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Maggie the Mechanic (2007)

by Jaime Hernandez

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Too young before; now, I love 'em. ( )
  morbusiff | May 9, 2013 |
This is really a key piece of American literature from the late twentieth century, at least in viewing that literature as a whole that is more than large enough to include the work being done in comics, cartoons, and/or graphic novels (pick your preferred term). Hernandez's Maggie and Hopey stories were always the standout thread in the rich tapestry of Love & Rockets, bringing the earliest stories together in a single volume like this is indispensable for appreciating the breathtaking scope of the Locas stories.

Even more so than his brother Gilbert, Jaime Hernandez has a remarkable ability to mix up reality and fantasy in a wild mash of pop culture and contemporary American life that both draws on the history of cartooning and pushes the medium in all sorts of new directions. And to top it off, he is a simply stunning artist of powerful black-and-white images that astound all the more when you realize that he uses solid blacks and whites most of the time - his technique is so strong and powerfully framed that he has little need of small stylistic flourishes to get his ideas across.

It should lastly be noted that Maggie Chascarrillo, Hernandez's central character, is really one of the great characters of recent American literature. She is a bundle of contradictions, and is nowhere near perfect, but she is richly defined and so thoroughly human that it's difficult not to fall in love with her. The real blessing is that Maggie's story has been picked up in the second volume of Love & Rockets, meaning that this wonderful character has more of her intriguing life to share with us yet. ( )
  dr_zirk | Nov 9, 2008 |
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One of the best-selling and critically-acclaimed graphic novels of all-time telling the story of two supremely ironic, above-it-all teenagers facing the thrilling uncertainty of life after high school. As they attempt to carry their life-long friendship into a new era, the careful dynamics of their inseparable bond are jolted, and what seemed like a future of endless possibilities looks more like an encroaching reality of strip malls, low-paying service jobs and fading memories.… (more)

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