at the University Bookman:
I hope to spend this summer soaking up the sun with Los Bros. Hernandez’s epic comic book series “Love and Rockets.” The comics follow a group of knockabout, hard-living characters from punk LA (Jaime Hernandez’s “Hoppers 13” stories) and a slightly surreal South American village (Gilbert Hernandez’s “Palomar”). These are genre-crossing tales of love, loss, slowly encroaching adulthood, and sci-fi adventure; there are ghosts and witches, betrayal and camaraderie, superheroes, and luchadoras. Jaime’s art becomes increasingly sharp-edged and gorgeous as the series progresses, while Gilbert’s blotchier, curvier art makes the boundary between the natural and supernatural worlds seem oozy and permeable. There’s noir (Wigwam Bam), political tragedy (Poison River), horror (Flies on the Ceiling), community portrait (Ghosts of Hoppers); there’s an atheist stigmatic, a prison colony, a teen space explorer, Frida Kahlo, and the Devil himself.
more; I was esp intrigued by the entries from Thomas Bertonneau on Cold War Scandinavian literature, and Daniel McCarthy on Waugh and war.