This entry covers the story “Seoul Brothers” of Young Romance #1, written by Peter Milligan.
This short story starring Apollo and Midnighter takes place in Valentine’s Day.
Apollo is flying over Itaewan, in Seoul; a known gay neighbourhood. As he muses poetic thoughts, he’s looking for Midnighter, following him to try to get to know him better. But Midnighter isn’t in town to visit bars; he’s taking on evildoers who want to sell unstable uranium.
Once the job is over, Lucas snaps at Apollo and tells him to never follow him again. He’s a killer, a psychopath who can’t be loved. And they can’t afford to let their emotions to get mixed up in what they do. Whatever was going on between them… it needs to stop. Reluctantly, Apollo agrees, saying he was coming to the same conclusion himself. He even adds that Midnighter wasn’t really his type. Of course, they are both lying, and they both know it. Midnighter can hear his breathing, see his eye movement, the patina of sweat; he can tell when Apollo is lying. They say goodbye to each other with a smile, knowing that’s not the end of it. This is a great story, although very short, and it is drawn by Simon Bisley, of Wildstorm fame.
Next: Stormwatch Vol.3 issues 13 – 14, written by Peter Milligan.