After Jaimes two-part super-hero epic from Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 and #2, we return to the enthralling minutiae of the Locas casts 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 Jaimes 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!
2011 Ignatz Award Winner: Outstanding Story "Browntown" by Jaime Hernandez
"Browntown" (excerpt) selected for The Best American Comics 2011
Ranked #1 on the Best Comics and Graphic Novels of 2010 by the Austin American-Statesman
Named The Best Comic of 2010 by Sam Humphries at Seen
Ranked #3 on Rob Clough's Top 50 Books of 2010 at High-Low
Named to numerous other "Best of 2010" lists including Publishers Weekly's Fifth Annual Critics Poll, Comic Book Resources' Ten Best Comics of 2010, Robot 6, Popdose, comiXology, Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum Curator) at The Daily Cross Hatch, The Forbidden Planet International Blog Log, MTV Geek's comics creators Top 3 poll, The Institute of Idle Time, Comics-and-More, Derik Badman (MadInkBeard), and Hypergeek
"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 Gilberts 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)
"I don’t really understand why the material of Love and Rockets isn’t widely regarded as one of the finest pieces of fiction of the last 35 years. Because it is.” — Neil Gaiman, The Guardian