By Andy Frisk
March 25, 2009 - 18:56
Mercy in disguise.
You just can’t beat a lead character who’s a demon and whose tattoos are the reverse of the typical “bad girl” tattoos. Mercy is covered in angel wings and halos, technically considered “bad girl” tattoos considering where she’s from and who she is. You also can’t beat a lead character who, when referring to recharging after a battle with and angel, states that it “…involves two shots of Jame-O and a Tequila chaser.”
Oh yeah, there was mention of a bit of story depth. Aside from Merhoff’s art, which catches the cartoonish-like retro style necessary for a tongue and check comic book dealing with hottie angels and demons using each other for punching bags, in issue # 3 we discover that Mercy was duped, to use her own word, into taking on the mission she’s been engaged in, and probably enjoying more than she lets on, and now has to deal with the machinations of powers that just might be beyond her ability to deal with solo. It all involves a snake oil salesman-like preacher, who she happens to be reporting to as a boss on Earth, and his desire to baptize Mercy, thus completing her mission and making her “free to go,” a powerful “upper class” (read high ranking) angel and the mysterious male angel working with the preacher (who obviously is up to no good in a morally ambiguous way…).
Mercy's true form.
Whatever…between Mercy, her sarcasm, tattoos, and two fisted approach, I’m hooked and when her new ongoing series MERCY SPARX: UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT kicks off on May 2nd, Free Comic Book Day, I’m there. Oh, and I’ll be checking out issue # 4 of this series as well.
Rating: 8 /10