A comiXology Originals digital comic book series, Ask for Mercy Season Two: The Heart of the Earth takes readers into the Black Hills circa 1876, where Sitting Bull receives a premonition that could forever alter the course of history, and ahead of the second issue's release, we've been provided with exclusive preview pages to share with Daily Dead readers.

Written by Richard Starkings with artwork by Abigail Jill Harding, Ask for Mercy Season Two: The Heart of the Earth #2 (of 5) will be released on August 28th. You can check out official details and exclusive preview pages from the second issue below, and visit comiXology Originals' online for more information!


Five issues by creators Richard Starkings (writer) and Abigail Jill Harding (artist). Kasa takes Mercy, Ratmir and Budgie into the Black Hills of North America, 1876 where the course of history is at stake!

Summoned by Lakota shaman, Medicine Bear, Mercy and her band of monsters discover that Ikto'mi, the Spider-trickster, is interfering with the lives of the people of the Black Hills and the American soldiers intent on driving the Indians out!

Part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content only available on comiXology and Kindle. On release, this title is available as part of comiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited and Prime Reading.

About the Ask For Mercy Creative Team

Richard Starkings is the creator/writer of ELEPHANTMEN; co-creator, with Abigail Jill Harding, of ASK FOR MERCY! and co-creator, with Tyler Shainline and Shaky Kane, of THE BEEF. In the course of a distinguished career in comic books, Richard edited a line of original titles for Marvel UK in the 80s, founded the COMICRAFT design and lettering studio in the 90s and established the foremost source for comic book lettering fonts at comicbookfonts.com. He has worked as a lettering artist on just about every mainstream comic book you might care to mention, including BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, and has written comic strips for THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, ZOIDS, TRANSFORMERS and DOCTOR WHO. With Comicraft’s Secret Weapon, John Roshell, Richard created the indispensable guide, COMIC BOOK LETTERING THE COMICRAFT WAY as well as the Artist Retrospectives TIM SALE: BLACK AND WHITE and J SCOTT CAMPBELL: TIME CAPSULE. Richard loves Yorkshire Tea, Cadbury’s Flake and Lori Perkins, but not necessarily in that order.

Abigail Jill Harding is a young English illustrator and comic book artist from Yorkshire, whose first professional comics work appeared in ELEPHANTMEN #72, written by Richard Starkings whom she met at a signing at Travelling Man in York. Abigail graduated from York College with a BA honours in 3D Art and Design in 2015 but continued to concentrate on her illustration work and did small comic projects. Abigail had been showcasing her mixed-media skills at the yearly Leeds Comics Arts Festival, Thought Bubble and it was the short strip she contributed to the festival’s 2015 print anthology that caught Richard’s eye. Since then she has done cover work for Titan Comics. Abigail is currently illustrating ASK FOR MERCY, a comiXology Originals title which she dreamed up with Richard Starkings while they were visiting The Royal Armouries in Leeds."

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