Working at love and rockets
Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by Gilbert HernandezI realised a couple things after reading just a few pages of this book: 1) Iíd read the first story before in Jaime Hernandezís God and Science: Return of the Ti-Girls book, and 2) of all the Hernandez brothers, Gilbert is the only one whose stories I really enjoy. Jaimeís art is fine but his writing and Marioís are beyond boring. God and Science? I gave up on that one after just 6 pages! In fact, I donít think Iíve finished a single Jaime book and only got through ones with his name on because of his Gilbertís work tacked on.
I powered through Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 as I paid for a copy (it was on sale for peanuts) and wanted to get my moneyís worth. Jaimeís Ti-Girls story, thatís been chopped up and takes up about half the book, is a generic superhero story starring older, heavier women than the usual stock female superheroes. Thatís about all Iíll say it does differently, otherwise itís your average superhero story. Villain threatens Earth, heroes fight villain, world is saved. Itís honestly that rote, except Jaime writes it like an older-style superhero comic so thereís lots and lots of badly written caption boxes to torture the reader with.
After 26 excruciatingly dull pages we get to the first of Gilbertís comics and itís a simple one-pager of Sunday paper funnies but itís instantly more entertaining than the preceding chapter of crap. Then weíre onto a short story by Gilbert and immediately I recognised it as part of Julioís Day, Gilbertís wonderful book from a couple years ago. Itís a fine comic but Iíve already read it so it was disappointing to see it here instead of something different (later on another section from Julioís Day crops up).
To be totally fair to Jaime, Gilbertís other offerings arenít much better either. The space story of two crooners was stupid, and his kangaroo gambler/penis story was such a throwaway, Iím not sure why it was even printed except for filling up space. Mario Hernandezís satirical story of native Americans was much too overwritten and uninteresting, while Gilbertís final offering was simply nonsense. The book closes out with yet another part of the maddeningly tedious Ti-Girls story from Jaime.
What a let-down! I usually turn to the Hernandez brothers - well, Gilbert at least - for some quality comics and Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 was unfortunately anything but! The Julioís Day sections were good but Iíd already read them. The rest? I wish I hadnít bothered.
Dammit, I bought three other L&R: New Stories books in the sale at the same time! Hereís hoping theyíre better than this inauspicious first volumeÖ
Love and Rockets "Mirror People"
Reliving Love and Rockets
A t the turn of the s, if you wanted to read comics, you were pretty much confined to Spider-Man, Superman and their Spandexed stablemates at Marvel and DC. Then, in , along came Love and Rockets, a crudely printed, self-published comic from three California brothers, Jaime, Gilbert and Mario, known as Los Bros Hernandez. It was ó and remains ó one of the most original and influential comic projects ever. Because it is. Locas is even harder to describe. How do you approach these lives, these people, their stories?
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Back in , the three Hernandez brothers, Gilberto, Jaime, and Mario, self-published their first issue of Love and Rockets , soon to become a groundbreaking comic book series. Their admirers are legion, with scores of fellow artists among them. Jaime Hernandez: Maggie and Hopey were two best friends who were introduced when they were around 15 years old. Hopey was a crazy punk rocker and Maggie was a Mexican girl from the barrio. They kind of fell in love in different ways, and just started to have adventures together. Sort of an urban Betty and Veronica.