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The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S.: A Love and Rockets Book

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781560978510
Author(s): Jaime Hernandez
Format: Paperback
Year: 2007
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Dimensions: 194 x 233 x 21 (w x l x h)
Pages: 281
Series: Love & Rockets (Paperback)

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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 Tita on 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 Tita on, were not collected in the hardcover Locas.)

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