The arrival of a new Love and Rockets collection is always a cause for celebration, and this 128-page hardcover, the 24th volume in the Complete Love and Rockets, collecting material that originally appeared in Love and Rockets v.2 #s 11 - 19, is certainly no exception. The first course here is "Day by Day with Hopey," which gives us Hopey's gradual segue into (gasp!) middle age -- which, of course, involves Maggie along with many other lesser lights, some not seen for quite awhile. This makes for a revelatory reading experience for anyone who's been around since anywhere near the beginning of this 25 year long story; an aspect we touched on in our review of L & R v.2#15. The going gets even heavier -- and tougher and meatier and sexier and scarier and just about any other adjective you can add an -er to -- in the long series of linked pieces, all told from Ray D.'s perspective, that, while giving us several tantalizing glimses of Maggie and Angel (and Doyle!), focus primarily on the adventures of Vivian -- aka "Frogmouth" -- who operates on the razor's edge of rationality, so you never know which way she's going to go, making her an extremely propulsive figure, narratively speaking. A couple quick peeks at "The Angel of Tarzana" along with full-page B & W reproductions of those of Jaime's works that graced the front and back covers of the comics these stories originally appeared in round out this life sustaining collection. Jaime Hernandez is the greatest delineator of character in the history of comics -- his pen and ink lines posses an uncanny transformative power capable of creating cartoon beings that insinuate themselves into the reader's psyche to such a profound degree that they become an integral part of self and identity, weaving themselves into the very fabric of reality -- and he's still in his prime. Long after we're all dead and buried, readers all over the world will still be marveling at the genius that is amply on display here.