Synopses & Reviews
The LoveandRockets library continues with this special volume.
To a very great extent, LoveandRockets is synonymous with Hoppers' MaggieandHopey and Palomar's LubaandCarmenandHeraclioandTonantzin... but there was always more to L&R than that. Amor y Cohetes finally 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 seriesa 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 LoveandRockets, 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"; Gilbert's 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 light-hearted "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 (and concluding, for now) volume in the new "Complete LoveandRockets" series of compact, affordable paperbacks, shows a very different side of Los Bros Hernandez.
"This collection of the first run of Love & Rockets comes to a fitting conclusion with this swoon-worthy B sides and rarities compilation of all Los Bros Hernandez's non-Palomar, non Maggie and Hopey stories. Most in keeping with those more familiar story lines is the wonderful 'Rocky and Fumble,' about a rebellious, statuesque teenage girl who explores outer space with her adorable little robot pal, where Jaime mines his particular mix of romantic hijinks in fantastic settings. Gilbert's pocket-sized bio-comic of Frida Kahlo may be one of his most well-known works, but it's still a welcome addition. The less-published third brother, Mario, also pops up, with his pulp fiction 'Somewhere in California' pieces, which are engaging enough, but lack the punch of Gilbert and Jaime's material. There is plenty to keep the Love and Rockets completist amused, like the stand-alone 'Mojado Power!' a story about a couple of migrant workers' night out that features brief cameos from Maggie and Speedy. One of the highlights of Amor y Cohetes is Gilbert's daffy Bem series, an early sci-fi effort that reads like a comic blender of a dozen low-budget '50s B movies. A sublimely satisfying finish to one of the great American comics. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Gilbert Hernandez lives in Las Vegas, NV with his wife and daughter. Jaime Hernandez lives in Pasadena, CA with his wife and daughter. Mario Hernandez lives in San Francisco, CA with his wife and children. They continue to create LoveandRockets.