Right now I’m in the middle of rereading almost all of Jaime Hernandez’s work, which is a formidable task given his profuse and impressive output. I’ll write more about that experience later, but for now, I thought I’d briefly note some immediate impressions from my gut. Damn, this is good! I just finished going through Wig Wam Bam, and all I can say is, “wow!” Actually, I can say more than that. This thing gets better with each rereading. Most consider this one of Jaime’s best story arcs, and I wholeheartedly agree. It’s one of the most ambitious things he’s ever written, much more novelistic in scope than some of the other Locas stories. This isn’t to say that the other narrative arcs aren’t worthy or far-reaching. They are, and if you consider his work as a whole, you’ll find it difficult to find his equal, especially when it comes to ever-evolving and sustained storytelling. I’m impressed with his brother’s, Gilbert’s, work on Palomar, which I think is a major work with one of the most impressive sweeps you’ll find…in or out of comics. But Gilbert decided to discontinue his Palomar, or Heartbreak Soup, stories a few years back (although he continues to write about Luba’s family). Jaime still is writing about Maggie, Hopey, Ray, and others that surround them. The latest volume of Love & Rockets attests to this. And it has never gotten old, tiresome, or worn out narratively. Because he continues to take his characters, particularly Maggie, into new directions and to let them grow along with the sheer length of his output, Jaime’s stories always read fresh. And Wig Wam Bam, a major turning point–or at least road sign–in the Locas saga, is just one demonstration of this.