Love and Rockets
August 10, 2012 7:41 PM Subscribe
In September, Los Bros Hernandez will tour the Northeast to observe the 30th anniversary of their epochal indie comic book series Love and Rockets.
In the early 1980s, Love and Rockets was one of the seminal titles... in shaping the sensibilities of the nascent indie scene. Their influence since then has been enormous, both in the indie world and the mainstream.... Their jump-cut style, which forces the reader to connect the narrative dots beetween the panels, their blend of genres (science fiction, realism, romance), their use of magical realism all helped show that not only could comic be serious literature, but how to achieve such a goal.Suggestions on how to approach the vast L&R-verse can be found there, as well as here, here, and here - not to mention the official guide at Fantagraphics Books.
Beyond that though, both Gilbert and Jaime are incredibly gifted storytellers — giants in the field really — able to create emotionally powerful, complex tales populated with unique but relatable characters. By this point, they’ve easily earned seats in the upper pantheon, next to folks like Carl Barks and Will Eisner.
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