Fantagraphics Previews Love from the Shadows by Gilbert Hernandez


Fantagraphics Books have posted a preview of Love from the Shadows, by Gilbert Hernandez, being the third of Beto’s standalone graphic novels that depict  the Z-movie career of Luba’s half-sister, Fritz.

Those of you who are not hardcore fans of Love & Rockets are most likely wondering what on Earth I am talking about, right now. But don’t panic, this book doesn’t require that you have read any L&R stories at all. Basically, Luba is one of the main characters in Beto’s L&R stories, and she has a half sister called Fritz, who is a a z-movie actress. A couple of years ago, Hernandez thought that it might be fun to make a series of spin-off graphic novels that told the stories of some of these movies, and here we are!

The first two Fritz books contained some of Beto’s finest storytelling,  and I have really high hopes for this third volume. Love from the Shadows is purportedly a campy thriller, and the solicitation text make it sound like a hell of a lot of fun! Be sure to pre-order this one, so you don’t miss out!

Love from the Shadows
by Gilbert Hernandez

120-page black & white 5.75″ x 8.5″ hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-406-1

Ships in: March 2011 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

The third in Gilbert Hernandez’s line of original hardcovers featuring Love and Rockets’ “Fritz” in her guise as a Z-movie actress (the first two were Chance in Hell and The Troublemakers) is a trippy thriller that stars Fritz in no fewer than three roles.

A beautiful waitress (Fritz, of course) and her hospital nurse brother (also Fritz) visit their estranged father, a once successful but now retired writer (amazingly enough, also Fritz), in order to find out the true reason why their mother committed suicide. When dad’s health fails, the siblings are then more concerned with the money he might leave them.

The story weaves in and out of reality and hallucination and possibly back in forth in time, and to complicate things further, the sister is sexually obsessed with a mysterious man throughout the tale — or is it her brother (at one point posing as his sister so that he might gain his and her inheritance) that is so hot and bothered by this mystery stud? And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. There’s also a venture into ghost territory, with frauds bilking the gullible and Fritz’s character(s) right in the middle.

To complete the pulp gestalt, the book’s cover illustration is a painting by Pulp Fiction artist Steven Martinez (he painted the portrait of Marsellus Wallace’s wife Mia Wallace [Uma Thurman] that hangs in their house and which Vincent Vega [John Travolta] scrutinizes while he waits for Mia).

Download an EXCLUSIVE 12-page PDF excerpt (483 KB).

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  4. Los Bros. Hernandez to Contribute to Strange Tales Vol II #2
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