Series: Mercy Thompson Graphic Novels
Source: Jax - NetGalley; Bea - purchased
Release Date: July 2, 2015
Challenges: What An Animal
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Blurb from goodreads:
Mercy is a shapeshifting coyote and honorary member of the Tri-Cities werewolf pack. When the pack stumbles upon the buried bones of numerous dead children, she shapeshifts into a mystery of the legendary fae - a mystery that draws Mercy's stepdaughter Jesse into the fray! The supernatural romance series Mercy Thompson continues in this all-new, original story by New York Times bestselling author, Patricia Briggs, exclusively created for the comic book medium!
This 168 page hardcover collects the six-issue Mercy Thompson comic book series by PATRICIA BRIGGS, RIK HOSKIN, and TOM GARCIA and features the original script and line art to issue #1, along with character designs and sketches by Tom Garcia.
I've always loved a good graphic novel, though it's a bit strange to read one based on one of your favorite novel series. It's a milder version of having it made as a movie or tv show. The images, though wonderful, never quite match the ones in your head. That being said, I love the imagery. There is something about graphic novels that portrays how vivid the shadows can be. It adds depth to things, and can enliven a story that may otherwise seem to falter.
It is a solid story, and beautiful art work, and I encourage fans to enjoy this extra glimpse into Mercy's world. That being said, I prefer the novels, much in the same way I prefer novels to their movie counterparts. Pictures may be worth a thousand words, but a thousand words from Briggs add priceless, and precise, dimension to a tale.
I love the Mercy Thompson but I didn't love this particular story. I enjoyed it, I just didn't love it. It seemed predictable to me. But Briggs' depiction of Mercy and Jesse's relationship was a delight and Mercy and Adam's interactions with the police rang true. My heart broke for Jesse and her relationship with her peers; having your father be publicly outed as a werewolf is not a cause for celebration. We also are reminded once again that the fae are not nice, but tricky and violent and as a race, they are not humankind's friends. I liked that actually; I like that Briggs' fae are not sparkly and wonderful or fuzzy and friendly. Watch your step with these fae or you may lose your life!
The mystery was obvious and predictable. The only anticipation was how long before someone figured it out and how many people would die first. The artwork was too dark for my taste but it conveyed the atmosphere of the story nicely.
Overall, a good but not great addition to the Mercy Thompson canon.