Tabern de Singhapur, Uttar Pradesh , India
J'espérais qu'il reviendrait après avoir lu ceci. Je n'espérais pas qu'il ferait des publicités d'annuaire de merde, ou quoi que ce soit.
Fantagraphics is compiling "Los Bros" Hernandez's entire catalog, little by little. As someone who came to the seminal underground comic series Love and Rockets very late, I really appreciate these well-put together volumes. Some ("Maggie the Mechanic", "The Girl from Hoppers", "Perla La Loca") contain Jaime Hernandez's "Hoppers" stories, which follow a group of Chicano teenagers who came of age in the '80s Los Angeles punk scene from those tumultuous times all the way up through their present day travails. The other set ("Heartbreak Soup", "Human Diastrophism", "Beyond Palomar"), consists of his brother Gilbert's sprawling, magical-realism tinged tale of a fictional Mexican border town, Palomar. One other volume, "Amor y Cohetes", collects all the stories that don't neatly fit into either set. "Penny Century" is the fourth set of Jaime's stories, mostly from the late 90s. Like all of Jaime's comics, it is hilarious, sexy, heartbreaking, and bizarre (sometimes all at once)...the work of a man who has an incredible imagination and lets it loose on the page, while still staying true to his characters. My favorites in this edition were the wonderfully kinetic story of the female wrestling circuit that opens it up, "Whoa, Nellie!", and the whimsically realized journey Maggie takes to get her life back on track in "The Race." Hoppers is a rich world with such dynamic, lively, interesting characters that I always enjoy coming back to it (and will shortly with the latest release to date, "Esperanza"). If you're a comic fan, and looking to give Love and Rockets a try...I'd suggest taking a look at the aforementioned "Maggie the Mechanic" volume Fantagraphics put out for a good introduction.