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How to Read Love and Rockets Print

The Hernandez brothers' decades-spanning oeuvre can seem overwhelming to new readers, so we've put together this handy guide with suggestions on which books to start with, and where to go from there. For more advice and opinions, see the recommendations of comics critics Chris Mautner of Comic Book Resources (2009), Alex Carr of Amazon's Omnivoracious blog, Douglas Wolk at Time's Techland blog (2010), Sean T. Collins (2010), who alternately suggests starting anywhere at Robot 6 (2011), and venerable NYC comics retailer Jim Hanley's Universe (2013).


JAIME HERNANDEZ — "LOCAS"

FIRST, read Maggie the Mechanic, which contains the earliest "Maggie and Hopey" stories, and follow up with The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S. and Perla La Loca, which collect all of the stories from Love and Rockets Vol. 1. OR, the giant Locas hardcover, which is out of print, collects most of this material in one volume.

Love and Rockets Library (Locas Book 1): Maggie the Mechanic [New Printing]
Love and Rockets Library (Locas Book 1): Maggie the Mechanic [New Printing]
Price: $18.99
Love and Rockets Library (Locas Book 2): The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S. [New Printing]
Love and Rockets Library (Locas Book 2): The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S. [New Printing]
Price: $19.99
Love and Rockets Library (Locas Book 3): Perla La Loca [New Printing Pre-Order]
Love and Rockets Library (Locas Book 3): Perla La Loca [New Printing Pre-Order]
Price: $18.99
Locas: The Maggie and Hopey Stories [Sold Out]
Locas: The Maggie and Hopey Stories [Sold Out]
Price: $49.95

THEN, you can follow Maggie and Hopey's further adventures (which originally ran in the Penny Century miniseries and Love and Rockets Vol. II) in three different formats: as they were first collected in the hardcover volumes Locas in Love (now sold out), Dicks and Deedees, Ghost of Hoppers and The Education of Hopey Glass...

Love and Rockets Book 18: Locas In Love [Sold Out]
Love and Rockets Book 18: Locas In Love [Sold Out]
Price: $14.95
Love and Rockets Book 20: Dicks and Deedees
Love and Rockets Book 20: Dicks and Deedees
Price: $18.95
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Love and Rockets Book 22: Ghost of Hoppers
Love and Rockets Book 22: Ghost of Hoppers
Price: $18.95
Love and Rockets Book 24: The Education of Hopey Glass
Love and Rockets Book 24: The Education of Hopey Glass
Price: $19.99
$11.99
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...OR, the Love and Rockets Library volume Penny Century collects Locas in Love and Dicks and Deedees, plus the out-of-print Whoa Nellie, a standalone wrestling story starring supporting characters from the "Locas" universe; and the new Esperanza compiles Ghost of Hoppers and The Education of Hopey Glass (with the stories in a slightly different order) in the same affordable, compact softcover format; OR, find all of this material (except Whoa, Nellie!) in the hardcover omnibus Locas II: Maggie, Hopey & Ray. OR, why not just get everything at once, with the bargain-priced 5-volume Love and Rockets Library: The Locas Collection set? MEANWHILE, Love and Rockets Vol. II #20 (also out of print) contains the "La Maggie La Loca" serial which originally ran in the New York Times Magazine and can now be found in the Art of Jaime Hernandez book from Abrams. NEXT, the "Locas" stories continue in Love and Rockets: New Stories, below.

Locas II: Maggie, Hopey & Ray
Locas II: Maggie, Hopey & Ray
Price: $39.99
Love and Rockets Library (Locas Book 4): Penny Century
Love and Rockets Library (Locas Book 4): Penny Century
Price: $18.99
Love and Rockets Library (Locas Book 5): Esperanza
Love and Rockets Library (Locas Book 5): Esperanza
Price: $18.99
Love and Rockets Library: The Locas Collection
Love and Rockets Library: The Locas Collection
Price: $95.95
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GILBERT HERNANDEZ — PALOMAR, LUBA AND BEYOND

FIRST, read Heartbreak Soup, and then its sequel Human Diastrophism. OR there is the giant Palomar hardcover (except that it is out of print). AND, there's Beyond Palomar, which follows some of the Palomar characters into the past and future.

Love and Rockets Library (Palomar & Luba Book 1): Heartbreak Soup
Love and Rockets Library (Palomar & Luba Book 1): Heartbreak Soup
Price: $14.95
Love and Rockets Library (Palomar & Luba Book 2): Human Diastrophism
Love and Rockets Library (Palomar & Luba Book 2): Human Diastrophism
Price: $14.95
Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories [Sold Out]
Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories [Sold Out]
Price: $39.95
Love and Rockets Library (Palomar & Luba Book 3): Beyond Palomar
Love and Rockets Library (Palomar & Luba Book 3): Beyond Palomar
Price: $16.95

THEN, you can follow Luba's stateside adventures in Luba in America, Luba: The Book of Ofelia, and Luba: Three Daughters. OR, the entire Luba trilogy, plus the final chapter from Love and Rockets Vol. II #20, is collected in the 600-page Luba hardcover. ALTERNATELY, the first half of this material is collected in the L&R Library softcover volume Luba and Her Family (2014), which you can also get as part of the Love and Rockets Library: The Palomar & Luba Collection gift set. THEN, the collection High Soft Lisp collects stories starring Luba's half-sister Rosalba "Fritz" Martinez from L&R Vol. II.

Love and Rockets Book 19: Luba in America
Love and Rockets Book 19: Luba in America
Price: $19.95
Love and Rockets Book 21: Luba: The Book of Ofelia
Love and Rockets Book 21: Luba: The Book of Ofelia
Price: $22.95
Love and Rockets Book 23: Luba: Three Daughters
Love and Rockets Book 23: Luba: Three Daughters
Price: $16.95
Luba
Luba
Price: $39.99
Love and Rockets Library (Palomar & Luba Book 4): Luba and Her Family
Love and Rockets Library (Palomar & Luba Book 4): Luba and Her Family
Price: $18.99
Love and Rockets Library: The Palomar & Luba Collection
Love and Rockets Library: The Palomar & Luba Collection
Price: $65.84
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Love and Rockets Book 25: High Soft Lisp
Love and Rockets Book 25: High Soft Lisp
Price: $16.99

NOT TO MENTION, Chance in Hell, The Troublemakers, Love from the Shadows, and Maria M. Book 1 are part of Gilbert's series of "Fritz B-movie" standalone graphic novels, which are comics adaptations of fictional movies starring or co-starring Fritz. The first three are tangential to the post-Palomar continuity, and the latter is a metafictional adaptation of Poison River with Fritz portraying her own mother. (More of Fritz's filmography can be seen in Love and Rockets: New Stories.)

Chance in Hell
Chance in Hell
Price: $16.95
The Troublemakers
The Troublemakers
Price: $19.99
Love from the Shadows
Love from the Shadows
Price: $19.99
Maria M. Book 1
Maria M. Book 1
Price: $22.99
PLUS, the three-issue Ignatz-format miniseries New Tales of Old Palomar revisits the early "Heartbreak Soup" days. All 3 issues are collected in the hardcover The Children of Palomar.

New Tales of Old Palomar #1
New Tales of Old Palomar #1
Price: $7.95
New Tales of Old Palomar #2
New Tales of Old Palomar #2
Price: $7.95
New Tales of Old Palomar #3
New Tales of Old Palomar #3
Price: $7.95
The Children of Palomar
The Children of Palomar
Price: $22.99
ADDITIONALLY, Fear of Comics is a collection of Gilbert's wild, experimental stand-alone stories from before the Luba trilogy; The Adventures of Venus collects the stories starring Petra's daughter Venus from the kid-friendly comic anthology series Measles along with some new material; and Julio's Day collects and completes Gilbert's non-Palomar serial from Vol. II.

Love and Rockets Book 17: Fear of Comics
Love and Rockets Book 17: Fear of Comics
Price: $12.95
The Adventures of Venus
The Adventures of Venus
Price: $9.99
Julio's Day
Julio's Day
Price: $19.99

ADDITIONAL READING

All of the non-"Locas" and non-"Palomar" stories from Love and Rockets Vol. 1, including work from all three Bros. (including Mario!) are collected in the final (for now) installment of the Love and Rockets Library series, Amor Y Cohetes. You can also collect 7 volumes of the Love and Rockets Library, with every page of material from Love and Rockets Vol. 1, in one handy bargain-priced multi-pack, a savings of nearly $25!

Love and Rockets Library (Short Stories): Amor Y Cohetes
Love and Rockets Library (Short Stories): Amor Y Cohetes
Price: $16.99
Love and Rockets Library: The Complete Vol. 1
Love and Rockets Library: The Complete Vol. 1
Price: $111.69
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NEW STORIES

Love and Rockets was reborn in 2008 with Love and Rockets: New Stories, with 100 pages of all-new material from Gilbert and Jaime (and Mario in #1) in an annual trade-paperback format. Jaime's work from the first four issues is collected in two hardcovers: God and Science is a superhero fantasia sprung from the "Locas" universe, with 30 pages of new material, and The Love Bunglers is the continuation of the "Locas" saga.

Love and Rockets: New Stories #1
Love and Rockets: New Stories #1
Price: $14.99
Love and Rockets: New Stories #2
Love and Rockets: New Stories #2
Price: $14.99
Love and Rockets: New Stories #3
Love and Rockets: New Stories #3
Price: $14.99
Love and Rockets: New Stories #4
Love and Rockets: New Stories #4
Price: $14.99
Love and Rockets: New Stories #5
Love and Rockets: New Stories #5
Price: $14.99
Love and Rockets: New Stories #6
Love and Rockets: New Stories #6
Price: $14.99
God and Science: Return of the Ti-Girls
God and Science: Return of the Ti-Girls
Price: $19.99
The Love Bunglers
The Love Bunglers
Price: $19.99

30th ANNIVERSARY BOOKS

To mark the 30th anniversary of Love and Rockets, Fantagraphics releases three books for new and die-hard fans alike: two comprehensive guides to the series and an oversized collection of cover art.

The Love and Rockets Companion: 30 Years (and Counting)
The Love and Rockets Companion: 30 Years (and Counting)
Price: $29.99
Love and Rockets: The Covers
Love and Rockets: The Covers
Price: $35.00
The Love and Rockets Reader: From Hoppers to Palomar [Pre-Order]
The Love and Rockets Reader: From Hoppers to Palomar [Pre-Order]
Price: $24.99
Love and Rockets 30th Anniversary Set: Companion, Covers & Reader [Pre-Order]
Love and Rockets 30th Anniversary Set: Companion, Covers & Reader [Pre-Order]
Price: $89.98
$71.98
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COLLECT IT ALL

A handful of Love and Rockets back issues are still available; we also have several of the original album-sized collections and some nifty, hard-to-find collectors' items as well. Use the links below to browse the whole range of Love and Rockets items:

• Love and Rockets Vol. II - the second comics series, 2000-2007
• Love and Rockets: New Stories - the third volume of L&R, now formatted as an annual trade paperback, 2008-
• Love and Rockets Library - handsome new softcover collections compiling every story from Vol. 1
• Love and Rockets: Original Collections - album-sized books containing the original reprints of the Brothers' work 1982-2007 — you'll find the omnibus collections here, too
• New Tales of Old Palomar - Gilbert's recent mini-series in the Ignatz format
• Love and Rockets Collectors' Items - books, one-shots, foreign editions and novelties for the Hernandez Brothers fan

Browse by Brother:
• Gilbert solo
• Jaime solo
• The Brothers in tandem

Last Updated ( Friday, 31 January 2014 )
 
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