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Comic Review: No Mercy #1 –

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No Mercy #1, from Alex De Campi, Carla Speed McNeil, and Jenn Manley Lee, has a lot of potential but its first issue didn’t quite live up.

No Mercy #1


WRITER: Alex De Campi
ARTIST: Carla Speed McNeil
COLORIST: Jenn Manley Lee
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2015
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No Mercy #1 focuses on a group of soon-to-be college students who’ve travelled to South America on a humanitarian trip to build houses, but the trip goes horribly wrong when their bus flies off a cliff, leaving the survivors stranded in a sketchy area full of hungry coyotes and…what else lies in the dark?

I feel like this story has been done before. Group of American teenagers go on a road trip (or in this case, a humanitarian trip), are stranded and in danger of being murdered/eaten/tied up/etc. Even so, I enjoyed No Mercy’s first issue. But it could’ve been a little tighter. There’s a lot of potential for this series to become really exciting and thrilling, though its first issue is lacking in both of these aspects.

The one part that I found to be actually exciting was the crash, and that’s a horrible thing to say. But I could feel the tension, horror, fear, and confusion of the passengers on the bus through the artwork by Carla Speed McNeil.

I thought that the dialogue was pretty spot on though. It perfectly captures the way that teenagers talk and interact with one another these days, using emojis and text messages to convey what they’re saying. The characters felt more real because of it.

I would…sort of recommend this title. I think it’ll be one of those that I wait to read the trade so I can get a longer, hopefully more coherent story.

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