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Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 (No. 1) Paperback – September 15, 2008

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Editorial Reviews


“There is growing support for the argument that Love & Rockets represents the greatest output of any cartoonist not named Charles Schulz.” (Nude)

“Hernandez is a national treasure.” (Douglas Wolk - Salon)

“As painful as it is to wait a year for new Love and Rockets now that the Hernandez brothers have switched to an annual format, it’ll be worth the wait if each issue is going to be as good as this one [L&R: New Stories #1]. Jaime Hernandez created the best superhero story of 2008 for this issue, and it should be required reading for anyone who reads or creates comics.” (Corey Henson - Newsarama)

“If you’ve never heard of Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, you’ve been missing out on two of the hidden treasures of our impoverished culture.” (The Nation)

Love & Rockets has been American fiction's best-kept secret.” (Rolling Stone)

“Jaime's entry [in Love and Rockets: New Stories #1]... is like a huge riff on what might have happened if superhero comics started their evolutionary path by focusing on more female-centered concerns instead of testosterone-fueled fisticuffs... Gilbert's contributions are hard to describe, mainly because they are so surreal. They really have to be experienced and interpreted on your own.” (John Jakala - Sporadic Sequential)

“A high point in the comics form, conventional in idiom, but not comparable to any strips before it.” (The Washington Post)

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.

Mario Hernandez lives in San Francisco, CA with his wife and children.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books (September 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560979518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560979517
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Babytoxie on September 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
I devotedly followed the Hernandez Brothers' earliest Love and Rockets stories through the 7 trade collections recently published by Fantagraphics. These reprints of the first L&R series primarily followed Jaime's Locas and Gilbert's residents of Palomar. I loved both the storylines and the format of these books, so I was happy to learn that their new work would be appearing in similar editions, but the result is not quite what I was expecting.

LOVE AND ROCKETS: NEW STORIES #1 reformats the quarterly ongoing L&R comic into a 100-page annual format. Unfortunately, it's approximately 175 pages shorter than the aforementioned reprint trades, yet priced the same, and I can't say that this one release will tide me over for the whole year. Anyway, Jaime begins and ends the book with a fun 2-part superhero adventure: "The Search for Penny Century". It features the familiar face of Maggie, plus Angel, Alarma, Espectra, Golden Girl, and a host of others, ending on a cliffhanger for the next issue. Gilbert's shorter stories fill the rest of the book and didn't make a good impression overall. "Papa", Victory Dance", and "?" left me flat, while "Chiro el Indio" (written by brother Mario) and "Never Say Never" are just strings of dull humor. The only one that really got my attention was "The New Adventures of Duke and Sammy", featuring the comedy duo adventuring in outer space - this story did get me laughing, if only because of the over-the-top violence at the end. It's upsetting, because I feel that Gilbert's Palomar saga is one of the best and most complex works ever to appear in the comic medium, but his more recent work simply comes off as rushed.
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Format: Paperback
I realised a couple things after reading just a few pages of this book: 1) I’d read the first story before in Jaime Hernandez’s God and Science: Return of the Ti-Girls book, and 2) of all the Hernandez brothers, Gilbert is the only one whose stories I really enjoy. Jaime’s art is fine but his writing and Mario’s are beyond boring. God and Science? I gave up on that one after just 6 pages! In fact, I don’t think I’ve finished a single Jaime book and only got through ones with his name on because of his Gilbert’s work tacked on.

I powered through Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 as I paid for a copy (it was on sale for peanuts) and wanted to get my money’s worth. Jaime’s Ti-Girls story, that’s been chopped up and takes up about half the book, is a generic superhero story starring older, heavier women than the usual stock female superheroes. That’s about all I’ll say it does differently, otherwise it’s your average superhero story. Villain threatens Earth, heroes fight villain, world is saved. It’s honestly that rote, except Jaime writes it like an older-style superhero comic so there’s lots and lots of badly written caption boxes to torture the reader with.

After 26 excruciatingly dull pages we get to the first of Gilbert’s comics and it’s a simple one-pager of Sunday paper funnies but it’s instantly more entertaining than the preceding chapter of crap. Then we’re onto a short story by Gilbert and immediately I recognised it as part of Julio’s Day, Gilbert’s wonderful book from a couple years ago. It’s a fine comic but I’ve already read it so it was disappointing to see it here instead of something different (later on another section from Julio’s Day crops up).

To be totally fair to Jaime, Gilbert’s other offerings aren’t much better either.
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...I bought the newest issue of Love and Rockets #1 after exhausting the teen and adult years of my favorite 2 comic book characters ever: Hopey and Maggie. Now as aging women, the tease of Hopey starting a new chapter (of all things!) as a teacher and Maggie, fixing things and managing an apartment home. Penny finally got superpowers, but at the cost of her children, wow! I need to save some cash because I have to know...WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?!?
P.S This was the fastest I have ever received a package from an Amazon seller, awesomeness!
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I had not read the Love & Rockets comics in their original forms. I think I was too young for adult themed comics that didn't involve scantily clad women who looked like Playboy models in zero gravity (I also read Robert Heinlein - I was a dumb teenager) and now I am enjoying catching up on the works.

This comic is all over the map - from a kitschy superhero comic story that deconstructs the genre better than Miller or Moore could hope to achieve (love the references to the superheroine team that requires all members be supermodel proportions to join and fight crime) with loopy tale spinning concerning magic babies and runaway superheroes.

THen the middle stories involve Mexican parasites, bloody retribution and big-eyed animals.

One of my favorite stories is the Jerry Lewis/Dean Martin space opera that is just so weird and wonderful that it deserves to be loved by sheer audacity alone.

So even though I regret being a dumb teenager, I am happy that I have a wealth of Hernandez Brother material to catch up on.
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