Mera: Queen of Atlantis
By: Dan Abnett (Goodreads Author), Lan Medina (Illustrations)
Format/Source: Paperback; my brother’s purchase
From the pages of Aquaman comes a brand-new adventure starring Mera, in her own title for the first time ever!
Just in time for the Warner Bros. Aquaman feature film, featuring Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Amber Heard as Mera, comes a thrilling new look at Atlantis from Mera’s perspective in Mera: Queen of Atlantis!
As the brutal Atlantean Civil War rages, Mera must keep the peace between the surface world and Atlantis as its newly anointed queen in exile. But when Aquaman’s brother Orm, a.k.a. Ocean Master, learns of his homeland’s fate, he feels he must return to Atlantis as its king and savior! But Orm is now torn between his duty to Atlantis and his love for his new surface family–and both he and Mera will clash over the futures they choose to fight for!
From the critically acclaimed author Dan Abnett (Aquaman) and Eisner Award-winning artist Lan Medina (Fables), Atlantis gets a new ruler in Mera: Queen of Atlantis! Collects #1-6.
It’s been a while since I’ve read anything from DC, I think, so here we are. This was on queue for a while, my brother had picked it up (he’s the DC fan between us) and said he liked it enough. Contains some spoilers ahead!
The comic does a good job in catching up with the reader as to what is going on in Atlantis. I haven’t been following the Aquaman series since Geoff Johns’ run on the series (you can read my review of his comics in the DC tag) so the recap was much appreciated. Mera has a lot on her plate as she is declared Queen of Atlantis and Queen in Exile, so she’s trying to make sure the internal strife in Atlantis doesn’t spill over to the surface while dealing with her own struggles. It’s interesting given her role as an outsider of Atlantis, formerly charged to assassinate Arthur, so there’s a bit of politics and struggling with her past and her upbringing involved. I have to agree with my brother that as awesome and badass as it was that Mera had her standalone comic and that it showed her in all her awesomeness, her story is still very much tied to Aquaman; he’s never really far from her thoughts or from events unfolding throughout the comic.
Gah, Orm. It was interesting to see these different facets to him–Orm in love, Orm the family man, Orm and his duty to Atlantis–which was a bit of surprise given the crazy troubles he’s given Arthur in the past. And it was interesting to see him work with Mera but gah, of course right when he finally garners just enough sympathy from me he pulls his crazy old shit again. Of course. Not surprised, just disappointed (as the meme goes).
Overall Mera: Queen of Atlantis was an interesting read, exploring a bit more in Xebel society and Mera’s strength at dealing with the hand that was given to her. Sadly it seems this is just a one-shot volume since the last page says the story will conclude in the Aquaman series but otherwise I thought it was a solid solo outing for her. She is a badass through and through.