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The Education of Hopey Glass (Love & Rockets) Hardcover – April 17, 2008
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“Every single panel can be pulled out and blown up into an arresting visual worthy of the inside covers of any book out there…Jaime Hernandez continues to be one of comics’ great treasures.” (Comics Reporter)
“In the turbulent slipstream between high ‘n’ low, Maggie and Hopey are the state of the art.” (R. C. Baker - The Village Voice)
“A beautiful Love & Rockets collection that serves as a great introduction to the series’ most enduring characters ― Hopey and Maggie.” (Anita Kinney - The Daily Vanguard)
“Jaime Hernandez’s comics often provoke bursts of laughter – not necessarily because they’re outright comedic, although they sometimes are, but because they’re so ingeniously constructed.” (Douglas Wolk - The New York Times Book Review)
Top Customer Reviews
It is also a testament to how interesting his characters are that they are still so compelling. I guess they've aged in real time. Ray makes mention of being in his 40s, and Maggie is looking like a woman in her late 30s. Yet, their day-to-day lives are still the fodder for great fiction. The opening strip of this book even follows Hopey over a week and a half or so, dividing each strip from one day to the next.
I actually wish I had read these stories in the original comics, because I would appreciate Jaime's construction all the more. He tells long stories that are broken into shorter strips, sometimes only one or two pages, and yet sometimes picking up mere seconds after the last one ended. Presumably these are spread over several issues, where they might appear somewhat disjointed, but put together in a book, they form a flawless narrative.
This is a great book with two separate stories. The Hopey Glass one is about becoming and adult and putting away childish things but in a way that doesn't destroy you. THere are too many people in the world afraid of growing up and doing all they can to continue living that college life when they could stay up all night and sleep with anyone without consequences. Hopey Glass is a wonderful representative of this dynamic but ironically her decision to leave the "adult" job as a bartender and work in a day care is her awakening as an adult. SHe is still awesome and fun but even mroe importantly she is taking steps to be someone that you can rely on. It's a real pleasure to read a story about growing up that isn't filled with longing and disappointment and instead goes to the heart of the matter which is that sometimes responsibility is much more fun than being an idiot.
THe second story is about Ray as he finds his way with Viv. Others have called this a Mickey Spillane story but it's more like Mickey Spillane as told from the perspective of the guy who doesn't want to have anything to do with the crime. He's involved because he knows that Viv's boyfriend is dead. HOwever, he also knows Viv's boyfriend and he doesn't mind that he's dead as he was abusive. Viv is a little crazy but fun which gets her into more trouble - particular with Sid's friend who is also a sick creep. It's a strange stroy since the tone shifts from noir to soap opera and back to noir again (and then to gallow's humor).
Excellent collection. Reading other Love & Rockets but I can't say if it is a fine companion to the rest of the stories, but it definitley stand on its own.
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I read my man Jaime Hernandez's latest LOVE & ROCKETS collection a few months back and I have to say it was a lot like starting up with a soap opera you were once hooked on but... Read morePublished on April 1, 2009 by S. Bunche
As life proceeds so does the genius of Jaime Hernandez. Only R. Crumb, and Frank Frazetta challenges his appreciation of the female form IN ACTION. Read morePublished on November 6, 2008 by lakeqi