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Love and Rockets by Gilbert Hernández
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Apr 04, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: graphic-novels, review
Read in April, 2011

This one features some of the Hernandez brothers shorter works from their indy hit Love And Rockets comic. It's an odder than usual mish mash but still featuring all that nuanced silver age Kirby-esque, Ditko-esque, whoever-esque crazy pencils.
If this stuff had really graced the funny pages though I guess there would have been a few more deaths attributed to choking on Rice Crispies at the breakfast table (other tasty breakfast cereals are available). The most accessible material here though is the two part Ti-Girls Adventures Number 34 by Jaime Hernandez. It's a wacky silver age style romp, though far funnier than its influences. What happens if you're a comic loving girl geek spending all your days obsessing about silver age comics and all girl super groups? Obviously you get a shot at being the side-kick for one of the more maverick female super heroes. Every girl-wonder has to get her boots on the super-ladder somehow. Some powers would be nice but if not then a skimpy costume and a dodgy little domino mask will have to do. Before you jump to the wrong conclusion and think 'so that's what Maggie is up to now' I'll have to break it to you that this one only has a short 'Maggie' cameo and focuses on her girlfriend Angel.
Not as consistent as some of their other longer stuff but worth a look.
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message 1: by mark (new)

mark monday have you read hernandez's Birdland?

Michael No - just the mainstream stuff. That would be brown paper bag material over here.

message 3: by mark (last edited Apr 06, 2011 12:08PM) (new)

mark monday ah! well, it is extremely graphic. although there's an actual story in there somewhere. much like alan moore's Lost Girls. the two works couldn't be more different, particularly in genre (one scifi, the other fantasy), but there is some interesting similarities in their engagement with themes concerning the fluidity of identity - and of course with their extremely graphic sex scenes.

Michael Thanks. I'll see if I can dig it up.

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