To a very great extent, Love and Rockets is synonymous with Hoppers' Maggie & Hopey and Palomar's Luba & Carmen & Heraclio & Tonantzin... but there was always more to L&R than that. Amor Y Cohetes collects together in one convenient package all the non-Maggie and non-Palomar stories by all three Hernandez Brothers from that classic first, 50-issue Love and Rockets series — a dizzying array of styles and approaches that re-confirms these groundbreaking cartoonists' place in the history of comics.
The book leads off with Gilbert's original 40-page sci-fi epic "BEM" from 1981's very first issue of Love and Rockets, featuring a very different Luba and a much looser, Heavy Metal- and Marvel Comics-inspired way of storytelling.
Other stories include Jaime's charming "Rocky and Fumble" series starring a planet-hopping girl and her robot; stunning one-shots such as Gilbert's Frida Kahlo biography "Frida" and his shocking autobiographical fantasia "My Love Book"; Mario's genre thrillers which take place "Somewhere in California"; Gilberts brutally dystopian "Errata Stigmata" stories; the playful "Hernandez Satyricon", with Gilbert drawing Jaime's characters, and "War Paint," with Jaime trying out Palomar; Gilbert's lighthearted "Music for Monsters" starring Bang and Inez; and even a fantastical "non-continuity" Maggie and Hopey story "Easter Hunt" by Jaime that didn't fit into the other books.
Amor Y Cohetes, the seventh volume in the Love and Rockets Library, shows a very different side of Los Bros Hernandez.
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If youve never heard of Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, youve been missing out on two of the hidden treasures of our impoverished culture. – The Nation
Love & Rockets has been American fictions best-kept secret. – Rolling Stone
Love & Rockets is a high point in the comics form, conventional in idiom, but not comparable to any strips before it. – The Washington Post
A national treasure. – Salon.com
"The Love and Rockets Vol. 1 reprints may be my favorite publishing project of the last five years, and there are a lot of fine projects going on... the smaller, bargain-priced volumes [are] the perfect vehicle for that material, the best comics series of all time." – Publishing Project of 2007, The Comics Reporter
"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
2008 Critics' Lists:
• The Independent, "Best Comics"