Yes, the best time of year has arrived: the new issue of Love and Rockets is here; a little bit later than in the previous four years since the annual publication schedule of Love and Rockets in a squarebound book form was initiated in response to industry changes – notably the rise of the book store (online as well as actual) as the primary sales channel for comics, having supplanted the traditional comic book store – but now that it's here, the extra wait feels like nothing. And as for the actual contents? The big news this time around is that Beto has returned to Palomar! – but with more twists than Luba can shake her hammer at; in other words, things have not only changed, they are not what they seem. And back in LA, after the earthshaking events of the last two issues, Jaime takes readers on a detour along a scenic route that has a few twists and turns of its own. Comic books don't get any better than this.