Chance in Hell

Chance in Hell

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Gilbert Hernandez's first original graphic novel from Fantagraphics follows on the heels of his acclaimed graphic novel, Sloth, from DC's Vertigo Comics in 2006. Chance in Hell tells the story about a little orphan girl who lives in the slum of slums. Nobody knows who she is or where she's from, but her fellow shantytown inhabitants collectively look over her. The three-act story follows our heroine as she is adopted by a decent man who raises her well, and she eventually marries a kind, well-to-do man, only to discover that she can't relate to the good life and the comforts it provides. This is the first in a series of standalone stories depicting the fictional filmography of Gilbert's Love and Rockets character, the B-movie actress Fritz. Hernandez wowed critics in 2003 with his epic work, Palomar, collecting more than 20 years of groundbreaking comics called "the most substantive single work that the comics medium has yet produced," by Booklist. Chance in Hell further establishes Hernandez as one of the great cartoonists of our age.
A three-act story following the life of a young girl adopted out of a hellish slum by a decent man. She eventually marries a kind, well-to-do man, but finds that she can't escape the darkness and violence she left behind.

Baker & Taylor
Follows the life of a young orphan who is taken out of the slums and eventually marries a successful man, only to discover that she is most comfortable living in poverty.

Norton Pub
A three-act story following the life of a young girl adopted out of ahellish slum by a decent man. She eventually marries a kind, well-to-doman, but finds that she can't escape the darkness and violence she leftbehind.
Gilbert Hernandez's first original graphic novel from Fantagraphics tells the story about a little orphan girl who lives in the slum of slums. Nobody knows who she is or where she's from, but her fellow shantytown inhabitants collectively look over her. The three-act story follows our heroine as she is adopted by a decent man who raises her well, and she eventually marries a kind, well-to-do man, only to discover that she can't relate to the good life and the comforts it provides. CHANCE IN HELL further establishes Gilbert Hernandez as one of the greatest cartoonists of our age.


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Appearing from unknown origins in a shantytown slum where she is collectively looked after by fellow inhabitants, a little orphan girl is adopted by a kind caregiver and eventually marries a well-to-do man only to discover that she is incapable of relating to the comforts of a good life. By the creator of Palomar.

Publisher: Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics, [2007]
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781560978336
1560978333
Branch Call Number: GN Hernandez, G 2007
Characteristics: 120 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 22 cm

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DavidB
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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