This blog post might look familiar to you if you’ve already read our existing How to Read Love and Rockets blog. We’re in the process of revamping that blog to be even more useful, so bear with us as we make some changes, including updates and clarifications in this post!
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.
(1982 – present)
Omnibus editions of The Complete Love and Rockets graphic novel collections.
Heartbreak Soup Human Diastrophism Beyond Palomar Luba and Her Family Ofelia Three Sisters *Comics Dementia (non-Palomar side stories)
Gilbert, Mario, and Jaime:
Current Comic Book Series
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 Love and Rockets Vol. IV #10
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)
- Love and Rockets: New Stories #1
- Love and Rockets: New Stories #2
- Love and Rockets: New Stories #3
- Love and Rockets: New Stories #4
- Love and Rockets: New Stories #5
- Love and Rockets: New Stories #6
- Love and Rockets: New Stories #7
- Love and Rockets: New Stories #8
Abridged Hardcover Collections
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).
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’s Comics and Stories #1-8
Whoa Nellie! #1–3
New Tales of Old Palomar #1-3
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:
Vol. 1: Maggie the Mechanic - Jaime Music for Mechanics + Las Mujeres Perdidas, and more
Vol. 2: Heartbreak Soup - Gilbert Chelo’s Burden + Tears from Heaven + Duck Feet, and more
Vol. 3: The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S. - Jaime House of Raging Women, The Death of Speedy, Flies on the Ceiling
Vol. 4: Human Diastrophism - Gilbert Duck Feet + Luba Conquers the World
Vol.5: Perla La Loca - Jaime Wigwam Bam + Chester Square
Vol. 6: Beyond Palomar - Gilbert Poison River + Love and Rockets X
Vol. 7: Amor Y Cohetes (Gilbert, Mario, & Jaime) Hernandez Satyricon + non-main storyline works
Vol. 8: Penny Century (Jaime) Whoa Nellie!, Locas in Love, Dicks and Deedees
Vol. 9: Esperanza (Jaime) Ghost of Hoppers + The Education of Hopey Glass
Vo. 10: Luba and Her Family (Gilbert) Luba in America and Adventures of Venus
Vol. 11: Ofelia (Gilbert) Luba: The Book of Ofelia
Vol. 12: Comics Dementia (Gilbert) Fear of Comics (expanded)
Vol. 13: Angels & Magpies (Jaime) God and Science + Love Bunglers, and more
Vol. 14: Three Sisters (Gilbert) Three Daughters + High Soft Lisp + Luba omnibus material, and more
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
We also have a beautiful studio edition collecting over 200 pieces of early, original art by Jaime Hernandez.