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Love and Rockets: Wigwam Bam (vol. 11)

Credits: Written and Illustrated by Jaime Hernandez
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books

Commentary

Pigeonholed unfairly as the whimsical and airy Hernandez brother, Jaime Hernandez breaks out of that expectation with WIGWAM BAM, a chronologically-fractious study of his heroines Maggie and Hopey's just as fractious relationship: Hopey, a lesbian, and Maggie, a lesbian for Hopey, have always been the emotional core of Jaime's Mechanix tales and WIGWAM BAM charts their lives as they came together and fell apart again as Hopey begins turning up as a missing person on milk cartons.

A sly, subtle treatise on love and sex in all of its various permutations and forms, WIGWAM BAM hops breezily along across the lives and times of the Mechanix characters from their time as children to present day, each hop revealing a different facet of their lives and their emotional development. A quiet, remarkable masterpiece.

-- Matt Fraction

 
Matt Fraction splits his time between motion graphics and design house MK12, writing comics, and reading comics. He is the author of the graphic novels The Annotated Mantooth and Last of the Independents, both available from AiT/Planet Lar. He can be found on the web at mattfraction.com. His wife is hot.

 


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