The world is in its death throes. Red, polluted skies hang like a shroud over barren wastelands littered with debris from a golden age long forgotten. The seas are fetid expanses of poison and putrid waste, home to monstrosities born of God’s darkest nightmares.
Generations have passed since the fall of humanity, since the cities crumbled and the very fabric of what it meant to be human was lost to the ravages of desperation. To be human now meant to survive at any cost, to do anything to escape the irradiated hordes that scour the wastelands.
The loss of virtue and morality were small sacrifices along the way. The line between good and evil, right and wrong, has been erased. Until now.
On the whole I found this first issue to be very middle of the road in terms of it’s story and it’s left me with very conflicting opinions. To credit the writer, Corey Hardiman, I have to say that he has established the beginnings of a post-apocalyptic world. The description of such a setting has done exactly what any book should do:left me wanting more. In terms of the actual apocalypse itself, I found myself wondering how the world came to be such a wasteland in this book and on the flip side, wondering just how significant it would be to the actual story. Being thrusted in to a world so similar to our own is going to leave us with questions. Clearly the apocalyptic event is significant to a degree, yet there’s no hint as to what caused such a cataclysmic disaster. I think for the sake of pacing, that this is something that could have been explored in more depth early on.
The character of Mercy is described as a schizophrenic nun who hears the voice of god. This was something that intrigued me to question the morality of the character and again left me with many questions as to how she came to be. She’s surrounded by a mystique which makes us question her motives and goals as a character. In this first issue there is no back story as to why god speaks to her, why she’s wanted by her enemies and why she dresses the way she does. There’s clearly a very definitive reason for her choice of clothes (or lack thereof) but whether that will get explored in a later issue remains to be seen. In my personal opinion, the lavish outfit seems unnecessary and potentially damaging to the character’s story unless it relates to her origin. As we see from the first few pages, the character wears more to bed than what she does in the day.
The artwork for the first issue was very well illustrated, I felt as though this was a very real and detailed wasteland of a world. Ricardo Silva’s work made this place to be something believable and consistent. In terms of the lettering, I was impressed with how all the varying dialogue boxes were handled. There are some that serve as narration to the story, others are speech bubbles, voice of god etc and thanks to Lancelot and Doram for their work and persistence, it made it easier to follow what was going on.
As a person that’s not religious myself, I do wonder how this book would resonate with those that do believe in god against people of conflicting beliefs and also how the mild nudity would sit with readers of all backgrounds. Undoubtedly, something as controversial as religion and faith are going to be tested especially in this day and age where so many beliefs are widely accepted. However, maybe it’s not really about religion or nudity, perhaps there’s more to Sister Mercy than just potential “eye-candy”. I wonder if at the forefront of the story is it a character who’s on a mission to do what she needs whilst battling her inner conflict and simply in need of a level of guidance, be it morally or literally.
I’d like to conclude by saying that I found this first issue to be genuinely thought provoking, courageous with it’s overarching theme and it’s left me curious to find out more about this potentially controversial character. I do feel that the pacing of the story felt a bit rushed. Going back to what was mentioned about the apocalypse, for me, that’s something that needs to be explored, even if it’s summarized in a few panels.
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