facets of Honor

Hi Comics Fans!

My latest comic, a digital mini comic called “Mended” written for the Honor Harrington anthology “Facets of Honor” just went live.

Normally I’d just give you the link, but I felt this particular book deserved a bit more. “Mended” is, hands down, the most difficult project I’ve ever written. It focuses on the assault Honor Harrington suffered early in her military career and how it affected her long after the actual incident took place. It’s always hard to shed new light on a pre-existing character, especially one with such a rich history already tackled in David Weber’s excellent books. It’s also always hard to write such a traumatic event in a character’s life. So put those hands together and you have one tough assignment.

I feared upsetting fans, upsetting actual assault survivors and upsetting readers new to Honor, but I also feared that ignoring this moment would be a disservice to the anthology. It happened. It shaped Honor afterward and I felt it deserved to be talked about. So I got some help.

Many thanks to my editor, Jackson Lansing and the good folks at Evergreen for allowing me to call in the one person I trusted to guide this project, the psychologist to the superheroes herself, Dr. Andrea Letamendi. Getting the help of an actual trained psychologist gave me insight into Honor that I would not have had on my own and, with Andrea’s help, I felt we were able to hit on a theme that not only resonated well with Honor, but would contribute to our community as a whole.

While I don’t want to spoil the issue, which I am so proud of, I thought it was important to say that this issue was not made to sexualize Honor or use her for shock value. Kate Brown did an amazing job of keeping Honor feeling like Honor and keeping us firmly in her shoes throughout the story. Thank you so much, Kate.

Not all of you will agree with our choices as storytellers, Honor’s choices as a character, or even the company’s choice to make this comic and I welcome your critiques, but I just wanted to assure that we tackled this difficult tale with all the respect and resources we could muster. I also wanted to thank everyone on this team for taking this leap with me.

With that in mind, here’s the comic.

Be Well,
Mairghread

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SoS-Chaos-Cov-A-Chin-60ce5Today Swords of Sorrow: Chaos and Swords of Sorrow #1 are available!

Swords of Sorrow: Chaos is a prequel one-shot written by me and drawn by Mirka Andolfo with letters by Erica Schultz and edited by Hannah Elder. This issue introduces you to the villains of Gail Simone’s Swords of Sorrow main series. It was some of the most fun I’ve ever had writing a comic. When writing villains you can just let loose.

Swords of Sorrow: Chaos can be found at your local comic shop, on Comixology, or Dynamite’s website.

You should also definitely pick up Gail Simone and Sergio Davila’s Swords of Sorrow main series. It can also be found at your local comic shop, on Comixology or Dynamite’s website.

I also just wanted to thank Gail for putting together this amazing team of women and inviting me to join it. Gail is a real force of good in our industry and she uses her role as a veteran creator to help build a better future for comics. Thank you Gail.

So go read the books. Tweet or tumble at me and let me know your favorite parts. I bet it’ll be the #Grapes scene!

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