Published Date: April 2, 2019
Publisher: DC Ink
Stars: 4 out 5
Mera and Aquaman origin story that explores Mera’s first steps on land as well as her first steps ad a hero or villian, forcing her to choose to follow her heart or her mission to kill.
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?
***Recieved this e-Arc from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***
Growing up as kid, I knew about Aquaman but not mention about Mera, so I was interested in reading the graphic novel about her and Aquaman origins. I was excited to get the opportunity from the publisher to read and review the story.
First I have to say that the artwork in graphic novel was stunning. The look of pages made it easy to read and follow along with the story.
The graphic novel did give a good backstory of Mera and told her story on why she wanted to be seen as a strong warrior and independent person that would be worthy to rule the kingdom when the time came. She wanted to prove that she could and was as strong warrior like her mother was. Also she wanted to prove to her father that he could depend on her to take the lead and action when call upon and she didn’t need to depend upon anyone. Her character was intriguing, very immature and headstrong, but she also show a softer side who was concern on making the right decision.
I do have a couple complaints about the story.
First, there wasn’t any backstory on why the Xebel and Atlantis were at war with each other and there were the no explanation on why it all happened. It would have been nice to have brief backstory on why killing Authur was important.
Second, I did not enjoy the instalove. I don’t believe it was necessary for Mera and Authur to fall in love in such a short time period. I think the story could have just had them become friends who need to get to know and understand each before it led into instalove.
Overall, I gave the graphic novel 4 out 5 stars.
If you read the graphic novel, what did you think of it? What did you like or dislike about it?