The GeeksverseNEWS | BOOM!/Archaia ships Hopeless, Maine, Vol. 2 and Old City Blues, Vol. 2

NEWS | BOOM!/Archaia ships Hopeless, Maine, Vol. 2 and Old City Blues, Vol. 2
Published on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 by
BOOM!/Archaia releasing long-awaited follow-ups to Tom and Nimue Brown’s Hopeless, Maine and Old City Blues by Giannis Milonogiannis (Prophet). New volumes to be available Nov. 13 in comics shops, Nov. 26 in bookstores

From the press release:

November 5,  2013 (Los Angeles, CA) Award-winning publisher Archaia Entertainment, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, is excited to announce the launch of two original graphic novels on Nov. 13 that are both sequels to popular titles. Hopeless, Maine Vol. 2: Inheritance by Tom and Nimue Brown and Old City Blues Vol. 2 by Giannis Milonogiannis are follow-ups that readers have long been anticipating, and are releasing just in time for the holidays!

  • Hopeless_Maine_v2_Inheritance_GN_CoverOriginal Graphic Novel Hardcover
  • Retail Price: $19.95 U.S.
  • Page Count: 96 pages
  • Format: Hardcover, 6” x 9”, full color
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • On-sale Date: Nov. 13 in comic shops, Nov. 26 in bookstores
  • Written by  Nimue Brown
  • Illustrated by Tom Brown
  • Cover by  Tom Brown
  • Rating: T – TEEN (12 and up, may contain mild violence or mild profanity)
  • WHY WE LOVE IT: In HOPELESS, MAINE VOL. 1: PERSONAL DEMONS, the husband-and-wife team of Tom and Nimue Brown hooked us with their spooky tale of the mysterious, young Salamandra and their Gothic-inspired artwork, so we’re ready for more!
  • WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Fans of stories like Tom Siddell’s GUNNERKRIGG COURT, Ted Naifeh’s Courtney Crumrin, and Roman Dirge’s Lenore, the Cute Little Dead Girl will see parallels, but the Browns have created an engaging universe in which a young woman becomes empowered—so to speak!
  • WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Continue with the adventures of young Salamandra, the orphaned, mysterious, witch-in-training on the haunted island of Hopeless, Maine. When Sal discovers she might have a grandfather living on the island, she seeks him out, only to find him full of even more mystery than the rest of her past. Before she can unravel the secrets of her family’s past, however, her best friend, Owen, is thrust into a family trauma of his own. Salamandra must choose between helping Owen and finding the home and family she has always longed for.
  • Old_City_Blues_v2_GN_CoverOriginal Graphic Novel Softcover
  • Retail Price: $12.95 U.S.
  • Page Count: 200 pages
  • Format: Softcover, 5” x 7.5”, black and white
  • Genre: Sci-Fi
  • On-sale Date: Nov. 13 in comic shops, Nov. 26 in bookstores
  • Written by Giannis Milonogiannis
  • Illustrated by Giannis Milonogiannis
  • Cover by Giannis Milonogiannis
  • Rating: T – TEEN (12 and up, may contain mild violence or mild profanity)
  • WHY WE LOVE IT: Milonogiannis’ style is “Ghost in the Shell” meets “Blade Runner,” with an energetic grittiness all of its own. Straight off an acclaimed run on Image Comics’ Prophet, we’re excited for Milonogiannis to dive back into the world of New Athens to bring us a brand-new story from the OLD CITY BLUES universe.
  • WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: If you liked OLD CITY BLUES VOL. 1 for its hard-boiled, sci-fi cop action, you’ll love this new volume with more of Milonogiannis’ fast-paced, supercharged storytelling of a post-apocalyptic society, reminiscent of stories like “Akira” and “I, Robot.”
  • WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The next chapter in the critically acclaimed OLD CITY BLUES series! The year is 2049. Southeastern Europe. Built on the ruins of the country once known as Greece, New Athens is a city crawling with life—low-life, that is. From mech smugglers and drug dealers, to corrupt politicians and all-too-powerful corporations, the city is at the mercy of high-tech criminals. And it’s up to Detective Solano, Thermidor, and the rest of the New Athens Special Police to keep the city in order. This edition collects “Private Enemy” and the brand-new “Prosthetic Corpus” story arcs.

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… despite his relative inexperience, Giannis Milonogiannis is the goods. He has a firm grasp of the fundamentals of the medium and he’s getting better all the time.

As is always the case with print editions of freely available webcomics, potential readers will have to weigh the premium cost and benefits of owning the physical volume against the option of reading its contents online. The book’s quality artwork, thoughtful story, competitive pricing, and the inclusion of additional pages not seen in the original webcomic make it easy to advocate for the purchase of the physical product, but even those who balk at the idea of paying for something freely available on the Internet are strongly encouraged to seek out the online editionHopeless, Maine is a fine comic, ‘web-‘ or otherwise, and fans of the sequential art form would be doing themselves a disservice in overlooking the title given its availability both in print and online formats. Highly recommended.

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