Maggie returns in Hernandez's first book since the smash hit Locas.Ghost of Hoppers collects for the first time the new adventures of Maggie Chascarrillo, as serialized in the Love & Rockets comic book, and represents Jaime Hernandez's much-anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2004 magnum opus Locas, which Entertainment Weekly gave an 'A' for its "innovative technique and complex, character-driven stories about Mexican-American life."
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Jaime Hernandez is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning cartoonist and a lifelong Los Angelean.From Booklist:
Despite the Brothers Hernandezes' massive collections of the first two decades of, respectively, Gilbert's tales of a mythical Latin American village, Palomar (2003), and Jaime's stories about two young Chicanas in the L.A. barrio, Locas (2004), new collections show that Jaime has not given up on his creation.Unlike his brother's characters, Jaime's haven't traveled far since the original series about them ended in 1996. Central figure Maggie is now newly divorced and managing an apartment complex in the San Fernando Valley, far not geographically but from the days when she and soul-mate Hopey were the coolest troublemakers in the L.A. barrio of Hoppers. Hopey's still back there, managing a seedy bar nearby, and the pair's spooky friend, Izzy, is still around. Maggie returns to Hoppers for a reunion with her mother and sister. There she witnesses the destruction of Izzy's house, which is haunted by figures from the locas ' long history. Maggie is still a bundle of insecurities, and watching her come to terms with growing older is genuinely poignant. Jaime's gorgeously economical artwork is better than ever, and if he isn't developing any major new characters, the established cast grows richer. Maggie, in particular, is one of the greatest creations in all comics, attractively outrageous but touchingly real. Gordon Flagg
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