La Perdida

Jessica Abel

Originally published serially by Fantagraphics between 2001 and 2005, this volume presents the complete story of an American girl who arrives in Mexico City with an idealized vision of the country and its culture. Eager to embrace her Mexican background, though she has long resented her “disappearing Mexican dad” while growing up, she defiantly builds a life for herself that she can consider more “authentic” that the other American ex-pats she meets. With a steadily building suspense, she does not realize her naïveté until it is too late.

The drawings are beautiful, the story well-crafted and infused with Abel’s own experiences living in Mexico City. A truly great graphic novel.