Mercy Thompson: Homecoming
Review of Mercy Thompson: Homecoming, a graphic novel by Patricia Briggs and David Lawrence, illustrated by Francis Tsai and Amelia Woo.
The visual images in this graphic novel (for the characters) just didn’t align with the visual images in my head from the books. And it threw me off enough to affect my immersion in the story.
Now, before you think “Oh, this reviewer just doesn’t like / understand / appreciate comics,” yes, I do! I love many graphic novels and I am in awe of those who can create stories visually. I’m just not fond of this particular one.
The story was compelling enough to keep the pages turning and fit in nicely with the world the books created. It enhanced the origins without contradicting any of the lore. Which you would expect since Patricia Briggs was intimately involved in the process.
The artwork was too stark and dramatic for me. The vampires were a caricature. There is no way Stefan could ever pass as human as he is drawn, for instance. In fact, the only character I liked at all was Uncle Mike.
All in all, I’m glad I read it. But I won’t be rushing out to buy the comic book series.
I give it 3 stars.
(See my previous post for an explanation of my rating system.)