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Maggie the Mechanic (Love & Rockets) Paperback – March 17, 2007
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This is a 272-page, very affordable collection, not printed on the cheap newsprint of Marvel's Essentials or DC's Showcase Presents, but on a thicker, white paper. As a result, the artwork is crisp and clear, and with thick matte cardstock covers, the entire collection is of high quality and very stylish.
These are the earliest of Hernandez' L&R stories, and it seems that they initially have no clear focus. You just never know where each chapter is going to end up, but it works too well to be mere chance. Sci-fi, heroic fantasy, punk, Latino culture, and slapstick are all deftly combined in an approach that, while it could be considered improvisational, is in no way amateurish. I can't wait to continue with the adventures of these well-defined characters and their all-too-familiar problems. It seems odd that I would find any familiarity with characters that interact with dinosaurs and rocket ships, but that's what makes these stories so masterful. Included here are everything from one-page strips to extended tales such as "Las Mujeres Perdidas".
Oh yes, be sure to check out the companion volume HEARTBREAK SOUP, the first volume of Palomar stories from L&R by Jaime's brother Gilbert Hernandez.
This collects the former, which looks at a Los Angeles suburb called Hoppers and it's mainly Mexican inhabitants. It's two main characters are Maggie - an 18 year old girl who is charmingly clumsy, falls in love easily, and loves her bestfriend and sometime lover Hopey as much as she is frustrated by her antics. Hopey is confident, rough around the edges and flirts with the authorities and her place in society. Littered throughout are just as interesting co-stars, such as Penny Century, a voluptous woman who dreams of being a super hero, Isabel, who is plauged with supernatural powers and demons, and Rena, an older female wrestling superstar who becomes a mother figure and role model to Maggie.
The Locas universe is so big and vast (the Hernandez brothers started the comics in the early 80s, and after a few years break, recently started it back up again in the late 00's) and fans opinion on where to delve in first varies. I believe that this collection, which includes the first LOCAS stories, is the perfect place. The reason why others believe it may not be suitable, is because at the beginning of the first Locas stories, the world that Maggie and Hoppey lived in was very very different. It was more of a sci-fi ala Tank Girl than what it would become in the next collection. But, I like the fact that I know all I can about the girls and their world, and in a way, I kind of perfer the first world they were a part of, as it mixed a superhero world with that of average day to day occurances.
Either way, Jaime has created such an amazing world with the kind of characters you wished you could sit next to on a boring plane flight - they are guranteed to keep you entertained and hooked during your stay with them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What can I say? Jaime can do no wrong! I definitely worship in the church of Jaime! Ha!Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
I'm saving this for a later leisure time so I can give it a good go over, but I enjoyed "Luba and her Family ", so I had to see more. ThanksPublished 13 months ago by Yaphett
This book was recommended to us by Ben Nichols of Lucero. Found out my favorite song was actually this graphic novel. It has been an awesome read so far!Published 19 months ago by kirwinki
I'm a huge fan of the comic book/graphic novel medium. I love how many different ways an artist or a writer can explore storytelling methods through this particular medium, as it... Read morePublished on March 10, 2014 by Gundam
I won't get into details about the series because I can see other reviewers have done a great job of that. I love Maggie and I loved reading about her. Read morePublished on March 7, 2014 by Gem