After nearly 30 years, Love and Rockets just keeps getting better, and this issue of the annual 3rd incarnation finds the Brothers Hernandez at the peak of their storytelling powers.
Jaime Hernandez's emotionally powerful stories in the last issue of Love and Rockets: New Stories ("The Love Bunglers" and "Browntown") were among the most critically-acclaimed comics of the year. In this new issue, Jaime ups the ante even more. The final chapters of "The Love Bunglers" continue tracking Maggie's romantic travails in the here and now, with an escalating series of entanglements and a shocking event which sends things hurtling to a stunning conclusion over the breathtaking and heartrending final ten pages. Nestled in the midst of this is the masterful "Return for Me," a sequel of sorts to "Browntown" in which teenage Maggie returns to Hoppers and a new life.
Meanwhile, on the Gilbert side, things lead off with the 35-page cover story "King Vampire": Two lovable teens, Cecil and Trini, want to join a local vampire club, but real vampires show up and things get deadly serious. Cecil loves it but Trini has her doubts about going all the way. It's another starring role for budding starlet "Killer" and one of those vampires looks an awful lot like a certain Z-movie actress from Gilbert's post-Palomar world Then High Soft Lisp's Fritz returns in "And Then Reality Kicks In," a 15-page walk-and-talk in which Fritz reunites with an old beau. This complex and layered dialogue may be Gilbert's finest piece of writing yet.
Plus an all-star all-cartoonists letters column!
Winner of three 2012 Ignatz Awards: Outstanding Artist Jaime Hernandez; Outstanding Story "Return for Me" by Jaime Hernandez; Outstanding Series
Named Best Comic of 2011: Graphic Novels & Art Comics New Issues by The A.V. Club
Named best comic of 2011 by The Austin American-Statesman
Named the Best Comic of 2011 by ComicsAlliance
Named the Best Graphic Novel of 2011 by The Oklahoman
One of Publishers Weekly's ten Best Comics of 2011
Ranked #4 on Comic Book Resources' Top 100 Comics of 2011
#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)
Im a cynical super fan at times who often believes hes seen it all and then something like New Stories #3 comes out and just slays me. Frank Santoro
"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