Hernandez delivers his first book since the acclaimed Palomar.
Gilbert Hernandez last wowed critics in 2003 with his epic life's-work Palomar, collecting more than 20 years of groundbreaking comics that Booklist cal Hernandez delivers his first book since the acclaimed Palomar.
Gilbert Hernandez last wowed critics in 2003 with his epic life's-work Palomar, collecting more than 20 years of groundbreaking comics that Booklist called "the most substantive single work that the comics medium has yet produced." In his first graphic novel in two years, Hernandez's Luba: The Book of Ofelia features the latest travails of Palomar matriarch Luba and her cousin Ofelia, along with their close circle of family, friends, enemies, and lovers.
Luba: The Book of Ofelia begins with Luba, Ofelia and company trying to acclimate to life in America, where Luba still has yet to learn English. When Ofelia decides to chronicle her life with Luba in a tell-all book, she discovers inspiration in Luba's young children-the one-armed Casimira, Socorro with the photographic memory, the loner Joselito and the silent Conchita. The children lead Ofelia to a seemingly haunted field where the disembodied voice of a baby crying opens the floodgates of memory, even memories Ofelia has spent a lifetime trying to forget.
Meanwhile, Hernandez continues to explore the complex, sometimes violent, sexual dramas that are his trademark: Luba's daughter Guadalupe is now married to Gato, who is the ex-husband of Pipo, who happens to be the producer of the TV show starring Luba's other daughter Doralis. Pipo is dating a man named Igor, who once dated Guadalupe. As if that isn't enough, Luba's beautiful, lisping therapist sister Fritz, preoccupied with two different boyfriends-famous soccer champion Sergio and gorgeous model Enrique-somehow finds time for a third man, Hector, only to change her mind and hook him up with her sister, the bodybuilder Petra. As these characters lives intersect and even more characters come in to the sexually charged fray, things get even more complicated, ultimately with deadly results.
Luba: The Book of Ofelia uses elements of Latino soap opera and soft-core porn, with touches of magic-realism, to tell the story of the changes that come with age and the unchanging need for sex and love, with the most vivid, memorable, and honestly depicted characters in comics. ...Continua Nascondi
I have to admit I was a little disappointed by this one. I loved the first book of the Luba trilogy so much. This one however was just a bit disorganised. I think it didn't help that the comics in the first half of the book were collected out of ordeI have to admit I was a little disappointed by this one. I loved the first book of the Luba trilogy so much. This one however was just a bit disorganised. I think it didn't help that the comics in the first half of the book were collected out of order. But there just seemed to be no real change or development in these stories. They mainly focused on Fritz and Pipo and while I normally really like Pipo she's just become a bit dull now. The book seemed to have entirely too much sex with women with big boobs. I never thought I'd claim that was a problem with a book!! But it just got a bit repetative and I wanted more plot and more character development. I think part of the problem was that the stories were all quite short and there wasn't that much in the way of plot because of that. I will get the third book in this series but I'm hoping that it will be a bit different and more in line with the first one. ...Continua Nascondi