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Love and Rockets
Amor Y Cohetes


Authors: Gilbert, Jaime and Mario Hernandez
Artists: Gilbert, Jaime and Mario Hernandez
Titan Books
RRP: £9.99, US $16.99
ISBN-13: 978 1 84576 530 9
ISBN-10: 1 84576 530 3
Available 27 June 2008

Most Love and Rockets readers are intimately familiar with Jaime Hernandez's Locas Yarns and Gilbert Hernandez's tales of Palomar. But many don't realise that Love and Rockets has also brimmed with Los Bros.' wildly inventive one-shot stories and short-run series. Within these pages discover BEM, the sci-fi epic (co-starring Luba) that put Gilbert on the map... his dystopian tales of Errate Stigmata, as well as his lighthearted Music for Monsters romps... plus such standout one-shots as Frida, A Folk Tale, and the autobiographical dazzlers My Love Book and Hernandez Satyricon (co-starring Jaime)...

In 1982, brothers Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez created Love & Rockets, a mixture of magical realism, science fiction, and meditations on the human condition.

Amor y Cohetes is the seventh volume in the new Complete Love & Rockets series, collecting together all the non-Maggie and non-Palomar stories by all three Hernandez Brothers from that classic first, 50-issue Love and Rockets series, including Gilbert's original 40-page sci-fi BEM from 1981's very first issue of Love and Rockets, Jaime's Rocky and Fumble series starring a planet-hopping girl and her robot, one-shots such as Gilbert's Frida Kahlo biography Frida and the autobiographical fantasia My Love Book.

This is a collection that you should certainly glance through before parting with your cash though. Personally, I still think that this series is very over rated. It's average, at best, and certainly not deserving of the huge cult following it seems to have garnered.

Of course, it goes with out saying, fans of Love and Rockets will thoroughly enjoy this collection. Personally, while I'm not a huge fan, I can see the appeal of some the stories reprinted here, but others still leave me cold.


Nick Smithson

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