Mercy Thompson Homecoming
by Patricia Briggs & David Lawrence
Edited by David Lawrence & Rich Young
Cover Artist: Francis Tsai & Amelia Woo
Review by Gayle Surrette
Del Rey/Dabel Brothers Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345509888
Date: 21 July 2009 List Price $22.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Set in The Mercy Thompson universe and about Mercy what could be better? That of course is rhetorical. Homecoming fills in the background on how Mercy Thompson managed to end up working as a mechanic for Siebold Adelbertsmiter and being friends with a vampire, Stefan, with a Scooby-Doo complex. If there's anything better than an origin story it's one that is illustrated with wonderful drawings that match my internal vision of the novels. If you're a Mercy Thompson fan you really need to check out Homecoming.
In Moon Called, we got some background on Mercy as she was introduced along with some flashbacks to her life with Bran Cornick, the Marrok of the werewolves. Mercy isn't a werewolf, she's a walker, a coyote shapeshifter, smaller and faster than a werewolf but not exactly fitting in.
I remembered a snippet in one of the books were Mercy mentioned that her mother had freaked when she looked into her bed and saw a pup instead of her young daughter. The graphic novel in one of its flashback sequences has a very young pup dangling from a human hand with a piece of ripped cloth in its mouth and all the paws just dangling-- I burst out laughing and it didn't matter what the rest of the book was like, I was hooked.
This is a story of how Mercy Thompson, while looking for one job, managed to find a place to call home and do what she does best ... help people at the same time.
The artwork is dark and, in places, stylized for movement, angry motion, and ferocity. It is also very true to the characters as described in the written works and I had no problems believing that when at was looking at the major characters. The physical attributes are what you'd expect, and not drawn all out of proportion to normal, healthy, active, athletic adults. Except that the werewolves are a bit over the top, the artwork draws you into the world of Mercy Thompson and keeps you there. The story is engaging and fills in a lot of the gaps in just how Mercy got to where she was in book one.
After the story there's a gallery of covers, artwork, character sketches, and an interview with Patricia Briggs by David Lawrence that talks about the making/writing of the graphic novel.
All in all, a book you definitely want to add to your collection of Mercy Thompson books--even if you're not usually a fan of graphic novels.