Bumperhead [is Gilbert Hernandez's] hormonally overdriven anatomy of adolescence.The Comics Journal
A fascinating tale of drugs, rock and roll, and adolescence from a legendary cartoonist
Love and Rockets author Gilbert Hernandez returns with Bumperhead, a companion book to Marble Season. Whereas Marble Season explored the exuberant and occasionally troubled existence of the wide-eyed preteen Huey, Bumperhead zeroes in on disaffected teenhood with its protagonist Bobby, a young slacker who narrates his life as it happens but offers very little reflection on the events that transpire. Bobby lives in the moment exclusively and is incapable of seeing the world outside of his experiences. He comes of age in the 1970s, making a rapid progression through that era’s different subcultures and in a short period of time segues from a stoner glam rocker to a drunk rocker to a speed-freak punk. He drifts in and out of relationships with friends, both male and female. Life zooms past him.
Hernandez’s approach captures the numbness and raw undirected anger and passion of a young man who waits for life to happen to him, not noticing all the while that it is happening. Subtle and thought-provoking, Bumperhead is a fascinating read.
Praise for Bumperhead
Do not miss this delicate, heartbreaking masterpiece.Publishers Weekly Starred Review
[Bumperhead] reads like how memory feels: you get it in snatches, in patterns, in moment of glory or pain. Except Hernandez’s vision is in rather better focus.Flavorwire
Gilbert Hernandez [is] not just one of the great cartoonists of his generation, but one of the great storytellers in contemporary America.Comic Book Resources
[Bumperhead is] as carefully crafted and heartbreaking as a classic play: it will surprise you, bring you to tears, and leave you spellbound… Like the best art, Bumperhead is meant to be shared, discussed, and treasured for years to come.The Cedar Rapids Gazette
Bumperhead lands right in the sweet spot of what Beto does best: …it focuses on the importance of childhood and adolescent minutiae, while also depicting the alarmingly swift passage of time and the shifting perspectives of age…Another strong, insightful and moving addition to [Hernandez’s] stunning body of work.Broken Frontier
[Bumperhead offers]…an incisive look at a troubled young adult…Hernandez’s artwork… [is] typically masterful [but the] indispensable visual gambit here is Hernandez’s keen character design.Booklist
[Bumperhead is an…] engaging, immensely rewarding story about the nature of time and reclaiming the present from a tortured past.AV Club