Mighty Loveby Howard Chaykin
DC Comics, 96 pp., $24.95
The whole secret identity thing is hell on a caped crusader's romantic life; just ask Clark Kent how snarky it made dating Lois. Now, writer-artist Howard Chaykin has some fun with sex and the single superhero, through a cop and lawyer who loathe each other by day but find a mutual attraction after dark when their masked alter egos cross crime-fighting paths. As superfolk, Iron Angel and Skylark are rather standard-issue, as is the case they investigate together (a bait-and-switch money-laundering scheme by one of the power elite). Chaykin seems more interested in what lies beneath the spandex in the hearts and minds of these adventurers, who recognize in each other a shared mission and need for a divided lifestyle. And by having them not see that in their civilian selves, the writer gives superhero conventions a playful tweak. With its smart dialogue, action, and Chaykin's famously sexy and stylish pencils juicing up this comic affair, this story of two lone wolves becoming a dynamic duo is an engaging seasonal diversion, a sweet summer fling.