Books The Forty-Sixth Through Forty-Eighth

Maggie the Mechanic; The Girl From HOPPERS; La Perla Loca by Jamie Hernandez

The three volumes of Jamie Hernandez’s Locas work, featuring Maggie the Mechanic. This series is somewhat famous for being a bastion of alternative culture in the eighties and early nineties – especially after a band named themselves after it. These books chronicle the life of Maggie Chascarillo, a Mexican-American hoodrat living on the proverbial wrong side of the tracks.

The early stories are Jamie throwing all of his influences at the page to see what sticks, so, in addition to Maggie walking the streets with her punker friends, she also works for a world-famous mechanic and has adventures with dinosaurs and professional wrestlers. After a while, it (mostly) settles down to Maggie dealing with everyday life. Which (oddly, given my proclivity for wrestlers and dinosaurs) makes it even more compelling.


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