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Locas: The Maggie and Hopey Stories (Love & Rockets) Hardcover – October 17, 2004


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From Publishers Weekly

These superb stories from the nearly 20-year run of Love and Rockets define a world of Hispanic gang warfare, '80s California, punk rock, women wrestlers and the subtle battle to stay true to oneself. Hernandez's main characters are Maggie and Hopey, two adorable lesbian rockers who start out in a somewhat vague relationship and are then are separated by adventures both grand and demeaning. Maggie is a magnificent comics character, a tempestuous naïf who wears her heart on her sleeve when she's not throwing it at a succession of bad boys who ignore her, even though Hopey is secretly the love of Maggie's life. Hopey, a mohawked imp, is more opaque, a symbol of the youthful rebellion of punk rock that all the characters are trying to return to in some way, even as real life sweeps them further away from their dreams. Maggie's weight gain over the years sends her self-esteem on a downward spiral, while Hopey goes on an endless tour with a band. Along the way, Hernandez gradually peels away the strip's early sci-fi trappings (dinosaurs and rocket ships) to create a devastatingly naturalistic world. Sharp b&w drawings capture the characters in minute detail with a wide range of emotions. Finally collected into one volume, these stories are among the greatest comics ever put to paper, and an essential piece of the literature of the punk movement.
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*Starred Review* On the heels of the massive compilation of his brother Gilbert's stories of Palomar [BKL O 1 03], Jaime, the other half of the Love and Rockets team, collects 15 years of his comics about a group of young woman in the L.A. barrio into an equally impressive, 700-page saga. The series centers on the stormy but enduring relationship between the charmingly insecure Maggie and her abrasive soul mate, Hopey, but is roomy enough for a huge cast of vivid supporting characters. Beginning as a soap opera set against a backdrop of rocket ships and dinosaurs, Maggie and Hopey's adventures swiftly morphed into a sprawling, humanistic epic based in the Southern California punk-rock scene and encompassing street gangs, strip clubs, and women's wrestling. Maggie, Hopey, and the rest of the cast developed rapidly, as did Jaime's drawing skills, quickly becoming some of the most engaging characters and most elegantly expressive artwork in all of comics. As the cast aged, it became clear that the series' most poignant themes were the passage of time, squandered youth, and missed opportunities. Back in the 1980s, Love and Rockets was the coolest comic around; as this essential volume attests, Jaime's opus is much more than cool--it's classic. Gordon Flagg
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 712 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics (October 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156097611X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560976110
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 0.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,122,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is as good as comic books get.
Robert Berry
I started reading "Love And Rockets" a bazillion years ago with issue 3, and made it through the full fifty issues of the first run.
DJ Joe Sixpack
This collection is the maggie/hopey stories from the 20 year run of the original love and rockets series.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Robert Berry on November 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I'm just going nuts for Fantagraphics lately. They've already granted my wish with their dedication to publish beautiful reprint volumes of every Charles Schultz Peanut strip ever made, and now that they've collected all of the Maggie and Hopey stories from Love and Rockets in a giant 700 page hardcover volume.

The original Love and Rockets comics, which during their initial run, were published for 15 years between 1981 and 1996, featured two incredible ongoing dramas by brothers Jamie and Gilbert Hernandez (with an occasional tale from a third brother, Mario). Gilbert's "Palomar" stories (collected separately by Fantagraphics), and Mario's "Locas" series were published together in each issue, alternating chapters and cover artwork. While Gilbert's work was more gritty, tragic, and adult oriented, Jaime's work, which focused on teenage best friends Maggie and Hopey in a sort of bizarre Archie Comics universe set in a largely Hispanic southern California neighborhood that featured professional wrestlers, punk rock, and lesbian romance. Both works are masterpieces of the comic book medium, but to have the stories separated and published in their own complete hardcover sets is a dream come true. I'll be reviewing Palomar separately, but for now, let's focus on the brilliance of Locas.

Locas may be single best comic book drama series ever created. As a writer and artist, nobody has been able to capture the youth and vibrance of young adults like Jaime Hernandez. Utilizing the black and white page with a skill that only Frank Miller has been able to equal, Hernandez brings out a charm and grace to his characters that is sexy, realistic, and endearing.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By that on October 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
There has never been a comic before or after like love & rockets. This collection is the maggie/hopey stories from the 20 year run of the original love and rockets series. Beware, this doesn't collect all the stuff that compromised jamie's part of the series only the maggie/hopey stuff. I would recomend buying the paperback graphic novels instead for those who want the complete experience. Having said that, it's hard to explain the attraction of seeing all these stories placed together to be read in one sitting. Years ago we had to wait months just for a continuation of these characters stories at some points (in the original comic). Seeing them together rocks. No one could have predidcted that a punk comic would last this long. For those who have never read the hernandez bros. Love and rockets stuff before i can only say BUY IT NOW WHILE YOU HAVE THE CHANCE. It won't be available forever. This book along with PALOMAR represent the major story arcs of love and rockets. While my previous review mention punk bands that probably confused some people, an understanding of the punk stuff going on at the time is not required. The reason i changed my review is because i don't think it did justice to this book. It owes much of its style to noir & frank miller (in the black and white composition) and will eisner's graphic novels (in its humane content). If you ever liked either read this stuff. In the 80's and early 90's this was THE underground comic. It should be read by all who wish to understand comics from fans of kirby, miller, eisner, morrison, moore, and even sims. It is a great read. I can't recommend it more.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on April 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is, as far as I know, the complete works of Jaime Hernandez from the original Love and Rockets comic book series. The series is about two punk rock girls, Maggie and Hopey (and their friends and family). Their world is a lot like our own, but with a few changes. For instance, on their earth rocket travel is commonplace, dinosaurs still exist and professional wrestling is a legitimate sport. The science fictional aspects of the strip were eventually dropped in favor of a more realistic style (pro wrestling was never dropped from the strip). The comic started off pretty good, and eventually turned into a great comic. I'm sure Jaime Hernandez himself would admit that his art and writing was much better at the end of the comic than it was in the beginning. Anyway like I said, the comic's main characters are Maggie and Hopey, but there are many supporting characters who get a lot of coverage, too. In fact, there are times when Maggie or Hopey go "missing" from the comic and aren't seen for a long time. The book really hits it's stride after Maggie and Hopey "split up" and have seperate adventures. I found myself getting really caught up in the lives of these fictional characters, reading about them grow from girls into women. This is a big, fat, expensive book, but it is well worth the price. Highly recommended.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Hutton on July 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Jaime Hernandez is simply one of the greatest creators of fiction in the latter half of the twentieth century, period, full stop. As an artist, he belongs on the shelf with the likes of Kirby, Ditko, Eisner, Miller, Schultz, Spiegelman, and Crumb. And that amount of talent is more than enough, but Hernandez is also a brilliant writer, existing in the same rarified air as Kerouac, Wolfe, Salinger, Thompson, Bellow, Singer, and Morrison. His characters are not just drawn well, they're written well, and the combination of images and words creates something entirely new.

The saga of Maggie and Hopey reminds me, in its way, of Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past" in the way it examines these two characters in such loving detail over a long period of time. Maggie, especially, grows from an awkward, confused girl into a headstrong, beautiful (though still awkward and confused) woman as fully dimensional and alive as any in the history of literature. Hernandez's achievement in "Love and Rockets," now finally collected into one giant book as it always felt like it was meant to be, will stand the test of time and passing fashions with the other great works of Western art and become one of the primary sources for information on life in the twentieth century. I don't know what Jaime Hernandez set out to do in 1981 when he and his brothers created "Love and Rockets," but I do know what he finally arrived at when all was said and drawn: genuine greatness.
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