Heartbreak Soup: The First Volume of "Palomar" Stories from Love & Rockets

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This beautiful, affordable volume collects the first half of Gilbert's modern-day classic, featuring the acclaimed magical-realist tales of Palomar, the Central American hamlet, and its memorable inhabitants.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2007, Love and Rockets is finally released in its most accessible form yet: As a series of compact, thick, affordable, mass-market volumes that present the whole story in perfect chronological order. This volume collects the first half of...

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Overview

This beautiful, affordable volume collects the first half of Gilbert's modern-day classic, featuring the acclaimed magical-realist tales of Palomar, the Central American hamlet, and its memorable inhabitants.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2007, Love and Rockets is finally released in its most accessible form yet: As a series of compact, thick, affordable, mass-market volumes that present the whole story in perfect chronological order. This volume collects the first half of Gilbert Hernandez's acclaimed magical-realist tales of "Palomar," the small Central American town, beginning with the groundbreaking "Sopa de Gran Pena" (which introduces most of his main cast of characters as children, plus the imposing newcomer Luba), and continuing on through such modern-day classics as "Ecce Homo," "Act of Contrition," "Duck Feet," and the great love story "For the Love of Carmen."

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
“An addictive soap opera, replete with humor and heart.”
Tom Spurgeon - The Comics Reporter
“The Love and Rockets 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.”
R. Crumb
“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.”
Douglas Wolk
In the earliest stories, Hernandez's writing owes a distinct debt to Gabriel Garcia Márquez -- he even names a character Soledad Marquez after the novelist and his book One Hundred Years of Solitude. Very quickly, though, he figures out his particular gift: a loose, loopy, telegraphic narrative style, built on broad caricatures, goofy dialogue ("By the big slippers of big slipperdom!" one character exclaims), acutely observed details of facial expressions and body language, and abrupt leaps between scenes that force readers to fill in the gaps on their own. After the title story (1983), Hernandez's stories flutter backward and forward across decades in his characters' lives.
— The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560977834
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 3/26/2007
  • Series: Love and Rockets Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet 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.

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