Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your comics cutie or sci-fi sweetheart

Feb. 13, 2014 | 1:05 p.m.

I Love You, I Know necklace set, $30: If your Valentine is a "Star Wars" fan, he or she will swoon at this famous "The Empire Strikes Back" line. Keep one half of this necklace and give the other to your scruffy-looking nerf-herder. The necklaces come together to form the Rebel Alliance symbol. (Her Universe)

"The Geek's Guide to Dating," $14.95: Are you spending V-day entangled with your game controller instead of with your soul mate? Are you still looking for a love like Aragorn and Arwen's? Are you a rogue star pilot, light-years away from finding your Leia? Eric Smith's 208-page guide, complete with adorable 8-bit illustrations, might help point you in the right direction. (Quirk Books)

"Trillium," $2.99 per issue: This gorgeous series from the inimitable Jeff Lemire follows two explorers -- William Pike, a war veteran who is exploring Incan temples in 1921, and Nika Temsmith, a botanist at a remote research station near the edge of colonized space in the year 3797. Their time-traveling romance threatens to unravel reality all around them. The tale is billed as "the last love story ever told." (Vertigo / DC Entertainment)

Portal companion cube lunch box, $14.99: If the quickest way to your Valentine's heart is through his or her stomach, then a lovingly prepared meal served up in this adorable lunch box is sure to please the gamer in your life. Just make sure the cake is not a lie. (ThinkGeek)

Love Letter card game, $9.99: Players are suitors seeking to court a princess who has locked herself in the palace. Players attempt to deliver their love letters into her hands while keeping other players’ letters away. Available in several different editions, this card game relies on risk, deduction and luck. (Alderac Entertainment Group)

"Sherlock" Season 3 Blu-ray, $38.98: The latest season of the acclaimed series arrives on home video Feb. 11 -- just in time for a night in with the apple of your eye and TV's most intriguing private eye. Plus, Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) share one of the greatest non-romantic loves of all time. Season 3 even features a wedding, or you could spoil your Valentine with all three seasons. (BBC Home Entertainment)

“Sex Criminals,” $3.50 per issue: When Suzie and Jon have sex, time stops; and when time stops, they rob banks. It’s for a good cause -- and it’s all very, very funny. Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s smart, sex comedy is definitely for mature readers, but it’s best enjoyed by those with a dash of immaturity. Would your Valentine find an absurd sex manual drawn on a bathroom stall funny? It’s in the first issue. The Image Comics series – which Time magazine picked as the best comic of 2013 -- is just four issues in, so it’s easy to catch up. And it features one of the most entertaining letters columns in the medium. (Image Comics)

Thor "Worthy" cologne, $12.99: This 100-mL bottle of cologne combines bergamot, ginger, wheatgrass, grapefruit, dark amber, cedar and cypress for a super scent that will leave your Valentine smelling as fresh and bold as the god of thunder. (Entertainment Earth)

"Nisekoi: False Love" Vol. 1, $6.99 digital or $9.99 print: Written and illustrated by Naoshi Komi, this feel-good manga series features comedy, romance and gang warfare. The tale follows a boy and a girl who hate each other but are forced into a relationship to keep the peace between their feuding gangster families. (Viz)

Zombie Valentine's Day cards, $7.99: What do you love most about your Valentine? His looks? Her laugh? His eyes? Her braaaaaaains? Tell your loved one how much you care with one of these four zombie Valentine's Day card designs. (ThinkGeek)

Van Gogh Infinity Scarf, $25: If your love for the stylish Time Lady in your life stretches across the space-time continuum, show it with this infinity scarf inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's painting of the exploding TARDIS. (Her Universe)

“Saga,” $2.99 per issue: Alana and Marko’s is a love that the universe seems dead-set against. The unlikely couple from warring alien races fell in love over a trashy/subversive paperback novel while she was his prison guard, and since she busted him out they’ve been pursued by bounty hunters and more. Complicating things: their supposed-to-be-impossible baby daughter Hazel, who sometimes narrates Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Eisner-, Harvey- and Hugo-winning, truly out-there sci-fi adventure Image Comics series for mature readers. “Saga’s” first two volumes are out now, with a third collected edition coming in April. It’s a series that says “we can get through this together” – and it has Lying Cat, a robot royal family and a spaceship tree. (Image Comics)

Marvel watch, $17.5o: Is your Valentine an Avenger-wannabe? Does your sweetheart get your Spidey sense tingling? Remind her that she's on your mind all the time with one of these rubber Marvel watches. (Wet Seal)

Tauntaun hoodie, $59: If your city is facing Hoth-like weather conditions this Valentine's Day, keep your Jedi Padawan warm inside the belly of this "Star Wars" hoodie, complete with lightsaber zipper pull and satin printed lining of tauntaun intestines. (WeLoveFine)

"Half Past Danger," $3.99 per issue: This six-issue miniseries from Stephen Mooney treats fans to a tale of a World War II soldier who uncovers a prehistoric mystery while fighting Nazis. Whose heart wouldn't race reading a comic that features dinosaurs, exotic locations, evil villains and, of course, dangerous-but-beautiful femme fatales? (IDW)

Violet Lantern power battery and ring replica, $199.95: Everyone knows that love can be a powerful tool when used the right way. That is the mission of the Star Sapphires: to spread love throughout the universe -- mostly. Women who have been loved and spurned are chosen, empowered and provided with strength and the opportunity for revenge. You will succumb... comply... join them in their mission to spread love under the light of the Violet lantern, complete with a rechargeable ring, or things will not be... pleasant. As the oath reads, "For hearts long lost and full of fright,/ For those alone in Blackest Night./ Accept our ring and join our fight,/ Love conquers all with violet light!" (DC Entertainment)

I Heart Hawkeye shirt, $25: Fans of Matt Fraction's Eisner award-winning run of "Hawkeye" will know that these T-shirt designs are inspired by David Aja's cover art for issue No. 9. Fraction is donating his commission on each shirt sold to Futures Without Violence, a nonprofit focused on ending domestic and sexual violence. The shirts are available in men's and women's styles. (WeLoveFine)

Love Haikubes, $24.95: If your sweetheart is a word nerd, get his or her brain buzzing with a game of sexy (or silly) poetry composition. (Chronicle Books)

"Midnight Secretary" Vol. 1, $6.99 digital or $9.99 print: When secretary Kaya Satozuka discovers her hot new boss is a vampire, she accustoms herself to working odd hours and scheduling his dinner dates and prides herself on her professionalism... until his gaze turns her way. This tale might prove 50 shades of fun for you and your manga-loving sweetie. (Viz)

Comics couples tanks, $24.50: From Batman and Catwoman to the Joker and Harley Quinn, from Superman and Wonder Woman to Spider-Man and Black Cat, the pages of comics book are home to some pretty passionate smooches. Commemorate your larger-than-life love with a tank top featuring an iconic comics couple mid-embrace. (Hot Topic)

"Game of Thrones" wine glass, $14.99: Toast your love with Dornish wine, poured in one of these wine glasses featuring the Targaryen or Baratheon house sigils. But make sure you sleep with one eye open. (HBO)

"Ten Little Zombies: A Love Story," $9.95: Who says a zombie plague can't be romantic? This darkly funny tale by Andy Rash follows a resourceful couple as they escape from and defeat their undead pursuers -- a perfect story to share with your zombie-loving cutie. (Chronicle Books)

"Adventure Time" Bro Love shirt, $25: There's no relationship quite like a bromance, so show your bro how you feel with this shirt that's a virtual hug from Jake. (WeLoveFine)

"Superman: Golden Age Sundays 1943-1946," $49.99: If your white knight is a Superman buff, give him a reason to leap tall buildings. This hardcover tome begins an archival program to bring back every single Superman Sunday newspaper strip. ("The Atomic Age" and "The Silver Age" volumes are forthcoming.) (IDW)

Jamie Joseph Octopus necklace, $440: If your partner has a penchant for Lovecraft, answer the call of Cthulu with this sterling silver necklace featuring an octopus pendant with eyes made from diamonds as black as your lover's heart. (Gold Bug Pasadena)

Marvel Universe guitar picks, $9.99: Featuring the faces of Thor, Wolverine, Iron Man and more, this pack of Peavey guitar picks are just what you need to strum your lover's heartstrings as you serenade her with tales of your superheroics. (Peavey)

Wall-E and Eve shirt, $25: You don't need a heart to be in love. One of the most moving big-screen romances is between two robots in Disney's "Wall-E." This 8-bit style pixel art T-shirt celebrates unlikely love. (WeLoveFine)

"Aphrodite," $16.99 for the hardcover: Graphic novelist George O'Connor spotlights the goddess of love in this riveting New York Times bestseller. The book is Vol. 6 in his "Olympians" series, which retells classic Greek myths. Previous volumes have focused on Hera, Poseidon, Hades, Athena and Zeus, but his take on Aphrodite is particularly vivid and vibrant. (First Second)

"15 Painted Cards from a Vampire Tarot" perfume, $30 per set: Based on the short story by Neil Gaiman, each set includes a 5-mL bottle of perfume and a corresponding tarot card. Proceeds go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab also sells perfumes based on "The Dark Crystal," "Labyrinth," "Hellboy," the works of Clive Barker and more. (Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab)

Fezzes Are Red Tee, $28: This "Doctor Who" T-shirt is a Valentine in and of itself: "Fezzes are red, the TARDIS is blue, bow-ties are cool, and so are you." (Her Universe)

“The Adventures of Apocalypse Al,” $2.99 per issue: J. Michael Straczynski's new Joe’s Comics title follows plucky redhead Allison Carter, a resourceful private investigator tasked with saving the world from all manner of supernatural threats — zombies, imps, wizards, closet trolls and even undead ex-boyfriends, all while dispensing wisecracks with deadpan aplomb. If that winning combination of sass and kick-ass reminds you of your sweetheart, then snuggle up together with "Apocalypse Al." (Image Comics)

"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." toiletry bag, $36: As Agent Coulson would say, Tahiti is a magical place. This toiletry bag is the perfect place to store your toothbrush when you're out in secret missions with your Marvel-loving amour. (Cafe Press)

Marvel retro suitcase, $69.99: This rolling suitcase featuring classic comic book covers will come in handy for holidays with your honey. (Entertainment Earth)

If your Valentine’s idea of a perfect date includes a trip to your local comic shop, a sci-fi movie marathon or an all-night game tournament, Hero Complex’s annual Valentine’s Day gift guide has you covered.

This year’s guide, introduced earlier this month, includes a wide range of geek-friendly selections from the worlds of horror, comics, science-fiction and more.

If your honey would rather be in Westeros, perhaps toast your love with “Game of Thrones” sigil wine glasses. If your darling inspires visions of demigods, a bottle of Thor cologne will leave him smelling as bold and musky as the hammer-wielding hero. And if your “Star Wars”-loving sweetie gets the shivers, bundle her up in a tauntaun hoodie, complete with lightsaber zipper pull.

Other selections in the Hero Complex Valentine’s Day gift guide include several sexy comic book titles, some “Doctor Who”-themed apparel, zombie greeting cards and more.

Click through the gallery above for a quick look at our selections, or read our full guide, complete with videos, here.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+


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