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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  257 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Gilbert Hernandez climaxed his award-winning "Palomar" series at the end of Love and Rockets' original run by leveling the Central American hamlet. But he soon picked up the story of Luba: The hammer-wielding matriarch had emigrated to the U. S. where she contended not only with an unwelcoming new culture but also her extended family. These "America" stories - over 80 of t ...more
Hardcover, 608 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by Fantagraphics (first published February 15th 2009)
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Jul 13, 2013 rated it liked it
I had previously read this in bits and pieces and never bothered finishing it because it seemed like such a huge disappointment after the wonderful Palomar stuff. But I saw it for super cheap on one of those hugs sale Fantagraphics occasionally does and I decided to give it another chance. A lot of my original criticisms still stand: Many of the characters lose their humanity and Gilbert just seems to want to give us an endless list of their pettinesses and sexual proclivities. There's a certain ...more
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. I would read this ten times over.
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I recently discovered that not only is there a branch of the San Francisco public library just 6 blocks from my apartment, but they also have a random assortment of graphic novels, comic anthologies, trade paperbacks, etc. I've been going there regularly to check things out, especially anything to expand me beyond my superhero comics-focused past. I've read bits and pieces of the Hernàndez brother's oeuvres, but not a ton and not sequentially. So when I laid eyes on this grand tome it seemed lik ...more
Jonathan Lee
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Some of the early short stories was a little iffy to me but as I read more and more of this collection, I began to enjoy it more. I feel a lot of critics say that Beto's work post-Palomar is a far more weaker and I mostly disagree. Yes, the warm magical realist vibe of those stories are sorely missed but this is still strong work and the themes from Palomar such as the complications when it comes to family and community are still prevalent. With the characters, I enjoy most of the new ones such ...more
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loeg-archives
I think I already talked about the Luba books when it was a softcover trilogy, but I got the new edition. It's really the best way to experience Beto's vision: dozens of short stories spotlight different aspects of each character, so by the time you've read all 600 pages, you've seen their graces, their warts and anything possible in between. This particular book doesn't quite match the astonishing accomplishment of Palomar (still my favorite single comic title ever), as it tends toward the grat ...more
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had read 95% of these stories in their original small book formats, but the changeover to a new L&R series made me want to run through a bunch quickly (and my library is so awesome). Fritz is sure one messed-up woman. I feel lots of sympathy for her sisters.
Michael Beblowski
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had eagerly ordered the initial Love and Rockets series through inter-library loan, beginning with Maggie the Mechanic, and for some reason could not get into it. Perhaps the Hernandez Brother's reissued graphic novel compendiums could have benefited from a larger format? The paperback condensed the images to a scale that resembled the early box-centered superhero pulp comics of yore, a narrowing of artistic vision that does not appeal to me. But, after reading the nearly 600 page, hefty hardc ...more
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Whichever Hernandez book I’m reading is the best. This is the best. 6 out of 5!
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Took me forever to read this, which is understandable since it's about a foot thick. Wonderful stuff. ...more
Baal Of
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: public-library
This is the first Love And Rockets related comic I've ever read, so I didn't really know what to expect. This kind of drama based comic, about regular people doing a lot of regular things isn't normally something I would get into to, but because Hernandez brings such depth to his characters, I was won over. Unlike most comics, his characters have wildly different body types, and they actually age in realistic ways - gaining and losing weight, shifting body proportions, gaining wrinkles, etc. And ...more
Jul 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I haven't hated half a book this much while still liking other parts since I read Lord of the Rings. I went back and forth on whether to give it a 2 or a 3 or at times just throw this thing across the room, but the ending won me over and made me a nicer reviewer.
A+ trolling overall.

No but seriously if you like these characters and want to stop reading before this book, I can't honestly say that that's a terrible idea.
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Agrupación de los cómics 'Luba en norteamérica', 'El libro de Ofelia' y 'Tres hijas'. Estos tomos tan grandes no son muy cómodos para leer, pero la recopilación es excelente. Hace 28 años leí mis primeras historias sobre Palomar, y en sus últimas historias Beto sigue manteniendo la misma fuerza que entonces. ...more
Wes Young
Sep 16, 2012 rated it liked it
The "america" stories left me yearning for Palomar. Hernandez's collection leaves a lot to be desired; the stories have no traction and the characters have little going on of any interest. Hernandez's shining star in this collection is Venus, who is well crafted and easily likeable. Otherwise, I would say Luba is for only the most hardcore Hernandez Brothers fans. ...more
Tate Ryan
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I like beautiful and attractive women as much as any man does; but this is an overload, with ladies curves getting bigger and bigger by the page and the behaviour of the women matching a teenagers dream. All in all, all fantasy and no substance.
Nov 17, 2012 rated it liked it
It was kind of odd but I did enjoy it. Sometimes there seemed to be too many characters and I'd get lost in who was who or what their relationships were. Also, the stories and vignettes are not in strict chronological order so it makes it difficult to fully grasp. Lots of sex. ...more
Paul Schulzetenberg
Feb 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
If your id wrote comics, it would be a lot like this book. There's lots of sex, connected by a few thin threads of plot. I read about 100 pages, before getting bored and putting it down. The drawings are good, but a weak plot just isn't enough to keep me interested. ...more
Apr 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Even after 600 pages I'm not sure what to make of this. I love Beto's early work and what he's doing now, but this collection—spanning the mid-'90s through the mid-'00s—isn't my favorite stretch by a long shot. Still, some brilliant stuff here and it's an essential part of the Los Bros story. ...more
Jan 18, 2011 rated it liked it
I stopped reading the book (for now) because I started running into too many crazy sex scenes penned by Gilbert Hernandez; decided it was time to move on to something that wouldn't drive me mad. But I'll return to it soon. ...more
Aug 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
While this stuff was being serialized I kinda thought Beto had lost it. It seemed like story after story featuring big dicks and big tits and that one guy who had two dicks. But reading it all at once I was blown away. I was very sad when I was finished!
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Venus is officially my new favourite literary character - I want a graphic novel all about her now!
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Essential interstellar reading!
Apr 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
You know why Lucy. I'm not ashamed. ...more
Chris Infanti
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Good stories from Beto here, but not something to read all in one sitting - I'll probably revisit at some point. ...more
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've always liked Beto better, especially the Luba storyline, and now it is uncluttered by his brother's dubious ramblings. Very satisfying. ...more
Anthony Faber
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
The whole Palomar goes off the rails a bit here. Everybody's having sex with everyone else and there's too much drama. The character Venus is pretty fun, though.
Nov 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing

Another great compilation of Hernandez's great stuff. Sex, violence, love, rockets!
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Gilbert and his brother Jaime Hernández often write together under the name "Los Bros Hernandez".

Gilbert Hernandez, born in 1957, enjoyed a pleasant childhood in Oxnard, California, with four brothers and one sister. In Gilbert’s words, they were “born into a world with comic books in the house.” His childhood enthusiasm for the medium was equaled only by his appetite for punk rock.

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  • Love and Rockets, Vol. 1: Music for Mechanics
  • Love and Rockets, Vol. 2: Chelo's Burden
  • Love and Rockets, Vol. 3: Las Mujeres Perdidas
  • Love and Rockets, Vol. 4: Tears from Heaven
  • Love and Rockets, Vol. 5: House of Raging Women
  • Love and Rockets, Vol. 6: Duck Feet
  • Love and Rockets, Vol. 7: The Death of Speedy
  • Love and Rockets, Vol. 8: Blood of Palomar
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