Mera is teenage royalty, heir to the throne of Xebel, the other not-so-lost colony under the sea. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown, that of Atlantis. When the inhabitants of Xebel plot to overthrow their homeland of Atlantis, Mera is sent to kill the heir to the throne, Arthur Curry.
As the unrest between their colonies grows, Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love…will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera’s side in Atlantis, or will he die under her blade?
Previously reviewed: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Genre: Graphic Novel
Review: I have no comparison for how this graphic novel rates as a new origin story. This is the first introduction to Mera and Aquaman (beyond a film trailer) I’ve had. As such I don’t feel I can review the how authentic the characters are to the original, but I do think that seeing how a new reader rates a much loved character is also an indication to how accessible the story is.
So where does Mera Tidebreaker stand? The art-style was the first hook for me. It has strong bold lines, Mere’s hair stands out as its the only colour as such (red obviously) beyond the shades of teal. The characters didn’t look like teenagers to me (Arthur is 16) but I’ve seen other comic styles who match this in bookshops.
Story wise I think having had some knowledge of the source material would probably have helped, perticularly in the beginning. The history of the Atlanteans rule over Xebel is crammed in. Mera’s teacher and best friend feature but I felt like both were but in because they are established characters so had to be there, as a new reader I didn’t get to know them at all.
I liked Mera. While the pacing of her meeting Arthur, falling for him and then standing up to everyone for him is quick (I think its 3-4 days) you do follow her reasons and the groundwork for her choosing this path is laid early on.
Mera Tidebreaker was an enjoyable read. After a few pages I was in the world and some of the art panels really stood out. As a newbie introduction I do think this graphic novel works. I do wish it was longer so the story could have been fleshed out and there was more to enjoy.