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This is Amor Y Cohetes, part of the Love & Rockets library.
“Love & Rockets is a high point in the comics form, conventional in idiom, but not comparable to any strips before it.” – The Washington Post
To a very great extent, Love and Rockets is synonymous with Hoppers’ Maggie & Hopey and Palomar’s Luba & Carmen & Heraclio & Tonantzin... 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 series — a 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 Love and Rockets, 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 Love and Rockets” series of compact, affordable collections, shows a very different side of Los Bros Hernandez.
“If you’ve never heard of Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, you’ve been missing out on two of the hidden treasures of our impoverished culture.” – The Nation
“Love & Rockets has been American fiction’s best-kept secret.” – Rolling Stone
“A national treasure.” – Salon.com
“The Love and Rockets Vol. 1 reprints may be my favorite publishing project of the last five years, and there are a lot of fine projects going on... the smaller, bargain-priced volumes [are] the perfect vehicle for that material, the best comics series of all time.” – Publishing Project of 2007, The Comics Reporter
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“Both Gilbert and Jaime are incredibly gifted storytellers – giants in the field really – able to create emotionally powerful, complex tales populated with unique but relatable characters … There’s some really good stuff in here, particularly some of Gilbert’s biography of painter Frida Kahlo.”
•Publishing trade magazine
“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 … A sublimely satisfying finish to one of the great American comics.”
The New York Times
•American daily newspaper
“At an age when artists tend to have settled into refining a successful approach, the Hernandez Brothers are challenging themselves as much as they did a quarter-century ago, and it’s a joy to see them freaking out.”