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MERCY, a goth-inspired, Victorian monster series explores topics of "otherness," damnation and redemption, and what it means to be a monster in a horror tale perfect for fans of Penny Dreadful, Crimson Peak, The Alienist, Parasol Protectorate, and Dark Shadows. The new series by UNNATURAL's acclaimed creator MIRKA ANDOLFO is a gothic horror tale where mysteries and unspeaka MERCY, a goth-inspired, Victorian monster series explores topics of "otherness," damnation and redemption, and what it means to be a monster in a horror tale perfect for fans of Penny Dreadful, Crimson Peak, The Alienist, Parasol Protectorate, and Dark Shadows. The new series by UNNATURAL's acclaimed creator MIRKA ANDOLFO is a gothic horror tale where mysteries and unspeakable sins are blend together in a unique and sensual way. Washington State, late nineteenth century. During the frenzied historical era commonly known as the Klondike Gold Rush, a mysterious woman arrives in Woodsburgh, a small mining town close to the Canadian border. It's been a few years since the Swanson mine was closed following the terrible accident that claimed the lives of so many men and women, included the owner's and the city it's still struggling in search for a new place on the map of the country. Elegant and extraordinarily wealthy, Lady Hellaine arrives in the city accompanied by her faithful butler Goodwill and settles in one of the most luxurious mansions in town. A lifestyle that contrasts sharply with that of the majority of the population, forced to choose between humble crafts and illegal activities. No one is aware of the reasons that led such a classy lady to move from Seattle to the small village, but her arrival certainly did not go unnoticed. Especially in the eyes of Lady Swanson, widow of the late mine owner and leading figure of the local bourgeoisie. Lady Hellaine's plans will bring her on a collision course with the powerful Lady Swanson, who, for reasons not entirely rational, distrusts the newcomer. Meanwhile, the streets and surroundings of Woodsburgh are flooded in blood: a heinous creature is killing incautious citizens, wreaking havoc on their bodies. Enough to induce local authorities to impose a strict curfew after sunset. And with the falling of the first snow, the "Woodsburgh Devil"'s fury seems to have even increased. What's the connection, if any, between this disturbing presence and the ivory-skinned stranger? Who's Lady Hellaine, really? And what's her secret agenda? Collects MIRKA ANDOLFO'S MERCY #1-3


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MERCY, a goth-inspired, Victorian monster series explores topics of "otherness," damnation and redemption, and what it means to be a monster in a horror tale perfect for fans of Penny Dreadful, Crimson Peak, The Alienist, Parasol Protectorate, and Dark Shadows. The new series by UNNATURAL's acclaimed creator MIRKA ANDOLFO is a gothic horror tale where mysteries and unspeaka MERCY, a goth-inspired, Victorian monster series explores topics of "otherness," damnation and redemption, and what it means to be a monster in a horror tale perfect for fans of Penny Dreadful, Crimson Peak, The Alienist, Parasol Protectorate, and Dark Shadows. The new series by UNNATURAL's acclaimed creator MIRKA ANDOLFO is a gothic horror tale where mysteries and unspeakable sins are blend together in a unique and sensual way. Washington State, late nineteenth century. During the frenzied historical era commonly known as the Klondike Gold Rush, a mysterious woman arrives in Woodsburgh, a small mining town close to the Canadian border. It's been a few years since the Swanson mine was closed following the terrible accident that claimed the lives of so many men and women, included the owner's and the city it's still struggling in search for a new place on the map of the country. Elegant and extraordinarily wealthy, Lady Hellaine arrives in the city accompanied by her faithful butler Goodwill and settles in one of the most luxurious mansions in town. A lifestyle that contrasts sharply with that of the majority of the population, forced to choose between humble crafts and illegal activities. No one is aware of the reasons that led such a classy lady to move from Seattle to the small village, but her arrival certainly did not go unnoticed. Especially in the eyes of Lady Swanson, widow of the late mine owner and leading figure of the local bourgeoisie. Lady Hellaine's plans will bring her on a collision course with the powerful Lady Swanson, who, for reasons not entirely rational, distrusts the newcomer. Meanwhile, the streets and surroundings of Woodsburgh are flooded in blood: a heinous creature is killing incautious citizens, wreaking havoc on their bodies. Enough to induce local authorities to impose a strict curfew after sunset. And with the falling of the first snow, the "Woodsburgh Devil"'s fury seems to have even increased. What's the connection, if any, between this disturbing presence and the ivory-skinned stranger? Who's Lady Hellaine, really? And what's her secret agenda? Collects MIRKA ANDOLFO'S MERCY #1-3

30 review for Mirka Andolfo's Mercy: The Fair Lady, the Frost, and the Fiend

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    The art 😍

  2. 4 out of 5

    L. McCoy

    Oh my gosh... this was fucking amazing! What’s it about? That’s really hard to describe. I actually tried describing that to someone and they were kinda confused so I’m just skipping that. Why it gets 5-stars: The story. It is really cool and unique. I can’t say very much but it grabbed me right away! The artwork is pretty awesome! It sets the tone, illustrates everything very well and is just amazing looking in general. The characters are well written and interesting. I sometimes complain that as muc Oh my gosh... this was fucking amazing! What’s it about? That’s really hard to describe. I actually tried describing that to someone and they were kinda confused so I’m just skipping that. Why it gets 5-stars: The story. It is really cool and unique. I can’t say very much but it grabbed me right away! The artwork is pretty awesome! It sets the tone, illustrates everything very well and is just amazing looking in general. The characters are well written and interesting. I sometimes complain that as much as I love the genre, I often don’t care what happens to characters in horror. That isn’t the case here, I cared about them very much this time. This book is exciting and intense in every issue. I never felt bored while reading this! The horror elements are amazing! The monsters look bad-ass, there’s some disturbing violence (that will satisfy fans of gory stuff but it doesn’t rely too much on that), the atmosphere adds to the horror tone and my gosh, Andolfo has proven herself as a master of body horror in my eyes! This book is never predictable. I could never guess what would happen next! Even the few times I thought I knew what was about to happen it went a different direction and completely surprised me. While far from being a romance book, there are some romantic elements to the story that work quite well. This book can get surprisingly emotional. The ending is a great ending that would work on it’s own but could (and in 2021 will!) lead to a sequel. Overall: Mirka Andolfo has recently been getting more popularity amongst American comic fans and she fully deserves it! Mercy is a masterpiece in the horror genre. It’s a great story with beautiful artwork, bad-ass horror elements, a very exciting tone, interesting characters and emotion. Andolfo writes and draws this book so well! If you’re into horror I can’t recommend this enough. 5/5

  3. 4 out of 5

    Corrie

    Mirka Andolfo’s Mercy Vol. 1 – The Fair Lady, the Frost, and the Fiend is a sensual Victorian horror series (6 volumes) about otherness, damnation, redemption, and what it means to be a monster in a horror tale. Read the very detailed blurb to get all the info you need, I won’t go into rehashing it here. Well now, this was sufficiently gruesome and gory! The art work is great but the story gets more and more confusing near the end. It was hard to keep up with who is inhabiting who’s body. Enterta Mirka Andolfo’s Mercy Vol. 1 – The Fair Lady, the Frost, and the Fiend is a sensual Victorian horror series (6 volumes) about otherness, damnation, redemption, and what it means to be a monster in a horror tale. Read the very detailed blurb to get all the info you need, I won’t go into rehashing it here. Well now, this was sufficiently gruesome and gory! The art work is great but the story gets more and more confusing near the end. It was hard to keep up with who is inhabiting who’s body. Entertaining if you like plenty of splatter ;-) 3.4 Stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa (Books Take You Places)

    Really so good. It was gorgeous and had an intricate plot that really kept me reading. I am excited to hear there will be a “sequel” of sorts.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anniken Haga

    I'm sorry to say that I don't quite understand all the hype around this comic. The art is beautiful and there are some interesting elements, but the story felt unfinished. There's supposed to be this amazing character-growth story in this comic, but it just skipped over all the growth part and went from A to Z within a page. And while there were some horror-elements, I didn't feel the horror of it. It was just a lot of gore, it seemed to me. The creatures were interesting to begin with, but cons I'm sorry to say that I don't quite understand all the hype around this comic. The art is beautiful and there are some interesting elements, but the story felt unfinished. There's supposed to be this amazing character-growth story in this comic, but it just skipped over all the growth part and went from A to Z within a page. And while there were some horror-elements, I didn't feel the horror of it. It was just a lot of gore, it seemed to me. The creatures were interesting to begin with, but considering the story, some of the interest soon fell away. Or, I should probably say, considering the LACK of a story, for there wasn't really a plot until the last third of the volume. I know there's a sequel planed for 2021, and at this point, I'm on the fence in regards to whether I should buy it or not. I've read some stuff by Andolfo by now, and unfortunatly I feel that her other stuff is like Mercy. There's a good idea and framework, but the actual picture is poor or missing altogether.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Monsters hide among the people of an American frontier town, feeding on the humans then blending in among them – one could compare them to vampires, but both the feeding and what's left of the victims are far more grotesque. Nothing terribly new there, plus the characters are fairly flat and the storytelling isn't always the clearest. Oh, and it's been translated by someone who thinks that lots of women in that sort of place, servants included, would be called Lady So-and-so (and I can see how g Monsters hide among the people of an American frontier town, feeding on the humans then blending in among them – one could compare them to vampires, but both the feeding and what's left of the victims are far more grotesque. Nothing terribly new there, plus the characters are fairly flat and the storytelling isn't always the clearest. Oh, and it's been translated by someone who thinks that lots of women in that sort of place, servants included, would be called Lady So-and-so (and I can see how going over-literally from Italian might leave you with that, but still, ouch). I mainly kept going for how pretty the art was, even on the most gruesome scenes...until the hard-done-to orphan child, having witnessed one of the monsters at her bloody work, decided that said monster is both an angel, and her mummy. And suddenly it had enough of a twisted emotional core that I was properly caught. (Edelweiss ARC)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    This reads kind of like Locke & Key, but instead it's all about the monsters and has none of the creativity of the keys themselves. Otherworldly parasites inhabiting bodies and preying on the life energy of humans, while dealing with their own increasing humanity as they take on more of their hosts' qualities. The art is gorgeous, especially when the parasits reveal their forms, but the story was hard to follow. The ending was rushed, but at least something happened then. I'll probably read the This reads kind of like Locke & Key, but instead it's all about the monsters and has none of the creativity of the keys themselves. Otherworldly parasites inhabiting bodies and preying on the life energy of humans, while dealing with their own increasing humanity as they take on more of their hosts' qualities. The art is gorgeous, especially when the parasits reveal their forms, but the story was hard to follow. The ending was rushed, but at least something happened then. I'll probably read the sequel series once it's released in trade, though I have little hope for it. At the very least Andolfo makes some pretty pictures.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    First off I really enjoyed the art style. That being said I really didn’t enjoy anything else. I was bored and confused because I felt like things weren’t explained well. I wasn’t attached to any of the characters. This just wasn’t for me but I don’t really like creature syfy and I didn’t realize that was what this was.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    4.5 Stars! This graphic novel is beautiful and the story is interesting enough to keep you reading! I really cared for the characters in this book, which is saying a lot, since this is a horror graphic novel. I am looking forward to reading Merciless when it comes out later this year!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    A pair of vampiric beasts enter a small town out in the sticks near Seattle, where a mining disaster once happened. Does their new location get them near to their new goal, or just local human cattle for them to suck the life out of with the help of the squelchy tendril things they spew up when they want to feed? And what does it have to do with the devilish creature the natives are already living in constant fear of – or some latent memories that seem to rise to the surface? Well, by the end I A pair of vampiric beasts enter a small town out in the sticks near Seattle, where a mining disaster once happened. Does their new location get them near to their new goal, or just local human cattle for them to suck the life out of with the help of the squelchy tendril things they spew up when they want to feed? And what does it have to do with the devilish creature the natives are already living in constant fear of – or some latent memories that seem to rise to the surface? Well, by the end I still had no idea, for this got more and more confusing, until I could hardly tell what the heck it was I was looking at. Visually dynamic, with a good palette of blues and purples, but boy it needed a lot more clarity in the telling. One and a half stars.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    New favourite! I'm excited to pick up more work by Mirka Andolfo. New favourite! I'm excited to pick up more work by Mirka Andolfo.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Natasha Chowdory

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I...don't know that this was? The artwork is gorgeous - visceral, graphic and very emotive. However I'm not entirely sure what the story was about? Monsters from another dimension? (Some strong Locke and Key vibes here) Set in a town where someone was performing experiments (nice and Victorian) woman is the reason why it goes belly up (again solid horror). And then...I don't know. There's some weird family vibes, some weird out of time stuff. It's just weird. And I don't know if I enjoyed it or n I...don't know that this was? The artwork is gorgeous - visceral, graphic and very emotive. However I'm not entirely sure what the story was about? Monsters from another dimension? (Some strong Locke and Key vibes here) Set in a town where someone was performing experiments (nice and Victorian) woman is the reason why it goes belly up (again solid horror). And then...I don't know. There's some weird family vibes, some weird out of time stuff. It's just weird. And I don't know if I enjoyed it or not. Definitely a bit of a trudge to finish tbh.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tani

    This was a random impulse read, so I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The art is gorgeous, but the characters were also surprisingly complex, and I thought it did a good job of telling its story in the limited space of a single volume. I really found myself empathizing with a lot of the characters, and feeling bad for the tragedy that befell them. A lot of the details have faded from my mind now, since I'm very late in writing this review, but I think if you're a fan of dark stories with This was a random impulse read, so I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The art is gorgeous, but the characters were also surprisingly complex, and I thought it did a good job of telling its story in the limited space of a single volume. I really found myself empathizing with a lot of the characters, and feeling bad for the tragedy that befell them. A lot of the details have faded from my mind now, since I'm very late in writing this review, but I think if you're a fan of dark stories with a lot of gore and a bit of heart, this is one might be a good choice for you!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Devann

    I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley The art in this is gorgeous but I have little to no idea what the actual plot is supposed to be. There are some vampire-esque things that are also possibly aliens and some people hunting them and I'm unsure if they're just normal people or some other kind of supernatural thing? A lot of people seem to love this so maybe it's just me but while I adored the visuals I just could not keep ahold of the plot at all. Definitely seemed like a few things I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley The art in this is gorgeous but I have little to no idea what the actual plot is supposed to be. There are some vampire-esque things that are also possibly aliens and some people hunting them and I'm unsure if they're just normal people or some other kind of supernatural thing? A lot of people seem to love this so maybe it's just me but while I adored the visuals I just could not keep ahold of the plot at all. Definitely seemed like a few things needed to be streamlined and other things needed to be explained in more detail.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alex (soulfullyalex)

    I thought the art for this book was absolutely incredible. It was beautiful and gross in all the right places. I absolutely adored the concept of the otherworldy beings and their disruptions of normal life. The plot was gripping and I wanted to know exactly what was going to happen. On a personal enjoyment note I found that the gore was too much for me, but that is more preference than anything else. The art was outstanding, the plot was intriguing and scary, and the characters were interesting. I thought the art for this book was absolutely incredible. It was beautiful and gross in all the right places. I absolutely adored the concept of the otherworldy beings and their disruptions of normal life. The plot was gripping and I wanted to know exactly what was going to happen. On a personal enjoyment note I found that the gore was too much for me, but that is more preference than anything else. The art was outstanding, the plot was intriguing and scary, and the characters were interesting. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys horror graphic novels.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rayne

    I recieved an ARC of the full series from Edelweiss+ While I enjoted this series immensely, I can't say there's much to that enjoyment beyond the art style and the concept that the story is based around. To put it briefly, there is a race of creatures that are reminisant of vampires that need to open a long closed mine to return home, the struggle is between them and the owner of the mine who suspects their secrets. The series is sprinkled with brilliant side characters that I found myself more i I recieved an ARC of the full series from Edelweiss+ While I enjoted this series immensely, I can't say there's much to that enjoyment beyond the art style and the concept that the story is based around. To put it briefly, there is a race of creatures that are reminisant of vampires that need to open a long closed mine to return home, the struggle is between them and the owner of the mine who suspects their secrets. The series is sprinkled with brilliant side characters that I found myself more interested in than the main characters. The main characters tend to fall flat in their personification of Humanity, but I guess that's the point of them. They are all beautifully drawn though, I can see why the humans that surround them would be intrigued by them on their looks alone. The one thing I can specify with certainty about this series is that the art style is brilliant. There are some emotional arcs that are meant to be impactful to the reader, yet something about them leaves me feeling disappointed. The ending felt rushed, with an odd timeskip that left me feeling as though I had missed out on some of the dynamic shifts that occured with the main trio. I would recommend this series if you're into gothic with a sci-fi twist and able to fill in the blanks yourself, but unless that's something you're interested in I would maybe give this a miss.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    I have seen plenty of Cosmic Horror, but never like this on Mirka Andolfo's Mercy. You have the grounds in the form of second quarter 20th century racism and classism. Then there are the monsters that hide in plain sight. I was feeling the whole cosmic nihilism angle on all sides including how bitter it is to be positive in these situations. There were plenty of expectations on who the girl Rory's father was which kept me on my toes. How the Native American monster hunters fit in to the story. N I have seen plenty of Cosmic Horror, but never like this on Mirka Andolfo's Mercy. You have the grounds in the form of second quarter 20th century racism and classism. Then there are the monsters that hide in plain sight. I was feeling the whole cosmic nihilism angle on all sides including how bitter it is to be positive in these situations. There were plenty of expectations on who the girl Rory's father was which kept me on my toes. How the Native American monster hunters fit in to the story. Not to mention the protagonist since she was more or less the antagonist as well. A lot of explanations, theories that debunk as time goes on, all part of the process. But the biggest thing to come out of this is how Cosmic Nihilism turns on its head. If everything about creatures from beyond is beyond us; doesn't that also mean everything about us is beyond them? That was certainly the case here where monsters that possess others learn what it means to love and feel what's important in life. I've seen Mirka Andolfo's work surprise everyone and how it tears apart H.P. Lovecraft's usual formulas. This is certainly something to remember for a long time.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    Having previously read Un/Sainted, I thought I would give this outing from Mirka Andolfo a try to see if it was any better. Conclusion: it is and also isn't... Mercy is the story of a monster trapped in the body of a woman, who along with her monster trapped in a male butler, are trying to go home to their dimension. The monster appears as a tentacled amorphous shape with lots of teeth and spikes. The monster needs to feed on people to survive. Presenting themselves as Lady Hellaine and butler Go Having previously read Un/Sainted, I thought I would give this outing from Mirka Andolfo a try to see if it was any better. Conclusion: it is and also isn't... Mercy is the story of a monster trapped in the body of a woman, who along with her monster trapped in a male butler, are trying to go home to their dimension. The monster appears as a tentacled amorphous shape with lots of teeth and spikes. The monster needs to feed on people to survive. Presenting themselves as Lady Hellaine and butler Goodwill, they attempt to infiltrate society. Hellaine adopts an orphan girl who turns out to be the daughter of her host body Mercy. Lots of secondary characters and fantasy violence should add to the richness of the story, but merely causes it to be more cloudy, at least for me. No denying that Andolfo can draw as some of the art in this book is fantastic. Just would love to see the idea better executed story-wise. Praised as horror, this book may satisfy you in that way, but perhaps not. I can recommend many other "horror comics" that will affect you more strongly. Recommend, with slight reservations.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I enjoyed Mirka Andolfo's "Unnatural" series so I was eager to pick up this series starter. Like "Unnatural" this series is labelled as erotic and includes nudity and moderately graphic sex. The main character in "Unnatural" was cute and sexy and I could see it being "erotic." However I did not find "Mercy" sexy or titillating in any way so if you are expecting hot and steamy you will likely be disappointed. Lady Hellaine is undeniably beautiful and the women in the brothel are too but this does I enjoyed Mirka Andolfo's "Unnatural" series so I was eager to pick up this series starter. Like "Unnatural" this series is labelled as erotic and includes nudity and moderately graphic sex. The main character in "Unnatural" was cute and sexy and I could see it being "erotic." However I did not find "Mercy" sexy or titillating in any way so if you are expecting hot and steamy you will likely be disappointed. Lady Hellaine is undeniably beautiful and the women in the brothel are too but this doesn't translate into anything erotic. There is sex but it is very unsexy sex. The art is very pretty and at the same time pretty gruesome. The story is quite dark and sad but I became involved with the characters and cared about what happened to them. I felt that this volume wrapped up the story and I'm not sure a second story arc featuring one of the surviving characters is necessary but I may check it out when it appears.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    *A Thank you to Edelweiss+ for allowing me to read this. This is my fair and honest review* Actual Rating 1.5 Typically, graphic novels like this are right up my alley, unfortunately this couldn't keep my attention well. I couldn't connect with any of the characters and the one character I did like...was killed which basically ruined the comic for me. I almost DNF'd but eventually decided to keep going just to see how it would end. I will say that the artwork is absolutely gorgeous, which was the *A Thank you to Edelweiss+ for allowing me to read this. This is my fair and honest review* Actual Rating 1.5 Typically, graphic novels like this are right up my alley, unfortunately this couldn't keep my attention well. I couldn't connect with any of the characters and the one character I did like...was killed which basically ruined the comic for me. I almost DNF'd but eventually decided to keep going just to see how it would end. I will say that the artwork is absolutely gorgeous, which was the only thing that really kept me interested. Overall, not for me but it might be for you.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Hamilton

    I’ve been a fan of Mirka’s art for several years now. I’ve only recently been able to enjoy her writing with the English translations of her original stories Unnatural (Contro Natura) and UnSacred (Sacro Profano). Mercy is the first title to be simultaneously published in both English and Italian. It lacks the eroticism of her previous works, although it contains a liberal sprinkling of nudity and sex, and it is easily the darkest tale that Mirka has written yet. It is also complex and difficult I’ve been a fan of Mirka’s art for several years now. I’ve only recently been able to enjoy her writing with the English translations of her original stories Unnatural (Contro Natura) and UnSacred (Sacro Profano). Mercy is the first title to be simultaneously published in both English and Italian. It lacks the eroticism of her previous works, although it contains a liberal sprinkling of nudity and sex, and it is easily the darkest tale that Mirka has written yet. It is also complex and difficult to follow at times, but it is well worth persisting. Everything becomes clear by the end, and while it is a satisfying conclusion, I am looking forward to the sequel later this year: Merciless.

  22. 4 out of 5

    David

    Not bad. A slightly interesting gothic (ish) horror tale about revenge and romance. The plot was honestly pretty boring, I don't often care for stories where the drama is fueled by who loves who and why (even if Lovecraftian tentacle monsters are involved) .The monster design was fun and thus the two stars, but other than that the art was often busy and the fight scenes convoluted. I will check out other work by this creator just to see if this was a case of a genre that didn't resonate with me. Not bad. A slightly interesting gothic (ish) horror tale about revenge and romance. The plot was honestly pretty boring, I don't often care for stories where the drama is fueled by who loves who and why (even if Lovecraftian tentacle monsters are involved) .The monster design was fun and thus the two stars, but other than that the art was often busy and the fight scenes convoluted. I will check out other work by this creator just to see if this was a case of a genre that didn't resonate with me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Paul Allard

    Beautifully produced horror comic series. Lady Hellaine comes to Woodsburgh on a mission but the town is plagued by a “devil”. She also has “issues” and this all comes together in an exciting tale which introduces many characters. It’s a lot of fun even if there’s a hefty body count. The second volume takes the story further and hopefully will be worth the wait. Recommended to lovers of excellent artwork and a pretty good story. I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kappy

    Only read Vol1-3 . Not my cuppa tea. Too gory. That said the last few pages peaked my interest in Vol 4-6. I'll certainly do a quick flip through to see if its a awful The story jumped around without clues of when & where we are. Other times it was clear. There are a couple early-introduced characters who I am not clear about their purpose. I want to support women artists but ... maybe not this style Only read Vol1-3 . Not my cuppa tea. Too gory. That said the last few pages peaked my interest in Vol 4-6. I'll certainly do a quick flip through to see if its a awful The story jumped around without clues of when & where we are. Other times it was clear. There are a couple early-introduced characters who I am not clear about their purpose. I want to support women artists but ... maybe not this style

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shadowdenizen

    4.5 stars. Within the space of a relatively short time, Mirka Andolfo has become one of my favorite comic professionals. As prolific as she is talented, I've enjoyed everything I've read from her, with each title covering different themes and genres. (Be sure to check out "Unnatural" as well, which is another mind-fuck of a series.) 4.5 stars. Within the space of a relatively short time, Mirka Andolfo has become one of my favorite comic professionals. As prolific as she is talented, I've enjoyed everything I've read from her, with each title covering different themes and genres. (Be sure to check out "Unnatural" as well, which is another mind-fuck of a series.)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mikayla Summers

    Gorg. art, an enthralling story (gothic, vampires, blood...need I go on?). At times the gore was a bit excessive, which didn't bother me because it "grossed me out" per say (I have a strong stomach) but because it just felt like the story could have done with less of it. Would've gotten the same point across, if you understand. Still it was a wonderfully done read and the art enhanced it so much. Gorg. art, an enthralling story (gothic, vampires, blood...need I go on?). At times the gore was a bit excessive, which didn't bother me because it "grossed me out" per say (I have a strong stomach) but because it just felt like the story could have done with less of it. Would've gotten the same point across, if you understand. Still it was a wonderfully done read and the art enhanced it so much.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hanann

    The art was jaw dropping gorgeous. I maybe understood like... half of what was going on in the book but damn I was enjoying the art so much I didn’t really care. This story felt really fast paced and, at times, that was good, but other times I was a bit confused. Overall, the story was so unique and the art just made it *chefs kiss*.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Liz H {Redd's Reads}

    Love this artist's artwork and the story was pretty good. Some of the characters felt like they needed more development than a quick half-backstory. Full of body horror, which I found rather disturbing and also fascinating, but I believe that was the point. Will have to look for other works by this artist/author. Love this artist's artwork and the story was pretty good. Some of the characters felt like they needed more development than a quick half-backstory. Full of body horror, which I found rather disturbing and also fascinating, but I believe that was the point. Will have to look for other works by this artist/author.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Adriana

    This is a near-perfect Gothic horror story wrapped up in art so gorgeous I would recommend on looks alone. Luckily, it also has phenomenal pacing, deep character development, great scares and monster design, and a well of emotions to pull your heartstrings with. The ideal meld of art and story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    KristynRene SwissCheese JellyBean

    2/5 Stars I think this is a classic looks-better-than-it-actually-is scenario because most of the storyline was all over the place, muddling any message of Otherness I was hopeful to find here. Just not for me, honestly I was hoping for more, and felt underwhelmed.

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