at all times, barring power dampeners, can be pretty darn useful.
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[personal profile] biod 2012-02-22 03:45 pm (UTC)(link)
Which is precisely why a knife would be useful, should some beastly foe catch her unawares or if she should need to cut some bondage. It would be folly to turn it into her combat strategy, but as a supplement it would be useful.
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[personal profile] biod 2012-02-22 04:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks, I couldn't remember if they could literally cut or just disrupt neurons and other psychic hokey.
My take is still that, unless she trained herself otherwise (not hard to imagine), her instinctive reaction to immediate danger would probably involve her hands in some way, but from a story standpoint it makes a lot less sense to add it (other than it looks cool).
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[personal profile] skalja 2012-02-22 01:47 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, speaking as an Asian American myself, I see "Asian" Betsy as pretty much the exact opposite of actual ethnic diversity. In fact she's one of a few characters in comics whose mere appearance makes me wince on reflex.
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[personal profile] crabby_lioness 2012-02-20 05:40 pm (UTC)(link)
You are so not alone.