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Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2007, Love and Rockets was finally released in its most accessible form yet: As a series of compact, thick, affordable, mass-market volumes that present the whole story, originally serialized in Love and Rockets Vol. 1 from 1982 to 1996, in perfect chronological order. Now that the series is complete, we are pleased to offer all seven volumes — nearly 2,000 pages of incredible comics — for a special package price.
This set includes the following titles:
By Jaime Hernandez:
Maggie the Mechanic The first of three volumes collecting the Love and Rockets stories of spunky Maggie, her brash best friend and sometimes lover Hopey, and their friends. These are the earliest, punkiest, most heavily sci-fi stories.
The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S. Centered on one of Jaime's peaks, "The Death of Speedy," the second comprehensive "Locas" collection (with stories not in the hardcover) alternates between wrestling action and the triangle of Maggie, Hopey and Ray D.
Perla La Loca In these classic "Locas" stories, Jaime drops a narrative bomb on Hopey (and us) in "Wigwam Bam"; Maggie contends with her inner demons, a murderous hooker, and an amorous lady wrestler; and Maggie, getting married?
By Gilbert Hernandez:
Heartbreak Soup This beautiful, affordable volume collects the first half of Gilbert's modern-day classic, featuring the acclaimed magical-realist tales of Palomar, the Central American hamlet, and its memorable inhabitants.
Human Diastrophism In the second half of the Palomar saga, the town's idyll is broken by a serial killer, the modern world's intrusions, and a shocking death. The seeds sown, the "Palomar diaspora" ends this dense, enthralling book.
Beyond Palomar Collects two groundbreaking works: "Poison River" traces the backstory of Luba, from child to teenage mob bride to her escape to Palomar; "Love and Rockets X" is a wide-ranging, Altman-esque story set in early-1990s L.A.
By the Brothers Hernandez:
Amor Y Cohetes All of the non-"Locas," non-"Palomar" stories from Love and Rockets Vol. 1, collected in one convenient package. Beto's "BEM," "Frida" and "My Love Book"; Jaime's "Rocky and Fumble"; and much more.
Unsure how to build your Love and Rockets collection? See our handy guide on How to Read Love and Rockets.
“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 and Rockets has been American fiction’s best-kept secret.” – Rolling Stone
“Love and Rockets is a high point in the comics form, conventional in idiom, but not comparable to any strips before it.” – The Washington Post
“A national treasure.” – Salon.com
"This indie comics mainstay has been going for nearly 30 years, making Love and Rockets as intimidating to some new readers as even the densest superhero mythologies. Luckily, Fantagraphics has made the Los Bros Hernandez saga about a massive cast of startlingly lifelike characters digestible in the form of affordable reprint volumes published in chronological order." –Comics Alliance