Chance in Hell

Chance in Hell

Book - 2007
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by Gilbert Hernandez
Luba: Three Daughters is the final book in Gilbert Hernandez's post- Palomar trilogy, continuing the story of matriarch Luba and her extended family's travails in the United States after her Central American hometown is destroyed at the end of Palomar . It focuses on Luba and her two sisters, Fritz and Petra, exploring the complex relationships that form between family and how the experiences and actions of one generation influence the next. Renowned for his female characters, Hernandez intersperses his main narrative with "The Kid Stuff Kids," a series of lighthearted and playful one-pagers starring the young children of the three sisters, richly juxtaposed against the complex family drama at work in Three Daughters . Hernandez's mix of Latino soap opera, magic realist touches and rich naturalism speak to audiences about the changes that come with age and experience, and they are unparalleled in comics.
Publisher: Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics Books, 2007.
ISBN: 9781560977698
Branch Call Number: HERNA
Characteristics: 120 p. : chiefly ill. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Groth, Gary


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Dec 29, 2008

Bo not be fooled. This book has nothing to do with Palomar or it's characters. Although a woman who appears in this short story looks suspiciously like one of Luba's half sisters it's probably the artist's symbolic reference to his previous works. This book has nothing to do with Luba, her family or the "Beto" Hernandez we've come to know.

"Chance In Hell" is an odd departure from his previous Palomar stories. This book is cryptic and distant. The life of the main character Empress is marred with tragedy. She's distant and the way this story is drawn and told it's difficult for a reader to connect with her.

This is not one of Gilberto's best works in art or story. It's confusing and jagged. It's heart and meaning are hard to discern.

Perhaps this is only for the die hard Hernandez fan.

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