Maggie the Mechanic

Maggie the Mechanic

A Love and Rockets Book

Graphic Novel - 2007
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Collects the first five years of Locas stories, about Maggie and Hopey and the ups and downs of their lives and relationships. Includes "Mechan-X," the first Maggie and Hopey story, as well as the graphic novel "Las Mujeres Perdidas."
Publisher: Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics Books, 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781560977841
1560977841
Branch Call Number: GN HERN
Characteristics: 271 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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DavidB
Dec 16, 2008

If you have any peripheral knowledge of the history and culture of comics, then you must have heard of Love and Rockets.

Jamie is the other half of the Hernandez Bros. duo and it appears he’s the better illustrator of the two. His drawings are richer with tone and texture but conversely his storytelling isn’t as resonant as his brother Gilberto. Gilbert’s characters in his Palomar stories are full of life while the drawings are a little bit flat while Jamie’s drawings seem to have better knowledge of life drawing but his characters are two dimensional. By the end of this Volume, Jamie Hernandez tries to inject Maggie and his other characters with more depth but at the expense of the science fiction elements that were the drive of this book. It’s a delicate balance and one hopes that Jamie while work it out with the latter volumes. Still, it’s worth it to check it out if you’re a comic enthusiast if for nothing else than to see what critics have been talking about for decades.

I’m glad I’m not a parent of the Hernandez Brothers because I don’t want to play favourites between the two. I found the stories of Maggie the Mechanic harder to read through than those of Palomar. I’m fonder of Gilberto’s comics that are dripping with emotion and human resonance. Still, Jamie’s comics are kind of fun with their absurdity. If you love comics, give it a try.

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Dec 16, 2008

DavidB thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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