- 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: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,640,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 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)
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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)
“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
“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)
“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.
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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.
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...!"
As much as I enjoyed the unbridled energy of the old books, I love the brilliance, passion, and quality of this new series.