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,” Tonta, 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.
#7, Amazon.com Best Books of 2011: Comics & Graphic Novels Top 10
#5, Amazon.ca Best Books of 2011: Comics & Graphic Novels Top 10
Praise for the Series:
"[This] collection [#3] is every bit as
satisfying as the peak years of the long-running series.... 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)
“I’m a cynical super fan at times who often believes he’s ‘seen it all’
and then something like New Stories #3 comes out and just slays
me.” — Frank Santoro
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