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Jaime Hernandez

The Girl from HOPPERS: A Love and Rockets Book

On sale date: July 17, 2007

Centered on one of Jaime's peaks, "The Death of Speedy," the second comprehensive "Locas" collection (with stories not in the hardcover) alternates between wrestling action and the triangle of Maggie, Hopey and Ray D.

The 25th anniversary Love and Rockets celebration continues with this, the second of three volumes collecting the adventures of the spunky Maggie; her annoying, pixie-ish best friend and sometime lover Hopey; and their circle of friends, including their bombshell friend Penny Century, Maggie's weirdo mentor Izzy—as well as the aging but still heroic wrestler Rena Titanon 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.
(Note: A number of these stories, including a whole cycle of wrestling stories starring or co-starring Rena Titanon, were not collected in the hardcover Locas.)

Praise

“A great, sprawling American novel... makes Gotham and Metropolis seem as bland as Scranton.” — GQ

“These beautifully drawn stories feature some of the most believable, diverse, and indelible characters in the history of comics. 'The Return of Ray D.' and 'Spring 1982' changed my life, and are still among my favorite short stories in any medium.” — Adrian Tomine (Killing and Dying, Shortcomings)

“I liked seeing the progression and development of the series (it was started in the 80s). The art is fantastic and H.O.P.P.E.R.S. stands as a complete world unto itself.” — Jillian Tamaki - Canada Reads (CBC Radio)

“Everything Jaime does is genius, but I thought Ghost of HOPPERS was especially strong. Maybe my favorite since Wigwam Bam.” — M. Ace - Irregular Orbit

“Jaime’s illustration is beautiful and effortless. His characters mix a near perfect clear-line style with cartoonish expression, used with particular aplomb when emotions are running high. It’s a masterclass in comic illustration.” — Grovel

Specs

Pages
272
Format
Paperback / Softback
Color
Black and white
Dimensions
7.6" × 9.3"
ISBN-13
9781560978510
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