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Love and Rockets: New Stories No. 4 (Vol. 4) (Love and Rockets) Paperback – October 17, 2011

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“Jaime has not only managed to maintain the standard that he set in his Locas stories back in the 1980s and ’90s, at times I would say his work is better than ever.... #4 sees the end of 'The Love Bunglers,' a story that is every bit as tragic, funny, and ultimately life-affirming as one could wish.” (Tony Keen - FA)

“As I finished reading Love and Rockets: New Stories #4, I had to sit back and just take a moment to take it all in and collect myself, as I know that I had just completed reading one of the greatest works in comics for 2011.... Love and Rockets: New Stories #4 is an achievement for the Brothers Hernandez and has earned a permanent spot on my required reading list for anyone interesting in reading the great works of modern comics creators.” (Ron Richards - iFanboy)

“It should go without saying by now that any new volume of Love and Rockets is a must for any serious comics fan... New Stories 4 is... one of the major events of the comics year...” (Noel Murray - The A.V. Club)

“…L&R Vol. 3, No. 4, is a fantastic, heart-stopping issue, recalling the best from the series’ past. I love it.” (Charles Hatfield - The Panelists)

“Warm-hearted, deceptively heart-wrenching, challenging, charming and irresistibly addictive, Love and Rockets: New Stories is a grown up comics fan’s dream come true and remains as valid and groundbreaking as its earlier incarnations -- the diamond point of the cutting edge of American graphic narrative.” (Win Wiacek - Now Read This!)

“Even in a long career of masterpieces, Jaime's story about missed opportunities for happiness is a revelation, while Gilbert continues to cement his place as the Jorodowsky of comics with a vampire tale.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Every now and then, if I’m lucky, I might just bump into a stone cold masterpiece. The kind of art that makes you just want to shout and scream it is so good. So, in the interest of doing just that, let me say that Jaime Hernandez's 'The Love Bunglers' is such a work…. This is not just Jaime’s finest work, but one of the best… works ever created in the medium.” (Dan Nadel - The Comics Journal)

“I’ll freely confess that at the end of the new issue when I saw how Jaime had tied together the fates of Hopey, Maggie, and Ray I started crying like a baby. ...Gilbert’s recent comics have the protean energy and relentless will to reinvention that rivals the Crumb of Weirdo and Hup.” (Jeet Heer - The Comics Journal)

“This is incandescent work. At this point, Jaime Hernandez draws comics better than maybe anyone's ever drawn comics. …[M]y God, what a remarkable comic. I'm so grateful to have read it.” (Tom Spurgeon - The Comics Reporter)

“While it’s no surprise that Jaime Hernandez is still producing magnificent and beautiful comics, it is also still incredible to see how big his storytelling balls are, man.” (Bob Temuka - The Tearoom of Despair)

“…Jaime Hernandez… completes a long-running narrative without grandiose preening, and the art is full of expression and effortless charm. The final pages speed toward a finish that will satisfy new readers and bring bittersweet conclusion for fans.” (Alex Carr - Omnivoracious (Amazon.com))

“The finale of the story Jaime has been telling over the past couple of annual issues is a moment of bravura comics storytelling, but the buildup to it in the opening portions of this issue is pretty great as well...” (Matthew J. Brady - Warren Peace Sings the Blues)

“Symphonic, tragic, revelatory, exciting and devastating as only great art can be, 'The Love Bunglers' is one of the best comics ever made.” (Joe Gross - The Austin American-Statesman)

“[Jaime] Hernandez just keeps delivering stories of the highest calibre…. The moments of his characters’ lives that Hernandez chooses to show in the telling of his tales are picked and deployed with such precision it betrays a wisdom and clarity very few storytellers possess, in comics or any other media. Just beautiful.” (Nick Abadzis (Laika))

“It reaches emotional heights I rarely encounter when reading comics and was not prepared for.” (Jim Rugg (Afrodisiac))

“Jaime Hernandez is my favorite cartoonist. I think he is the greatest cartoonist of all time. My opinion.... No art moves me the way the work of Jaime Hernandez moves me. I am in awe of his eternal mystery.” (Frank Santoro (Storeyville, Cold Heat))

“It goes without saying that 'The Love Bunglers' completely knocked me out… Concise, moving, and incredibly bold, it’s like a cartooning master class in the span of fifty pages, and a tremendous reward to the long-term reader.” (Adrian Tomine (Shortcomings, Optic Nerve))

“Another great issue, with the continuation and ending of 'The Love Bunglers,' from Jaime Hernandez. It's a real knockout and quite touching... You almost have to remind yourself that, yes, these are characters, not real people! Apparently, nobody told Jaime that the quality of one's work is supposed to go down after working on a strip that long.” (Jason (Low Moon, Werewolves of Montpellier))

About the Author

Gilbert Hernandez lives in Las Vegas, NV, with his wife and daughter. He is co-creator of the long-running, award-winning, and critically acclaimed series Love and Rockets. His books include Chance in Hell, The Troublemakers, Luba, Palomar, Speak of the Devil, Sloth, The High Soft Lisp, Love from the Shadows, Girl Crazy, Yeah!, and many books in the Love and Rockets series.

Jaime Hernandez is a lifelong Los Angelean, where he continues to chronicle Maggie’s life in the pages of Love and Rockets: New Stories.
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Product Details

  • Series: Love and Rockets (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics (October 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606994905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606994900
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this book, Jaime finishes up the Ray & Maggie story from the last volume -- and the ending is so "complete," it feels like it could easily serve as the finale of the entire "Locas" storyline. It's well done, and strongly affecting -- it left me reflecting for hours about the series, the characters' lives... and "life" in general.

Jaime's compositions and plotting are as strong here as ever -- there are pages and panels containing details that only fully reveal themselves when you flip back, after reading further, and look back over them again (something longtime readers should be very familiar with).

The book also includes a standalone story, revisiting preteen Maggie's return to Hoppers and reunion with her friend Letty (as seen at the end of "Wig Wam Bam") -- only this time told from Letty's point of view. It is excellent; and, like the main storyline, should be highly resonant for "L&R" fans. It's remarkable how Jaime is able to add new details and layers to old stories, without the result feeling "rehashed."

We'll have to wait and see whether this is truly the final "Locas" book (though I wouldn't bet on it!). In a Jaime story, you sometimes can't tell whether events have "actually happened," or if they're experiments or alternative ways of looking at things, "What If...?" style. (Not all "fantasies" involve super heroes, ghosts, or people from other planets -- some are much closer to home.) Meanwhile, to quote a band that also recently wrapped things up after three decades (a band that Maggie and Hopey probably always hated) -- Vol. 4 is "A must...!"
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Jaime's on point here, we follow Maggie through middle age with looks at the past and now the near distant future.Theres a brilliant dream sequence from Ray,Vivian makes a brief and uneven appearance with one of the classic lines of the series "I've had it with that fat old Mexican", a fantastic panel maybe worth the price of the purchase. Angela is here in all of her beauty,but no action shots.The Hoppers stuff is good, not great. Gilberts story "and now reality kicks in" is nothing short of exceptional, his vampire story is also interesting, though dirty and bleak.
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The book concludes the storyline set up in the last book called "The Love Bunglers" about Maggie and Ray's on again off again relationship which Jaime draws, as well as "Browntown" which takes place when Maggie was a teen. Gilbert writes/draws a bizarre and funny vampire story and a shorter one about a fading alcoholic movie star.

All the stories were excellent especially Gilbert's as I've never fully gotten into "Love and Rockets" proper as there's too much backstory to go through to be up to date on the characters. The vampire story is probably the best part of the book, partly because I like those odd stories Gilbert puts out ("Speak of the Devil" is a brilliant book), but I think he's the better artist of the two.

As good as the Maggie stories are, Jaime's artwork makes it hard to distinguish between male characters - they just all look too similar! The ending of the book is very dramatic but I think it would've been clearer if I could identify who Ray was and who the other male characters were. As it was, I was confused as to what had happened and who Maggie was with in the end. Was it Ray? Was it someone else? It was probably Ray anyway. I think...

Fans of the series will love this new book while newcomers will still find plenty to enjoy inside. A great collection of the Hernandez brothers' latest stories.
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Love and Rockets is hands-down the best comic book series ever published, and the new series is among some of the best work that the Hernandez Brothers have ever done. These volumes highlight a new standard in black and white illustration from Jamie, who somehow manages to simultaneously simplify his style even further than before and bring more life and energy onto the page, and some of Gilbert's (ever the master storyteller) writing.
As much as I enjoyed the unbridled energy of the old books, I love the brilliance, passion, and quality of this new series.
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