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Beyond Palomar: A Love and Rockets Book
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Fantagraphics Books
Publication date December 30, 2007
Pages 253
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781560978824
ISBN-10 1560978821
Dimensions 0.75 by 7.50 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.35 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock
Original list price $16.95
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Summary
A single-volume release of the Love & Rockets creator's two major stand-alone graphic novels includes 'Poison River,' in which Luba emerges from her pre-Palomar youth to marry a gangster and uncover secrets about her mother, and 'Love & Rockets X,' in which characters from diverse walks of life struggle with power politics in 1990s Los Angeles. Original.
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Two classic Love and Rockets graphic novels in one beautiful volume: "Poison River" traces the backstory of Luba, from child to teenage mob bride to her escape to Palomar; "Love and Rockets X" is a wide-ranging, Altman-esque story set in early-1990s L.A.

For the first half decade of Love and Rockets, Gilbert Hernandez focused on fleshing out his small Central American hamlet of Palomar. But eventually this became too restrictive for the kinds of stories he wanted to tell, and he created, in quick succession, two major standalone graphic novels. Beyond Palomar collects these two groundbreaking works, together for the first time.

"Poison River" is a dizzying period piece often hailed as one of Hernandez's masterpieces. It traces the pre-Palomar childhood of Luba, her teenage marriage to gangster Peter Rio, the secrets behind her mysterious mother, all the way up to her subsequent escape and arrival in Palomar. This story introduces a number of characters and themes that occupied later issues of Love and Rockets (including Luba's mother Maria and her sinister guardian angel Gorgo), and is a riveting page-turner besides, with lots of sex, drugs, guns, politics, and women who can crack walnuts with their stomachs.

"Love and Rockets X," set in the early 1990s (in the waning years of Bush I's post-Reagan hangover, with Gulf War I in the background), takes us from plush Beverly Hills to the dangerous east side and introduces us to a dizzyingly diverse cast of characters, including a lowlife rock 'n' roll band, a "posse" of black youths, a ditzy Hollywood mom and her spoiled son, a gay activist filmmaker and his rebellious, half-Iraqi daughter, and a group of racist thugs whose violent attack on an older woman sets the plot in motion―as well as bringing in several older characters, including a couple of Palomar expatriates.

Beyond Palomar is a wildly original diptych of graphic novels by one of the great cartooning talents of the last quarter century. 256 pages of black-and-white comics

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9781560978824 | details & prices | 253 pages | 7.50 × 9.25 × 0.75 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $16.95
About: A single-volume release of the Love & Rockets creator's two major stand-alone graphic novels includes 'Poison River,' in which Luba emerges from her pre-Palomar youth to marry a gangster and uncover secrets about her mother, and 'Love & Rockets X,' in which characters from diverse walks of life struggle with power politics in 1990s Los Angeles.

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