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Maria M. (Love and Rockets) (Hardcover)

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Like many angsty Chicano teens I found (and subsequently consumed) the Hernandez brothers’ Love and Rockets graphic novels with a certain fervor that only impressionable youths have. So I suppose one might say I’m pretty excited for a new book in the Love and Rockets universe. Maria M., Complete Collection is an unusual graphic novel that tells the Scorcese-by-way-of-Darren-Arnovsky crime tale of Maria M., the mother of one of Love and Rockets’ primary characters. Sex, drugs, rock (maybe some head rolling), and unforgettable characters make this collection a must-read for anyone nostalgic for their tormented teen years.

— Gabe

Description


This brutal, original crime thriller graphic novel, from the co-creator of Love and Rockets, tells the story of femme fatale Maria M.


Maria M.'s is a sordid tale of sex, drugs, violence, and power. When she comes to America for a better life, she marries a drug kingpin, whose son learns Maria’s darkest secret, leading to the most violent gangland bloodbath in organized crime history. Maria M. collects 2013’s Book One (now out of print), and the never-before-published Book Two, presenting the complete graphic novel for the first time. Longtime readers of Hernandez’s books will recognize a metatwist worthy of Maria M.’s pulpy pages: Maria M. doubles as a “biopic” of the mother of Hernandez’s most beloved character: Luba from Love and Rockets!

About the Author


Gilbert Hernandez was born in 1957 in Oxnard, California, and is considered one of the greatest living comics writer-artists in the world. In 1982, Hernandez co-created, along with his brothers Mario and Jaime, the ongoing, iconic, internationally acclaimed comic book series Love and Rockets, one of the greatest bodies of work the medium has ever seen. In addition to his work on Love and Rockets, its spinoffs, and side series, Hernandez has released a prodigious amount of original graphic novels and miniseries, such as Sloth, Bumperhead, and Marble Season. He also collaborated with Darwyn Cooke on The Twilight Children for DC. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2017 and is the recipient of a Fellow Award from United States Artists and a PEN Center USA’s Graphic Literature Award for Outstanding Body of Work. Hernandez lives in Ventura, CA, with his wife and daughter.

Praise For…


Hernandez is one of the great craftsmen of modern comics.
— New York Times Book Review

Hernandez has become the medium's David Lynch or Guy Maddin, rolling his personal obsessions and freewheeling abstractions into stories that present as pulp, then take some very weird turns.
— The A.V. Club

The combination of classic cartooning and cinematic storytelling, as well as graphic sex and violence, pushed to near surrealistic extremes, should satisfy most devotees and inspire the creation of even more.
— Library Journal

Maria M. is executed with style, strong and sensitive character development, practiced casual linework, and the kind of gonzo weirdness that defines the Hernandez ethos. This tale feels like the half-remembered dream of a midnight movie, making for a whimsy worth reading.

— Publishers Weekly

Every writer should be so lucky to have the imaginative chops that Hernandez shows in Maria M.

— Southwest Review

Hernandez's pulpy movies-on-paper [feature] deftly spun narratives; vivid character designs; and, most of all, powerfully bold graphics that feature economically arresting drawings and forceful composition.
— Booklist

Who was Maria M.? Fans of author Gilbert Hernandez will remember her well, but readers of all stripes will be intrigued by this tale of her twisty, turny life.
— San Francisco Book Review


Product Details
ISBN: 9781683960164
ISBN-10: 1683960165
Publisher: Fantagraphics
Publication Date: October 8th, 2019
Pages: 232
Language: English
Series: Love and Rockets
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Created At: 10/8/2016 07:07pm
Last Updated At: 11/9/2022 08:08am

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