How to Read Love and Rockets

The Hernandez brothers’ decades-spanning œuvre can seem overwhelming to new readers, but it’s actually much easier than you might think, and we’ve put this handy guide together to prove it. We envy the pleasures that await you.


This is not a complete list of the Hernandez Brothers’ comics and graphic novels. This a list of works featuring characters from L&R storylines/published under the L&R banner.

If you’re brand new to Love and Rockets, start here.

The Love and Rockets Library

(1982 – present)

Omnibus editions of The Complete Love and Rockets graphic novel collections.

Jaime Hernandez:

Maggie the Mechanic
The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S.
Perla La Loca
Penny Century
Esperanza
Angels & Magpies

Gilbert Hernandez:

Heartbreak Soup
Human Diastrophism
Beyond Palomar
Luba and Her Family
Ofelia
Three Sisters
*Comics Dementia (non-Palomar side stories)

Gilbert, Mario, and Jaime:

Amor Y Cohetes

*Side Stories

Current Comic Book Series

Love and Rockets Vol. IV (2016 – present)

Love and Rockets Vol. IV #1
Love and Rockets Vol. IV #2
Love and Rockets Vol. IV #3
Love and Rockets Vol. IV #4
Love and Rockets Vol. IV #5
Love and Rockets Vol. IV #6
Love and Rockets Vol. IV #7
Love and Rockets Vol. IV #8
Love and Rockets Vol. IV #9

If you already have some L&R collections, and want to catch up:

Love and Rockets Comic Book Series

Love and Rockets Vol. I #1-50 (1982 - 1996)
Love and Rockets Vol. II #1-20 (2000-2007)
Love and Rockets Vol. III: New Stories (2008 - 2016)

Abridged Hardcover Collections

Jaime Hernandez:

Locas: The Maggie and Hopey Stories
Locas II: Maggie, Hopey, and Ray

*Collects the main Locas storyline from Vols. 1-2 of the comic book series (until 2007).

Gilbert Hernandez:

Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories (Vol. I) 
* Abridged hardcover collection.
Luba (Vol. II)

*Collects the main Palomar storyline from Vols. 1-2 of the comic book series (until 2007)

Other Comic Book Series Starring L&R characters

These have been collected, or will be collected, in The Love and Rockets Library.

Love and Rockets Bonanza
Ten Years of Love and Rockets
Maggie and Hopey Color Fun
Penny Century #1–7
New Love #1-6
Luba #1-10
Luba’s Comics and Stories #1-8
Measles #1-8
Whoa Nellie! #1–3
New Tales of Old Palomar #1-3

The Complete Love and Rockets Trades, Vols. 1 – 30

These trades collect all of Jaime and Gilbert’s L&R work in chronological editions (plus catch-all editions of odds and ends) beginning with the original Love and Rockets Vol. I, #1 from 1982. These are graphic novels released in chronological order, expanded from the comic book issues.

Vol. 01 Music for Mechanics
Vol. 02 Chelo’s Burden
Vol. 03 Las Mujeres Perdidas
Vol. 04 Tears from Heaven
Vol. 05 House of Raging Women
Vol. 06 Duck Feet
Vol. 07 The Death of Speedy
Vol. 08 Blood of Palomar
Vol. 09 Flies on the Ceiling
Vol. 10 Love and Rockets X
Vol. 11 Wigwam Bam
Vol. 12 Poison River
Vol. 13 Chester Square
Vol. 14 Luba Conquers the World
Vol. 15 Hernandez Satyricon
Vol. 16 Whoa Nellie!
Vol. 17 Fear of Comics
Vol. 18 Locas in Love
Vol. 19 Luba in America
Vol. 20 Dicks and Deedees
Vol. 21 The Book of Ofelia
Vol. 22 Ghost of Hoppers
Vol. 23 Three Daughters
Vol. 24 Education of Hopey Glass
Vol. 25 High Soft Lisp
Vol. 26 God and Science: Return of the Ti-Girls
Vol. 27 The Children of Palomar
Vol. 28 Love Bunglers
Vol. 29 Is This How You See Me?
Vol. 30 Tonta

If you own some of these graphic novels and want to switch to the Library editions:

Maggie the Mechanic
Music for Mechanics + Las Mujeres Perdidas
Heartbreak Soup
Chelo’s Burden + Tears from Heaven
The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S.
House of Raging Women, The Death of Speedy, Flies on the Ceiling
Human Diastrophism
Duck Feet + Blood of Palomar
Perla La Loca
Wigwam Bam + Chester Square
Beyond Palomar (Gilbert Vol. 6)
Poison River + Love and Rockets X
Amor Y Cohetes (Gilbert, Mario, & Jaime Vol. 7)
Hernandez Satyricon + non-main storyline works
Penny Century (Jaime Vol. 8)
Whoa Nellie!, Locas in Love, Dicks and Deedees
Esperanza (Jaime Vol. 9)
Ghost of Hoppers + The Education of Hopey Glass
Luba and Her Family (Gilbert Vol. 10)
Luba in America and Adventures of Venus
Ofelia (Gilbert Vol. 11)
Luba: The Book of Ofelia
Comics Dementia (Gilbert Vol. 12)
Expanded Fear of Comics
Angels & Magpies (Jaime Vol. 13)
God and Science + Love Bunglers
Three Sisters (Gilbert Vol. 14)
Three Daughters + High Soft Lisp + Luba omnibus material

Fritz B Movies

These original, standalone graphic novels were never serialized in Love and Rockets. Each is a metafictional, hard-boiled “B movie” starring Gilbert’s actress character, Fritz.


Gilbert’s L&R-verse Stand-Alone Graphic Novels

Julio's Day

About Love and Rockets

Love and Rockets: The Covers
The Love and Rockets Companion: 30 Years (and Counting)

We also have a beautiful studio edition collecting over 200 pieces of early, original art by Jaime Hernandez.

Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Jaime Hernandez