Maria M. (Love and Rockets #0)



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From the publisher:

Maria M.'s is a sordid tale of sex, drugs, violence, and power. When she comes to America for a better life, she marries a drug kingpin, whose son learns Maria's darkest secret, leading to the most violent gangland bloodbath in organized crime history. Maria M. collects 2013's Book One (now out of print), and the never-before-published Book Two, presenting the complete graphic novel for the first time. Longtime readers of Hernandez's books will recognize a meta twist worthy of Maria M.'s pulpy pages: Maria M. doubles as a "biopic" of the mother of Hernandez's most beloved character: Luba from Love and Rockets!

Maria M. is executed with style, strong and sensitive character development, practiced casual linework, and the kind of gonzo weirdness that defines the Hernandez ethos. This tale feels like the half-remembered dream of a midnight movie, making for a whimsy worth reading.-- Publishers Weekly

Every writer should be so lucky to have the imaginative chops that Hernandez shows in Maria M.-- Southwest Review

Hernandez's pulpy movies-on-paper [feature] deftly spun narratives; vivid character designs; and, most of all, powerfully bold graphics that feature economically arresting drawings and forceful composition.-- Booklist

Who was Maria M.? Fans of author Gilbert Hernandez will remember her well, but readers of all stripes will be intrigued by this tale of her twisty, turny life.-- San Francisco Book Review

Hernandez is one of the great craftsmen of modern comics.-- New York Times Book Review

Hernandez has become the medium's David Lynch or Guy Maddin, rolling his personal obsessions and freewheeling abstractions into stories that present as pulp, then take some very weird turns.-- The A.V. Club

The combination of classic cartooning and cinematic storytelling, as well as graphic sex and violence, pushed to near surrealistic extremes, should satisfy most devotees and inspire the creation of even more.-- Library Journal


Gilbert Hernandez

Condition & Attributes

Very Fine, issued without dustjacket



Publishing Information

Fantagraphics Books

Physical Description

8.5 inches
5.7 inches
232 pages
black & white
pictorial boards