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Hot off the heels of Hernandez's last graphic novel masterpiece, Is This How You Seem?, comes Tonta, a stand-alone graphic novel that shines a light on the family tree of one of Hernandez's most memorable characters of the past several years, the teenaged Tonta. Though a self-styled loner, Tonta is forced to confront her fractured and damaged family history during a weekend stay with her half-sister, Vivian. While visiting, Tonta's stepfather is shot a home during a botched burglary, which leads to the discovery of family secrets that require Tonta to confront some unpleasant truths that she's previously managed to suppress or remain ignorant of.
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Maggie and Hopey leave their significant others at home and take a weekend road trip to go to a punk scene reunion in their old neighborhood. Threaded throughout are flashbacks to 1979, during the formative stages in their lifelong relationship, as the perceived invincibility of youth is juxtaposed against all of the love, heartbreak, and self-awareness that comes with lives actually lived. Serialized over the past four years in Love and Rockets: New Stories and the new comic book series, Is This How You See Me? collects Hernandez’s unsentimental, long-form masterpiece together for the first time.
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The comic book event of 2016! Love and Rockets is back as an all-new, ongoing comic book series (Vol. IV for those keeping track at home)! On Jaime's side: What do you do when none of your old punk friends want to be punk any more? And just who does the evil Princess Animus think she is? (Hint: She doesn't know, she has amnesia.) On Gilbert's side: Family drama takes center stage when a Fritz discovers a grandchild she didn't know existed! Old fans and new fans are sure to enjoy the most diverse cast of characters in comics, including Maggie, Hopey, Pipo, Fritz, Tonta, Baby, and many more! Plus other surprises! Grrrowl!
The 30th anniversary Love and Rockets celebration continues with this, the first volume of the Love and Rockets Library collecting the adventures of the spunky Maggie, her annoying best friend and sometimes lover Hopey, and their circle of friends, including their bombshell friend Penny Century, Maggie's weirdo mentor Izzy -- as well as the wrestler Rena Titanon and Maggie's handsome love interest, Rand Race... "Maggie the Mechanic" collects the earliest, punkiest, most heavily sci-fi stories of Maggie and her circle of friends, and you can see the artist (who drew like an angel from the very first panel) refine his approach: Despite these strong shifts in tone, the stunning art and razor sharp characterizations keep this collection consistent, and enthralling throughout.
Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 rebooted the beloved Love and Rockets series in 2008 as an all-new annual graphic novel length package. Jaime launches the new format with a story that's unusual even for him... A full-on, pulse-pounding super-hero yarn! Penny Century realizes her longtime dream of acquiring super-powers, but at a terrible personal cost. Now she rampages through the galaxy, half mad with grief, and a motley group of super-heroes assembles to try to stop her -- led by Boot Angel and her mysterious neighbor Alarma! Then Gilbert Hernandez explodes with a similarly generous helping of his fantastically creative one-shot short stories: "Papa" (a turn-of-the-century story involving a traveling businessman); "The New Adventures of Duke and Sammy" (super-powered Martin and Lewis impostors in outer space); "Victory Dance" (Into the Wild as re-imagined by Beto); "Chiro el Indio" (written by third brother Mario Hernandez); "Never Say Never" (a kangaroo gets lucky in Las Vegas); and the mysterious wordless mood piece simply titled "?" The epic-length 50-page story (only the first half of the saga!) combines Jaime's razor sharp characterization and superlative art with wildly inventive, Kirby-style slam-bang super-hero action. Then Gilbert Hernandez explodes with a similarly generous helping of his fantastically creative one-shot short stories: "Papa" (a turn-of-the-century story involving a traveling businessman); "The New Adventures of Duke and Sammy" (super-powered Martin and Lewis impostors in outer space); "Victory Dance" (Into the Wild as re-imagined by Beto); "Chiro el Indio" (written by third brother Mario Hernandez); "Never Say Never" (a kangaroo gets lucky in Las Vegas; and the mysterious wordless mood piece simply titled "?". One hundred pages of Jaime, Gilbert and Mario Hernandez at the peak of their powers: this is a major graphic-novel event!
This issue heralds the return, after a five-year hiatus, of the comic book that changed the industry forever, Love and Rockets, reuniting all three Hernandez Brothers! Jaime picks up the newly-divorced Maggie's story as she returns to the old neighborhood to try to reconnect with her past; in the first issue she meets up with everyone's favorite Hoppers resident, Izzy Ortiz. Gilbert launches a thrilling new graphic novel, "Julio's Day," a series of self-contained vignettes following the life of a new character that, when read as a whole, will paint a tapestry of the character's life from birth to death, spanning an entire century. Every person gets his day... or does he? Finally, Gilbert (artist) and Mario (writer) collaborate on "Me for the Unknown," a tale of political intrigue, dumping on the little guy, psychosis, and violent revenge reminiscent of some of their earliest L&R stories (or their Mister X "Tales of Somnopolis" stories).