Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Diamond Book Distributors via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Mercy Thompson Hauptman is a car mechanic who also happens to be a shape shifting coyote. Her husband is an alpha werewolf. All of this makes life for Mercy's stepdaughter, Jesse somewhat complicated, especially when Mercy and the wolf pack stumble across a child's skeleton buried on the outskirts of town. They uncover a large number of bodies of children who have gone missing over the years and the ritualistic nature of the killings leads them to suspect one of the Fae. When one of those bodies turns out to be a relative of a girl from Jesse's school Jesse is considered guilty by association and is bullied by her schoolmates.
Hopcross Jilly is a graphic novel spinoff of the Mercy Thompson series of novels. The events in this comic take place just after those in the novel Dead Heat (Alpha and Omega 4) and between Frost Burned and Night Broken. I haven't read any of the series before (though now I really want to) but Hopcross Jilly works as a standalone story. It's an old school fairy tale, not the modern sanitised Disney kind, but the Brothers Grimm kind with a monster that exists to punish bad children. Where the plot is going is a bit obvious, but I enjoyed the creepy atmosphere and the positive relationship Jesse has with her stepmother is a cool subversion of the usual wicked stepmother trope you usually get in fairy tales.
The art is decent, though I found it a little hard to tell some of the teenage girl characters apart. I would happily read more Mercy Thompson comics once I have had a chance to catch up on the backstory.