Mercy Thompson: Homecoming

Mercy Thompson: Homecoming

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Mercy Thompson is a walker, a magical being with the power to transform into a coyote. She lives on the fine line dividing the everyday world from a darker dimension, observing the supernatural community while standing apart.

When Mercy travels to the Tri-Cities of Washington for a job interview, she quickly finds herself smack-dab in the middle of a gang war between rival packs of werewolves. And as if fangs and fur weren’t bad enough, Mercy must deal with the scariest creature of all: her mother, who is convinced that Mercy is making a mess of her life and determined to set her daughter on the right course.

The thrilling adventures of Mercy Thompson–Moon Called, Blood Bound, and Iron Kissed–have topped the New York Times bestseller list. Now Mercy makes her comics debut in an exclusive new story created by Patricia Briggs. Mercy Thompson: Homecoming is sure to please longtime fans and capture new ones with its mix of unforgettable characters and thrilling supernatural intrigue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345509888
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/25/2009
Series: Mercy Thompson Series
Edition description: Graphic Novel
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 10.50(w) x 7.02(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

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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Mercy Thompson Homecoming 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 88 reviews.
elizabethbennet More than 1 year ago
I know i should not be allowed to give a review with only reading a portion of it but i just liked what i read and the pictures in the graphic novel it was real neat and makes me what to start on that series even tho i am already engrossed in several series, this will be the next one on my list along with shiver. i really like this author so far patricia briggs seems very interesting and fun.... with a good imagination i also looked into some of her other series that i would like to read like the hurog series and raven series. I really like wolves and shapeshifters and this book as both.
Ziva More than 1 year ago
This is a graphic novel from the Mercy Thompson Series. I enjoyed seeing how Mercy got to book 1 Moon Called (Mercy Thompson Series #1). The drawing is great, I really liked being able to visualize what everything looked like. The way Mercy looked in the first few pages I didn't like as much as later on. The story is good and the intro to all the characters was interesting. I can't wait to see what's next. The day any of these books/graphic novels come out I have to get them.
Patokagwp More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this comic. I love Briggs' work. I enjoyed reading and had to re-read this several times. It is worth picking up; but there are some caveats. The story line is bad. There are so many scenes with back(?) scenes in them. You're reading along and then all of a sudden that line stops and somewhere there is a back-in-time sequence and then there is a back-in-time sequence within the first one. That is confusing. It isn't a straight line to the finish. I liked the overall story. There were some discrepencies. Mercy had lived in her trailer for a few years before Adam "BUILT" his mansion behind her. In this graphic novel, Adam Bought it right after she "RENTED" her trailer. So, with all of this, why did I like this? Because I could get a visual on how the author saw her characters. Would I purchase a 2nd graphic novel? Depends upon my employment status. It would be very tempting. Buy or not? That would be your decision. Mine was that I enjoy Patricia Briggs works and want a complete library of them. So, I would buy this again if I hadn't already. But be prepared for discrepancies. If you are in a critical mood, don't get it. If you are in a curious and willing to be entertained mood, go for it. I know this won't give you a definitive answer. But, I liked seeing the characters. I liked seeing Tad hire Mercy. I liked seeing her interview for a teaching position. I liked the story. But, this won't be everyone's favorite. I think that for a first time effort it was great. But, I grew up on comic books and means I once had a collection that would have made me rich if Mom hadn't sold them at her yard sale. <grin>
harstan More than 1 year ago
Shapeshifting human walker Mercedes "Mercy" Thompson can shift into a coyote. However, having just graduated from college, Mercy just wants a job. Thus the Oregonian goes for an interview in the nearby Tri-Cities, Washington. However, minding her business and having her nerves on edge seem not to matter for Mercy. She must deal with vampires, werewolves, and her mom as well as the interviewing horde. Just another normal day for a college grad seeking employment with the worst terrorist being her lecturing mother telling her she is ruining her life. Mercy is not sure whose life mom is referring to in her latest diatribe. This is a terrific graphic comic with a strong Patricia Briggs' story line that occurs before the Mercy novels take place and with vivid powerful illustrations by Francis Tsai and Amelia Woo. Fans of the saga will relish this new direction that showcases the heroine just after her college graduation while newcomers will find this a wonderful bridge into the world of mercy Thompson. Harriet Klausner
ElysianF More than 1 year ago
I'm going to rate this at two and a half stars, mayyyybe three. First, I want to say I am not acustomed to comic books/graphic novels. I have read a few in my time, but I am not an expert or die hard lover. I have read a few of the Mercy Thompson novels and thought this would be a fun introduction to or a prequel to them, but it really wasn't much of anything. In total dialogue, it was like ten pages and boring. The dialogue was short, one ot two words in each frame (less then a sentence on each page). The grammar was off and the sentence structure was weird, unfinished. The action or facial expressions in the drawings didn't match the dialogue. The characters were nothing like I had imagined, and I was bummed in general. I will stick to the novels.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While I did like the look at Mercy's life before the series' start (particularly how she got her job, met Adam, etc.), I was disappointed by the artwork. I know it's probably useless to be annoyed by the depiction of Mercy with the curves of a 50s pinup, but it still irritates the crap outta me...
Larkken on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This graphic novel presents itself as a prequel to the Mercy Thompson novels, showing Mercy's entrance into the tri-cities area. Unfortunately, despite my appreciation for both the novel series and the artwork, I generally dislike graphic novels, and this one is no exception. I don't appreciate augmentations to my own imagination. In some ways, my low star rating for this particular graphic novel stems from how this story changes the chronology and story presented in the novels.
C.Ibarra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don¿t usually read graphic novels but decided to check this out because I¿m a big fan of the Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series. This was a great intro to her world. I liked seeing how Mercy met Zee, Stefan and Adam. The cartoon depictions are also a great way to see how Briggs visualizes the characters.
Trai on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mercy Thompson: Homecoming by Patricia Briggs is a graphic novel about the urban-fantasy world of Mercy Thompson. The artwork is excellent with two differing styles: One style is blocky, militant and more masculine in feel; it is frequently used for fight scenes. The fight scenes in particular will help emphasize the problems that Patricia Briggs has always been careful to cause for her shape-changers: the lack of clothing. The other style of artwork is smooth and flowing; it is more frequently used in portraits. Both styles are suitable for the story and the scenes that they depict.The only complaint which I have is about the comic is that despite being a prequel, it does not work as a good introduction to Mercy Thompson at the $23 suggested retail price. Though there are plenty of reasons to review the artwork repetitively, the fact is, the story takes fifteen minutes to read and it doesn¿t stand alone.All in all, this graphic novel is a short story that is an excellent but pricey addition to the collection of those readers who are already enjoying the Mercy Thompson books by Patricia Briggs.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nice! This is the story of how Mercy came to the Tri-cities, how she met the various people she knows there - Stephen, Adam, Zee, Uncle Mike, etc. Though I don't remember Tad from the books - maybe he's properly in school? Or grown and gone - Mercy seems pretty young here. Interesting story, excellent art (two different artists - I like the second one better, I think, though it may just be the artist settling into the character. I can't really tell who did what). It's making me want to read Urban Shaman again!
justchris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mercy Thompson Homecoming is the graphic novel that acts as something of an origins story for Mercy Thompson. I thought they did a good job with it. Some characters did not look at all as I envisioned them: Stefan, Uncle Mike, Adam Hauptman. And it was awfully pat that Mercy meets all of the key characters in essentially the same time period (everyone except Tony the cop and Warren). There are some possible continuity errors: the novels give the impression that Siebold Adelbertsmiter just paid protection money to the vampires so that he didn't have to interact with them, yet here they are getting a car fixed at his garage, which was Mercy's deal when she took over the garage, being unable to afford the monthly premiums. Second, Stefan pegs immediately that she's a walker and makes it clear to another vampire (and various others) that she's not human, yet in the novels, this is something he's kept hidden from the other vampires. Third, at the end of this graphic novel, Adam points out that he's moving into the McMansion directly behind Mercy's newly rented trailor, but the novels suggest that he had the place built some time after she'd already been living there. These are all mere quibbles. I liked the style, and the storyline fit Mercy's character. And it's a very quick read, followed by an interview that involves a certain amount of backpatting between Patricia Briggs and David Lawrence (the writer who adapted the story to comic book format).
Rhinoa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let's take a step back into the world of Mercy Thompson. This graphic novel sets the scene for the rest of the novels as it is a prequel and tells of Mercy first coming to Washington. Mercy is a walker, a magical being who can shapeshift into a coyote. She travels to Washington for a job interview to work in a school. The interview doesn't turn out quite as planned and she somehow manages to get involved in a gang war between two rival packs of werewolves.Her mother is also posing a problem as she thinks Mercy is ruining her life and she is determined to sort Mercy out once and for all. We see how she meets Zee, Stefan and Adam for the first time. We also see how she first begins working at the garage which Zee later sells to her. There is also an interview with Briggs at the end which was really interesting as well as some character sketches.I liked the style after I got used to it. There was quite a lot of nudity which Briggs felt apprioriate for Mercy changing shape. I have put in a couple of pictures of the strips to give you an idea of the artwork. The story was interesting and I hope Briggs decides to do some more graphic novels to expand on the existing novels.
mmillet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Patricia Briggs has really been feeling the love for her Mercy Thompson series lately. With Bone Crossed released in hardcover earlier this year combined with her first Mercy Thompson graphic novel - Mercy fans have plenty of reasons to become giddy. For myself, I'm not really a comic book person, but I am a dedicated fangirl of Mercy and couldn't wait to catch a glimpse of her adventures in full-color.Homecoming is basically an origin story for Mercy Thompson: how she meets both Adam and Stefan and how she lands the mechanic position at Zee's shop. Although it is a stand-alone story, unless you've already had the privileged of reading Mercy's other adventures, Homecoming may not feel as robust as the others. It's fun, it's fast but I did miss the trademark Mercy narration. Several little details of Mercy's life are revealed that only long-standing Mercy fans will appreciate the significance of - little things like how Mercy gets her cat.As for the artwork itself: Beautiful and suitably shadowy yet very powerful. Though it was a little jarring to see how often Mercy herself changed. I know there were multiple artists working on this book, but since she is the title character, I would have expected a little more continuity with her character at least. But that said, her action scenes were fabulous. Consequently, I had buckets of fun matching up my mental picture of Mercy's gang with the artists' rendering. Adam and Zee were just as I pictured, but I was a little disappointed with Stefan as a '80s grunge rocker. Not really the way I pictured the mystery machine driving vampire.On a side note, Patricia Briggs and the artists of Homecoming did choose not to shy away (at all) from the shape-shifting side of Mercy's life - which to be honest, I'm happy with because Mercy herself is never really concerned about whether she is clothed or not. But gentle readers be warned: there are several panels of Mercy naked which might be off-putting. The artwork is stylized and the important parts are usually covered, but it is all still quite clear, which may keep the book out of the hands of Mercy's younger fans.Homecoming was a fabulous fast-paced action story and an efficient reminder of why I love the Mercy Thompson series so much. I do wish it had been longer, but I understand the format is more suited to quick action and less dialogue. Thank heavens we have Silver Borne coming in March 2010.
hjjugovic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's always hard to see a book you've imagined in your head get produced visually...if the art isn't quite what you pictures. This gets it sort of right. The first half has Mercy a bit more comic-sexualized than I liked, but I thought the second half was spot on. The story is backstory for the novels, some pieces of which fans of the series will already know, but this is worth the read anyway.
devi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'd like to give this more stars but the story is so short I can't justify it. The art is nice, the story that's there is fun and adds something to Mercy's world, and I enjoyed it. But I finished it in about 20 minutes. I'd feel ripped off if I'd bought an issue of this, let alone the expensive hard cover. I spent more time getting to a library that had it then I did reading it. But it's a fun story and great collaboration between a novelist and comic book writer. The art and tone are true to the novels. It makes me hopeful for the next comic installment of Briggs' wolves. I just hope there's more substance to it.
FantasyDreamer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I need to say upfront that I'm not a comic book connoisseur, so this review is strictly based on my thoughts as a Mercy Thompson fan.Mercy Thompson: Homecoming is a compilation of the four comic book issues that give you four short stories on the beginnings of Mercy Thompson's life in Tri-Cities, a prequel to the Mercy Thompson series in comic book form. If you have already read the Mercy Thompson series, than you're in for a treat because throughout the graphic novel you get to see how Mercy met many of main characters. I enjoyed these first meetings between the characters.I really liked the artwork. I loved getting a visual to a lot of the characters in the Mercy Thompson series, and comparing them to what I thought they looked liked in my imagination. You'll get to see Mercy (of course!), Zee, Tad as a boy, Stephan, Adam and several other characters. For the most part, I feel the artists were able to capture the characters as I pictured them, and even added a little to the visuals I already had.I think Francis Tsai made Mercy look a lot sexier in the comics than what I was picturing, he was the illustrator for the first two comic books and all of the comic book covers. Amelia Woo illustrated the last two comic books, I prefer her rendition of Mercy much better. But I liked Tsai's portrayal of Adam better than Amelia's.There is a bit a nudity in this, that I thought was done tastefully. It's in the scenes where the Mercy and the werewolves are shifting their forms. Since shapeshifting is a big part of who the characters are, the comics would've been remiss without them.The dialogue is snappy and witty. I think it fell in line with characters as they are portrayed in the books in concise form, and had held the spirit of the books.At the end of the graphic novel there is a short interview with Patricia Briggs by David Lawrence, that is very insightful on how they collaborated together and with other team members to pull together the comics for Homecoming. Patricia Briggs also plans on adapting the other books in the Mercy Thompson series to comics in the future.I think this graphic novel is added plus to any Mercy Thompson collection and fans of Mercy Thompson will get a lot of enjoyment out of this graphic novel, especially those who are a fan of the graphic arts. It's money well spent!
noneofthis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm far more enamored of the storyline than the artwork. I would have enjoyed this more if it had been written as a straight short story or novella. Still, it was great to learn some about Mercy's background history.Though, y'know, I don't consider myself to be a prude, but did anybody else find the skinshots in this graphic to be gratuitous? It bothered me enough that I calculated the percentage of frequency. Mercy appears in human form on 81 pages of this book (that's a tally counting every page in this graphic novel, frontispieces and end art gallery included). She's naked in 10 of those total pages. She appears in a towel in 4 of those (that's two separate scenes and a flashback to one of those scenes). She's in her underwear in 3 pages (although she was also in towel on one of those, so I ought to count that page for one or the other and not both). And her midriff showed in 30 pages.So. Mercy has her midriff showing in 37% of the pages in which she appears and is naked, in a towel, or in her panties in 19.7% of the pages. I cannot think of any other graphic novel wherein the main character is showing skin for nearly two-thirds of the pages where he or she appears. And, yeah, the midriff thing is almost standard for Mercy, as that's how she's depicted on the covers of the novels, and the frequent nudity is defined as part of cannon, it's part of how Briggs has structured the shapeshifters in her world; but I find it irking to see the nudity repeatedly splashed up in the artwork. Did I gloss over this aspect in the novels, or was lesser noticeably more a factor of Briggs' own writing style? I feel the urge to reread the books and compare.I guess my problem seems to dwell on Mercy repeatably being drawn as ruminating while she is dressing. Why is that necessary? So she needs to be naked when shapeshifting (except not really and not even here in this book; she's even drawn once in a sort of action shot while going straight from clothed human to coyote) ¿ Why does she also have to be naked between action scenes? Why can't she be depicted as thinking while having a cup of coffee or something, instead of while she is putting on her bra? If, say, Batman is ruminating with his shirt off, at least it's got a purpose and generally so the artist can draw his suddenly unveiled scars. With Homecoming it's just skin for the sake of skin.Bah.
pollywannabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyFull disclosure: I am not a comic/graphic novel fan. I read Archie comics as a kid and made a failed attempt at reading Watchmen at the urging of a friend who swore I become a convert after trying it (I didn¿t). I even bought a bunch on the Buffy season 8 and Angel After the Fall comics (which sat mostly unread on my shelves until I passed them on to more appreciative hands). What I am a fan of is Mercy Thompson, so I knew eventually I¿d be picking up a copy of the Mercy graphic novel prequel HOMECOMING.Up front I¿ll say that HOMECOMING hasn¿t changed my opinion on graphic novels as a whole, but knowing that from the outset, I did enjoy HOMECOMING for a number of reasons. It¿s really, really pretty. There were several artists working collaboratively and some of their different styles are apparent from scene to scene (for example, Mercy has crazy buff thighs in one panel, and then a more balanced physique in the next), I found myself staring at the pages long after I¿d `read them.¿The best part of HOMECOMING was getting to `see¿ the characters and locations. Zee and Stefan are two of my particular favorites from the series and they each got quite a lot of face time, although Stefan looks nothing like how I imagined him. The thing I missed the most in HOMECOMING was the same shortcoming I find in all graphic novels: the almost non existent dialogue and internal character thoughts. It¿s all about the action scenes, which are very cool to see, but I expect more from a Mercy story than action.There aren¿t any real surprises here and the storyline is nothing special, but if you¿re a Mercy fan, you¿ll want to check out HOMECOMING to see everyone in action and get a little inside scoop on Mercy¿s first few days in TriCity (slinging fries at Burger King, buying her trailer, and how she ended up with Medea the cat). Sexual Content: Lots of naked Mercy art.
Jerry0 More than 1 year ago
I want it. Where is the NOOK Version? Pretty Please?
ezmajrelda More than 1 year ago
I did not like this style of writing at all. I got lost in 2 places. I'll stick to her regular writing and hope she redoes this
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Huh, this one was the prequel and the other Mercy one is based on Moon Called. Got the review for the wrong one. You know how when you're caught up on a series, then you wait (impatiently) for the newest book and you see there's a long waiting list and all that? Then while waiting, you find there's a prequel and graphic novels to ease the wait. I sometimes wonder whether I should read the spin offs, sequels or prequels of series I liked or thought were okay. I go for a yes and no on that one. But because I miss the characters and liked the last book in the series so far, I thought, let's see how this one is. And I got to say that it was nice, seeing how the characters meet and yay for Mercy and Stefan slowly budding friendship. And hello Adam and Mercy meet! But I got all excited for the Mercy and Stefan moments honestly. And Tad is freaking adorable and Zee is pretty much how I imagined him in a way. And maybe its how he's drawn but he kind of reminds me of a human, uh fae, version of a Goron (the leader one). Maybe its the hair? Anyway, the art at times was weird but was really good with the fight scenes. It didn't bother me from enjoying the story. So this is one of those where the art is good to okay. Other times, the art isn't as good or the story isn't that good as well with some series, Vampire Academy from what I heard (graphic novel form) comes to mind, same can be said for the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter graphic novels. Basically, this was good set up to the series and at the end with the different art style for the characters was interesting to see.
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TiggersMomPA More than 1 year ago
Absolutely not what I was expecting! This hardcover collection of graphic novels with dust jacket is a great idea. I thought this would be a cartoon version of the original novel but the artwork and story are wonderful. You forget you're reading a "comic book" because the artwork is so realistic!