Synopses & Reviews
enters its fourth decade with the latest installment of this acclaimed graphic novel-format iteration, featuring both old friends and new faces, and some genuine surprises... The cover shows Gilbert's new star Killer in a pose and milieu that will bring back memories for long-time fans -- imitating the hammer-wielding Luba in her adopted Palomar. That's because Killer has discovered that her great-grandmother Maria (Luba's mother) starred in a late 1950s crime movie, and begins to delve into the details of her family's twisted history. Complicating things is the fact that Luba's half-sister Fritz played Maria in an amped-up biopic version of her life, creating a postmodern alternate version of the classic "Poison River" which originally told Maria's story (in a tie-in release, see page 52 for the graphic novel version of this movie, )! In the other half of the book, Jaime continues to explore his intriguing new character Tonta: In "Fuck Summer," Tonta is talked into joining the summer swim team but can't figure out why the brand new swim coach knows her -- so, with help from friends, she sets out to find the answer. Meanwhile, something far more sinister is brewing behind the scenes...
"Back in 1982 when it debuted, Los Bros Hernandez's energetically subversive comic book series received extensive critical acclaim and skyrocketed the pair into alt-comics preeminence. Thirty years on, their work has become even more sublime and captivating. The stories here highlight younger characters: Jaime's tale follows teenage Tonta and recounts a murderous attack on her stepfather; Gilbert's continuing generational saga focuses on Lubas's granddaughter, the pulchritudinous Dora, aka Killer. Fans fearing this series would slow or falter following the denouement of previous storylines needn't worry. The new tales are engaging, populated with vibrant, funny, and real personalities. Ultra-realism and surrealism mix and blend with hypnotic vitality, and Tonta and Killer and their extensive families and friends grapple with sex, death, pregnancy, and women wrestling indeed, topics run the gamut from existential questions to fart jokes. Los Bros are both brilliant artists, but Jaime's work here is especially vibrant. A four-panel sequence of Tonta falling off a skateboard has more dynamism than any superhero comic book. If you're looking for the contemporary Great American Novel, it's right here, beautifully illustrated." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"It's amazing to see how Gilbert continues to approach this family in new ways to get at different emotions and experiences. ... Beyond the powerful emotional content and humor in this issue, Jaime's comics are master classes in how to structure a loosely-serialized set of short stories." Rob Clough
In the latest installment of the long-running alternative comic series, Maria's kids, grandkids and great-grandkids create rival movie adaptations of her life (i.e., Gilbert Hernandez's story arc), while Jaime Hernandez's teen character Tonta tries to figure out how she knows her swim coach.
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.