Synopses & Reviews
The seventh annual volume of , the most important and enduring alternative comics series in the history of the medium, finds Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez writing and drawing at the top of their game. In Jaime's stories, Maggie and Hopey take a much-needed break from their humdrum domestic lives and go on a road trip to visit a "sick friend." And, when the cat's away, Ray visits some old, sick friends of his own. Plus Tonta's nutty family! Gilbert offers a suite of stories, including "The Magic Voyage of Aladdin," a sweeping epic of derring-do in which Morgan Le Fey (Fritz) teams up with Aladdin to stop the evil Circle from obtaining the magic lamp; "The Golem Suit," a WWII sci-fi thriller starring "Killer"; and "Daughters and Mothers and Daughters," in which flashbacks to Luba's mother Maria reveal how ugly secrets of the past affect their family today.
"...... remains [the Hernandez brothers'] masterpiece. ... Think of the series as a mirror of reality, despite its frequent flights of fancy: do you let the fact that someone new you've just met had a whole life before you encountered each another stop you from engaging him or her in conversation? Of course not. If the person is genuinely interesting in the short term, you take it on faith that s/he has a history to match, and you work on filling in the pieces as your relationship progresses. Such is ." Hillary Brown
"Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez have crafted one of the most salient, evocative modern romantic dramas in comics, if not any medium." Sean Edgar
"...Jaime reunites lifelong pals Maggie and Hopey for a road trip, and Gilbert returns briefly to the fictional Latin American village of Palomar and casts his sometimes-actress character Fritz in a goofy costume epic featuring Aladdin and a spaceship. The familiar cast members and the Hernandez brothers' respective graphic strengths -- Jaime's economically elegant cartooning and Gilbert's bold designs and imaginative characterizations -- will leave fans satisfied and eager for next year's installment." Paste
"Another strong, strong, strong, strong, strong issue." Gordon Flagg Booklist
"The latest is... comfortable and deeply pleasurable -- and often startling -- in the ways that master cartoonists Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez have done for over thirty years: the art is gorgeous, the storytelling clear and perfectly realized, the characters sketched acutely and smartly, with wonderful surprises and complex subtexts displaying themselves seemingly around every turn." Scott Cederlund Panel Patter
"The great thing is that isn't stuck in time; it's not telling the same stories over and over. Its characters have been allowed to grow up, learn and develop." John Kane The Savage Critics
"...[W]hat we have here is a comic so insanely aflame with creative fire that we have to break the Emergency Glass and throw the word ART! at it. No doubt, no doubt at all, The Bros Hernandez are still simply the best..." Tom Spurgeon The Comics Reporter
In this seminal graphic novel series' latest installment, Maggie and Hopey finally go on a road trip, and there's more B movie fun with Fritz and Killer.
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.