Maggie the Mechanic: The First Volume of "Locas" Stories from Love & Rockets

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The first in a series of volumes collecting the Love and Rockets stories of spunky Maggie, her brash best friend and sometimes lover Hopey, and their friends. These are the earliest, punkiest, most heavily sci-fi stories.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2007, Love and Rockets will finally be released in its most accessible form yet: as a series of compact, thick, affordable, mass-market volumes that present the whole story in perfect chronological order. The 25th anniversary...

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Overview

The first in a series of volumes collecting the Love and Rockets stories of spunky Maggie, her brash best friend and sometimes lover Hopey, and their friends. These are the earliest, punkiest, most heavily sci-fi stories.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2007, Love and Rockets will finally be released in its most accessible form yet: as a series of compact, thick, affordable, mass-market volumes that present the whole story in perfect chronological order. The 25th anniversary Love and Rockets celebration continues with this, the first of three volumes collecting the adventures of the spunky Maggie, her annoying 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 wrestler Rena Titanon and Maggie's handsome love interest, Rand Race. Maggie the Mechanic collects the earliest, punkiest, most heavily sci-fi stories of Maggie and her circle of friends, and you can see the artist (who drew like an angel from the very first panel) refine his approach: Despite these strong shifts in tone, the stunning art and razor sharp characterizations keep this collection consistent, and enthralling throughout. (Note: A number of these stories were not collected in the hardcover Locas.)

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This collection of comics, composed of stories originally published in the early 1980s, is the first in a series presenting the oevre in chronological order. At the center are Maggie and Hopey, friends who are as at home among spaceships as they are partying at punk shows. Hernandez weaves together an elaborate cast of characters, including pro wrestlers, millionaires, and superheroes. Maggie's job as an assistant mechanic takes her to distant lands, where she encounters rebel uprisings and dinosaurs. Yet beneath the SF veneer, these comics depict day-to-day life and conversations among friends. The stories have aged well, and their playful sense of adventure and scrappy protagonists will appeal to today's readers, including teens who have had access to 20 years of alternative graphic-novel storytelling. With a combination of short comic strips and longer serializations, this is the type of book one can open to any page and start reading. Hernandez uses a classic, ink-heavy illustration style set against a narrative that features heroes who are anything but typical. His realistic yet stylized portraits have exaggerated elements that are a perfect match to the hyperreal and humorous narrative. "Las Locas," as Maggie and her Chicana friends are called, all have endearing flaws and are relentless in their pursuit of fun.
—Heidi DolamoreCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560977841
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 3/26/2007
  • Series: Love and Rockets Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 443,632
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2014

    this comic is amazing. the art is beautiful and the writing is i

    this comic is amazing. the art is beautiful and the writing is incredible. the stories stuck with me and i enjoyed reading them. definitely recommend this comic.

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