Thanks to Image Comics for the review copy!
The first issue of St. Mercy spins two separate but connected stories. First (both chronologically and in terms of appearance in the book) we meet Toctollissica, an Incan girl preparing to be sacrificed to the gods. We then flash forward to the year 1871, where a similar young woman named Mercy navigates the wild west.
The book doesn’t hide the fact that these stories are connected (both characters are on the cover), but it isn’t immediately clear how. While each story is strong on its own, my interest in the book was increased by my desire to figure out how they tied together. The pacing of the two stories and the shifting between them, effectively builds interest in both. While the book hasn’t had enough time to fully establish its characters, I’ve seen enough to become at least partially invested in what happens to both of them.
The issue’s art is a strength. Both stories use a consistent art style, relying on the setting to help differentiate between the two of them. I enjoyed the varied sizing of the comic panels, and there is one page in particular that used an innovative page layout design. Both halves of the book have a fair amount of violence, with depictions of Incan sacrifice and standard wild west shootouts, leading me to advise some parental discretion.
St. Mercy is off to a great start. Given the end of the first issue, I’m excited to see where it goes next.
St. Mercy #1 is set to be released on August 25th.
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