First look: Swoon over space pirates in Image Comics' Twisted Romance #3

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Jan 22, 2018, 1:00 PM EST

Love knows no boundaries. Whether it's trying to be restricted by gender, genre, distance or duty, love always finds a way in the end, and nowhere is that more true than in the upcoming comic book anthology Twisted Romance from writer Alex de Campi and publisher Image Comics.

Twisted Romance offers readers plenty of new ways to love love stories, with a lead story, a backup comic, and a prose story in each of the four issues, which will release weekly in February. Each issue's lead story is drawn by a different artist and written by de Campi, the Eisner-nominated writer behind such acclaimed Image series as Mayday and No Mercy.

Fans of No Mercy will be particularly excited for this series, as the third issue re-teams de Campi with her co-creator on that series, Carla Speed McNeil, and we have your first look at their story together.


The story, "Invincible Heart," features a budding attraction between intergalactic imperial Captain Rao and the painfully charming space pirate he's captured. "I am psyched to work on something bold and heartfelt," said McNeil in the press release. "A story that knows where it’s going from the outset, that may end up somewhere surprising, but that surprise will be perfect. That's the best thing, always."

Issue #3 of Twisted Romance will hit store shelves on February 21 and you can check out a five-page preview in the gallery below, along with the front cover by McNeil and back cover by Margaret Trauth, who will provide the issue's backup story. And if you can't wait for more Twisted Romance, be sure to check out the previews of the first two issues at EW and Monkey Fighting Robots, respectively, with a look at issue #4 arriving next week at The A.V. Club.

Twisted Romance #3 synopsis:

When Captain Rao of the intergalactic dreadnought Invincible captures the notorious privateer Black Domhnall, he thinks his problems are over. How wrong he is. The pirate is argumentative, infuriating, and way, way too pretty. But Captain Rao is a man of duty, and he will stick to his orders if it kills him. It just might.