The new series from Unnatural’s acclaimed author is an international sensation already

Panini Comics and Mirka Andolfo announce Mercy, a new project from the superstar Italian creator. Her series Unnatural’s worldwide success has projected the young author into the top of the comic industry sales echelon. Unnatural has been published in more than ten Countries and has been at the top of the American sales charts (Image Comics) for a year with more than two hundred thousand copies sold.

After the poignant story of inclusion and self-discovery told in Unnatural, Andolfo is presenting a darker tale that also takes the opportunity to address issues that go beyond genre-related traits.

The series is a horror tale set during the Klondike Gold Rush, in the fictional small town of Woodsburgh. It offers a classic yet contemporary take, told from a unique point of view: in fact the main character is an “inhuman” woman, a violent and cruel anti-hero. In Mercy, the paradigm of the horror genre meets current topics, such as women’s role in a male-dominated society and the concept of “otherness.”

As in any of my books, the element that immediately stands out is the presence of a strong female figure,Mirka Andolfo states, “and indeed, the entire story sprung from Hellaine, a character that I created and immediately enjoyed drawing, so much so that the story formed in my mind day-after-day along with the character itself. I started sharing my sketches on social media and the reaction from the community has been stunning. I’m so happy I can finally share some details on this project.

According to Marco M. Lupoi, Panini’s Publishing and Licensing Director: “When Mirka Andolfo told us about Mercy, with its gothic vibe and set during one of the most fascinating times in American history, we immediately gave the green light to a project, that is created in Italy but already international by nature. We are proud to be Mirka’s partners in her most daring and visionary creations, and we are sure that Mercy, as Unnatural did before, will get the attention of the comicbook industry worldwide.

Mercy is a sensation even before its release with two major publishers already on board for its release in 2020: Éditions Glénat in France and Image Comics in the United States.

The path toward Mercy’s debut will be lined with several surprise secret events leading up to the book’s release that will be revealed in upcoming weeks through Panini Comics (and other International publishers), media outlets, as well as Mirka Andolfo%27s personal channels.

Mirka Andolfo is the creator of best-selling series such as Unnatural (2016, Panini Comics, Image Comics in the United States) and Sacro/Profano (2013, Dentiblù). As an illustrator, cover artist and writer, she works with some of the most prestigious publishing houses in the world, among which DC Comics, Marvel Comics, The Walt Disney Company, Éditions Glénat, BOOM! Studios, Valiant, Dynamite and Aspen Comics.
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