This 248-page black & white 7.5" x 9.25" softcover is the fifth volume of Locas stories by Jaime Hernandez; and the eighth overall, the other three collecting Gilbert's Palomar stories. Esperanza picks up where 2010’s Penny Century collection left off in collecting the the stories from the second volume of Love and Rockets – the comic book size series that ran from 2000 through 2007. Together, the two volumes collect everything Locas up through #19, the second to last issue of the series (#20, the last issue, presents the full color story that originally ran in the New York Times, along with a second, off-format story of Maggie's childhood, neither of which would work in this volume; completists take note). Page after page of immortal classics fill this essential volume. We know that all true believers already own the original issues, but, for the rest of you: It really doesn't get any better than Love and Rockets. Really.