In Grimm Fairy Tales #29 (King Midas) we were introduced to Mercy Dante, a character who became quite controversial among fans of the series.Â In the issue Mercy fulfilled her plans for revenge against David Frank, a retired hit man who murdered her parents (who were weapon dealers) when she was a child.Â A grownup Mercy kidnaps Davidâ€™s daughter, Trisha, from school one day, and takes her to a warehouse where her father is bound to a chair. Mercy proceeds to shoot Trisha to death in front of her father.
You can easily see where the controversy comes in.
Seven months later, we find Mercy in a bar being sweet talked by a man before whipping out a gun and shooting him in the face. Mercy lives the life of a Hitwoman now and finds herself haunted by the ghost of Trisha Franks. After escaping through the back door and disposing her gun, Mercy heads to her next target. The following panel may also cause a stir as we witness a Priest being shot and killed in a church. Apparently Father Oâ€™Malley was a character witness in a murder trial where a member of his church was accused of killing three children. Because of his testimony, the accused murderer was set free and the families of the slain children paid to have him assassinated.
Mercy returns home for a hot bath and is having an ongoing conversation with Trishaâ€™s spirit. Trisha vows to haunt Mercy every day for the rest of her life and proceeds to list all of the experiences she will miss out on because Mercy put a bullet in her head.Â Mercy is expressing great remorse for taking the little girls life. While soaking in the tub, a masked man who is wielding a knife enters her apartment and attempts to attack her. She is fully prepared however and fights back. When her attacker refuses to give her the name of the person who sent him, she slices his throat with a piece of broken mirror. Taking his gun, she is one step away from finishing the job when a hail of bullets burst through the window. The bullets miss her and hit the assassin. Mercy aims and kills the sniper and fires another shot when Trisha resumes her speech as if they havenâ€™t been interrupted.
The following day Mercy pays a visit to her lawyer, suspecting that he has something to do with the attack and discovers that Belinda has ordered a hit on her life. Sela Mathers has also contacted her lawyer offering to help. Mercy agrees to meet her at the local airport.
Sela reveals that she too can see Trishaâ€™s spirit and she can help Mercy be rid of her. She offers her a second chance, a shot at redemption and Mercy accepts. Sela holds her hands and instructs her to close her eyes. When she reopens them, Mercy finds herself back at the warehouse with David and Trisha and lets them go free. Sela enters the warehouse to find an emotional Mercy on the ground, asking if she finally made everything right again. Sela offers to help her atone for her life of murder by putting the gun to Mercyâ€™s head. We donâ€™t actually see who pulls the trigger but the issue closes with the Grimm Reaper arriving to claim Trishaâ€™s body but is surprised to find Mercy instead. Apparently, this is all part of Selaâ€™s plan and the story line will be continued in the upcoming Danteâ€™s Inferno miniseries.
Based on the fan reaction to Mercy Danteâ€™s actions in Grimm Fairy Tales #29, itâ€™s a bit of a risk making her the center of issue 41 and giving her, her own mini series. Iâ€™m going to be honest here and say that I personally donâ€™t like the character.Â Weâ€™ve all seen the flawed hero or people who are exposed to violence at an early age, thus they end up becoming the thing they hate the most. I also have to agree with the majority here in saying that it was upsetting to see a child killed in issue 29 (off panel). Yes, it was dramatic and it had a shocking effect but I personally canâ€™t stand violence against children. Perhaps itâ€™s because my two nieceâ€™s are my world, maybe itâ€™s because I work with children but whatever the case, itâ€™s something I donâ€™t want to see and thus stay away from. I also donâ€™t feel any sympathy for Mercy for the remorse sheâ€™s feeling for killing Trisha and it was odd to see her kill the Priest when she herself is an actual child murderer.
Because this is following the story of a Hitwoman, this is a violent book. There are some great action scenes, and Mercy proves she can take care of herself. I was surprised with the panel where she was attacked in the bathtub. Obviously sheâ€™s naked and Zenescope has a reputation for sexing it up. I surely thought the illustrator would take this opportunity to show as much nudity as possible but it was tastefully done and the steam from the bath water were covering her â€œlady partsâ€.
The ending was certainly interesting in seeing Sela give Mercy a second chance and her making the right choice but again, I feel itâ€™s too little too late. Perhaps thatâ€™s just me and the fact that yes, everyone makes mistakes and I feel certain people do deserve a second chance but I have zero tolerance for cold blooded murder. Again this is my personal opinion and perhaps it stems from the fact that both my Grandfather and cousin were murdered.
Iâ€™m looking forward to discovering what Sela has planned for the future and I enjoyed the artwork greatly. If youâ€™re looking for something action based with dramatic story telling than this is the book for you.
I give Grimm Fairy Tales #41 3 out of 5 Stars.