Love & Rockets: New Stories 5

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This is Love and Rockets: New Stories #5, part of the Love and Rockets library.

• 2013 Harvey Award Winner: Best Cartoonist (Jaime Hernandez)

How do you follow up a one-two punch like Jaime Hernandez’s stunning two-part masterpiece “The Love Bunglers” from
LRNS #3 and #4, which sent Maggie and Ray’s relationship in a startling new direction, as well as providing some mind-blowing revelations about Maggie’s (and her family’s) past?

If you’re Jaime, you deftly move sideways and switch focus to other characters, specifically Ray’s ex, the rambunctious “Frogmouth.” In “Crime Raiders International Mobsters and Executioners,” Tonta, the Frogmouth’s half-sister, comes to visit for a weekend and sees what kind of life the Frog Princess is living with Reno and Borneo — as well as a brand new character or two.

On the other-brother side, Gilbert Hernandez celebrates the 30th anniversary by bringing one of his current characters (“Killer,” granddaughter to the legendary Luba) into the Palomar milieu in a story that showcases a fictionalized “movie” Palomar (starring Fritz as a combination of Luba and Tonantzín), even as it brings back a number of the classic Palomar characters for real. This will be a much-anticipated homecoming for fans of the “classic”
Love and Rockets of the 1980s.

Thirty years in,
Love and Rockets continues to surprise and delight.

And yes, the letters column is back!

• 2013 Eisner Award Nominee: Best Writer/Artist (Gilbert Hernandez); Best Writer/Artist (Jaime Hernandez)

• Ranked #5 on Sonia Harris’s “Top 16 Comics of 2012” at
Comic Book Resources – Comics Should Be Good

• Ranked #13 on Tucker Stone’s “19 Best Comics of 2012” at
The Comics Journal

• Ranked #35 on
Comic Book Resources’ “Top 100 Comics of 2012”

• Ranked #2 (tied with
God and Science) on Blank Slate Books publisher Kenny Penman’s “Top 3 Comics 2012” at Forbidden Planet International

• Honorable Mention on
Publishers Weekly’s “2012 Graphic Novel Critics’ Poll”

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•Literary review magazine

"… Every bit as satisfying as the peak years of the long-running series.... A quarter-century after Love and Rockets first rocked the alt-comics world, both brothers remarkably remain at the top of their game." — Gordon Flagg

Publishers Weekly

•Publishing trade magazine

"In the 30 years they’ve been writing and drawing Love and Rockets, Los Bros Hernandez have created wonderfully complex story lines and characters... This web of superior magical-realistic storytelling involves readers in the perplexed yearnings of a huge cast of unforgettable characters unaware of their own capacity for general self-delusion and occasional self-discovery."

The AV Club

•Pop-culture website

“There are acclaimed filmmakers and novelists who can't do what Jaime Hernandez does — or Gilbert, for that matter. When the two of them are at their most inspired, as they are here, they make almost every other comics creator today look like a fumbling hack. [Grade] A."