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YOUNG JUSTICE: MERCY GRAVES by Jerome-K-Moore YOUNG JUSTICE: MERCY GRAVES by Jerome-K-Moore
WB Animation Character Design, YOUNG JUSTICE, Mercy Graves. Pencil, Digital Color.

Well, with the accidental airing of the episode, "Targets," as well as its screening at San Diego Comic Con 2011, I suppose it's okay to post the design for Lex Luthor's bodyguard, Mercy Graves. I got a kick out Ms. Graves, as originally designed for Bruce Timm's animated Batman series. For me, she shined best in the SUPERMAN/BATMAN movie, where she went toe-to-toe with The Joker's moll, Harley Quinn. Apparently, this new version of the character has more to her than meets the eye, showcasing a mechanical arm, equipped with deadly weaponry. I designed her to be beautiful, and sexy, but with a decided edge. Here, with my own color selections, I gave her jacket dark lapels to distinguish the outfit from an ordinary (albeit risqué) business suit, and suggest her service also as Luthor's chauffeur.

Thanks for viewing!

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:iconmegatrondx:
MegatronDX Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016
I always wonder if she is a cyborg or a android.
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KaijuBoy455 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016   Artist
You made this
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gibbs615 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
This Mercy NEVER did speak!Unimpressed 
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Never?  Hmm...  Could be that she never had anything to say?
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tomytieneblas74 Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I wondered if the rest of her is cybernetic like her arm. :)
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Mentor6pclear Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
We don't get to see much of her.
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shadow9035 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i don't know this chick.
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hornsofhattin Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Just saw this new (well for me anyway) version of Mercy, and I'm not sure about it.  I can certainly see how the whole cyborg thing makes her a lot more useful as a bit of a sidekick for Luthor, but it sort of took me by surprise.  I think it's the wise thing to do, but it still feels funny from earlier versions of her anyway.
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Actually, I agree.  When I first read the scripted scene revealing Mercy as a cyborg, I was taken aback.  But it is what it is.  Lots of folks thought it was cool.  And I don't hate it.  The other versions of Mercy still exist.  My job was just to design the character in a new, exciting way.  No control over the story.
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hornsofhattin Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013

Well, better design and performance than the Joker that's for sure.

 

I still don't know about Mercy though.  In some ways I wonder why they just didn't turn her to a cyborg to begin with or something if she was ever made to essentially hold her on against some superhero.  Well in any case, I won't lose a day's sleep over it unlike other changes I've seen of late.

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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Filmographer
The positive out of the negative is in the fact that these characters are still undergoing changes at all, and that the fans care about these changes, one way or the other.  This shows that these characters are still alive.  They matter.
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KaijuDuke Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Gorgeous design! I love how Young Justice remade Mercy into a cyborg, makes her that much more useful to Lex as her body guard, who knows what other tricks she may have up her sleeves besides that arm cannon she used once?
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marhawkman Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
I too loved seeing Mercy slug it out with Harley. I got kinda bummed that she apparently got electrocuted when Superman beat up that robot she was taped to.

One comic version of Mercy has superstrength derived from empowerment by the Greek gods.
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Troyodon Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You turned her into a robot? No offence man but isn't that a little insaulting to comic book history or the comic book continuity? Kind of like Brent Spiner's proformance as the joker.
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, I was a bit disappointed with Brent Spiner's Joker portrayal. I suppose we've all been spoiled by what Mark Hammill did.
As for Mercy, so far, all that has been revealed is that she has a weaponized cybernetic arm. This makes her a cyborg, not a robot.
Please keep in mind that the stories in YOUNG JUSTICE take place on an alternate Earth, so, much of what happens is not bound by the familiar continuity of the comic books. :)
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Troyodon Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually I'm okay if Hamill wasn't the joker at all but we could alteast get Kevin Michael Richardson or John Dimaggio.

Other than that, have you seen the joker I drew?
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KonfettiToss Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Perfectness! (I didn't make it up!)...the grey lipstick adds to it!
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xSouthStar Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Tess Mercer! xD
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IndestructibleHugo Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is great! but I'm always gonna miss that skimpy chauffeurs uniform she wore in Superman: the Animated Series. That dress was so insanely short I'm surprised is covered her bottom in all the action she got!
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, Bruce's original design was a definite inspiration. But, do you know, as short as I made her skirt here, there was some hesitation, and they almost made me lengthen it to mid-thigh?!
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IndestructibleHugo Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
That's a shame, the short dress suited her so well!
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I think this is short enough.
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MI-9000 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
why does luthor always get the cyborg body gaurds :)
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Da-Wabbit Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah I was surprised by the heavy artillery she has in her arms XD
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Velaad Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Gotta love Mercy. Awesome work here!
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violet-plude Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Artist
She looks awesome. I always love to see Mercy, and I like the sort of cold calculated edge you gave to her.
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
Coo and sexy work on her
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:iconjose-ramiro:
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Andro-Mercy.
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Or Mercybot.
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:iconjose-ramiro:
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Or Mercyborg.
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Or MercyDroid, Mecha-Mercy, Robo-Mercy, or The Mercinator.
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:iconjose-ramiro:
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh, so many good names.
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:iconenthaga:
Enthaga Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
T.T ComiCon.....(didn't get to go)
Great pic by the way CX
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:iconcrowforge:
Crowforge Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
Like the arm miss the (always on) hat, though it may be too off for the current show.
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, as I mentioned, I don't think this version of Mercy been established as Lex Luthor's chauffeur as well as his bodyguard. The driver's cap was not requested.
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Medallion2012 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such a love/hate attitude towards Mercy. lol
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DarkKnightJRK Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
So she just has a robot arm, or is she an actual robot on this show? I kinda thought this could be a reference to Paul Cornell's recent run on Action Comics, where one of his companions is a Lois Lane robot that can turn into an unstoppable killing machine, but I realize that they were probably working on this a bit before that story came out.

But either way--awesome. :D
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HatakeOnisuka Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Have Mercy!
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Lawd have mercy!

Or, in this case, Luthor has Mercy.
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rileylaurent Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Man, I always though Mercy was so cool. Couldn't understand why she hung around Lex though. :D
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:iconcrowforge:
Crowforge Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
The old show (iirc) explained that lex picked her up off the street and made her what she was, so she feels like she owes him just about everything.
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:iconrileylaurent:
rileylaurent Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
Good point. I just thought she was so much cooler though. ;-)
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Money.
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:iconrileylaurent:
rileylaurent Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Haha! I always figured she was getting something extra.
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StruggBuggStudios Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Very very lovely, buddy.
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charmedpiper12 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
When is CN gonna show new episodes again?
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gracie-is-a-pie Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Student General Artist
I thought she was so cool, in Episode 10. :D
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LooneyTunerIan Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Hero or villain?
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:iconking-of-losers:
King-of-Losers Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Nothing says "decided edge" like lethal robot arm.
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