Love and Rockets by Gilbert Hernandez
New Stories No. 5 (Vol. 5) ()

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In the annual installment of the long-running comic series, Ray’s ex, The Frogmouth, gets a visit from her sister; Luba’s granddaughter, Killer, stars in a movie inspired by their family.

How do you follow up a one-two punch like Jaime Hernandez’s stunning two-part masterpiece “The Love Bunglers” from LRNS  #3 and #4, which sent Maggie and Ray’s relationship in a startling new direction, as well as providing some mind-blowing revelations about Maggie’s (and her family’s) past? If you’re Jaime, you deftly move sideways and switch focus to other characters, specifically Ray’s ex, the rambunctious “Frogmouth.” In “Crime Raiders International Mobsters and Executioners,” Muneca, the Frogmouth’s half-sister, comes to visit for a weekend and sees what kind of life the Frog Princess is living with Reno and Borneo — as well as a brand new character or two. On the other-brother side, Gilbert Hernandez celebrates the 30th anniversary by bringing one of his current characters (“Killer,” granddaughter to the legendary Luba) into the Palomar milieu in a story that showcases a fictionalized “movie” Palomar (starring Fritz as a combination of Luba and Tonantzín), even as it brings back a number of the classic Palomar characters for real. This will be a much-anticipated homecoming for fans of the “classic” Love and Rockets of the 1980s. Thirty years in, Love and Rockets continues to surprise and delight. 96

About Gilbert Hernandez

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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.
Published October 10, 2012 by Fantagraphics. 96 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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His second story, “Hypnotwist,” is the cherry on top of this volume, with its wordless narrative of a beautiful young woman who travels the streets of a dark city, seeing strange, lovely and horrifying sights along the way.

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In the 30 years they’ve been writing and drawing Love and Rockets, Los Bros Hernandez have created wonderfully complex story lines and characters. In this volume, Gilbert concentrates on episodes in P

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It’s this story of a banana republic, Comprachico, in the throes of rebellion and political chaos as it tries to shake free from stronger neighboring country Marzipan, that lays the groundwork for Mario’s current collaboration with Gilbert, the grand “Me For The Unknown.” While it’s uncertain jus...

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it would allow the work to be more accessible to new readers and help old readers fill in some of the blanks they may have forgotten.) There’s gold in all of the work of the Hernandez brothers, though, and if Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 inspires new readers to check out the vast backlog of...

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