When I saw the cover of Winx Magazine #189, I hoped the Specialists would finally show up again, and we’d get some Aisha/Nex scenes. This comic mostly met my expectations.
First, a couple facts about this comic: “La Gara di Ballo” (The Dance Contest).
As YouTuber Winx Club Believix pointed out, this is the last comic of the decade! (It’s almost 2020, guys. Crazy…)
This is the first comic Nex has been in since #139: “Festa a Sorpresa!” (Surprise Party!). That’s 50 issues or more than four years ago. (Remember when the Specialists appeared in every comic? I miss those days.) It’s also the first time he and Aisha have interacted in a comic since “La Prova di Nex” (Nex’s Test).
“La Gara di Ballo” is about Bloom and Sky, but Aisha and Nex at least get a couple panels together. Maybe they’ll get more in the February 2020 comic. (I expect it to be about Musa and Riven, though.)
As for these scenes, I don’t know how to feel about them.
Is That a Dance?
During the contest, each Winx couple dances in a style that suits their personalities and/or relationship.
Stella and Brandon boogie on top of the judges’ table.
Musa and Riven do…an interpretive dance?
Tecna and Timmy do the robot (because of course).
Flora and Helia tango.
Bloom and Sky waltz. (And of course, they win the competition because they’re the most beautiful couple ever. ?)
Here’s Aisha and Nex’s dance. One of the background characters says it looks more like a martial art. It could be inspired by capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that incorporates dance and acrobatics.
Is it just me, or is Rainbow highlighting Aisha and Nex’s battle couple dynamic a lot? I don’t mind that type of relationship, especially since it’s unique to them. No other couple has it.
But I feel like Rainbow is overdoing it. A couple that kicks butt together is awesome, but that’s not what people picture when they think of love. Couples are supposed to act cute and sappy, right? Even Winx Club reinforces this because it promotes the mushy couples more (especially Bloom and Sky).
For that reason, Aisha and Nex need more sweetness in their relationship. They can still be the tough-as-nails battle couple, but let them have plenty of softer moments, too.
Rainbow did this better in the cartoon in season eight. The first Sirenix arc was full of romantic moments between Aisha and Nex. I just wish we could see more of them in the Winx comics, too.
What do you think? Do you prefer Aisha and Nex’s battle couple dynamic, or should they be more romantic?