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DC's How to Lose a Guy Gardner in 10 Days #1

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 6 critic ratings.


Romance is rarely a simple affair—love is almost always followed by some sort of conflict. Whether you’re Plastic Man twisting yourself into knots trying to please someone, or the Flash traveling back in time to make a catastrophic 50 first dates perfect, or even a lonely robot who just can’t seem to find love unless it’s mail from a computer screen, like Red Tornado, love actually is…a pain in the 27 dresses.

So in the grand tradition of these dating conundrums a la rom-coms of the ’90s and ’00s, we are proud to present eight new stories about love and trying to find it in this zany world.

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85 pages
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6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Nerd Initiative

    As a profound lover of romantic comedies, I had so much unapologetic fun with this story. Getting to spend time with some of my favorite characters, such as Barry Allen, and taking a peak behind their bravery to show that, hey, they are people..and robots too, was so refreshing. The lesson to take from The Flash’s story, which we could all use in our lives, is to stop trying to be perfect, be who you are, and the rest will come.
  • 90

    DC Comics has forged a tradition wherein the comic book publisher will routinely create anthology comics to coincide with major holidays. While I have reviewed quite a few anthologies as a comic book reviewer, I would be remiss if I didn't make mention of how How To Lose A Guy Gardner in 10 Days wasn't one of the best issues of the past entries. The Valentine's Day special doesn't have a weak story in the bunch, weaving tales for the many heroes and how past and present tales of love and romance have filled their lives. In the issue, we see some light-hearted stories that might have never found their way to the main comic series for these characters, but are worthy tales all the same. Guy Gardner, John Constantine, Red Tornado, Batgirl, Nightwing, Booster Gold, Plastic Man, Wonder Woman, and the Flash all get the spotlight here, each getting a unique story that combines some solid writing and art for each member of the DCU. If you're a fan of any of these characters, and want a light-hearted romp that has quite a bit of hilarity in its pages, this is definitely worthy of your time.
  • 85

    Geek Dad

    Overall, a solid if a bit messy issue, with one all-time classic story in here.
  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    Admittedly, I couldn’t match up all the stories with their cinematic counterparts in DC’s How to Lose a Guy Gardner in 10 Days, but here’s hoping that you can! I enjoyed seeing some of the themes from movies taking shape using DC characters as their protagonists. It turns out that even the most powerful heroes are “looking for love in all the wrong places” or at least finding it along the way as they fight crime! Seriously, include this in your Valentine’s Day gift to your partner or betrothed! What better way to share your love for comics than to give them one all about love?
  • 80

    Graham Crackers Comics

    One of the best parts of these larger holiday specials is that they always have something for everybody. And this one is no different. Whether you were wondering whatever happened to Red Tornado’s relationship with Kathy Sutton, or just how good of a detective Plastic Man is when dealing with love, or even how Dick and Barbara manage a date night, it’s all here. And what I always find interesting is the creative teams being able to tell an interesting story in 10 pages or less. No crossovers, no multi title maxi-series, no easter eggs for future storylines. These days that is something rare and should be commended.
  • 75


    All in all, DC’s How to Lose a Guy Gardner in 10 Days proves to be an enjoyable romp through the love and romance of the DC universe. Important lessons about relationships are conveyed throughout, which is always nice to see portrayed in media. It’s refreshing to see happy couples and wholesome moments, which this book is full of. The issue showcases several different art styles, from cartoony to more realistic, so there’s something for everyone, no matter your taste. It’s the perfect issue to read while cuddling with that special someone in your life.

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