Page nine of this collection: it's where LOVE AND ROCKETS finds it's footing. Maggie Chascarrillo, star of Jamie Hernandez's Mechanics stories, speaks to the reader, tears streaming down her face and she's drawn like some weird comics-adaptation of a Bergman film: she says "Heck no! I'm not crazy! Do I look crazy? I mean, I just kind of like this guy, y'know..."
For all the robots and monsters of the first two volumes of LOVE AND ROCKETS, no matter how post-modernly they were handled, it's here that Jaime (and really, in this book Gilbert does it, too), cops to the fact that L&R is really a romance comic in disguise. While never losing the sense of awe and whimsy so prevalent in the first two collections, The Lost Women finds Maggie and her aunt, erstwhile wrestling champion Rina Titanon, trapped in the strange land of Rio Frio as they fall under the shadow of some sort of revolution, trying their best to make it back home while not killing one another.
The brothers are fond of strong female characters; they excel at crafting women that are flawed, lovely, and very very human. Without the cloying 'look how sensitive I am' bullshit that usually lurks around with Men Writing Women, the Brothers make it impossible not to fall in love with their Lost Women.
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.