Luba in America spotlights Gilbert Hernandez's most beloved Love & Rocketscharacter. Luba, of course, was the central figure of Hernandez'sPalomar, the south-of-the-border town that Gilbert documented for 15years in the original Love & Rockets series (1981-1996). Inthis collection, however, we find Luba has moved to America, startingan entirely fresh new chapter in her life. The book begins with Lubatraveling to the big city, supposedly having left Palomar to pave theway for her husband to join her in America. Readers quickly discover, however, that she has a direr mission. Luba fears that her politicalhistory has left a threat to her family from the old country, and shebelieves that the only way to end this threat lies in America. Theresulting action is an awesome blend of political intrigue, sexuality, and Gilbert's characteristically human portrayal of his characters, most notably his women.