LUBA in America

Overview

The first major story arc of Luba's post-Palomar adventures in America (and those of her family) is collected, amended and expanded upon, reminding us why Gilbert Hernandez is considered one of the masters of the medium.Luba in America spotlights Gilbert Hernandez's most beloved Love & Rockets character. Luba, of course, was the central figure of Hernandez's Palomar, the south-of-the-border town that Gilbert documented for 15 years in the original Love & Rockets series (1981-1996). In this collection, ...

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Overview

The first major story arc of Luba's post-Palomar adventures in America (and those of her family) is collected, amended and expanded upon, reminding us why Gilbert Hernandez is considered one of the masters of the medium.Luba in America spotlights Gilbert Hernandez's most beloved Love & Rockets character. Luba, of course, was the central figure of Hernandez's Palomar, the south-of-the-border town that Gilbert documented for 15 years in the original Love & Rockets series (1981-1996). In this collection, however, we find Luba has moved to America, starting an entirely fresh new chapter in her life. The book begins with Luba traveling to the big city, supposedly having left Palomar to pave the way for her husband to join her in America. Readers quickly discover, however, that she has a direr mission. Luba fears that her political history has left a threat to her family from the old country, and she believes that the only way to end this threat lies in America. The resulting action is an awesome blend of political intrigue, sexuality, and Gilbert's characteristically human portrayal of his characters, most notably his women.

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Editorial Reviews

L.A. Weekly
Luba, the guiding spirit of [Hernandez's] comics since the outset, is one of the great characters of contemporary American fiction.
Nation
If you've never heard of Hernandez, you've been missing out on one of the hidden treasures of our impoverished culture.
Publishers Weekly
This collection of short comix gathers work by Hernandez, who, along with his brother, Jaime, created Love and Rockets, the ongoing comix series credited with spurring a new era of literary cartooning in the early 1980s. Although titled after Luba, the enigmatic and bosomy matriarch from the mythical Central American village of Palomar, most of the stories are told by Venus, Luba's precocious and endearing young niece. The stories present the tangled lives of Luba, Hernandez's most famous character, and her two equally over-endowed half-sisters: Petra, a sexy lab technician and Venus's mom, and Fritzi, a spicy psychiatrist with an outrageous lisp. Hernandez tells of these iconoclastic characters' rites of passage, infidelities, betrayals, secret pasts and personal flaws. But these satirical, blatantly erotic stories are also marked by Hernandez's engaging representations of female personality, resilience and determination. He has created an episodic saga that lampoons Latino generational epics, Anglo-influenced Latino pop culture and all manner of sexual couplings. At times, the flashbacks can get complicated, and even longtime L&R fans may need to consult Hernandez's strategically placed character guides. His b&w drawings are delightfully cartoonish (influenced by such artists as Milton Caniff and by Archie comics), but also crisply precise and anatomically impeccable. Hernandez's is one of the most engagingly bizarre, sexy and unpredictably funny comics soap operas readers are likely to encounter. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560974673
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: Complete Love and Rockets Series, #19
  • Pages: 167
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 11.00 (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.

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Table of Contents

El Show de Doralis 1
Letters from Venus 3
Letters from Venus: Life on Mars 9
Venus 16
Letters from Venus: Driven by Beauty 17
El Show Super Sensacional de Doralis 23
Quackin' in The New Age 24
Mama's Boy 25
Driven by Beauty: A Beto Burlesque 37
Letters from Venus: Who Cares About Love? 39
Kidney Stoned Again 45
Letters from Venus: That Family Thing 46
Letters from Venus: Goddess of Love 53
Luba in America: Chapter One 60
The Sisters, The Cousins, and The Kids 69
El Show Super Duper Sensacional de Doralis 74
That Family Thing Again 76
The Old Man Sets Up 79
Fuckin' Steve! 80
La Sorpresa 84
Luba in America: Chapter Two 85
As You Know it 93
Damp and Snuggy 101
All in The Family 105
Pipowear 109
Luba in America: Chapter Three 110
Poseur 118
Luba's Cousin Ofelia 126
A Cada Quien Io Suyo 127
Memories of Sweet Youth 128
Venus Gives Us the Lowdown! 144
El Show Super Duper Sensacional de Doralis 153
Firstborn 166
Venus Tells it Like it is! 167
Cover Gallery and Inside Front Cover Art 168
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