More romantic travails for Maggie (in the sequel to the acclaimed “Browntown”) — plus vampires!
With Love and Rockets: New Stories #3, Jaime Hernandez returned to his beloved “Loca” Maggie after a three-year hiatus, and the resultant stories — one (“The Love Bunglers”) set in the here and now detailing Maggie’s continued romantic travails, and one, the heartrending “Browntown” (which was immediately hailed as one of the very best stories in the 30-year history of the series), set in her teenage days and involving some previously unseen members of her family.
Love and Rockets: New Stories #4 picks up both of these storylines, first with the conclusion to “Love Bunglers” (did Maggie really dump Ray again?), then with a sequel of sorts to “Browntown” in which teenage Maggie returns to Hoppers and a new life.
Meanwhile, on the Gilbert side of town, High Soft Lisp’s Fritz returns in “Talkabout,” a 15-page dialogue with an old beau. Second up is the 35-page “King Vampire”: Two lovable teens, Cecil and Trini, want to join a local vampire club but real vampires show up and things get serious. Cecil loves it but Trini has her doubts about going all the way. But wait — is this a real story or another “Fritz movie”? Some of the characters look awfully familiar!
About 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.
Jaime Hernandez is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning cartoonist and a lifelong Los Angelean.
…Jaime Hernandez… completes a long-running narrative without grandiose preening, and the art is full of expression and effortless charm. The final pages speed toward a finish that will satisfy new readers and bring bittersweet conclusion for fans.
— Alex Carr
Even in a long career of masterpieces, Jaime's story about missed opportunities for happiness is a revelation, while Gilbert continues to cement his place as the Jorodowsky of comics with a vampire tale.
— Best Comics of 2011
It should go without saying by now that any new volume of Love and Rockets is a must for any serious comics fan... New Stories 4 is... one of the major events of the comics year...
— Noel Murray
Symphonic, tragic, revelatory, exciting and devastating as only great art can be, 'The Love Bunglers' is one of the best comics ever made.
— Joe Gross
Every now and then, if I’m lucky, I might just bump into a stone cold masterpiece. The kind of art that makes you just want to shout and scream it is so good. So, in the interest of doing just that, let me say that Jaime Hernandez's 'The Love Bunglers' is such a work…. This is not just Jaime’s finest work, but one of the best… works ever created in the medium.
— Dan Nadel
I’ll freely confess that at the end of the new issue when I saw how Jaime had tied together the fates of Hopey, Maggie, and Ray I started crying like a baby. ...Gilbert’s recent comics have the protean energy and relentless will to reinvention that rivals the Crumb of Weirdo and Hup.
— Jeet Heer
It goes without saying that 'The Love Bunglers' completely knocked me out… Concise, moving, and incredibly bold, it’s like a cartooning master class in the span of fifty pages, and a tremendous reward to the long-term reader.
— Adrian Tomine (Shortcomings, Optic Nerve)
This is incandescent work. At this point, Jaime Hernandez draws comics better than maybe anyone's ever drawn comics. …[M]y God, what a remarkable comic. I'm so grateful to have read it.
— Tom Spurgeon
Jaime Hernandez is my favorite cartoonist. I think he is the greatest cartoonist of all time. My opinion.... No art moves me the way the work of Jaime Hernandez moves me. I am in awe of his eternal mystery.
— Frank Santoro (Storeyville, Cold Heat)
Another great issue, with the continuation and ending of 'The Love Bunglers,' from Jaime Hernandez. It's a real knockout and quite touching... You almost have to remind yourself that, yes, these are characters, not real people! Apparently, nobody told Jaime that the quality of one's work is supposed to go down after working on a strip that long.
— Jason (Low Moon, Werewolves of Montpellier)
Jaime has not only managed to maintain the standard that he set in his Locas stories back in the 1980s and ’90s, at times I would say his work is better than ever.... #4 sees the end of 'The Love Bunglers,' a story that is every bit as tragic, funny, and ultimately life-affirming as one could wish.
— Tony Keen
As I finished reading Love and Rockets: New Stories #4, I had to sit back and just take a moment to take it all in and collect myself, as I know that I had just completed reading one of the greatest works in comics for 2011.... Love and Rockets: New Stories #4 is an achievement for the Brothers Hernandez and has earned a permanent spot on my required reading list for anyone interesting in reading the great works of modern comics creators.
— Ron Richards
…L&R Vol. 3, No. 4, is a fantastic, heart-stopping issue, recalling the best from the series’ past. I love it.
— Charles Hatfield
While it’s no surprise that Jaime Hernandez is still producing magnificent and beautiful comics, it is also still incredible to see how big his storytelling balls are, man.
— Bob Temuka
The finale of the story Jaime has been telling over the past couple of annual issues is a moment of bravura comics storytelling, but the buildup to it in the opening portions of this issue is pretty great as well...
— Matthew J. Brady
It reaches emotional heights I rarely encounter when reading comics and was not prepared for. — Jim Rugg (Afrodisiac)
[Jaime] Hernandez just keeps delivering stories of the highest calibre…. The moments of his characters’ lives that Hernandez chooses to show in the telling of his tales are picked and deployed with such precision it betrays a wisdom and clarity very few storytellers possess, in comics or any other media. Just beautiful.
— Nick Abadzis (Laika)
Warm-hearted, deceptively heart-wrenching, challenging, charming and irresistibly addictive, Love and Rockets: New Stories is a grown up comics fan’s dream come true and remains as valid and groundbreaking as its earlier incarnations -- the diamond point of the cutting edge of American graphic narrative.