Maggie the Mechanic

Writer(s): Jaime Hernandez
Artist(s): Jaime Hernandez
Publisher: Fantagraphics
ISBN: 978-1560977841
Price: $14.95
Page count: 272
Year Released: 2007
Status: in print
Original Source: Love and Rockets (vol. 1)
Other Collected Edition(s): Locas: The Maggie and Hopey Stories
Genres: coming of age; humor; magic realism; romance/relationships; science fiction; short stories; slice of life; teen/young adult
Recommended for Fans Of:
Possibly Objectionable Material: coarse language; nudity; violence; explicit sexual situations
If You Like This Book, Try: Strangers in Paradise Pocket Book, vol. 1
Also in This Series: followed by The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S.

Plot Summary
This is the first volume of Jaime Hernandez's "Locas" stories from Love and Rockets (vol. 1). Since I don't own this volume myself (I have the Locas: The Maggie and Hopey Stories book [not to mention the original comic books], which collects these first three volumes), please allow the person who wrote the blurb on the back of the book to tell you what happens in this volume:

"Maggie the Mechanic is the first of three volumes collecting the adventures of the spunky Maggie, her annoying best friend and sometimes lover Hopey, and their circle of friends, including their bombshell friend Penny Century, Maggie's weirdo mentor Izzy--as well as the wrestler Rena Titañon and Maggie's handsome love interest, Rand Race. This volume collects the earliest, punkiest, most heavily sci-fi stories of Maggie and her circle of friends, and you can see the artist refine his approach. Despite these strong shifts in tone, the stunning art and razor sharp characterizations keep this collection consistent, and enthralling throughout."

My Own 2 Cents
As I mention in my 2 cents on Locas: The Maggie and Hopey Stories, this volume and the two that follow it are recommended over the Locas collection because the Locas collection is missing a few of the stories that are contained in these three volumes. So this is the best place to start if you want to read Jaime's half of the Love and Rockets phenomenon.