This is book number 5 in the The Complete Love and Rockets Library series.
The third book collecting Gilbert Hernandez's Palomar main storyline contains two classic Love and Rockets graphic novels in one beautiful volume: "Poison River" traces Luba’s backstory, from child to teenage mob bride to her escape to Palomar. "Love and Rockets X'' is a wide-ranging, Altmanesque story set in early-1990s L.A.
"Love and Rockets X," set in the early 1990s, takes us from plush Beverly Hills to the dangerous east side and introduces us to a dizzyingly diverse cast of characters, including a lowlife rock 'n' roll band, a "posse" of Black youths, a ditzy Hollywood mom and her spoiled son, a gay activist filmmaker and his rebellious, half-Iraqi daughter, and a group of racist thugs whose violent attack on an older woman sets the plot in motion — as well as bringing in several older characters, including a couple of Palomar expatriates.
These stories originally appeared circa 1989–1999 in the long-running (and ongoing) Love and Rockets comic book series, also featuring work by Gilbert's brothers. L&R has been called "the greatest American comic book series of all time" by Rolling Stone and "a great, sprawling American novel" by GQ.