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4.40  ·  Rating details ·  2,842 ratings  ·  104 reviews
One of the great American novels of the last 30 years, graphic or otherwise. Created over 15 years from 1981-96 in the pages of the legendary comic Love and Rockets and collected here in a giant deluxe hardcover.

One of the most humane, graceful and imaginatively inexhaustible artists in American popular culture, Jaime Hernandez has created in Locas one of the great America
Hardcover, 704 pages
Published October 17th 2004 by Fantagraphics
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May 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Slightly more inconsistent than his brother's 80s-alt-comics magnum opus--it took him time to find his voice--but far more dear to me. This is the one I'll pull out at midnight and read till dawn, the one that has me missing a youth I _wish_ I could have lived, despite how clearly he paints its downsides. These multiethnic sexually various growing-up punks and their friends and their Archie-gone-wrong relationships are more real to me than some of my actual friends, and every time I read the lat ...more
Jaime Hernandez is one of the most innovative and talented creators in alt-comics. He perfectly captures the punk rock scene, women's friendships, amorphus sexuality, and the banality of growing older. His artwork is an exciting mix of Archie comics, solid Jack Kirby linework, and that nutty but talented sixteen year old selling hand-photocopied scenester comics out of the local indie music store. ...more
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, favorites
I remember there being an extremely long time between when I bought this book up until I read it in its entirety. I think I bought it back when all I’d ever spend my money on was on new comics, and the Locas hardcover probably fit the bill because I’d read about it in some comics sites and heard it was good. I ended up not reading it for a good long while after I bought it. Possibly because I just kept on buying other comics and reading those first (ah, the days of paychecks), and possibly becau ...more
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
So good! If someone had told me to read this a few years ago, I would have been completely sold on graphic novels. Admittedly, I wasn't quite so sure about Locas in the first installment, since there's kinda a time travelly super hero dinosaur vibe, but basically it sets up Maggie's job as a mechanic for rockets. The stories end up focusing more on Maggie and her punk LA friends, Hopey, Penny, Daffy, etc. It's really cool to have two latina punkers as the main protagonists, and I really apprecia ...more
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, comics
Over three years have passed since I reviewed Gilbert Hernández's amazingly fine oversized hard cover collection, Palomar; The Heartbreak Soup Stories , which constituted my first encounter with the Hernández Brothers comics, originally published in their own anthology magazine Love and Rockets. At the time, I noted that it had blown me away, and now his brother Jaime has done much the same.

While the two brothers have some similarities in visual style, the differences also abound, and the mat
Leigh Anne
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't so much a book as it is one chunk of an entire geography / mythology. That's not a complaint. All I'm saying is, find a comfy spot on the couch and prepare to fall into this world, which is both punk as fuck and delightfully magical at the same dam time (though the ratio of punk to magic rises over the course of the volume). Put simply, Maggie and Hopey are BFFs who love each other something fierce. This is kind of like saying Rosebud was a sled, though, so we'll call that a gross ove ...more
Jun 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
It starts out as mostly pin-up poses (admittedly adorable ones) plus some stuff about rockets and adventure that seems like a parody of comic books, but it sure does grow from there. I've heard that Jaime Hernandez does character work like no one else, and that certainly seems to be true. You get invested in these people, and when Maggie and Hopey are separated for years, it's both realistic and classic narrative stuff. Most interesting, to me, is the extent to which Jaime clearly loves women. T ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loeg-archives
Locas is, for the most part, the story of Margarita Luisa Chascarillo (known as Maggie, Perla, Maggot and more!) and Esperanza Glass (called Hopey, and don't you forget it!) as their lives evolve, shift and change over the course of an indeterminate number of years. Where Gilbert Hernandez's Palomar operated on a level of community and family, Locas is more focused on individual identity and individual connections. It's a fascinating character study, simply to see all of the contradictions that ...more
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jenna by: Evie

So I'd picked this up previously, but it must have been a different edition. The formatting was horrendous. The text was too small to read and a lot of the detail had been squished into almost invisibility. But, luckily, I happened to try another edition. And loved it!

The first story arc was rather confusing to me, as I wasn't sure whether or not we were supposed to take it seriously. But then afterwards, the story quickly grabbed me as we got to know Maggie in her hometown. The very size of
Julie Graf
Nov 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
For those not in the know, Love & Rockets marched in the vanguard of the 1980's alternative comics revolution. The comic was the brainchild of Los Bros Hernandez, aka Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez. While the brothers created numerous stories and characters under the Love & Rockets moniker, Gilbert is best known for his Heartbreak Soup/Palomar stories, while Jaime is best known for his Hoppers 13/Locas narratives. This volume is an extensive collection of Jaime's Locas, a decades-spanning series of ...more
Bill Doughty
Aug 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I should really list this as "currently reading," but I've been picking away at it for so long, and still have so much to go, that it'd be kind of embarrassing. But still, this is a gargantuan brick of a book, containing the entire cycle of Jaime Hernandez's Maggie & Hopey stories from the 10? 15? year original run of Love & Rockets (a companion book of equal huge-itude, Palomar, reprints Gilbert's half of L&R). So I figure I have a good excuse. Plus, by having so much left, I still have a lot t ...more
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I've been a fan of graphic novels for quite a few years, and I can't believe it took me this long to discover Love and Rockets, Jaime in particular. I think if I had discovered back when I was in art school, taking figure drawing classes, it would have changed my life. The way he expresses the beauty of the human figure is just amazing to me. All the girls hanging out in their bathing suits and tight dresses is such a great excuse to express the beauty of women. And he does express female beuty ...more
Apr 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: I honestly don't know. Someone cool. Probably not you, but... someone. Definitely.
Recommended to Marco by: Erotikus, sort of.
I was at a point in my life where... I guess you could say I was feeling down. Down to the point that I'd literally read anything suggested to me or thrust into my face. A friend mentioned in passing that he had read a few issues of Love & Rockets and loved it. Then I went online and read probably a 100 or so complimentary articles on this sprawling masterpiece. So I figured, Oh, what the hell?

And I'm glad I took that chance. This is 500 pages of slow building awesome. It starts with a bunch of
Nov 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Jaime Hernandez really takes the cake - he is an excellent storyteller, an amazing artist, and has the uncommon gift of writing utterly convincing female characters without being female himself. Upon reading this, several of my female friends have expressed amazement that the author is a man. This graphic novel chronicles the lives and friendship of two Mexican-American girls from their teenage years in the barrio through various adventures, the most compelling of which is the ebb and flow of th ...more
Feb 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Liam by: Ian
Shelves: graphic-novel
Jaime Hernandez is, for my money, the greatest comic/graphic novel artist of the Punk Rock generation. My brother, Ian, gave me this book for Christmas 2008, and it is one of the best presents I've ever received... Hopey & Maggie remind me of a lot of the girls I hung out with during my misspent youth, several of whom are now unfortunately dead. Love & Rockets is a bittersweet pleasure, like a shot of cheap rum chased with Dragon Stout & clove smoke... ...more
Aug 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I discovered Love & Rockets only a couple of years ago, read and re-read a hundred times since, and whenever I'm at the library I keep going back again and again to the comics section, letter "H", as if new stories would keep magically appearing. So wonderful. ...more
Aug 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A graphic novel about 2 mexican american girls and their best friend / lover relationship. Mixed with their good times as punks when they were younger with their struggles as adults, and their encounters with Mexican wrestlers, super heroes, and robots.
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has sat on my shelf for years, but I'd always been turned off by the early Mechanics stories when I'd try to dive in. But I finally decided to power through and oh boy was it worth it. The early stories set up the larger mythology/relationships, so they're important. But by the time I got to around page 100 I realized: this is just as unbelievably fantastic and amazing as its reputation would lead you to believe. As I close the book after 700+ pages, I feel like I'm about to start missing t ...more
David D
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely one of the greatest contemporary works of American art. It's gotten a little floppy in lately I regret to say, but this volume contains the peak: Wig Wam Bam -> Chester Square.

***Important***find "Flies On the Ceiling" in another collection since that is bizarrely not included here. Crucial to following Locas II.
Megan Bates
Feb 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm not sure why this didn't live up to my expectations. I'd read several of these stories as a teenager and was completely enchanted. Reading them now, in my 40s, I suppose they seemed a little stale. The characters are still wild and beautiful and fierce, though, and not afraid to express gigantic emotions, and that part I still appreciate. ...more
Scott Fisher
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These stories certainly resonate with me. They capture a period of time. A mixture of gritty and magic realism.
Diego Salazar
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I appreciate open mind and clear expression of characters and author.
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction

How to describe one-half of the greatest small-press comic book ever created? On the most basic level, Locas collects the short stories from Jaime's half of the comic Love and Rockets that star Maggie and Hopey, a pair of Mexican American chicas growing up in the '80s punk scene of southern California. Maggie is sensitive, sometimes romantic, and occasionally insecure, while Hopey is rowdy, tough, and frequently a little obnoxious. Together, they share a b
The first volume of a thorough retrospective collecting Jaime Hernández's Maggie & Hopey stories. Starting as a series of sci-fi shaggy dog stories, Locas slowly develops into more realistic anecdotes about the relationship between the two punk Chicanas as well as stories about their friends, their neighborhood, & ultimately about what life they seek out as they each grow up.

Having read Amor y Cohetes previously was a definite boost and gave me something to refer back to when I struggled through
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Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I picked up and put down the early issues of Xaime's work for years, never really able to feel like I could access it. I finally decided to skip the one story that I kept hanging up on and was immersed after that. Maggie is someone a lot of guys would like to meet and Hopey is the girl that would block that meeting. The long ride this book and it's sequel take you on covers so many years that it may be preferable to read a little at a time so as not to squander what all the ups and downs mean fo ...more
Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
First off, it's easy to tell a man created this comic, and a horny one at that. The female chracters are constantly taking off their clothes, whether they're being held hostage in a bathroom during a fight or just hanging out with their friends. There's a topless woman or three literally every few pages. Jaime, I hate to break it to you, but we ladies do not randomly strip off our clothing every few minutes as your comic seems to believe.

The illustrations, especially the characters' expressions,
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I started reading Love & Rockets on the suggestion of a punk rocker friend of mine. While that is certianly central to the book (Hopey plays in a punk band and hangs with punks), the stories of Hopey and Maggie are really awesome due to the relationship between them and the ways that Hernandez actually gives all of the characters great depth and feeling. If this book weren't a compilation of comics, there's a good chance a lot of people would applaud these stories as a fine piece of literature, ...more
Nov 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
This collection of all the Maggie and Hopey comics from Love and Rockets is huge, and I really enjoyed reading one at a time in the morning before going to work. The characters start out as these cute punk girls and I love how they're bff even as they grow up have their individual adventures. I like less the science fiction elements (dinosaurs? Robots?), the women wrestler stories, and the parts about the neighborhood kids (I don't like the way he draws them), but overall it is an enjoyable read ...more
Jeff Lanter
Aug 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I'm giving Locas four stars, but really this graphic novel is one that you will love or hate. If the punk rock-tinged premise sounds at all intriguing, check it out, you will almost definitely like it. Maggie and Hopey are the two best friends I never had in high school. They're rebellious, fun-loving, and so real. Locas is a unique mix of whimsy and cold, hard reality. The black and white art is really beautiful as well. There's hard truths in the book and while you'll smile as often as feel sa ...more
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