PUBLISHERS WEEKLY -- In the return of Rugg and Maruca's lethal
street urchin, Jesse Sanchez, a voracious 13-year-old whirling
dervish of ninja destruction, roams the worst ghetto in Angel City.
She goes to the gang tryouts of the Bleeders, lured by the promise
of pizza. She promptly knocks out a young Bleeder member, earns the
nickname Trash Can for how much she eats, and annihilates the
competition by fetching the cyborg arm of a rival gang member-and a
tiger-all to get more pizza. But an unfortunate misunderstanding
ends this recruitment early. Eisner-winners Rugg and Maruca depict
gang culture with a kinetic and vibrantly colored retro pizzazz,
and poke fun at the grown-up games that boys play. This slim
oversized hardcover hints at a larger world and history-Jesse first
appeared in a series of indie comics in 2004-and contains zany
trading card profiles of characters from past and future
adventures, such as Van Man, a van with human arms and legs.
Hopefully, this is only a taste of things to come. (Aug.)