Heartbreak Soup

Heartbreak Soup

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2007, Love and Rockets is finally released in its most accessible form yet: As a series of compact, thick, affordable, mass-market volumes that present the whole story in perfect chronological order. This volume collects the first half of Gilbert Hernandez's acclaimed magical-realist tales of "Palomar," the small Central American town, b Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2007, Love and Rockets is finally released in its most accessible form yet: As a seri...

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Title:Heartbreak Soup
Author:Gilbert Hernández
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Genres:Sequential Art
ISBN:Love & Rockets Vol 2: Heartbreak Soup: The First Volume of "Palomar" Stories
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Heartbreak Soup Reviews

  • Jennifer
    Jun 15, 2008
    This is a very large compilation of Palomar stories- so large, in fact, that I ended up spending a good part of yesterday sitting outside the library on a bench reading so I could finish the darn thing and return it. I think sitting en pleine air only aided the stories, however- a bit ...
  • Jason Pettus
    Jun 08, 2009
    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com:]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.) Regular readers know that I make my way through graphic novels on a pretty regular ...
  • Baklavahalva
    Dec 03, 2008
    Two pages and I was hooked. Saw this book at UNCG's library (so happy to see that university libraries everywhere are making collections of graphic novels). Dark and brooding; warm and wonderful. It has everything: violence, paranoia, sex, friendship, larger-than-life women with larger...
  • Hillary
    Feb 25, 2009
    My first bigger book by Gilbert (and only my second overall, after Speak of the Devil), and I was a little worried about how he'd compare to Jaime, but I may like his stuff just as much. Had a brief discussion about it last night with Casey and came to the conclusion that it's mostly j...
  • Phil Overeem
    Feb 26, 2019
    LOVED. IT. NEED. MORE. ...
  • Betty
    Oct 09, 2014
    My first time reading any Love & Rockets, which is long overdue. I loved the slapstick comedy combined with soap opera kinda thing, and while some of the stories were a bit uneven (I'm allowing that some might do better in the greater context of the Plomar stories), I appreciated...
  • Laura Zurowski
    Jan 01, 2014
    I totally missed out on Love and Rockets back in the day. In 1982, I was definitely not a cool enough kid to be buying comics (living in the suburbs, all I ever saw was school, home, and the back seat of my mom's station wagon)and by the time I was interested in stories like Neil Gaima...
  • Mon
    Jan 25, 2011
    Palomar isn't a particularly attractive graphic novel. Nobody has the ability to fly, there is no costume, villain with weird laughs, super speed, teleportation, time warp, fluffy animals, or even girl with really big eyes. Maybe that is why it's literary. It's easy to poke fun ...
  • Jordan Debben
    Nov 19, 2018
    Wow. If anybody says comic books aren't literature show them this. I have never read a comic book like this. This is not just one of the best comic books I have ever read but one of the best books period. This is a classic that deserves to be placed along side other great works of lite...
  • Abriana
    Dec 20, 2017
    So incredibly immersive, honest, and really stands on its own stylistically. I'm really looking forward to reading more of these ...
  • Mark Feltskog
    Dec 18, 2010
    As the summary on the back cover of this collection attests, "in the third issue of Love and Rockets, Gilbert Hernandez abruptly jettisoned his Marvel and Heavy Metal-influenced sci-fi yarns to focus on the day to day tribulations of a tiny Central American hamlet more or less untouche...
  • Lghamilton
    Jul 31, 2019
    Graphic novel set in a relatively isolated small town in rural Mexico, in the early 80s to 90s. An interviewee in the NYT Sunday book section noted this book should be taught in literature classes, so I thought it would be an interesting read. Great illustrations, and Hernandez puts th...
  • Amy Peavy
    Mar 15, 2017
    I had to force myself to read this over slowly. I want to are more of this beautiful/difficult town. Thank you Miss Jonson for this book. ...
  • N.T. Embe
    Oct 15, 2011
    To be perfectly honest, at the beginning of this book, I was completely lost. There was a cast of so many characters, with so many random, seemingly senseless things going on, that I couldn't quite orient myself until, some time further into the book, I began to realize that this was j...
  • Rachel
    Aug 15, 2011
    Officially calling myself out for previously being too much of a lit-snob to read graphic novels as an adult. Thanks to an enthusiastic recommendation from a trusted friend (who also noted that this book was a great intro to Love and Rockets), I recently picked up this collection and e...
  • D.S. West
    Dec 07, 2013
    Of the things that make me truly happy in life, the experimental and semi-surreal comics of Jamie and Gilbert Hernandez are high on the list. While I'm more partial to Jaime's Locas, the close-knit community of Palomar has grown on me. When I'm blue on the ride to or from work, I can d...
  • Mel
    Dec 05, 2012
    So I decided that I should give Gilbert's Love and Rockets stories another try. Last time I looked was right after I'd finished Jamie's and was still far too in love with Maggie and Hopey to be able to cope with what seemed very odd and ordinary Mexican village life. But it's been seve...
  • Saila
    Dec 25, 2011
    I love Gilbert Hernandez's Palomar stories. They are always funny, tragic, and for me, familiar and exotic at the same time. This collection, how ever, wasn't the most complete. It has several small stories, not always in chronological order, which makes it sometimes hard to follow. Th...
  • Brandon
    Jan 09, 2012
    The first story in this collection was solid, but didn't really prove itself in terms of how well the series is regarded. And then there was the rest of the book. Amazing. Highly recommended. Now, to try out some of Jamie's stuff. ...
  • Zedsdead
    Nov 26, 2017
    Hernndez has created an amazingly well developed small Mexican town setting and packed it with quirky, realistic characters. Heartbreak Soup is a collection of small stories encompassing dozens of residents and jumping around in time, spanning two generations. He tackles death and se...
  • Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜
    Feb 11, 2017
    Oh my goodness this graphic novel is FANTASTIC. When I read the first couple vignettes I was slightly confused and wasn't sure if I was getting the whole "small town people" vibe. Well, I was introduced to a badass, intelligent little girl named Carmen and I was hooked! What ki...
  • Eric
    Oct 02, 2018
    I was blown away by how good this was. It is dense and there are a lot of characters introduced but as you get further into it, you catch all their individuality in the artwork and personality. Very well done. ...
  • Tom Ewing
    Aug 14, 2017
    This is my third or fourth time reading these stories, but the first for a decade or so. No criticism here - these are foundational for me, some of my favourite ever comics. The first time I read the early stories here - 25 years ago now - I remember feeling a little sad at how quickly...
  • Si Squires-Kasten
    Sep 08, 2019
    admirable, but not for me ...
  • Keith Irwin
    Nov 01, 2015
    Heartbreak Soup is a series of tales about the people who live in a small town in Mexico. It's touching and sweet and human through most of it. They are tales of love and loss and growing up. They are tales of people being people. The characters do the sort of things that real people d...
  • MarQuis
    Jun 06, 2016
    I first experienced Gilbert and the citizens of Palomar in this first volume (out of five, I believe) of the Luba and Palomar storyline and HOT DAMN, if my world wasn't rocked! These stories and characters grab hold of your heart, mind, and soul and promise never to let go. After being...
  • Robert
    Jun 16, 2019
    Really damned good. Much deeper than most could imagine; sometimes waiting years to come back to certain plot threads. The Bros Hernandez are the sh*t. ...
  • Danny
    Jul 26, 2018
    The greatest. ...
  • Sarah
    Jun 04, 2019
    I loved the writing and characterization in this. I love the way Beto draws bodies and lets his characters? sexualities and lives speak for themselves (like Jaime). I took a star off because there?s a lot of sexual and gendered violence, the ubiquity of which is frustrating to me. ...
  • Eujean2
    Jun 27, 2017
    It took me a little while to get into the rhythm of the book, but the stories of life in Palomar were engaging. ...