Chance in Hell

Chance in Hell

Book - 2007
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Final graphic novel in Gilbert Hernandez's post-Palomar trilogy. It continues the story of matriarch Luba and her extended family's travails in the US after her Central American hometown is destroyed. This book focuses on Luba and her two sisters, Fritz and Petra; it uses the framework of a Latino soap opera to explore the complex relationships that form between family members and how one generation affects the next. It features some of the most vivid, memorable and honestly depicted characters 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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