Childhood friends and teen angst and longing are shown beautifully in Jaime Hernandez early Rocky and Fumble episode.
Rocky and Fumble came out while Jaime was still doing sci-fi comics in the early days of Love and Rockets.
Jaime's art is in full flower in this early strip from Love and Rockets #9, Nov. 1984. Though only black and white, it feels fully realized because of his skill with balancing the blacks and whites. He often employs a very dramatic chiaroscuro style, showing just the highlights silhouetted on a black background to great effect.
His characterization is really wonderful here, with the great dialog and interactions between Rocky and Fumble. He turns a simple scene like Fumble waking Rocky up into a great drama. "Then why didn't you let me twenty four more hours? Forty eight hours? Why did you wake me just now?" It's such a joy to read their beautiful interactions and beautifully expresses an age of confusion, doubts, longings and wonders.