Girl From Hoppers: The Second Volume of ''Locas'' Stories from Love & Rocketsby Jaime Hernandez
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… See more details below
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 Izzyas 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.)
Hernandez is comics' poet laureate of memory and meaning.”
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This is the second and strongest book in the collection of the original Locas stories featuring Maggie and Hopey coping with life in their hometown of Hoppers. This volume departs from the fantastical continent hopping adventures of the first volume and takes on a more realistic tone, dealing with everyday issues such as apartment search and going to concerts, as well as tackling bigger themes such as love and death. I love "Love and Rockets" because it depicts women of different sizes and races in an even and multifaceted manner rather than simply objectifying them as they are in so many other comics. I recommend this for anyone who wants to read an entertaining and at times heartfelt comic with beautiful, crisp art and fascinating characters.