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Mercy Thompson Homecoming Hardcover – Aug 25 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey/Dabel Brothers (Aug. 25 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345509889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345509888
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 1 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #242,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Patricia Briggs is a #1 New York Times bestselling author who has written more than a dozen novels, including the first three books in her hit series about Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson, a VW mechanic who also happens to be a shapeshifter in touch with the strange, unseen world of vampires, werewolves, ancient fae, and other mystical creatures. Briggs lives in Washington.

Francis Tsai is a freelance illustrator and concept designer. His clients include Marvel Comics, Dabel Brothers, Devil’s Due Publishing, Top Cow Productions, Warner Bro., Wizards of the Coast, Rockstar Games, High Moon Studios, and ImagineFX magazine. He lives in San Diego.

Amelia Woo is a Brazilian artist who has worked for Dark Horse and Marvel Comics, as well as a variety of smaller publishers.

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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Aug. 25 2009
Format: Hardcover
Every time I turn around, another fantasy series is being adapted into graphic novel form. Some good, some bad, and some that just aren't ugly enough.

The newest addition to this genre: "Mercy Thompson: Homecoming," a prequel that explores what happened upon Mercy's arrival in the Tri-Cities area. It's a tightly-written, fast-moving little graphic novel a likably feisty heroine, solid character introductions and some intriguing twists and turns, although the ever-shifting art is a bit offputting.

As the story opens, Mercy is going out for a run, when she is attacked by a pack of werewolves. Just in the nick of time, ANOTHER pack comes to save her, but her car is wrecked in the fight. After a disastrous job interview ("It's more important that a history teacher can coach track than explain the Bill of Rights!"), Mercy heads to the local garage to get her car fixed -- and it turns out the person running the place is is a nine-year-old boy with a fae daddy -- and he quickly runs afoul of a vampire's human "sheep."

Mercy intervenes and offers to help fix it, since she knows how to replace a clutch. The kid even offers her a job, which Mercy finds herself seriously considering. But in the meantime, the savage rogue werewolves are still hunting Mercy, intending to force her to help them. While a friendly local vampire named Stefan helps her a few times, it's only a matter of time before she becomes entangled in a bloody pack war.

Patricia Briggs is something of a rarity in urban fantasy, since her Mercy Thompson series focuses on a small rural town full of "ordinary" (read: nonglamorous) vampires, fae and werecreatures, and its heroine is a shapeshifting mechanic.
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Okay, maybe I didn't read the description closely enough. I thought that I was purchasing a novel . . . but at 5421 words (yes, I counted) it is a short short story.

Perhaps I'm too old (61) to appreciate the artistry of a "graphic novel". Sure, I had comic books as a kid . . . but they had at least as much plot as this did at a fraction of the cost.

Furthermore, the story was rather disjointed, jumping backward and forward in time (which is fine in a real novel, but not so easy with graphics). The result was that I wondered if pages had been mispositioned as I tried to puzzle out the jumps . . . and the artwork didn't excite me particularly since the style changed (multiple artists I believe).

In particular I found the fact that the art clearly shows Mercy being struck on the left cheek . . . and then with the bruise on her right cheek. All in all, I felt a bit ripped off.

I am giving it three stars only because the fault was in part mine for not realizing that I wasn't getting a real "Mercy Thompson" novel (which have all been great), instead of a short story with nothing really new in it.
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Mercy Thompson is a walker, a magical being with the power to shapeshift into a coyote at will. As a child she had been handed over to Bran Cornick "the Marrok" who ruled the werewolves, to be raised. The Marrok is the biggest, baddest werewolf of all. Since the age of sixteen Mercy has been on her own.

Mercy leaves Portland for an interview in the Tri-Cities of Washington. Mercy hopes for a teaching position. She ends up being hired by a nine-year-old named Tad as a mechanic for his father's auto repair shop. Tad and his father, Zee, are part of the Fae. Mercy finds herself in the middle of a war zone. She would have left, but the Marrok erred and Mercy decides to spitefully stick around. Seems the Marrok has sent Adam Hauptman to deal with a band of rogue werewolves in the area. Adam is an Alpha, leader of the Columbia Basin Wolf Pack. And whether Adam or the Marrok likes it or not, Mercy is making the war for territory her business!

***** FIVE STARS! An outstanding and original graphic novel set in the Mercy Thompson universe. If, like me, you have not read any of the Mercy Thompson novels, then you are in for a sweet treat! For those fans who have kept up with the series, you will finally get to see how Mercy and her mentor, Zee, met.

As most know, when morphing into another form, the clothes being worn are shredded. The illustrators have done an amazing job of keeping true to that fact by using some pretty cool techniques. I could not be more impressed! Very tastefully done indeed! Mercy's personality and her sense of dark humor flows naturally and I often found myself chuckling aloud as I read. More than once my son stopped, while walking by my room, to glance in and wonder what I was laughing at. That just made me laugh louder.
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It is nice to finally put faces to the characters that have held me captive for the last year. Patricia Briggs is great at bringing a human side to the werewolf stories like no one else I have read. My only wish is that it was longer and contained a little more background info. I noticed the change in artists but unlike some other comics and graphic novels I have read it didn't detract from the story.
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