Mercy Thompson #1, the first issue in a six-issue miniseries by author Patricia Briggs and Dynamite, will be released 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.
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."
Mercy Thompson #1 will be in the August Previews catalog and slated for release in October.