Locas: The Maggie and Hopey Stories

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So while on my summer vacation, I did something that was sort of a challenge: rereading the first collected volume of Jaime Hernandez’ “Locas” story from Love & Rockets from beginning to end. Could I survive this battle of wills with a 700 page omnibus?

Well I did! It might be the heaviest thing that I’ve read all summer, but it was a fun read. I had previously read these stories about a decade ago and I enjoyed getting reacquainted with Hopey, Maggie and the rest of the crew. And I know it’s silly to say, but I think since the last time I visited these characters, I’ve really learned to enjoy them more.

Hopey and Maggie have an interesting relationship, switching tracks from friendship to romantic on and off through the years. And as the story progresses, they change as characters growing older and their life choices  have shaped them. There is a lot of nuance, detail and subtlety in Hernandez’s writing that I didn’t notice the first time I read through his work.

I also like reading this, as you can see how Hernandez evolved both as a writer and as an artist through the series. In the earlier parts of the story, elements of the plot are a lot more absurd, with Maggie being a robotics mechanic and there being dinosaurs. But as everything moves forward, the story becomes more grounded in reality and gets much more enjoyable. And about halfway through, you can tell that Hernandez is visually hitting his stride.

Definitely check this out. By now you all know that my reading taste and habits veer more towards the super hero end of the spectrum, but it’s really nice to branch out to something different. It really is a masterpiece and deserves more attention.

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Comic Con ruminations

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Assorted Walking Dead merchandise at San Diego Comic Con 2011. Photo courtesy SupahCute.com on http://www.flickr.com/supahcute

So apparently there was a San Diego Comic Con this weekend. Did I miss anything important?

Usually I wind up geeking out in front of the computer, constantly refreshing the web browser to find all the latest gossip. So here’s a recap of SDCC, with what I’m excited about.

  • Matt Fraction’s new Defenders book—This is going to be cool. I’m a fan of Fraction’s writing, and this team up of Namor, Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, Red She Hulk and Silver Surfer just seems like a can’t miss. Did I mention it’s going to be drawn by Terry Dodson?
  • EC Comics—Everyone’s favorite horror comics from the 1950s are going to be reprinted by Fantagraphics next year. I can’t wait to get to read some vintage Wally Wood.
  • More Marvel Television—Sometimes it’s just as much fun to watch comics on the television show. I’m really looking forward to Hulk and the Agents of SMASH, a cartoon show featuring Hulk, She Hulk, Red Hulk and Skaar going around, smashing things and helmed by Paul Dini. I also can’t wait for aka Jessica Jones, an adaptation of Alias.
  • Hawk and Dove Teasers—Yes, I love Rob Liefeld and I love DC’s characters Hawk and Dove. Some of the newly released art has already been adapted into wallpaper for my computer.
  • New Marvel Universe toys—Everyone may have been excited about the return of the Marvel Legends toy line from Hasbro, but I’m still enjoying the smaller Marvel Universe figures, especially the She-Hulk, Scarlet Witch and Punisher. However, the Marvel Legends Build-A-Figure Armin Zola figure is amazing. And while we’re at it, some of the new He-Man and Thundercats stuff makes me very nostalgic.

So what was your favorite part of SDCC?