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Possibly the most talented comic book family ever.

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Los Bros Hernandez

I feel kind of silly explaining why Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez are cool. I was thinking of just skipping them, in favor of a more obscure H, but then I thought, “Should I really skip two of the coolest comic creators out there just because they’re not obscure?”

And I thought that wouldn’t be cool, so here we are – possibly the coolest comic book family in all of comics (what do you folks think? John and Sal? Joe, Adam and Andy? Stan and Larry?)!!

Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez are best known for their seminal work, Love and Rockets, which they stopped doing for awhile, until they realized, “If we split up, people will not know where to find us – better to just give them a name they’re familiar with,” so they came back to Love and Rockets, which they continue to publish to this day (about three issues a year).

Most of Gilbert’s early L&R stories have been collected in the hardcover Palomar (after the small city where Gilbert set his stories):

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Jaime, meanwhile, had his L&R stories following the relationship of two women, Maggie and Hopey (from the early days of a bizarre blend of Archie and science fiction, to the later stages, where it was more steeped in realism), collected in the hardcover Locas.

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The Hernandez brothers both have an undeniable grasp of humanity and what makes people tick, and it shines through in both of their works. Their artwork is at both times cartoonish and expressive, giving their books an easy-to-follow feel. A lot like how I explained how Kevin Huizenga will sneak up on you by making the comic easy to follow, before you realize you’re reading some heady stuff – the Hernandez brothers do much of the same.

I should make sure I mention Mario Hernandez, the third Hernandez brother to do comic book work.

I always consider us lucky that we still have folks like Los Bros Hernandez still producing a regular comic book series.

Here is their website, which actually is not ready to be seen just yet – but soon!!! In the meantime, check out Fantagraphics’ page on them here.

10 Comments

Andrew Collins

March 31, 2008 at 9:44 am

Excellent choice!! It should be noted that Fantagraphics recently did a 7-volume reprint of every story from the original L&R series. So now all of the Palomar and Locas stories are in chronological order (or about as chronological as they’ll ever be thanks to how much they jumped around.)

Jaime’s “Death Of Speedy” story is just about the most perfect comic I’ve ever read and should be required reading for anybody wanting to learn how to tell a story through sequential art. The last page of that story still sends chills up my spine every time I read it.

A solid choice, despite neither of them ever working on Quasar. Nobody’s perfect.

Except Quasar. Cosmic origins, a costuem change that became not just a mere plot point but HOW HE SAVED THE FRICKIN’ UNIVERSE FROM DESTRUCTION, and a mullet to boot? Where else does one find such a triple threat? Guy Gardiner’s got two, at most.

Jeff: Quantum & Woody
Brian: When mentioning comic book families, let’s not forget the Romitas.

I’ve haven’t read anything from the Hernandez bros (nobody’s perfect), but I’m planning to shell out on Palomar. Does anyone think I should go for Locas instead?

Bdaly: If you can, get both. If not, I’d stick with Palomar, but it’s a damn close call. Locas has more obviously appealing art, but Palomar has a richer, more complex and more engaging story.

Excellent choice!
Los Bros. Hernandez create wonderful comics. Best comic of all time, IMO. I’ve yet to see something that compelling in ages.

Andrew Collins

April 1, 2008 at 12:22 pm

Jeff and BDaly: Question all the way, baby.

Also to BDaly, Fantagraphics recently put out some cheaper trade collections of the original L&R series. Three collecting the Locas stories from Jaime, three collecting the Palomar stories from Gilbert, and a seventh collection for their miscellanous non-Palomar/Locas stories. They’re a cheaper investment if you don’t feel like plunking down the $40/50 on the complete collections.

Yeah, blah, blah, blah brilliant blah, blah, blah.

I think that, overall, ‘Beto probably has the strongest total body of work of any American cartoonist.

1. I notice quite a few of these were mentioned on the podcast interview Cronin did a while back. (I know what “S” will be.)

Were they, Mark?

I don’t recall. It’s certainly possible, as odds are I’ll repeat things that interest me.

Hola Brian, thanks for mentioning the http://www.losbroshernandez.com website. But it is not their official website – it’s a personal project of mine, which I’ve so far worked on for about 9 months. It’s almost there and hopefully soon will be opened, with lots of interesting stuff for those into the world of Los Bros.

all the best
Thomas – Head honcho at http://www.losbroshernandez.com

Bdaly,
I would vote for Locas.The ongoing story of Maggie and Hopey.I feel,was more enjoyable overall for me because of the art.The early Mechanics stories were awesome(Frazetta/Williamson feel) and the characters that I indentified with more.But the Bros. are masters of their craft and you will be richly rewarded by reading either,preferably both.

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