Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Mercy Thompson #1, the first issue in a six-issue miniseries by fan-favorite author Patricia Briggs, will be released in print and digital formats on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Co-written by Rik Hoskin and illustrated by Tom Garcia, the new Mercy Thompson comic book series is set within official continuity with the successful novel series, and features a story never before told in any other medium.
Originally announced in May 2014, the storyline – entitled “Hopcross Jilly” – follows the titular heroine, a shape-shifting coyote and honorary member of the Tri-Cities werewolf pack. When her pack stumbles upon the buried bones of numerous dead children, Mercy finds herself drawn into a mystery of the legendary fae… one that may result in her death. Longtime Mercy Thompson fans will be rewarded to see that Mercy’s step-daughter, Jesse, takes her place in the spotlight for the first time.
Patricia Briggs says, “‘Hopcross Jilly’ explores the darker side of the fae in a way I could never do with words alone. The graphics remind me of the horror comics I read in the seventies, and the impact adds immeasurably to the story. The synergy between Rik Hoskin, Tom Garcia, and I has been exciting from this side of the page – and the result is better than I dreamed it could be.”
Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci says, “Patricia is a fantastic writer who has woven an incredible tapestry within the world of Mercy Thompson. The brand new story she laid out is fantastic, and we’re fortunate that she’s involved every step of the way. She hand-picked Rik Hoskins and Tom Garcia to help craft this incredible tale. We’re honored that Patricia is working with us to bring this new chapter in Mercy’s life to fans around the world.”
Mercy Thompson #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ August Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in October. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Mercy Thompson #1 with their local comic book retailers. Mercy Thompson will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.
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Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.
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