After Jaime’s two-part super-hero epic from Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 and #2, we return to the enthralling minutiae of the “Locas” cast’s lives for the first time in three years. In the main story "The Love Bunglers" (presented in two parts) Ray finally gets his date with Maggie: The couple goes to an art opening and to dinner, they discuss the crazy world of dreams, and Maggie asks Ray for a huge favor. Also in this volume, “Brown Town, Blue Sun,” a new installment in Jaime’s beloved “little kids” flashback series: A ten-year-old Maggie and her family move away from Hoppers to a desert ghost town…
And on the Gilbert side of the ledger, “Scarlet by Starlight” is a story of humans exploring alien terrain, one of whom gets caught up in the natives' mating season with a furry creature who bears a striking resemblance to Fritz (of High Soft Lisp fame). “Killer/Sad Girl/Star” picks up the “Sad Girl” character from LRNS #2, and how no one in her family takes her budding film career seriously.
All this, plus: a letters page!
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"Three years into Love and Rockets' format switch from several-times-yearly comic book to annual trade
paperback, the Hernandez brothers have finally hit their stride with a collection that is every bit as
satisfying as the peak years of the long-running series. Gilbert opens with an uncharacteristic sci-fi saga
that casts his sometimes-actress character Fritz as a sensual alien half-beast, followed by a sequel of sorts
in which a fledgling actress from last year's Love and Rockets volume prepares to star in a remake of the
tale. Both stories benefit from Gilbert’s boldly confident graphics. But longtime fans will respond most
strongly to Jaime's linked trio of stories featuring his beloved 'Locas' characters, all limned in his
elegantly economical style. First we get a brief update on the status of his long-suffering heroine Maggie
Chascarrillo, followed by a lengthy, revealing flashback to the childhood days of Maggie and her siblings.
Then, back in the present, Maggie goes on an achingly poignant date with former lover Ray Dominguez. A
quarter-century after Love and Rockets first rocked the alt-comics world, both brothers remarkably remain
at the top of their game."
— Gordon Flagg, Booklist (Starred Review)