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Review: No Mercy #6

NoMercy06_coverNo Mercy #6 zeroes in on three of our ten surviving characters. Chad, Charlene and Travis continue their tale of how badly things can go wrong when you travel abroad. The book continues to have its brutal moments but holds its fire in this issue.

It was an attempt to get a leg-up into Princeton. A group of students travel to Central America to help build schools. When their bus careens off a cliff, their group of fifteen begins quickly dwindling. Alone in a dangerous wasteland with no help coming, the kids begin wandering off searching for rescue.

The sharp teeth of this story are starting to dull a bit. As each different group makes it to safety, the reader begins to wonder when No Mercy plans to make good on its promise that no one gets away alive. With so many characters left, in so many different places, it seems strange to focus on only three. It can get a bit difficult following everyone’s story when there is so much going on. If something tremendously pivotal had happened, I could understand the attention but nothing that happens in this issue really translates to the bigger picture.

Charlene and Chad make it to town this issue only to discover their parents may not be too upset they’re gone. These siblings are the most interesting to watch because the intense vitriol between them. Actually, ever since Charlene’s failed attempt to kill Chad a few issues ago, the reader has been in quite a bit of suspense waiting to see what happens. If there were a pair to follow this issue, Alex de Campi chose well. While things continue to be brutal between the two, the issue ends a bit ambiguously. There’s no closure within their own turmoil nor even a clear way in which they have made good on their efforts to rescue the others. Consequently, the story seems to stop suddenly not as a cliffhanger but an interrupted thought.

Mitch, our fake-freegan frying in the… I have no “f” word for desert, is discovered by a few tourists and taken in by them. Not only does his subplot here not advance the story at all, it seems to raise more questions about what the ultimate outcome of the story will be. Not to sound blood-thirsty, but if all these kids aren’t dead when this is over, the second page of the first issue will seem well-crafted but misleading. Obviously, not every issue can be dripping with blood (even if the back of the book is made to suggest otherwise). However, issues that don’t drip blood need to further the story. The amount of time given to the tourists could have made even two pages to further someone else’s plight in the story and keep the tension riding high.

Though de Campi excels at writing brutal stories where no one is safe, this issue takes the steam of out of it a bit and seems to add a bit of punctuation to the title, No… Mercy. To be perfectly clear, while a review copy was provided to me, I still plan on buying my own. While every story must have a slower chapter, I look forward to having the complete collection because of Alex de Campi’s is one of the best writers when it comes gruesome tales and there is no doubt No Mercy will be worth owning.

Story: Alex de Campi Art: Carla Speed McNeil
Story: 6 Art: 6 Overall: 6
Recommendation: Read (if it’s your first issue, but buy it if you have the others)

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Dark Horse to Publish The Secret Loves of Geek Girls

Dark Horse Comics has announced plans to publish the highly anticipated anthology The Secret Loves of Geek Girls. Editor Hope Nicholson has assembled a dazzling mix of prose, comics, and illustrated stories about love, dating, and sex featuring more than fifty creators, including Booker Award–winning novelist Margaret Atwood, Mariko Tamaki, Trina Robbins, Gisèle Lagacé, Marguerite Bennett, Marjorie Liu, and Carla Speed McNeil. It also features a foreword by Kelly Sue DeConnick and a new cover by Noelle Stevenson.

The anthology was originally funded through Kickstarter and will be published through Dark Horse in October 2016.

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls includes:

  • Cartoons by award-winning novelist Margaret Atwood that detail her personal experiences as a young woman
  • A comic by Fionna Adams and Jen Vaughn about what it’s like being a trans woman trying to figure out romantic and sexual inclinations while entrenched in comics
  • A story by Mariko Tamaki and Fiona Smyth in which a seventeen-year-old Tamaki dreams of being Montreal’s first chubby Asian Frank N. Furter
  • A story by Marguerite Bennett about fandom and how it allows us to say what we feel to our loved ones
  • New comics by Meaghan Carter, Megan Kearney, ALB, Meags Fitzgerald, Gillian G., Diana Nock, Roberta Gregory, Laura Neubert, Sarah Winifred Searle, Natalie Smith, Jenn Woodall, and Irene Koh
  • Illustrated stories by Janet Hetherington, Sam Maggs and Selena Goulding, Megan Lavey-Heaton and Isabelle Melançon, Cherelle Ann Sarah Higgins and Rachael Wells, Annie Mok, and Stephanie Cooke and Deena Pagliarello
  • Prose stories by Brandy Dawley, Diana McCallum, Jen Aprahamian, Katie West, Adrienne Kress, Soha Kareem, Loretta Jean, J. M. Frey, Trina Robbins, Twiggy Tallant, Hope Nicholson, Crystal Skillman, Emma Woolley, Gita Jackson, Natalie Zina Walschots, Alicia Contestabile, Tini Howard, Cara Ellison, Jessica Oliver Proulx, and Erin Cossar


No Mercy rips into a new story arc this December


Writer Alex de Campi, artist Carla Speed McNeil, and colorist Jenn Manley Lee will launch a new story arc in their ongoing thrilling drama series No Mercy this December.

Previously in No Mercy, a bus full of privileged college freshmen got a brutally rude awakening on their way to build schools in a Central American town when they careened off a cliff and became stranded in the unforgiving desert. They quickly realized that the rules of their old lives did not apply to their current predicament, fraught as it was with the dangers of a harsh environment, cutthroat enemies, and hungry wildlife.

In No Mercy #5, Gina finds her spirit animal.

No Mercy #5 (Diamond code: OCT150504) hits stores Wednesday, December 9th. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, November 16th.

Preview: No Mercy #4

No Mercy #4

Story By: Alex de Campi
Art By: Carla Speed McNeil
Cover By: Carla Speed McNeil
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAY150475
Published: July 1, 2015

First arc finale.


Preview: No Mercy #3

No Mercy #3

Story By: Alex de Campi
Art By: Carla Speed McNeil
Cover By: Carla Speed McNeil
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: APR150661
Published: June 3, 2015

A long and vicious night ends in savage recriminations, fire…and death. Sister Ines, along with the evening’s unlikely hero, go in search of rescue.


Preview: No Mercy #2

No Mercy #2

Story By: Alex de Campi
Art By: Carla Speed McNeil
Cover By: Carla Speed McNeil
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAR150581
Published: May 6, 2015

Chad and Charlene make a second startling discovery. But with nightfall, death comes for them all again…this time, on four feet.


Preview: No Mercy #1

No Mercy #1

Story By: Alex de Campi
Art By: Carla Speed Mcneil
Cover By: Carla Speed Mcneil
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: FEB150483
Published: April 1, 2015

It was just a trip, before college. Build schools in a Central American village; get to know some of the other freshmen. But after tragedy strikes, a handful of once-privileged US teens must find their way home in a cruel landscape that at best doesn’t like them, and at worst, actively wants to kill them.


Preview: Legends of Red Sonja Vol. 1 TP


Gail Simone, Nancy A. Collins, Devin Grayson, Meljean Brook, Tamora Pierce, Leah Moore, Nicola Scott, Rhianna Pratchett, Mercedes Lackey, Marjorie M. Liu, Blair Buttler, Kelly Sue DeConnick (w)
Jack Jadson, Noah Salonga, Carla Speed McNeil, Mel Rubi, Cassandra James, Tula Lotay, Doug Holgate, Naniiebim, Nei Ruffino, Valentine de Landro,
Phil Noto, Jim Calafiore (a)
Jay Anacleto (c)
FC • 152 pages • $19.99 • Teen+

In this unique collection, ongoing RED SONJA series writer GAIL SIMONE hand-picked eleven of the fiercest, most talented, and most popular female writers from the worlds of comics, prose, games and television, to help her tell the greatest legends in the She-Devil’s long history!  A group of savage mercenaries hired to hunt and kill Sonja come across campfire tales of her at every turn, and Sonja does NOT like to be hunted. Tamora Pierce, Mercedes Lackey, Marjorie M. Liu, Kelly Sue DeConnick and many more tell fascinating bits of Sonja’s legend, with a wrap-around tale by Simone herself, and art by the likes of Phil Noto, Jim Calafiore, Jack Jadson and more! Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime collection!


New “Tails” Coming in January with My Little Pony: Friends Forever

Everyone knows beloved Twilight Sparkle and her best friends, but have you ever wanted to know what the other ponies in Equestria are up to?  Starting in January you will get a chance with the new ongoing comic series My Little Pony: Friends Forever.  This collection, based on the animated hit series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, airing on the Hub Network, will be made up of one-shot stories that focus on different pairs of ponies getting into various hijinx and will feature a mix of new creators as well as old favorites.

The first pony pairing will feature the loveable Applejack and Pinkie Pie in “The Pie’s The Limit” by two noted authors, Alex de Campi and Carla Speed McNeil.  When these two ponies enter a baking contest they will learn more than just what it means to be the best at something but also what it means to be a friend.

Alex de Campi works in various art mediums from film to comics and is known for her work on IDW’s Smoke, which was nominated for the 2005 Eisner for Best Limited Series.

Carla Speed McNeil is a multiple Eisner Award nominated writer and artist, best known for her science fiction comic series Finder.

Preview: Panels for Primates

Panels for Primates

Writers: Stuart Moore, David Petersen, Jason McNamara, Gareth Gaudin, James Vining, Fred Van Lente, Colin Upton, Rich Tommaso, Faith Erin Hicks, Tara Abbamondi, Michael May, Kevin Church, Ben Towle, Mark Shainblum, Toren Atkinson, Roger Stern, Mike Carey, Stan Lee, Jamie Delano, Jeffrey Burandt, Paul Kupperberg, Douglas Rushkoff
Artists: Simon Roy, Rick Geary, David Petersen, Rahsan Ekedal, Gareth Gaudin, James Vining, Colleen Coover, Colin Upton, Rich Tommaso, Faith Erin Hicks, Tara Abbamondi, Max Riffner, Ben Towle, Toren Atkinson, Caleb Hystad, Carla Speed McNeil, Dean Haspiel, Adam Domville, Gideon Kendall, Simon Fraser, Jeff Lemire, Richard Case, Aaron Florian, John Byrne, Molly Crabapple
Letter: Ryan Ferrier, Jeff Leblanc
Price: $9.99
Pages: 81
Rating: 15+

PANELS FOR PRIMATES is a charity anthology of primate-themed comics, prose, and illustration, with contributions from veteran creators and talented newcomers alike, assembled by Troy Wilson. Proceeds from this anthology go to benefit the Primate Rescue Center in Nicholasville, KY, a nationally respected sanctuary housing more than 50 primates, including 11 chimpanzees. The organization’s work has been featured in the award-winning book Animal Underworld, by investigative journalist Alan Green and the Center for Public Integrity, in the magazine Animals’ Agenda (now Animals and Society Institute), on television and in newspapers nationwide.


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