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Love and Rockets: New Stories #6

Details for this: Book
Author: Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez
Format: Softcover
Pages: 100
Dimensions: 7.5" x 9.25"
Colors: black & white
Year: 2013
Publisher: Fantagraphics
ISBN-10: n/a
ISBN-13: 978-1-60699-679-9
Additional Details: Digital edition available from comiXology

Price: $14.99


Eisner Award Nominee Seal2014 Eisner Award Nominee: Best Single Issue (or One-Shot); Best Short Story: “Untitled,” by Gilbert Hernandez; Best Writer/Artist: Jaime Hernandez

Honorable Mention on the Publishers Weekly Comics World 2013 Critics' Poll

Ranked #76 on Comic Book Resources' Top 100 Comics of 2013

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Love and Rockets enters its fourth decade with this installment of its acclaimed graphic novel-format iteration, featuring both old friends and new faces, and some genuine surprises...

The cover shows Gilbert's new star Killer in a pose and milieu that will bring back memories for long-time fans — imitating the hammer-wielding Luba in her adopted Palomar. That’s because Killer has discovered that her great-grandmother Maria (Luba's mother) starred in a late 1950s crime movie, and begins to delve into the details of her family's twisted history. Complicating things is the fact that Luba's half-sister Fritz played Maria in an amped-up bio-pic version of her life, creating a postmodern alternate version of the classic "Poison River" which originally told Maria's story (in a tie-in release, see the graphic novel version of this movie, Maria M. Book One)! In the other half of the book, Jaime continues to explore his intriguing new character Tonta: In "Fuck Summer," Tonta is talked into joining the summer swim team but can't figure out why the brand new swim coach knows her — so, with help from friends, she sets out to find the answer. Meanwhile, something far more sinister is brewing behind the scenes...

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Acclaim for Issue #5:

Eisner Award Nominee SealHarvey Award Nominee Logo2013 Eisner Award Nominee: Best Writer/Artist (Gilbert Hernandez); Best Writer/Artist (Jaime Hernandez)

2013 Harvey Award Nominee: Best Cartoonist (Jaime Hernandez)

Ranked #5 on Sonia Harris's "Top 16 Comics of 2012" at Comic Book Resources – Comics Should Be Good

Ranked #13 on Tucker Stone's "19 Best Comics of 2012" at The Comics Journal

Ranked #35 on Comic Book Resources' "Top 100 Comics of 2012"

Ranked #2 (tied with God and Science) on Blank Slate Books publisher Kenny Penman's "Top 3 Comics 2012" at Forbidden Planet International

Honorable Mention on Publishers Weekly's "2012 Graphic Novel Critics' Poll"

One of The Tearoom of Despair's top "13 for 2012"

Praise for the Series:

"In the 30 years they’ve been writing and drawing Love and Rockets, Los Bros Hernandez have created wonderfully complex story lines and characters... This web of superior magical-realistic storytelling involves readers in the perplexed yearnings of a huge cast of unforgettable characters unaware of their own capacity for general self-delusion and occasional self-discovery." – Publishers Weekly

"Los Bros. are plain-spoken and sympathetic, finding pathos in even the grimiest character." – Sam Thielman, Newsday

“There are acclaimed filmmakers and novelists who can't do what Jaime Hernandez does — or Gilbert, for that matter. When the two of them are at their most inspired, as they are here, they make almost every other comics creator today look like a fumbling hack. [Grade] A" – The A.V. Club

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