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Love & Rockets #05: Love and Rockets: New Stories No. 5by Gilbert Hernandez
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How do you follow up a one-two punch like Jaime Hernandez's stunning two-part masterpiece "The Love Bunglers" from #3 and #4, which sent Maggie and Ray's relationship in a startling new direction, as well as providing some mind-blowing revelations about Maggie's (and her family's) past? If you're Jaime, you deftly move sideways and switch focus to other characters, specifically Ray's ex, the rambunctious "Frogmouth." In "Crime Raiders International Mobsters and Executioners," Muneca, the Frogmouth's half-sister, comes to visit for a weekend and sees what kind of life the Frog Princess is living with Reno and Borneo — as well as a brand new character or two. On the other-brother side, Gilbert Hernandez celebrates the 30th anniversary by bringing one of his current characters ("Killer," granddaughter to the legendary Luba) into the Palomar milieu in a story that showcases a fictionalized "movie" Palomar (starring Fritz as a combination of Luba and Tonantzín), even as it brings back a number of the classic Palomar characters for real. This will be a much-anticipated homecoming for fans of the "classic" of the 1980s. Thirty years in, continues to surprise and delight.
"In the 30 years they've been writing and drawing Love and Rockets, Los Bros Hernandez have created wonderfully complex story lines and characters. In this volume, Gilbert concentrates on episodes in Palomar, a Latin American village whose inhabitants are deliberately cartoony in appearance and oddly bemused in attitude, especially during a visit by the spectacularly buxom granddaughter of series mainstay Luba. Using a more fluid, lively style, Jaime presents glimpses of Chicano/Chicana life in a North American city, as beautiful but hotheaded Vivian (aka Frogmouth) and her plain, chunky half-sister Tonta hang out with smalltime gangsters. Wherever they live, people can't avoid the threat of violence — or of disquieting, tantalizing revelations about who they really are. While Gilbert's work weaves in and out of the 30-year history he's crafted for Palomar, Jaime's longer story is more accessible to newcomers, with vain, destructive Vivian and slow, clumsy Tonta more extreme versions of Hopey and Maggie. 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. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
In the annual installment of the long-running comic series, Ray's ex, The Frogmouth, gets a visit from her sister; Luba's granddaughter, Killer, stars in a movie inspired by their family.
About the Author
Gilbert Hernandez lives in Las Vegas, NV, with his wife and daughter. He is co-creator of the long-running, award-winning, and critically acclaimed series Love and Rockets. His books include Chance in Hell, The Troublemakers, Luba, Palomar, Speak of the Devil, Sloth, The High Soft Lisp, Love from the Shadows, Girl Crazy, Yeah!, and many books in the Love and Rockets series.Jaime Hernandez is a lifelong Los Angelean, where he continues to chronicle Maggie's life in the pages of Love and Rockets: New Stories.
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