Cover image for Is this how you see me? / Jaime Hernandez.
Is this how you see me? / Jaime Hernandez.
Publication Information:
Seattle, Washington : Fantagraphics Books, [2019]
Physical Description:
90 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 29 cm
Best friends Maggie and Hopey leave their significant others at home and reluctantly take a weekend road trip to attend a punk rock reunion in their old neighborhood.

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Bob Harkins Branch1Received on 5/3/19



Maggie and Hopey leave their significant others at home and take a weekend road trip to go to a punk scene reunion in their old neighborhood. Threaded throughout are flashbacks to 1979, during the formative stages in their lifelong relationship, as the perceived invincibility of youth is juxtaposed against all of the love, heartbreak, and self-awareness that comes with lives actually lived. Serialized over the past four years in Love and Rockets: New Stories and the new comic book series, Is This How You See Me? collects Hernandez's unsentimental, long-form masterpiece together for the first time.

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Hernandez explores the tensions between idealized young love and comfy mature reality in this powerful follow-up to The Love Bunglers. The saga of punk lesbian lovers Maggie and Hopey has been unfolding for more than 30 years in the Love and Rockets series, and this masterful episode gives new perspective on their relationship. In the present day, the now middle-aged Maggie and Hopey are in committed relationships to others, but a road trip to their hometown for a band reunion turns predictably dramatic. Old characters and feelings emerge, not always wanted nor appropriate. As the gang relives their youth for one night, flashbacks show that what they remember as a fun-filled hangout was a drug-fueled crash pad run by a slovenly pedophile, and the "good old days" were often confusing and lonely. What could be an ordinary tale is elevated by Hernandez's incomparable art, which subtly reveals the progression of time on his characters, from Maggie's evolving punk fashions to postmenopausal Hopey's glasses, rendering them achingly real to readers who've grown up alongside them. While longtime fans will discover extra levels of joy and regret in this installment, even those who pick this up as their introduction to the series will be moved by its tale of growing older without necessarily growing up. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.