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on 4 September 2009
Mercy Thompson is one of the last Native American shapeshifters; magical beings with the power to transform into a coyote. She lives on the fine line dividing the everyday world from the darker dimension, observing the supernatural community of vampires, werewolves and the fae while standing apart from it.

When Mercy travels to the Tri-Cities of Washington for a teaching interview, she quickly finds herself in the middle of a gang war between rival packs of werewolves. Quite a simplistic story in this graphic novel which basically chronicles the events that brought Mercy to work at Zee's garage and how she met the two important men in her life: Adam and Stefan. I enjoyed the story -- but it could have been a little longer and more detailed. I'm not one for comic books (although I liked the Anita Blake ones which I felt lended itself better to graphic novels), so reading this was narratively somewhat different and abbreviated than what I'm used to with novels and short stories. It was a nice enough retelling of how Mercy moved to the Tri-Cities but it didn't fill in that much information -- there didn't seem to be enough story to go around, leaving things spread a little thin. If you're a big fan of the Mercy series then Homecoming's worth owning but otherwise I'd pass it over. The graphics and depictions of the characters are not how I imagined them to look... which is off putting! Stefan in particular looked very odd (skeletal, yikes!). I always imagined Stefan as being kind of handsome, with short dark hair that fell into his eyes. The art of him in this graphic novel really didn't do him justice -- he's supposed to look like a young man. Mercy describes him as looking 'barely 20', he looked a great deal older than that here. Mercy wasn't too bad, she didn't really look half Native American though. Zee, Adam and the wolves were very well depicted, however.

I was impressed that the personality of the characters still came through strongly. They were all conveyed rather well in this regard. It's a shame the art wasn't as nice as it could have been. Overall, a nice short outing with Mercy and the gang but probably not one for casual readers of the series.
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