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Gilbert Hernandez

Hypnotwist / Scarlet By Starlight

On sale date: February 23, 2021

Collects (and expands!) the graphic novellas "Hypnotwist" and "Scarlet by Starlight" from Love and Rockets: New Stories.

Eisner Award-winning creator Gilbert Hernandez returns with another installment in the Fritz B-film series! In the wordless comic / silent movie "Hypnotwist," B-movie actress Fritz plays a character who doesn't seem to be going anywhere - until she puts on a pair of glittery pumps. Her wanderings become increasingly surreal as she confronts motherhood, alcoholism, a sinister smiley face, cruelty, and her worst fate. Uncensored (and unabridged) for the first time! "Scarlet by Starlight" is a story that's Star Trek meets Heart of Darkness. Scientists, or colonizers, are doing research, surrounded by "primitive" fauna they affectionately nickname or treat like pests. Fritz plays Scarlet, a peaceful, catlike humanoid with a mate and children. When she becomes infatuated with one of the scientists, the fragile web of relationships explodes into violence and death, calling into question who the "advanced, civilized" creatures really are. Not for the faint of heart!

The two graphic novellas that comprise the book will be published in a unique "dual-sided" format with two covers, so each story ends in the book's middle (with the one you're not reading being upside down). This very cool, handsome "Double Feature" package will be an essential item for Love and Rockets collectors! Includes 15 pages of previously unpublished, additional material.

Hypnotwist / Scarlet By Starlight is part of the Love and Rockets series.


"Hernandez is one of the great craftsmen of modern comics." — New York Times Book Review

"Hernandez has become the medium's David Lynch or Guy Maddin, rolling his personal obsessions and freewheeling abstractions into stories that present as pulp, then take some very weird turns." — The A.V. Club

"Pulp fiction and midnight movies, memory and obsession, and mysterious, alluring, impossibly top-heavy ladies. [This volume] boasts an intensity that makes it hard to put down—and almost anything from Hernandez is worth a look." — Publishers Weekly

"Savage, sexy, sophisticated and joyously expressive." — Punk Globe

"This is a brutal, fascinating slice of intelligent science fiction, dressed up as a B-movie and liberally sprinkled with magic horror dust. Hernandez hasn't held back on this one, and its twists and turns are absolutely spot on." — Grovel


Black and white.
5.9" × 8.7"