Love and Rockets: New Stories #2

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Your second annual eye-popping 100-page dollop of all-new Love & Rockets material! With the conclusion of Jaime's "Ti-Girls Adventures" and two from Gilbert: the surreal, wordless "Hypnotwist" and the mysterious "Sad Girl."
In the concluding 50-page half of Jaime’s outrageous, acclaimed, full-on superhero mash-up “Ti-Girls Adventures,” our protagonist, rookie do-gooder Boot Angel, learns more hard lessons about becoming a superheroine. Eventually, just about the entire cast ...

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Overview

Your second annual eye-popping 100-page dollop of all-new Love & Rockets material! With the conclusion of Jaime's "Ti-Girls Adventures" and two from Gilbert: the surreal, wordless "Hypnotwist" and the mysterious "Sad Girl."
In the concluding 50-page half of Jaime’s outrageous, acclaimed, full-on superhero mash-up “Ti-Girls Adventures,” our protagonist, rookie do-gooder Boot Angel, learns more hard lessons about becoming a superheroine. Eventually, just about the entire cast gets together in a big family reunion that unexpectedly takes place in Maggie’s tiny, messy one-bedroom apartment.
Sandwiched between the concluding chapters of Jaime's story, Gilbert turns in two mind-benders of his own. “Hypnotwist” is Gilbert’s 39-page epic story of a beautiful, leggy redhead’s surreal journey into a night filled with mysterious shady characters, dreamlike violence, and sparkling retro spike heels. But is it real, or something else? For readers trying to parse the truth, Gilbert ups the ante by telling the whole story without using a single word. And "Sad Girl" (previewed in our 2009 Free Comic Book Day offering) is the tale of a disaffected young bombshell actress nicknamed "Killer" and the web of jealousy, gossip, notoriety and mystery that surrounds her.

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Editorial Reviews

Nick Gazin - Vice
“Every issue of Love and Rockets is a winner and I am never bored by anything the Hernandez Brothers do. The comics have been so consistently good since the first one came out in 1981 that there's almost no point in reviewing [New Stories #2] other than to say, 'Hey, it came out so go to the store and you can buy it now.'”
Chris Mautner - Robot 6
“I've gone on record several times here saying how much I love [Jaime Hernandez's] Ti-Girls saga and how it seems to 'get' the superhero genre in ways that the Big Two just don't seem to anymore. All that holds true here and more, with a wonderful, fitting ending for our heroines. I wonder what he'll do for an encore.”
Jeet Heer - Robot 6
“The Hernandez Brothers have been producing such consistently good comics for such a long time that I often feel they get taken for granted. But their recent comics [don't] just maintain their high level of previous achievement, they also have a freshness and liveliness that any young artist would envy.”
Gordon Flagg - Booklist
“Jaime’s economically sleek artwork and smartly daffy humor, and Gilbert’s graphic sophistication and experimental boldness—remain firmly in evidence.”
Rob Clough - High-Low
“It's been awhile since I've seen Gilbert do a story as deliberately oblique and enigmatic as this, given that much of what he's done of late has been either wrapping up the fates of his American-based Palomar characters or whipping up over-the-top noir/pulp thrillers. For Jaime, his first stories in the new version of L&R have been a return of sorts to his early Mechanics roots, only even more steeped in the fantastic. At the same time, his commanding storytelling prowess and greater subtlety directly inform this story, leading to some surprisingly poignant moments amidst sci-fi twists and costumed mayhem.”
Ace Bauer
“The only problem with Love and Rockets: New Stories is that it's an annual. Volume 2 was, well, fabulous. ... Both Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez are in full form in this volume.”
Edward Kaye - Hypergeek
“Nowhere else can you find stories as fun, absurd, and heartfelt as these. Nowhere else can you find artwork with as much character... Los Bros. Hernandez continue to blaze trails with their originality, and the comic industry is better for it. This essential collection should be on every fan’s shelf.”
Leroy Douresseaux - I Reads You
“Love and Rockets: New Stories #2 reminds us, as the first issue did, that comic books from the Hernandez Brothers are always a welcome thing. A year may be a long wait, but when it comes to Los Bros’ coolness and greatness, time is neutral. I can always reread this and enjoy it just as much as I did the first time.”
Christopher Allen - Comic Book Galaxy
“There hasn't been a bad time to be a fan of Los Bros Hernandez since they started making comics almost 30 years ago, but it's sure a good time to be a fan now.... [I]t's clear that the brothers are both still full of stories, and here they take advantage of the new format to try out a number of new ideas, with a high rate of success. Looking forward to 2010.”
Leonard Pierce - The Onion A.V. Club
“There are few comics in the history of the medium as universally beloved as Love and Rockets…[it] has been so good for so long that it’s almost impossible to find anyone with something bad to say about it…beautifully drawn, funny, tense, heartbreaking…the stylistic differences in the brothers’ storytelling is stark, but the thematic similarities are telling, and….thread together in surprising, rewarding ways.”
Matthew J. Brady - Warren Peace Sings the Blues
“Jaime [Hernandez]... confirm[s] my beliefs in the heights of his cartooning powers as he delivers the finale to a raucous, yet still quite moving, tale of female superheroes .... I'd follow him to the gates of hell at this point. With the brothers still working at such a high level of quality after over 25 years, anything they do is worthy of attention and analysis. I don't think I'll ever tire of experiencing their work.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606991688
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 10/20/2009
  • Series: Love and Rockets
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 1,416,724
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (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.

Jaime Hernandez is a lifelong Los Angelean, where he continues to chronicle Maggie’s life in the pages of Love and Rockets: New Stories.

Mario Hernandez lives in San Francisco, CA with his wife and children.

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