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Jaime Hernandez is a lifelong Los Angelean, where he continues to chronicle Maggie’s life in the pages of Love and Rockets: New Stories.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics (March 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560977841
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560977841
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Babytoxie on May 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
While I have always admired Jaime Hernandez' art and was familiar with the characters from his stories in Love and Rockets, I had never actually read any of the stories featuring his creations Maggie, Hopey, Rand Race, Rena Titanon, and Penny Century. Reading MAGGIE THE MECHANIC, the first volume in an all-new 25th anniversary series of chronological reprints, I can say that it's probably a good thing I waited to try these stories as an adult, as they wouldn't have mixed well with the hardcore super-heroics I was crazy for as a teenager back in the mid-eighties. But that's okay: MAGGIE THE MECHANIC has turned me into a fan of the Love and Rockets stories, and I will certainly pick up further volumes.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LMP784 on January 21, 2011
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Love and Rockets splits roughly into two parts - LOCAS which deals with Jaime Hernandez's world, and Palomor, which centres around the fictional Mexican village of the same name, and is written by his brother, Gilbert.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wilfredo Rosario on May 13, 2014
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Out of all the Comics I have read over the years, Love and Rockets has to be one of the most interesting titles i have ever read. The first collection of Jamie Hernandez's Comic series centered around a female misanthrope by the name of Maggie and her friend Hopey along side a huge cast of characters set in this Punk/Sci-Fi world. What separates Maggie and the others from most comics is that even though it has sci-fi elements including "Pro-Solar" Mechanics, space ships, robots, superheroes, wrestlers, sleazy businessmen from other worlds, dinosaurs, and other characters that look liked that walked out of a Kevin Smith Film or a episode of Doctor Who, it never relies too much on those things. It instead focus on the characters and the world they live in. It gives it's characters human needs and feelings without making them into stereotypes of the world they live in. This title and all the other books by Jamie Hernandez Gets my highest recommendation!
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By Kelia on December 19, 2013
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I got it because I read a lot about los Bros Hernandez after going on a binge of comics and the stories seemed quite interesting for the time it was made. This collection is the greatest! I can't wait to read the other volumes. It has punk + Spanish dialogues and catch phrases every once a few pages, the artwork and the shades is super detailed and incredibly attracting. The characters are soo messy, loud, irreverent to norms but so lovable at the same time. I recommend it for anyone who's getting interested in comics and wants loads of powerful woman doing their thang to lead the way. Plus, this collection holds a lot of their background as well so you wouldn't miss that much.
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