The Children of Palomar

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The Children of Palomar

By Gilbert Hernandez

Fantagraphics Books, Hardcover, 9781606996256, 96pp.

Publication Date: September 7, 2013

New Tales of Old Palomar is Gilbert Hernandez's much-anticipated return to the small Central American town of Palomar, more than a decade after his last Heartbreak Soup story. Originally released as a three-issue magazine series in the acclaimed international Ignatz format, New Tales Old Palomar is finally collected into one handsome book. All three issues deal with the classic characters of Palomar such as sweet Pipo, her sharp-tongue sister Carmen, sheriff Chelo, and the gang of boys who help start it all: studious Heraclio, tall and fey Israel, disfigured but good-natured Vicente, and girl-crazy Jesus and Satch. In the first story, Children of Palomar, mysterious, fast-moving thieves are stealing food from wherever they can grab it; Sheriff Chelo and some citizens do their best to solve this mystery, but nobody seems to be able to catch these bandits in action until Pipo puts her soccer-trained legs to work and goes after them herself. In the second, Gato, Soledad, Guero, Pintor, and Arturo go exploring a bottomless chasm and come face to face with... well, we won t spoil the surprise. The third and last story focuses on one of Palomar's most beloved characters, the gorgeous but troubled Tonantzin: Everybody in Palomar seems to take the supernatural with a grain of salt, but young Tonantzin is determined to uncover the mystery of the laughing baby that only appears to her, haunting her daily life. What is the baby's link to the giant stone idols that stand outside the small town...?