The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S., the second book in the Locas series, collects the adventures of the spunky Maggie; her pixie-ish best friend and sometime lover Hopey; and their circle of friends — including their bombshell friend Penny Century, Maggie's weirdo mentor Izzy, the aging but still heroic wrestler Rena Titañon, and Maggie's handsome love interest, Rand Race. After the sci-fi trappings of his earliest stories (as seen in Maggie the Mechanic, the first volume in this series), Hernandez refined his approach, settling on the more naturalistic environment of the fictional Los Angeles barrio, Hoppers, and the lives of the young Mexican-Americans and punk rockers who live there. A central story and one of Jaime's absolute peaks is "The Death of Speedy." Such is Jaime's mastery that even though the end of the story is telegraphed from the very title, the downhill spiral of Speedy, the local heartthrob, is utterly compelling and ultimately quite surprising. Also in this volume, Maggie begins her on-again off-again romance with Ray D., leading to friction and an eventual separation from Hopey.
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"A great, sprawling American novel. ... Hoppers makes Gotham and Metropolis seem as bland as Scranton." — GQ
"Jaime's characters are so convincing and his stories so compelling that it is easy to overlook his greatest strength: the most economically handsome drawing style in comics." — Booklist
"I don’t really understand why the material of Love and Rockets isn’t widely regarded as one of the finest pieces of fiction of the last 35 years. Because it is.” — Neil Gaiman