Love and Rockets: New Stories No. 4 (Vol. 4) (Love and Rockets)

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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! 104 pages of black-and-white comics

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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.

Review:

“...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, Omnivoracious (Amazon.com)

“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.”
- Publishers Weekly

“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, The A.V. Club

“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, The Austin American-Statesman

“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, The Comics Journal

“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, The Comics Journal

“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, The Comics Reporter

“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)

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