At The Factual Opinion, Tucker Stone and Michel Fiffe ponder whether LOVE AND ROCKETS #3 might just be the best comic by Jaime of all time. In which case it would be one of the greatest COMICS of all time.
Fiffe: OK, let’s see… He’s had some exemplary stories out there. Recently, too. “Browntown” does have panel after panel of heartbreak. I think the level of remorse and sympathy we may feel during this story, we may have felt in varying degrees in reading his other highlights. “Flies on the Ceiling” is one. “Everybody Loves Me, Baby” is another [Penny Century #7]. Those were my top 2. “Browntown” is just more complex, more involved, more ambitious, and structurally tighter. This is not to say that those previous works AREN’T, I’m just saying that Jaime’s just gotten better at it. Here’s an artist at the top of his form, telling some of the most mature and compelling stories in ANY medium… and the thing is, I could’ve said that 5 years ago, I could have said that 10 years ago. This new one is a masterpiece, and although I feel biased saying that because I like the Bros.’ work so much, I think it will hold up as a work of art forever. I hate to sound like I’m a soapbox or something, but this medium is tremendously lucky to have this kind of story in existence. It’s an example of not only “Pure” comics, but “Perfect” comics.
Why don’t you read it for yourself and decide?
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.