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Your Top Teens OPC part 5

Written by Chris Mitchell on Tuesday, October 27 2009 and posted in Features

Your 2nd batch of one pointers...


Maggie & Hopey
I couldn't find anything on these two so I am just cutting and pasting a wiki entry. The Hernandez brothers self-published the first issue of Love and Rockets in 1981, but since 1982 it has been published by Fantagraphics Books. The magazine temporarily ceased publication in 1996 after the release of issue #50, while Gilbert and Jaime went on to do separate series involving many of the same characters. However, in 2001 Los Bros revived the series as Love and Rockets Volume 2.

Love and Rockets contains several ongoing serial narratives, the most prominent being Gilbert's Palomar stories and Jaime's Hoppers 13 (aka Locas) stories. It also contains one-offs, shorter stories, surrealist jokes, and more.

Palomar tells the story of a fictional village in Latin America and its inhabitants. Its vibrant characters and sometimes-fantastic events are sometimes compared to the magical realism literary style of authors such as Gabriel García Márquez. The series is also sometimes referred to as Heartbreak Soup, after the first story set in Palomar.

Hoppers 13 follows the tangled lives of a group of primarily Chicano characters, from their teenage years in the early days of the California punk scene to the present day. (Hoppers, or Huerta, is a fictional city based on the Hernandez’s' home town of Oxnard, California.) Two memorable members of Jaime's cast are Margarita Luisa "Maggie" Chascarrillo and Esperanza "Hopey" Leticia Glass, whose on-again, off-again romance is a focus for many Hoppers 13 storylines. The series is also often called Locas (Spanish for "crazy women") because of the many quirky female characters depicted.

One aspect of the Love and Rockets opus is the way Los Bros Hernandez portray the passage of time in a relatively realistic manner despite the traditional constraints of the medium. For example, Maggie's character debuted as a slight yet curvy young adult mechanic living in a world both distinctly Chicano and punk with a sci-fi twist. As Jaime developed her character in more detail, she started to gain weight slowly. Over the years, Maggie and the other characters have evolved, growing more layered and complex as their stories develop. The present Maggie is now the manager of an apartment complex with bleached blonde hair and a penchant for wearing sexy bathing suits on her rubenesque figure. Jaime has also made extensive use of flashbacks, with Maggie and the others presented at different ages from toddlers through teenagers and young adults to thirtysomethings. The first issue of volume two of Love and Rockets featured a cover with a range of different Maggie ages/looks.

The original runs of Palomar and Locas have each been collected in recent one-volume editions by Fantagraphics (see Palomar (graphic novel)), although not all of the stories involving "Locas" and "Palomar" characters are contained in these collections. The original fifty-issue Love and Rockets "Volume One" has also been reprinted in its entirety in both a fifteen-volume paperback library, and more recently a seven-volume mass-market paperback series by Fantagraphics.

Many attempts have been made to make L&R into a movie, or series of movies. However, until recently, the movie rights had been held up in litigation for over 15 years.

Recca Hanabishi
Recca, the primary protagonist of the series, is a teenager obsessed with ninja and anything related to ninja. Recca was born the second son of Ōka, the leader of the Hokage ninja clan that existed over 400 years ago. Recca's older half-brother, Kurei, was supposed to be the heir to the leadership because he was the eldest and was born with the ability to control fire, but Recca also exhibited the same abilities as an infant, and is declared the true heir of the Hokage leadership. In an attempt to save him during the slaughter of the Hokage ninja clan, his mother Kagerō used a forbidden technique that opened a portal that would transport him into the future, where the Flame of Recca storyline begins.

Recca's flame power is derived from eight Flame Dragons (referred to as Karyū in the Japanese version), and his powers were apparently so strong that they had to be sealed with a wrist guard.

His appearance varies slightly between the anime and manga, as in the manga, his hair has a red highlight and bright blue eyes, and in the anime his hair is a dull blue highlight and his eyes are a similar color.


Koriand'r is the second of three children born to the royal family of Tamaran. Her elder sister Komand'r (later known as Blackfire) was deemed unworthy of ascension to the throne because she lacked the ability to fly and the subjects of Tamaran hated her for not being a worthy princess. So Koriand'r was given all of Komand'r's privileges, honors, and dignity eventually becoming the first princess of Tamaran in 100 years. Both sisters were sent to train with the Warlords of Okaara and it was here that the bitter Komand'r tried to take revenge on her sister by killing her. Komand'r failed and was expelled by the Warlords. Komand'r then joined the Citadel and quickly rose through the ranks. After she had some power over the Citadel she betrayed Tamaran to the Citadel.

The Citadel used the information the treacherous Blackfire gave them to successfully invade Tamaran. Defeated, King Myand'r turned his daughter, Koriand'r, over to them in return for peace. Koriand'r would never be allowed to return to Tamaran or the Citadel would destroy the planet. She endured six years of horrific torture and servitude to her sister who had become a high ranking warrior of the Citadel. Koriand'r was raped by members of the Citadel that were under the command of Blackfire. In retaliation, Starfire killed the rapists, but was sentenced to death. Komand'r was to have her executed but before this could occur both sisters were captured by the Psions, who were a race of sadistic scientist. Hereafter the sisters were forced to be the subjects of cruel experiments. These experiments consisted of the Psions using the Tamaraneans natural ability of constantly absorbing solar energy and trying to see how much energy they could hold within their bodies before they would explode from the excess energy. Koriand’r's signature "Starbolts" were a result of these experiments. She eventually escaped by using her new found starbolts and freed her sister. When Komand'r was freed she struck down Koriand'r with the starbolts that she too had developed. Because Komand'r had been exposed to the experimental energy longer than Koriand'r, her starbolts were stronger (she also gained the ability to fly), and she was therefore able to strike down her sister. However, Koriand'r escaped by seducing one of the guards and fled using one of Psions own vessels. She arrived on Earth were she met the Teen Titans.

Earth was completely alien to the princess, but she was able to learn English by kissing Robin ( Dick Grayson) which ignited a romance between the two of them. A romance which would eventually help him grow as a person and help him carve out his own identity away from his mentor. She took the name Starfire and fought alongside the Titans on many missions as well as serving as a mentor to newer members. After the destruction of Tamaran, along with her parents and many of her people, by the Sun-Eater; Starfire realized that Earth was her true home. She decided to live on Themyscira with the Amazons.


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