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Product Details

  • Series: Love and Rockets (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; 1 edition (October 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606993798
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606993798
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Three years into Love and Rockets’ format switch from several-times-yearly comic book to annual trade paperback, the Hernandez brothers have finally hit their stride with a collection that is every bit as satisfying as the peak years of the long-running series. Gilbert opens with an uncharacteristic sci-fi saga that casts his sometimes-actress character Fritz as a sensual alien half-beast, followed by a sequel of sorts in which a fledgling actress from last year’s Love and Rockets volume prepares to star in a remake of the tale. Both stories benefit from Gilbert’s boldly confident graphics. But longtime fans will respond most strongly to Jaime’s linked trio of stories featuring his beloved “Locas” characters, all limned in his elegantly economical style. First we get a brief update on the status of his long-suffering heroine Maggie Chascarrillo, followed by a lengthy, revealing flashback to the childhood days of Maggie and her siblings. Then, back in the present, Maggie goes on an achingly poignant date with former lover Ray Dominguez. A quarter-century after Love and Rockets first rocked the alt-comics world, both brothers remarkably remain at the top of their game. --Gordon Flagg

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“Starred Review. [This] collection… is every bit as satisfying as the peak years of the long-running series.… A quarter-century after Love and Rockets first rocked the alt-comics world, both brothers remarkably remain at the top of their game.” (Booklist)

“'Browntown' is an incredible story with a sense of realism and gravity unseen in most comic books. 'Browntown' alone makes Love and Rockets: New Stories #3 one of the best comic books of 2010.” (Leroy Douresseaux - I Reads You)

“Jaime’s contribution to this volume… was very, very strong work... I’ve been enjoying the way that Gilbert’s stories and stories-within-stories have interacted… [T]he [brothers'] stories seemed to strangely reflect each other in ways that previous volumes haven’t.” (Brendan Wright - The Wright Opinion)

“[T]he most recent installment in the annual series features a couple of moments that are as technically brilliant and as profoundly moving as anything the series has seen in the past.” (Bob Temuka - The Tearoom of Despair)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wendi Dunlap on December 22, 2010
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I got this without having read any of the reviews. I have been a bit iffy on the Bros' output for the last few years; while it had its moments, I wasn't really getting the emotional impact that I had gotten from many of the earlier stories. I wasn't sure if the problem was that they just aren't coming out with the material often enough, or whether I was growing away from their storytelling sensibilities, or what.

Then came Vol. 3 of L&R: New Stories. Gilbert's work in here is interesting, but like much of the other recent L&R work, doesn't really grab me much. (I've loved a lot of his stuff in the past, though!)

But Jaime's work, including "Browntown" -- wow. When I finished the volume, I felt as if I'd been kicked in the gut. I immediately reread it, picking up details that I had missed earlier. And the impact, though not as surprising, was still there in the second read. This is the first time I've had this sort of emotional response from L&R in quite a few years now.

I don't want to give many details, because I think the story benefits from knowing very little going in, though knowing the background of Maggie, Ray, etc. will help a lot. Jaime's stories in this issue include current day stuff with Maggie, Ray, and Reno, along with a 1970s story of young Maggie and her family during the years they moved away from Huerta to live with her dad, and a shattering family secret.

I keep wanting to say more, but I'm afraid it would spoil it. If you are a Love and Rockets fan who has recently fallen away, get this. If you are unfamiliar with L&R, I'm not sure this is the place to start, but Jaime's story (there are three of them, but basically it's just one story with multiple chapters) can probably stand alone even without the previous knowledge of Maggie's background. That knowledge does make it richer, however.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mpv on October 26, 2010
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Both Jaime and Beto turn in stories with some pretty disturbing central elements this time out. Jaime's long story ("Browntown") is a dark, but very good, "young Maggie" tale, taking place during a time in her life we haven't seen much of yet (I loved bratty little Esther!). By contrast, the first of Beto's two stories seems designed to shock & disturb for oblique artistic reasons of its own; it's certainly, um, effective, but I wish I could "un-read" it. (Not my kind of thing.)

Both guys are working as much "on their own terms" as ever here, and fans of each will probably be satisfied (if somewhat weirded out). I personally would have liked more of a contrast in tone between the stories; because this volume is so grim, it's probably not one I'll revisit often. Just one longtime reader's opinion; your mileage may vary... :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blake Sims on November 10, 2010
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After finishing volume 3 of L&R I felt like someone had punched me in the gut. Specifically Xamie's story "Browntown". It's an amazing story, a work of art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lysystrata on March 23, 2014
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I find many Hernandez brothers works not just entertaining, but pulsing with meaning. Most recently I've read Love and Rockets New Stories collected volume #3 and Beto's "Human Diastrophism". Both have been absorbing, moving, and easy to relate to.

This work is so expressive that I often stop reading and just rescan the last few pages for the artwork alone. Each page could be framed and used to decorate the house. There is a world in every frame; every inked line is a reference from life for the reader. Jaime's stories are so true to life in the American Southwest that you become a vicarious tourist. This work puts Anthropology into Comics.

If you've ever in your life loved a comic book, (and maybe if you didn't) you can't go wrong with the work of Jaime Hernandez. I larga vida a los hermanos Hernández.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 8, 2011
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I'm a fan of Gilbert Hernandez's recent graphic novels "Sloth", "Chance in Hell" and "Speak of the Devil" but I haven't gotten into the series that made Gilbert and his brother Jaime's names in the 80s - "Love and Rockets". Maybe this wasn't the place to start as it's obviously part of a much larger story with established characters but I thought it'd be interesting to read. And it was interesting for the most part. Strange but interesting.

The book is made up of short stories. There were some sci-fi stories involving alien/human hybrids that bordered on pornographic, another story involving another hugely breasted B-movie actress, and another featuring the Hernandez brothers' favourite, Maggie the Mechanic, as she starts dating an old friend.

This date story turns out to be the final part of a larger story that closes the book. Going back to her childhood, we get a harrowing story of Maggie and her family as their parents go through divorce and Maggie's brother endures a painful experience involving an older boy.

While I enjoyed the stories, they didn't involve me enough to want to seek out other books in the "Love and Rockets" series. The artwork is great and the stories definitely different and unique in the indie field, but they're either too out there and confusing (the sci-fi stuff) or disturbing to want to revisit anytime soon.
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