New Tales of Old Palomar #1: By Gilbert Hernandez, $7.95, 32 pgs. By Megan Pants

A great new offering from Gilbert Hernandez, who, along with his brother Jaime, created Love and Rockets, which, if you like the punk rock and comics, should be essential reading. This premiere episode, “The Children of Palomar,” races from page to page as the residents of Palomar (Some of who are quite familiar; Luba, Pipo, and Chelo are all there.) chase down two children terrorizing their town. Interesting story that’s well-drawn and what I’ve come to expect from the Brothers Hernandez. It’s presented in a gorgeous format as part of Fantagraphics’ Ignatz series: big duotone pages and a full-cover slip cover. –Megan (Fantagraphics, 7563 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115, www.fantagraphics.com)