Chance in Hell

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September 2007

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Gilbert Hernandez’s first original graphic novel from Fantagraphics, 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.

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Booklist

•Literary review magazine

“There's something very gripping about this strange, compelling little book.” – Gordon Flagg

Publishers Weekly

•Publishing trade magazine

“As always, Hernandez takes his readers on a harrowing journey that examines the damage done in childhood and how it affects the individual as she moves on through life. It's heavy stuff, but highly recommended.”

The New York Times

•American daily newspaper

“Gilbert Hernandez is one of the great craftsmen of modern comics.” – Douglas Wolk