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It starts with a barely-glimpsed slaying ("Life Through Whispers") and ends with a funeral ("Male Torso Found in L.A. River"). Even though (or perhaps because) he's still carrying the torch for Maggie, Ray diligently pursues the dangerous and annoying "Frogmouth," an aspiring actress and full-time train wreck, from seedy bars and back alleys through comic book conventions. It starts with a barely-glimpsed slaying ("Life Through Whispers") and ends with a funeral ("Male Torso Found in L.A. River"). Even though (or perhaps because) he's still carrying the torch for Maggie, Ray diligently pursues the dangerous and annoying "Frogmouth," an aspiring actress and full-time train wreck, from seedy bars and back alleys through comic book conventions...all the way to the ultimate, and unexpected, consummation. Meanwhile, Hopey spends an eventful week during which she undergoes a couple of major life changes, both personal and professional...and for that matter cosmetic. New characters include Hopey's long-suffering on-the-side squeeze Grace; Maggie's new roommate, the sweet-natured jockette "Angel of Tarzana;" and the live-wire would-be gangsta Elmer while such classic Love and Rockets characters as the hard-living Doyle, the ageing but still-rocking Terry, and the mysterious super-heroine Alarma pop up in the margins...As does Maggie, well off stage but visible as Ray's resentful ex, Angel's roommate, and (forever and still) Hopey's best friend.


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It starts with a barely-glimpsed slaying ("Life Through Whispers") and ends with a funeral ("Male Torso Found in L.A. River"). Even though (or perhaps because) he's still carrying the torch for Maggie, Ray diligently pursues the dangerous and annoying "Frogmouth," an aspiring actress and full-time train wreck, from seedy bars and back alleys through comic book conventions. It starts with a barely-glimpsed slaying ("Life Through Whispers") and ends with a funeral ("Male Torso Found in L.A. River"). Even though (or perhaps because) he's still carrying the torch for Maggie, Ray diligently pursues the dangerous and annoying "Frogmouth," an aspiring actress and full-time train wreck, from seedy bars and back alleys through comic book conventions...all the way to the ultimate, and unexpected, consummation. Meanwhile, Hopey spends an eventful week during which she undergoes a couple of major life changes, both personal and professional...and for that matter cosmetic. New characters include Hopey's long-suffering on-the-side squeeze Grace; Maggie's new roommate, the sweet-natured jockette "Angel of Tarzana;" and the live-wire would-be gangsta Elmer while such classic Love and Rockets characters as the hard-living Doyle, the ageing but still-rocking Terry, and the mysterious super-heroine Alarma pop up in the margins...As does Maggie, well off stage but visible as Ray's resentful ex, Angel's roommate, and (forever and still) Hopey's best friend.

30 review for Love and Rockets, Vol. 24: The Education of Hopey Glass

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    the hernandez brothers have developed some of the most fully-realized, kick-ass female characters - not only in comics, but in literature as a whole. one of the coolest things about these characters is that we've seen them grow up, and they've done it in a totally realistic way. i can't say enough good things about their comics. if you haven't read them you're missing out.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    The "Hopey Glass" compilation is actually a combination of two people, Hopey and Ray, transitioning from their freewheeling punk past into adulthood and looking for love. Unfortunately the ones they pursue for love are always vanishing from them like evaporating spirits, with the irony being that both are ex-lovers of Maggie, whom both simultaneously desire but spurn. The lesbian relationships in the Hopey section are as out as it gets in graphic novels, so if you're into Queer Lit you'll probab The "Hopey Glass" compilation is actually a combination of two people, Hopey and Ray, transitioning from their freewheeling punk past into adulthood and looking for love. Unfortunately the ones they pursue for love are always vanishing from them like evaporating spirits, with the irony being that both are ex-lovers of Maggie, whom both simultaneously desire but spurn. The lesbian relationships in the Hopey section are as out as it gets in graphic novels, so if you're into Queer Lit you'll probably enjoy this. The character Vivian Frogmouth is introduced in the Ray section, and she might very well be the most offbeat femme fatale noir character created in years: a harsh, ignorant, trashy stripper who acts like a divining rod for every violent crime in her neighborhood. Jaime Hernandez drives the voodoo down.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Reading L&R always makes me want to prance around in my underwear, because all of the hot girls do that. This newest collection was aces, especially in the Hopey arena - always my favorite gal. I got a little choked up seeing Hopey as a teacher (assistant!) - known these ladies so long and so well that they feel more real to me than any literary character.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Fantagraphics Books

    In these "Locas" stories, Ray pursues the train-wreck bombshell "Frogmouth"; an eventful week in the life of Hopey; and Maggie, off stage but visible as Ray's resentful ex and (forever and still) Hopey's best friend.

  5. 5 out of 5

    StrictlySequential

    What isn't there to love? And rockets, like mind-fucks and murders, helped the recent putt-putt plot pushing muster some shove! Jaime has a great feel for his readers' interest in his work and wisely tunes it, with panache, to keep us attentive and eager. Comparing Los Bros is exhausting but: He does nearly the opposite of Beto who beats and bahoozles around his own bushes oppressively burdening readers with boundless assininity without appropriate consideration of aspect or appeal. He must be entr What isn't there to love? And rockets, like mind-fucks and murders, helped the recent putt-putt plot pushing muster some shove! Jaime has a great feel for his readers' interest in his work and wisely tunes it, with panache, to keep us attentive and eager. Comparing Los Bros is exhausting but: He does nearly the opposite of Beto who beats and bahoozles around his own bushes oppressively burdening readers with boundless assininity without appropriate consideration of aspect or appeal. He must be entranced by the usually-poisonous potion that ego and admiration can ferment which makes a writer THINK that people will look back on his titivated blubbering throughout trite voyages of over-ambitious hysteria and call him a visionary*. Jaime suffers not from hubris- he humors his audience with what they want now which will, as all excellent work does, be admired in retrospect AS WELL. What becomes of Sid and Frogmouth? Will Ray ever get laid with that gross lip-sweater? Is Esperanza becoming an adult or waiting hopefully for the right reason to re-lapse? _______________________________ Back to Beto: Most who laud him (post-2000) as brilliant are either trying to make you think, along with themselves, that they're on some higher plain of understanding or faking it as part of the industry's hype machine. I'll always try to wrap my head around praise from a wise professor of these arts as long as they can also speak objectively but once anything needs the highest caliber of expertise for appreciation it has failed as art and become something dry. Even if it's soaked in semen.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Two novella-length stories in this book - long-time Jaime heroine Hopey gets a job as a teacher's assistant, and we follow her day-by-day in the week leading up to and including her first day on the job. Romance, friendship, frustration, doubt, laughter, heartbreak ... it's a Jaime Hernandez story, so it does all of that beautifully and organically. Just a wonderful story. The second tale is of Maggie's ex, Ray, and his burgeoning relationship with Vivian, the frogmouth (so dubbed because her voi Two novella-length stories in this book - long-time Jaime heroine Hopey gets a job as a teacher's assistant, and we follow her day-by-day in the week leading up to and including her first day on the job. Romance, friendship, frustration, doubt, laughter, heartbreak ... it's a Jaime Hernandez story, so it does all of that beautifully and organically. Just a wonderful story. The second tale is of Maggie's ex, Ray, and his burgeoning relationship with Vivian, the frogmouth (so dubbed because her voice is "like metal scraping on concrete.") All of Viv's hang-ups are seen through Ray's eyes, but Ray is distracted by his continuing fascination with Maggie, so it's not a pretty portrait of Viv, yet Jaime still gives us moments that round out the character. Viv's one of his more complicated protagonists, and it was another well-done piece that got into her history and also did some interesting stuff with Maggie's new girlfriend Angel.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Martinez

    I checked this out thinking it a was a collection of earlier Love and Rockets stuff, but it's from the newer era - the 'Education' being Hopey's trying on a student teacher job...that ends up being a small part of the whole thing, and there's a lot of Maggie & Angel hanging at comic book parties, and Vivian & Ray. I enjoyed it, but I've read a lot of Love and Rockets at this point, most of it the newer stuff, and really wanted to know more about Hopey... this wasn't the place so I'm gonn I checked this out thinking it a was a collection of earlier Love and Rockets stuff, but it's from the newer era - the 'Education' being Hopey's trying on a student teacher job...that ends up being a small part of the whole thing, and there's a lot of Maggie & Angel hanging at comic book parties, and Vivian & Ray. I enjoyed it, but I've read a lot of Love and Rockets at this point, most of it the newer stuff, and really wanted to know more about Hopey... this wasn't the place so I'm gonna have to finally read the original books.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Grg

    I'm kind of enjoying reading Jaime's L&R stories out of order, but someday I want to go back and read the whole thing from the beginning.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Batmark

    http://morethansuperhumans.blogspot.c... This final collection of Jaime's "Locas" stories from Love and Rockets (vol. 2) begins with Hopey buying a pair of eyeglasses and, later, noting that everybody, seen through her new glasses, looks a whole lot older. So it seems that Hopey is finally growing up (just as Maggie did in Ghost of Hoppers). Although she hasn't quit her bartending job, Hopey is becoming a teacher's assistant at a small preschool--a job that I wouldn't have picked for her if it we http://morethansuperhumans.blogspot.c... This final collection of Jaime's "Locas" stories from Love and Rockets (vol. 2) begins with Hopey buying a pair of eyeglasses and, later, noting that everybody, seen through her new glasses, looks a whole lot older. So it seems that Hopey is finally growing up (just as Maggie did in Ghost of Hoppers). Although she hasn't quit her bartending job, Hopey is becoming a teacher's assistant at a small preschool--a job that I wouldn't have picked for her if it were the last available job on earth, frankly. But she takes to it pretty well--after a few minor mishaps and several instances of second guessing. She even quits smoking for the sake of the little tykes. In many ways, though, she's the same old Hopey, and her live-in girlfriend, Rosie, seems to have had enough. Meanwhile, Jaime reintroduces Ray and his quest to hook up with the Frogmouth, Vivian. Running into her at a party, Ray momentarily steps away while she argues with Sid in a back alley only to catch a glimpse of Maggie--his old flame from Hoppers. As his frustratingly platonic relationship with Vivian develops over the next few days, it also seems to revolve entirely around Maggie. The initially awkward reunion of the old couple finally occurs, appropriately enough, at a comic convention after-party--with a little extra encouragement from Maggie's new friend Angel. At one point Ray mentions that he and Maggie broke up "17 years ago" and I realized--with a bit of a shock--that I've lived with these characters for nearly 20 years now. One downside to reading a collected volume (versus reading the stories in comic book form, month by month) is that a great deal of the stories' power lies in the day-to-day atmosphere that they generate when you read them in brief installments over time. I truly hope that reading the entire Love and Rockets library for the first time--in the span of just a few days, weeks, or months--doesn't diminish the simmering, cumulative effect that these stories are capable of having on readers. The longevity of Love and Rockets is beneficial--and unique--in this way. Characters like Superman or Spider-Man have been around for much longer, but these characters have not grown in the way that Maggie and Hopey have since they first appeared 1982. As we enter the third era of Love and Rockets material (presented in the new series called Love and Rockets: New Stories), I look forward to spending at least another 20 years with my imaginary pals, Maggie and Hopey.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    I haven't read the entirety of Love and Rockets, but from what I can tell, the Hernandez Bros. plateaued artistically somewhere in the mid-90s, and their draftsmanship and writing style hasn't progressed at all since. This makes it all the more impressive that their level of craft is so high, it still manages to astound me. (As opposed to, say, Steve Rude, whose stagnation is still pretty to look at, but not really inspiring.) I am particularly amazed by how well Jaime moves around on a page, th I haven't read the entirety of Love and Rockets, but from what I can tell, the Hernandez Bros. plateaued artistically somewhere in the mid-90s, and their draftsmanship and writing style hasn't progressed at all since. This makes it all the more impressive that their level of craft is so high, it still manages to astound me. (As opposed to, say, Steve Rude, whose stagnation is still pretty to look at, but not really inspiring.) I am particularly amazed by how well Jaime moves around on a page, the different angles he shows of one character from panel to panel as his or her mood or situation changes, the psychology of his framing. It is also a testament to how interesting his characters are that they are still so compelling. I guess they've aged in real time. Ray makes mention of being in his 40s, and Maggie is looking like a woman in her late 30s. Yet, their day-to-day lives are still the fodder for great fiction. The opening strip of this book even follows Hopey over a week and a half or so, dividing each strip from one day to the next. I actually wish I had read these stories in the original comics, because I would appreciate Jaime's construction all the more. He tells long stories that are broken into shorter strips, sometimes only one or two pages, and yet sometimes picking up mere seconds after the last one ended. Presumably these are spread over several issues, where they might appear somewhat disjointed, but put together in a book, they form a flawless narrative. Ingenious.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ademption

    This is a good starting point (i.e. "The Complete Love & Rockets Vol. 22") for new readers of Hernandez brothers comics. Jaime Hernandez's flagship characters, Maggie and Hopey, are moving into middle age. This transition from 80s punks to semi-responsible adults marks new territory and explores different characters and themes. It is a good entry point for those who don't want to (and shouldn't) start 21 volumes back at "Music for Mechanics." In "The Education of Hopey Glass", punk girls Magg This is a good starting point (i.e. "The Complete Love & Rockets Vol. 22") for new readers of Hernandez brothers comics. Jaime Hernandez's flagship characters, Maggie and Hopey, are moving into middle age. This transition from 80s punks to semi-responsible adults marks new territory and explores different characters and themes. It is a good entry point for those who don't want to (and shouldn't) start 21 volumes back at "Music for Mechanics." In "The Education of Hopey Glass", punk girls Maggie and Hopey grow up to become landlord and teaching assistant, respectively. Hopey jerks several people around and still manages to be lovable. Ray still pines after Maggie years after their breakup. He also has a brush with gangsters thanks to his seedy friends and new love interest, Frogmouth Vivian, the submissive moll who likes to give and receive all sorts of abuse. Jaime Hernandez writes about lower & lower middle class Mexican-Americans around LA, female wrestling, and 80s California punks. Gilbert Hernandez writes mainly about Palomar, a fictional Central/South American village and its poor but vibrant inhabitants. His works are influenced by literature, sci-fi, telenovelas, and soft core porn. The brothers typically alternate authoring volumes of "The Complete Love & Rockets."

  12. 4 out of 5

    Monte

    In this perfect confluence of stunning illustration and gripping narrative, Hernandez returns to his early Love & Rockets roots with aging punk-rocker Esperanza Hopey Glass taking the spotlight in this collection's first half. Day by Day with Hopey chronicles a week in the feisty Latina's life as she transitions from tending bar to teaching kindergarten while her low-rent personal life teems with girlfriends who come and go, her lifelong friend and sometime-lover Maggie the only constant. In In this perfect confluence of stunning illustration and gripping narrative, Hernandez returns to his early Love & Rockets roots with aging punk-rocker Esperanza Hopey Glass taking the spotlight in this collection's first half. Day by Day with Hopey chronicles a week in the feisty Latina's life as she transitions from tending bar to teaching kindergarten while her low-rent personal life teems with girlfriends who come and go, her lifelong friend and sometime-lover Maggie the only constant. In terms of action or intrigue, not much happens, but Hernandez spins narrative gold from the mundane straw of his protagonist's existence, as Hopey's awkward romantic and social tribulations add more layers to her complex character. The second half features Ray Dominguez, Maggie's long-ago boyfriend, now in his early 407s and still carrying a torch for her. Ray finds himself caught up in a pulp fiction maelstrom hinging on the fallout from a murder and his lust for the gorgeous but borderline-psychotic Vivian, an aspiring actress also known as Frogmouth, who has her own history with Maggie. Fraught with grimy intrigue that evokes a Chicano Mickey Spillane yarn, the second half of the book comes as an unexpected and pleasant surprise that rivets both old fans and newcomers to the page.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    The last Locas *wails* well until Love and Rockets II, though that seems much more about the superheros and much less punk lesbian angst. I have to say I found this one the weakest of any of the books so far. I truly love Hopey and it was WONDERFUL to get to see her at the centre of a storyline, though in a way sad to see that despite the promising ending of the last book she'd still not figured out her relationship with Maggie and was still flirting with substitutes. Even though she's aged she' The last Locas *wails* well until Love and Rockets II, though that seems much more about the superheros and much less punk lesbian angst. I have to say I found this one the weakest of any of the books so far. I truly love Hopey and it was WONDERFUL to get to see her at the centre of a storyline, though in a way sad to see that despite the promising ending of the last book she'd still not figured out her relationship with Maggie and was still flirting with substitutes. Even though she's aged she's still gorgeous and I loved the little glimpse of her life. The 2nd half of the book was a Ray story about him and the "frogmouth" who'd spent the last book kissing Maggie. I'm probably biased cause I just never cared much for Ray but the story was about the murder of Frogmouth's horrible boyfriend and I had a hard time caring. There was a really cute bit when they find Maggie at a comic convention, but overall I felt it was lacking. The book just didn't have the deep personal level that the last one did, or any of the sureality. Now I need to decide if I should Gilbert's books a chance...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lara Messersmith-Glavin

    Jaime Hernandez' work has been part of my consciousness ever since my brain emerged from childhood. I think if I had paid more attention to Love and Rockets when I was in my teens, I would have become a very different person. I loved it, of course, but always refused to latch on to the weird yearning it ignited in me, probably for fear of where it would take me. Now, as a woman in my thirties who reads things like Hopey Glass while sitting on the couch in her jammies, trying to ignore a football Jaime Hernandez' work has been part of my consciousness ever since my brain emerged from childhood. I think if I had paid more attention to Love and Rockets when I was in my teens, I would have become a very different person. I loved it, of course, but always refused to latch on to the weird yearning it ignited in me, probably for fear of where it would take me. Now, as a woman in my thirties who reads things like Hopey Glass while sitting on the couch in her jammies, trying to ignore a football game, I realize exactly how powerful his illustration and storytelling is, and how he can - with a single panel - refresh my entire take on what constitutes beauty and sex and relationships. The book is divided between two characters: I far prefer the Hopey stories to the more melodramatic Ray's, but both convey a rich subtext and create an incredibly believable, familiar cast of people. Readers who were devoted to the Locas characters from Love and Rockets(Latinas from the L.A. punk scene) will be spending time with old friends.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Allan

    This is the latest collected volume in the long-running history of the finest American comic strip since Pogo and Peanuts. Jaime Hernandez' old punk characters from Huerta, California, are now in their forties and adulthood is at last catching up with them. Hopey and Ray Dominguez find the transition from perpetual adolescence to maturity painful and difficult, and some of their friends (like the seemingly doomed Doyle Blackburn) are hopelessly stuck in their ancient patterns. Oddly enough, the This is the latest collected volume in the long-running history of the finest American comic strip since Pogo and Peanuts. Jaime Hernandez' old punk characters from Huerta, California, are now in their forties and adulthood is at last catching up with them. Hopey and Ray Dominguez find the transition from perpetual adolescence to maturity painful and difficult, and some of their friends (like the seemingly doomed Doyle Blackburn) are hopelessly stuck in their ancient patterns. Oddly enough, the most successful and mature of the gang seems to be Hopey's ex-girlfriend Terry Downe, the one time villainness. The story is complex, compassionate, and believable, the dialogue is funny and realistic, and nearly all of the characters are three-dimensional. There is some great drawing here, too, as always with Jaime. This book isn't perfect; at least one major new character doesn't really work, and in some cases Jaime's drawing looks a little sloppy and rushed. But this is still better than any other comic book collection out there, and most so-called major novels, too.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I have a great guide from Fantagraphic Books and it indicates that I should not start out reading Love & Rockets by beginning with this book. In fact, I did read a few of the Hernandez Bros. comics in the 80's while in high school but the enjoyment was ruined for me when a friend co-opted them as her "thing." Other things that were ruined for me in high school include Doc Martins (after the trendy girls started wearing them), the Village (after every girl from Jersey learned how to take the I have a great guide from Fantagraphic Books and it indicates that I should not start out reading Love & Rockets by beginning with this book. In fact, I did read a few of the Hernandez Bros. comics in the 80's while in high school but the enjoyment was ruined for me when a friend co-opted them as her "thing." Other things that were ruined for me in high school include Doc Martins (after the trendy girls started wearing them), the Village (after every girl from Jersey learned how to take the PATH train there), and the Red Hot Chili Peppers(because Mother's Milk was only the first step towards full blown commercialism for those guys). Anyway, I liked this book but felt like I needed to start at the beginning of the series because there was a whole lot happening that I didn't get. Plus, I was surprised to learn that Maggie grew up. I plan to read Locas next and see if if changes my ranking of this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    I've been reading the Love and Rockets books from the '80's by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez. This is a more recently published book by Jaime. This book was published in 2006 and has some great artwork by Jaime. The first half of the book is about a young lesbian named Hopey Glass, who gets a job as a teaching assistant at an elementary school. In dealing with the children, she is reminded of events in her own childhood that she must now confront. I found this part of the book interesting, funny a I've been reading the Love and Rockets books from the '80's by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez. This is a more recently published book by Jaime. This book was published in 2006 and has some great artwork by Jaime. The first half of the book is about a young lesbian named Hopey Glass, who gets a job as a teaching assistant at an elementary school. In dealing with the children, she is reminded of events in her own childhood that she must now confront. I found this part of the book interesting, funny and poignant. The second half of the book was about a 40 something guy and his relationship with a few interesting and somewhat dark characters. I couldn't help but wonder if this part of the book was somewhat autobiographical. Overall, loved the book. Love the Hernandez brothers.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ma'Belle

    Although finding and reading through Love and Rockets sequentially is a challenge, I am always astounded at how well Los Bros Hernandez are able to portray the lives of their characters both with words and simple drawings. They do a better job than almost any other comic writers and illustrators at showing the day-in, day-out realities of queer women and other characters with various intersecting identities and personalities. The nudity, sex, and violence all strike me as realistic and not glamo Although finding and reading through Love and Rockets sequentially is a challenge, I am always astounded at how well Los Bros Hernandez are able to portray the lives of their characters both with words and simple drawings. They do a better job than almost any other comic writers and illustrators at showing the day-in, day-out realities of queer women and other characters with various intersecting identities and personalities. The nudity, sex, and violence all strike me as realistic and not glamourized or placed for the sake of objectification or mere erotic gaze appeal.

  19. 4 out of 5

    HeavyReader

    I've been reading Love and Rockets since 1996, when Keith moved out of the house and I found a stack of those comics in his closet. I think by 1996 I was coming to Love and Rockets kind of late. About half of this book are stories of Hopey in the week before her new job as a teacher's assistant. The other half is more about Maggie, but really about her ex-boyfriend Ray and told from his perspective. It's interesting to see these characters grown up and at least a bit more mature.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Meagan

    Oh, Hopey. My favorite foulmouthed raging id, a teacher ('s assistant)? Also, I'm really worried about Ray D. Falling in with the criminal element. Stick to the poochie, Ray D! (Also, as a side note, I'm really bummed that I didn't find out till after I'd read this that I was spozed to read Ghost of Hoppers first. Feck. Oh well, it wasn't like it was hard to follow, but I think I would've gotten more out of the Vivian storyline if I had gone in order.)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hillary

    What can you say at a certain point, especially after having read a lot of these? Um, it's still good. This focuses a little much on Ray, given the title, but it's not as though I don't like him as a character. The opening story, which follows Hopey's embarkation on a new career as a teacher's assistant, is pretty great stuff, swinging from hypertension to the totally mundane, all within a space of seven days.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This was my first go with the Love and Rockets series. I must say, the female characters transcend the black and white spaces into colour! Hernandez's post-punk heroines kick ass (and they're beautiful with all-encompassing body shapes and sizes)! I was disappointed there wasn't more of Hopey (which is misleading title wise). The book is so LA, which triggered nostalgia. *Sigh*

  23. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Allen

    I really enjoyed this book when it was from the point of view of Hopey but as soon as it switched to Ray I completely lost interest... hence the 3 stars. The Hopey part almost reminded me of Adrian Tomine. Reading the back of the book lead me to believe there were others in this "series" so I'll look into them. Definitely worth a second glance.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Noah Soudrette

    This was a great little character driven indie. I've never read a Love and Rockets book before so I was a little out of my depth, but its not a bad place to jump on. I'm really hoping to go back and read some from the beginning.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Young

    At first I couldn't really see the value of the stories that were being told. It seemed every character's primary motivation was sex. However, as I read, it got better and more relatable. It was ok. Not really my style though. Rather mundane at times.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Salamah

    Did not really like it but I think it is because this is a series. I could not get the characters and the stories did not connect. I may come back to investigate whether this is a series but I am not that concerned to find out.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Korynn

    It's kind of fascinating to watch Hopey and Maggie grow and kind of weird as the characters seem to dry up as they get older. I enjoy the biography of their lives and even Ray's as they move in the shrinking social circles of their age group and make choices about their lives.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Adrien

    This was my introduction to Jaime Hernandez "Locas" world (part of the Love and Rockets series), and needless to say, I'm hooked. I'll go so far as to describe Jaime as the Balzac of a certain certain milieu that sprang out of the SoCal punk scene of the 80s.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    two and a half. I enjoyed the hopey stuff, but was not feeling ray. a little too much aging aimless dude surrounded by naked women's bodies...even though it was done in a slightly more thoughtful and critical manner, still not my thing.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ed Mann

    This is the most recent collection of Jaime Hernandez's work, and it prooves that even after more than 25 years he keeps getting better and better. The characterization, use of flashback and humor,and above all, the drawing are really amazing.

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