In 1982, brothers Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez created Love
& Rockets, a mixture of magical realism, science fiction,
and meditations on the human condition, which became one of
the most critically acclaimed series of all time. Now, follow
the adventures of the spunky Maggie Chascarillo, her annoying
best friend and sometime lover Hopey and their circle of friends,
including bombshell Penny Century, Maggie's weirdo mentor
Izzy, the wrestler Rena Titanon and Maggie's handsome love
interest, Rand Race. From multi-award-winning writer and artist
Jaime Hernandez comes the earliest, punkiest, most sci-fi
Love & Rockets stories...
Jaime Hernandez had to come up with a subject matter for Love
& Rockets, he looked to the bustling early '80s punk
scene that surrounded him, mixed in his own Mexican-American
sensibilities and a dash of comicbook science fiction, and
punkettes Maggie and Hopey - sometime lovers, full-time troublemakers,
also known as "Las Locas" - were born.
the Mechanic presents the first five years' worth of "Locas"
stories, in perfect chronological order. It includes Mechan-X,
the very first Maggie and Hopey story; the full-length graphic
novel Las Mujeres Perdidas (co-starring wrestling legend
Rena Titanon); and two dozen other classic stories.
be honest this collection will not be to everyone's taste.
Personally I found it a little too pretentious. In fact it
was an up hill slog for me to get through this collection
without wanting to go and do something more interesting -
like changing the bin liner in the office kitchen, or scrubbing
that odd stain that has been on the microwave door for far
too long... in fact, anything!
not that it's totally dire, just that it remind me of so many
crappy student rag comics from my student years; self-absorbed
pretentious nonsense and more than a little dull. Love
& Rockets fans will probably get a blast, but most
everyone else will wonder how on earth Hernandez ever made
any money out of writing.