Are Coronavirus Preppers Hoarding Mirka Andolfo's Mercy #1?

The looming threat of deadly disease COVID-19, caused by a novel strain of coronavirus, has lots of people wondering how to protect themselves in the event of an outbreak in their area. For some, this means following safety guidelines like frequent hand-washing and avoiding touching your face, while for others, it means hoarding medical supplies and other necessities. But is Mercy #1, the hit new Image Comic by Mirka Andolfo, one of those crucial supplies?

A press release from Image Comic makes fan-demand for the sold-out comic seem quite urgent, based on the headline:

FANS DESPERATE FOR MERCY #1 OVERTAKE STORES IN SEARCH OF REMAINING COPIES, LAUNCH ISSUE SELLS OUT UPON RELEASE

The press release goes on to site "wild and rampant demand" in describing the same-day sellout of the first issue of this series.

PORTLAND, Ore. 03/04/2020 — Image Comics has greenlit an emergency second printing of Mirka Andolfo's Mercy #1 in order to keep up with the wild and rampant demand for the dark and delicious new miniseries that hit stores today and sold out at the distributor level instantly.

The highly anticipated Mercy #1 issue marked the first new series from Andolfo since her other Image series—Unnatural—achieved a breakout success. Unnatural in its own right was one of the most reordered trade paperbacks for Image throughout 2019.

But Lady Hellaine will not be satiated until every comic reader has their copy—and now Mercy #1 is set to outsell even its predecessor Unnatural.

Mirka Andolfo's Mercy begins when the placid mining village of Woodsburgh is disturbed by a series of brutal murders, sending the settlement into turmoil. As the first snow covers the chaos in a white blanket, a mysterious woman in black arrives, eliciting a totally different kind of unrest. But who is Lady Hellaine, really? And what's her secret agenda?

Mercy explores topics of "otherness," damnation and redemption, and what it means to be a monster in a horror tale perfect for fans of Penny Dreadful, Crimson Peak, Carnival Row, and Dark Shadows. More exciting details about the goth-inspired, Victorian monster series will be unveiled as the United States release date approaches.

Andolfo presents a darker story that addresses issues far beyond typical genre-related tropes.

Mirka Andolfo's Mercy #1, second printing (Diamond Code JAN208934) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 1.

Mirka Andolfo's Mercy #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

Folks, if you storm your local comic store and ransack the shelves looking for a copy of Mercy #1, be sure to wash your hands afterward and avoid contact with anyone who looks feverish.

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