Palomar #5: Ofelia

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January 2015

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“Beto’s comics reflect one of the highest peaks the comics medium has yet achieved.” – The A.V. Club

This is Gilbert Hernandez’s 
Palomar Book 5: Ofelia, part of the Love & Rockets library.

In
Ofelia, the sisters, the kids, and the cousins are all settled comfortably in California after leaving Palomar in Luba and Her Family. Luba and her cousin Ofelia’s relationship has always been fraught, but when Ofelia threatens to write a book about Luba, past memories, secrets, resentments, and pain resurface.

Meanwhile, Luba’s children – genius Socorro, recently out-and-proud Doralís, and prickly Maricela – show that a talent for trouble may be hereditary. Luba’s sisters, Fritz and Petra, swap lovers (as usual), but… are Fritz and family friend Pipo sittin’ in a tree? These vividly drawn characters are charged with Hernandez’s trademark complexity; they live, love, age, fight – and die – in this sweeping, multigenerational saga.

Read all of Gilbert Hernandez’s acclaimed
Palomar stories from Love and Rockets on SEQUENTIAL in the right order. First read Palomar #1 to #5, then Maria M. and The Children of Palomar. After that, try out Gilbert’s Julio’s Day and get the collection of short stories by Gilbert and Jaime: Amor Y Cohetes.

“Gilbert Hernandez created some of the most memorable characters in popular fiction.” –
Los Angeles Magazine

“To lovers of alternative comics, Hernandez is something of a saint...” – The Telegraph

“In a real world, not the screwed-up world we have now, [Gilbert Hernandez] would be considered one of the greatest American storytellers. It’s so hard to do funny, tragic, local and epic, and he does all simultaneously, and with great aplomb.” – Junot Diaz

“… The best comics series of all time.” –
The Comics Reporter

“I’ve never seen anything else in comics — I guess there might be something in literature — but in comics there’s never been anybody that’s touched what the Hernandez brothers have.” – Robert Crumb

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•Comics website

“At first I was afraid that Beto was introducing so many characters I wouldn’t be able to keep up with them, but the deeper I go into the book the better he manages everyone. The writing reminds me of Will Eisner’s slice-of-life stuff from his later career…”

Comics Alliance

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“This indie comics mainstay has been going for nearly 30 years, making Love and Rockets as intimidating to some new readers as even the densest superhero mythologies. Luckily, Fantagraphics has made the Los Bros Hernandez saga about a massive cast of startlingly lifelike characters digestible in the form of affordable reprint volumes published in chronological order.”

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“In Gilbert's Palomar stories, there's a rawness that dominates the proceedings: raw anger, raw sexuality, raw passion for life, death and art.” – Rob Clough