Heroic Hotness: Edward Cullen

Edward Cullen is the quintessential Valentine.

Edward Cullen: The Romantic

“My life was an unending, unchanging midnight. It must, by necessity, always be midnight for me. So how was it possible that the sun was rising now, in the middle of my midnight?”

Those are the thoughts of Edward the moment he fell in love with Bella. In Twilight lore, the instant they are turned to vampires, they are like stone. Their human memories fade, but they remain exactly as they are forever. The “self” is frozen. Only one thing can change them. It is rare and only happens once. When a sparkly vampire falls in love, they are permanently altered, and the love never fades.

For all of Edward’s flaws, his unconditional adoration of Bella totally, effing hooked me. Let’s factor in the phenomenal beauty, impeccable turn-of-the-century etiquette, the romantic cadence of his speech, a century’s worth of education, Mozartesque musical talent, super-strength and speed, and yes, the mothafucker sparkles. I love me some Edward Cullen. I love him because he loves so unabashedly. In the Twilight-verse, that’s how vampires roll. I think it’d be hella beautiful if fearless love was more common in the real world.

Edward Cullen by Colleen Peck

A Note About The Art …

The beauty of prose is that your imagination illustrates the story, and often times nothing can really hold a candle to that. The mind does our bidding, and creates our version of beauty. When reading the Twilight novels, I had an image of Edward and all of his glory. Being the art junkie that I am, I scoured the interwebs looking for a drawing of him that suited my ideal. I found a million and one drawings of Robert Pattinson. Well, he’s not Edward. He’s Robert. Even the graphic novel wasn’t much more than a generic, manga-hottie Edward.

I wanted an image of Edward, as he was described in the book, and that did justice to my imaginings. Then, I came across this gem on deviantART. The tortured expression, marble complexion, reddish-brown hair, golden eyes, and perfect proportions; THIS is Edward Cullen. Thanks to the artist, Colleen Peck, for creating such a magnificent rendering of a character I adore.

Heroic Hotness: Captain America

Chris Evans is Captain Hottie.

Chris Evans as Captain America: The Hottie

The All-American boy isn’t usually my thing, but Chris Evans is doin’ it to it as Captain American. Here’s to hoping his performance in the film is as good as he looks. I think it will be.

Captain ... can I get a hug?


Heroic Hotness: Spock 2.0

Zachary Quinto’s Spock: The Sleeper

Leonard Nimoy will always be the quintessential Vulcan, but damn if Quinto didn’t kick the heat up to five-alarm levels in the 2009 movie. His Spock was arrogant, angry, and dismissive, but also tender and intensely romantic with Uhura. Qunito played Spock as That Guy who is kind of a dick, but whose intelligence and unshakable confidence makes him irresistible. The sexy side of Spock took a lot of Star Trek fans, old and new, by surprise, and he gave intergalactic playboy James T. Kirk a run for his money. Set phasers to stun!

Heroic Hotness: Sherlock Holmes

RDJ as Sherlock Holmes: The Determination

If Robert Downey, Jr. is in a movie, I am going to see it. I think he is a brilliant actor. I was not prepared for how utterly exciting his performance would be as the intense and tough Sherlock Holmes. His Holmes is a logical genius marching to the beat of his own drum, fearless in the face of authority, and fighting the good fight. Renowned for his repartee, he also happens to be wearing the hell out of that vest. It’s like … perfection.

You better stop looking at me like that.

Heroic Hotness: Huntress

Huntress: The Girl Crush

Helena Bertinelli is a ride-or-die chick, and if she’s got your back, you are very lucky, indeed. She will eagerly snap a neck for a friend (or her students, if they’re threatened), but like her fellow Birds of Prey, she’s got a heart of gold. She is also one of the few female characters who can wear a silly outfit with a belly window and make it look stunning, even regal. I think of her as the slightly troubled, female version of Dick, and I’m still a little salty with him for acting all weird after they hooked up. Like any hero worth his or her salt, Helena does what she thinks is right, even if it means clashing with one of the Big Three, like Batman. One of my moments in Hush is when Huntress appears and saves Bats’ life. “She’s better than she knows,” Batman thinks. On a completely shallow note, I kinda have a thing for dark-haired comic book heroes who excel at hand-to-hand combat. Huntress’ combination of street toughness and beauty transcends sexual orientation and gives her the top spot on my Fictional Characters Worth Switching Teams For list.

Heroic Hotness: Bigby Wolf

*Sniff Sniff*

Bigby Wolf: The Animal

I’ve had a thing for the Big, Bad Wolf since he confessed his love to Snow. The reveal of his super-acute sense of smell that can read emotions is all kinds of hot. A moody girl like me could get on board with a wolf like that. It helps that Bigby is the ultimate baddie turned adoring husband and father. Although, he could still rip someone to shreds if he had to. You know … for his family.


Heroic Hotness: Dick Grayson

Dick Grayson: The P.I.M.P.

First of all, have you seen him? Heroic but not angsty, flashy but stylishly so, Bruce Wayne’s first ward is my gold standard for comic book fineness. There isn’t a young woman in the DCU who hasn’t thought about doing some acrobatics with Mr. Grayson, or a female reader, for that matter. But Dick’s not just a pretty boy. He’s a proven leader who genuinely loves his job, and he inspires others — even his prickly sidekick, Damian — to rise to the occasion. He’s far less dysfunctional than his adoptive father, and he might just return your phone calls. Just be prepared to share. Dick’s got quite the romantic track record, and it’s not hard to see why. To put it simply, Dick loves the ladies and the ladies love … well, YOU fill in the blank.
Oh, Dick. You are a mess.
A hot mess.

Heroic Hotness: Mr. Terrific

V. kicks off her geeky crushes with some fair play.

Michael Holt: The Genius

I’m going to jump off my five with one of the sexiest guys in the DCU. I fell for him during Rucka’s run of Checkmate. He’s a steely, serious, take charge kind of guy with epic integrity who adores his woman. Sasha, you were one lucky lady. I also love that he’s an atheist. I mean, it’s kind of ridiculous to be one in the DCU, but he holds fast that there IS a scientific explanation for all of it.

Oh, and by the by; there is nothing hotter than intelligence. Mr. Terrific is the third smartest man on the planet. Panties dropped.

"Pssst. Mike. I'll be your White Queen, baby."


Heroic Hotness: Our Top Geek Crushes

Topless Robot recently dedicated a post to the 11 heroes geeky girls want to date, but who are also probably toxic — Batman, James T. Kirk, and such. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, that got us thinking about the crush-worthy characters who set our hearts aflutter. While some of them probably wouldn’t be the most reliable romantic companions, they’d certainly be memorable. I’ve always tended toward good guys in real life, but as long as we’re fantasizing, I’m gonna get this party started with:

Han Solo: The Scoundrel

Harrison Ford was never sexier than when he was playing the rascally, fast-talking smuggler with a blaster on his hip. Han is basically every charming, handsome bastard you’ve ever known and loved. He isn’t the type to call the next day, but when he shows up on your doorstep unannounced with a sly grin, well, you know you’re gonna let him in. Just ask Princess Leia, whose frosty facade Han melted like a blowtorch. You know that scene in The Empire Strikes Back where he backs her up against a wall, moves in real close, and says, “You like me because I’m a scoundrel.”? Talk about a disturbance in The Force! If loving Han is wrong, I don’t want to be right.