Comic Review: WEIRD Love Vol. 6: So This is Love (IDW)

With this IDW trade collection of Weird Love “So This Is Love”, Craig Yoe and Clizia Gussoni put together another big helping of strangely off-key love stories. And, since February […]

With this IDW trade collection of Weird Love “So This Is Love”, Craig Yoe and Clizia Gussoni put together another big helping of strangely off-key love stories. And, since February is ‘romance month’, hey, let’s have a browse!

Well, right off the top, the cover is an eye-catcher. What we have here is a woman gagged and tied to a chair in the middle of a room. Fashion suggests 1950’s. This is love?? What gives?

Tongue placed firmly in cheek, this collection of old romance stories from the 1940’s through 1960’s celebrates both the naivete of the times (what were the editors thinking??) and the wonderful cliches of romance comics.

If you can appreciate the constant tears and drama of the confused young female characters, as they moon over a man who is ignoring them, this is your book. Or if you can sympathize with a young woman who is being courted by a man over twice her age, then this book is for you too. And what about meddling moms and pops? And jealous girlfriends?

The book contains some truly mind-bending stories, along with lots of good-natured but soapy tales. Foreword is by Rebecca Sevrin. Art by various comic artists, notably Dick Giordano and Vince Colletta. Twenty stories in full color, plus several pages of covers, chiefly Charlton books in the 1960’s.

IDW, Weird Love “So This Is Love”, $29.99 for 168 pages of content, not rated

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!