Daunted by the idea of jumping into the immense canon of Los Bros Hernandez? You’re missing a world of wrestling, gangs, whispering trees and unexpected heartache. If you’re confused about how to read the books, Jeffrey O. Gustafson of Jim Hanley’s universe has just posted a Definitive Guide to Comics’ Supreme Masterpiece that explains which volume comes where:
Each author’s stories are independent of the others, and should be approached separately. Jaime (“Xaime”) has almost exclusively told one continuing story over the last 30 years, Locas, while Gilbert (“Beto”) has serialized several different ongoing stories and many short stories over the decades in Love & Rockets (the longest work being what I call the Palomar/Luba cycle), plus numerous other works for other publishers.
The comics of Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez contained under the Love & Rockets umbrella of titles have been published across 121 issues over 30 years, in four distinct phases across four anthologies and seven mini-series; collected in 27 sequential hardcover & softcover albums, collections, and graphic novels; and nine softcover omnibus collections.
Stellar work here—even as a die-hard fan I sometimes lose track of which books reprint what storylines. But with this guide, it’s really not that hard, and you’ll be glad you did.
It’s looking to be a big year for Los Bros, btw with several books about their work coming out, and Gilbert’s MARBLE SEASON coming out from D&Q. Don’t delay! Start reading LOVE AND ROCKETS today!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.