Jaime Hernandez’s final page from the original 50-issue Love & Rockets series of the ’80s/’90s. Which means that as far as anyone knew, this may’ve been the end for his main cast of characters (it wasn’t).
Context: Hopey shows up for a long-awaited reunion with Maggie, and gets there just in time to see Maggie get slapped in the face by an old woman, spend two pages imagining everyone else she’s ever known slapping her in the face, and then tearfully beat a guy up and get arrested. Not willing to let her reunion be thwarted and her troubled friend get taken away alone, Hopey clobbers this guy on the head just so she can get arrested and put in the same police car as Maggie.
I’m bad at picking out favorite characters until they just jump out at me. It took Hopey’s prolonged absence and my excitement when she returned for me to realize that Hopey is my favorite Jaime Hernandez character.