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Heartbreak Soup (Love & Rockets) Paperback – March 17, 2007
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Gilbert Hernandez’s characters in "Heartbreak Soup" first appear to represent typical Latino/a stereotypes, but these stereotypes are almost always subverted in his narratives because although they are familiar, Hernandez’s characters are richly complex. By re-presenting how both Latino and Latina characters behave and are perceived in public and private spaces, Hernandez’s Heartbreak Soup subverts and demystifies not only Latino/Latina stereotypes but gender stereotypes as well. This re-presentation brings out complexity and depth in the characters making it difficult for the reader to categorize or read these characters as just mere stereotypes.
Whether it is the Latin Lover, the Spitfire, or the Macho man, Gilbert Hernandez’s Heartbreak Soup manages to bring complexity to these characters. The graphic novel takes many familiar archetypes turned into stereotypes by Hollywood and popular culture and adds very real humanistic components to them. In doing so, the reader’s own perceptions, and perhaps subscriptions to certain stereotypes, are dispelled and subverted. The graphic novel both familiarizes and de-familiarizes the reader to portrayals Latino and Latina in popular culture making it difficult for readers to simply categorize many of its characters. The characters in Heartbreak Soup are certainly more “real” than most characters in Hollywood film and television, and are more accurate representations of not only Latino and Latinas but human beings as well.
What makes this book so amazing is the way it can seamlessly move from one character to the other, showing everyone from a multitude of perspectives filling in blanks left from previous stories and yet keeping some mysteries intact. The only criticism I can make concerns the way certain characters don't seem to age - particularly Luba who looks like Sophia Lauren in her 20s throughout the book. Still that's a very minor quibbling and for a book that succeeds in being the graphic novel tribute to One Hundred Years of Solitude (P.S.) its not important in the overall enjoyment.
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These reprints of the old Love and Rockets comics from the 80s and 90s are fine introductions to one of the greatest visual narratives in publishing history. Read morePublished on February 23, 2014 by Noh