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Hopeless, Maine Volume 2: Inheritance Hardcover – 3 Dec 2013

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Boom Entertainment (3 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939867037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939867032
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 771,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Thomas and Nimue Brown share a love of gothic decay, poetry, wild landscapes and strange creatures. They have been collaborating for years, brought together initially by a publishing house. In the summer of 2009 they launched The Hopeless Vendetta - a weekly newspaper charting life on the fictional island of Hopeless. The webcomic (in the same setting) commenced that autumn at www.itisacircle.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ancient Mariner on 12 April 2015
Format: Hardcover
I was a big fan of the first Hopeless, Maine volume - "Personal Demons". The artwork was gorgeous and while the story was hard to follow at first and the characters were hard to keep straight, at first, everything fell into line and took off pretty quickly. This second volume suffers a little bit from "second volume fatigue", in that we now know the characters going in, we know something about Hopeless, and we get the feeling that this volume is setting us up for the next volume, (in which, maybe, Sal tries to leave the island or Owen comes back, or Sal learns more about her family, or somesuch).

That said, we still have some inspired drawings, and we get even more deadpan humor in the form of Sal's throwaway lines or other little dialogue grace notes. Lots of graphic novels take themselves very seriously or are otherwise pretty pumped up, and it has always seemed to me that one of the great appeals of this series is the author's restraint and the character's dry and understated humor.

For what it's worth, it does seem that a reader new to Hopeless could start with this volume if "Personal Demons" isn't available. This volume has a very useful sketch summary of the history of Hopeless and of its leading families, and hence characters, and with the aid of that one could easily navigate this book. The plot revolves around Sal's grandfather, Owen's travails and Sal's quest to learn more about herself, and none of that absolutely requires familiarity with the earlier book.

So, the story continues, the energy is unabated, the spark still burns, and this Volume 2 is a fine successor.

Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G Talboys on 30 Nov. 2013
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One always approaches a second volume with some trepidation. Will it be as good as the first? Will the authors/artist maintain the integrity of the vision? Will it excite as much? And a thousand other questions large and small.

I need not have worried. It is true that the story and the characters have moved on. The story is picked up a few years on. And what we are given is a natural development - one that is consistent with the first story but which presents the world anew. The world itself has grown (although it is still the same claustrophobic, shadowed setting), but so has the perspective of the characters. This move forward has been handled well. Themes from the first book are brought forward and developed whilst introducing new elements.

The artwork is as superb as ever with pictures that invite you to study them in detail whilst the story line and dialogue has become appropriately more sophisticated.

If you haven't taken the time to look at these books, I really do urge you to get them. The production equals the content and they are books that you will treasure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mitriel on 23 Oct. 2014
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"Once upon a time, we fought demons together.
Now we are older, wiser.
We give our demons different names.
And no names at all.

This is not a story about growing up.
It is a story about thinking you had grown up already.
And finding it wasn't that simple after all."

Hopeless, Maine, Inheritance felt a lot like a dream. It pulled me into its world greedily, keeping me under its quirky, fascinating spell until I reached the last page and beyond. The style of storytelling was most intriguing. The pictures, the amazing little details, the mood like a nameless shadow rising from the pages often overtook the role of the words where those left off, connecting the scenes and revealing more than the writing alone would have been capable of.

There is a beautiful sadness leaking from the book, resonating the loss of love, as those close to your heart one way or the other disappear from your life and the chilling ache that creeps up on you in the silence they leave behind. The story paints a reflection of our own world, a curious place crawling with mysteries, one we cannot leave but are destined to keep searching for answers, trying to make sense of the ones we're given, hoping they don't conceal meanings we feared.

Despite the grim events there is a touch of warmness carefully hidden behind the interiors, it trickles through the spontaneous smiles and the mischievous dark humour. It unites us with the characters in the hope, that we can somehow make all that we've been given better, that happiness is not beyond reach and finding our ways through the many hardships of life isn't, after all, entirely hopeless.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Dec. 2013
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As soon as I read Hopeless: Maine's first volume, I pre-ordered this next installment, and I've been eagerly waiting ever since. This installment of Hopless' tale is no less beautifully drawn or cleverly written as the last. The imagery still fills you with little details on the second and third read that you missed before, and the story is simultaneously charming and creepy.
My only qualm is that I have to wait another year to find out what happens to Salamandra. Get to work Browns!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
More Hopeless Goodness 20 Nov. 2013
By Pop Bop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was a big fan of the first Hopeless, Maine volume - "Personal Demons". The artwork was gorgeous and while the story was hard to follow at first and the characters were hard to keep straight, at first, everything fell into line and took off pretty quickly. This second volume suffers a little bit from "second volume fatigue", in that we now know the characters going in, we know something about Hopeless, and we get the feeling that this volume is setting us up for the next volume, (in which, maybe, Sal tries to leave the island or Owen comes back, or Sal learns more about her family, or somesuch).

That said, we still have some inspired drawings, and we get even more deadpan humor in the form of Sal's throwaway lines or other little dialogue grace notes. Lots of graphic novels take themselves very seriously or are otherwise pretty pumped up, and it has always seemed to me that one of the great appeals of this series is the author's restraint and the character's dry and understated humor.

For what it's worth, it does seem that a reader new to Hopeless could start with this volume if "Personal Demons" isn't available. This volume has a very useful sketch summary of the history of Hopeless and of its leading families, and hence characters, and with the aid of that one could easily navigate this book. The plot revolves around Sal's grandfather, Owen's travails and Sal's quest to learn more about herself, and none of that absolutely requires familiarity with the earlier book.

So, the story continues, the energy is unabated, the spark still burns, and this Volume 2 is a fine successor.

Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Loved it! 23 Oct. 2014
By Mitriel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
“Once upon a time, we fought demons together.
Now we are older, wiser.
We give our demons different names.
And no names at all.

This is not a story about growing up.
It is a story about thinking you had grown up already.
And finding it wasn’t that simple after all.”

Hopeless, Maine, Inheritance felt a lot like a dream. It pulled me into its world greedily, keeping me under its quirky, fascinating spell until I reached the last page and beyond. The style of storytelling was most intriguing. The pictures, the amazing little details, the mood like a nameless shadow rising from the pages often overtook the role of the words where those left off, connecting the scenes and revealing more than the writing alone would have been capable of.

There is a beautiful sadness leaking from the book, resonating the loss of love, as those close to your heart one way or the other disappear from your life and the chilling ache that creeps up on you in the silence they leave behind. The story paints a reflection of our own world, a curious place crawling with mysteries, one we cannot leave but are destined to keep searching for answers, trying to make sense of the ones we’re given, hoping they don’t conceal meanings we feared.

Despite the grim events there is a touch of warmness carefully hidden behind the interiors, it trickles through the spontaneous smiles and the mischievous dark humour. It unites us with the characters in the hope, that we can somehow make all that we’ve been given better, that happiness is not beyond reach and finding our ways through the many hardships of life isn’t, after all, entirely hopeless.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Special 10 Jan. 2014
By Leanne Ellis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Hopeless, Maine Inheritance is even better than the first book. Tom and Nimue Brown are the Fred and Ginger of Dark Fantasy Graphic Books. These two are on an incredible creative path all their own. Nimue has added depth to Salamandra and other main characters, and introduced some new as well. Her cheeky droll humour is wonderful. And her sensitive handling of sad subjects is touching. The story is both poignant and quirky. Tom again has drawn the most divine art. There are critters everywhere! The faces are so expressive. The landscapes wild and threatening. These two clever people are in the groove, if they keep improving with each book I don't know what I will do when book 3 comes out.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Once again, the story and illustrations are brilliant. 10 May 2014
By Cathy Crayton - Published on Amazon.com
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There is a deeper sense of hope that is kept within Salamandra . This place has it's mysteries, darkness and hopelessness yet there are those who strive for something else, something better. The writing is engaging and I got lost in each illustration for a very long time. Tom's ability to make light jump off the page at you is nothing short of amazing! I would recommend this for young adults through the rest of us adults if you like something a little on the eerie and unusual side.
The first one was better 17 May 2014
By Adela C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"There are dead ones who walk. Restless. And others who sleep. There are the oblivious living and those who pause to think. There are the missing. The might-be-dead. Walking. And not walking.
(…)Once upon a time, we fought demons together. Now we are older, wiser. We give our demons different names. And no names at all.
This is not a story about growing up.
This is a story about thinking you had grown up already.
And finding it wasn’t simple after all."

“Inheritance” continues Salamandra’s adventures in the same style as its predecessor, in the shape of beautifully drawn gothic illustrations.

Sal discovers she actually has a relative – her grandfather, who is living on the island and is thought to be mad. However, she seeks him out to get some answers about herself and her past, but his answers are vague. They may or may not have much sense, and Owen thinks the rumours are true and her grandfather is actually crazy. But is he?

A mysterious disease is taking down Hopeless’ inhabitants one by one, and Owen thinks the doctor is responsible in some way. But, as you would expect, his priest-father doesn’t believe him. Nobody does, for that matter, except for Salamandra.

Compared to the first book in the series, I found this one slightly worse. I was expecting a somewhat longer sequel after reading “Personal Demons” and instead of getting the answers I was seeking, I got even more mysteries I want solved. And with the rate at which these graphic novels seem to be published, I probably won’t be getting them any sooner than next year.

I was a little confused by the transition between different scenes – which was rather absent in my opinion. It felt as if there were missing pages, but my tablet clearly indicated I didn’t skip any – the page numbers were in order. Unfortunately, by the time the third novel comes out, I will probably forget some of what happened in these first two and I won’t be able to enjoy them as I should – like it was the case with this one.

I can’t really tell exactly what the problem was with this book. I liked it, of course, but it wasn’t as good as the first one. It had a good plot, but everything felt a little bit chaotic – as if you couldn’t really make any sense of how what previously happened a page before was connected to what you were currently reading. I can’t really explain it that well. The way I phrased it just now makes it sound so much worse than it actually was. The mystery of it all is definitely the series’ charm, but in this installment, it felt a little bit too much.

I still loved the story and the characters and still want to know why everything is so strange in Hopeless and whether the rest of the world in this series is as full of ghost and monsters and mysterious events. With the first book in the series, I felt it was too short and that was the reason I only gave it 4 vanilla flowers out of 5. Now this second novel is even shorter – with 20 pages or so.

A welcome addition was the detailed descriptions of Hopeless’ founding families’ history, habits and their current surviving members. I hope in the next book, some explaining about the monsters and ghosts will be made. I look forward to it and recommend giving this series a try, especially if you like books that raise a lot of questions.

P.S.: I found out that these two authors and found out they were (or still are) living on a narrowboat and had to generate their own electricity. Drawing and writing in these conditions – wow! The two of them gained my respect.
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