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"Princess Mera is teenage royalty and heir to the throne of Xebel, a penal colony ruled by the other not-so-lost land under the sea, Atlantis. Her father, his court and the entire kingdom are expecting her to marry and introduce a new king, but Mera is destined to wear a different crown. When the Xebellian military plots to overthrow Atlantis and break free of its oppressive regime, Mera seizes the opportunity to take control over her own destiny by assassinating Arthur Curry--the long-lost prince and heir to the kingdom of Atlantis. But her mission gets sidetracked when Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love. Will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera's side, or will he die under her blade as she attempts to free her people from persecution?"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : DC Ink, [2019]
ISBN: 9781401283391
Characteristics: 208 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Tidebreaker
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Nov 28, 2019

For those that don’t know, this is the first book in DC Comics ‘DC Ink’ imprint. These are one-shot stories that are intended to present traditional DC Universe characters to young adult readers with a world-class line-up of best selling authors at the helm.

I have to say the writing was pretty good in this one but it did feel a little jumpy at times where there seemed to be a narrative developing that draws you in and all of a sudden there’s a quick switch to another scene or the current one just suddenly cuts out. This is also true of some of the lackluster action sequences in the book as well and I agree with other reviewers that the ending seemed rushed.

The romance between the teen characters feels a little too Vampire Diaries at times, so you’re continually reminded that this is aimed at younger audiences, even though in the foreword the author, Danielle Paige, hopes this work will help 14 or 80 year old’s “find their superpowers.” There's a subplot about murder and it too is handled in a very casual Vampire Dairies kind of way and in my humble opinion and it doesn't mix very well with the romance. I felt the story would have benefited from the author focusing more on one plot or the other and not trying to do both which may have resulted in her not being able to fully develop or resolve either plot really well. Still, I can appreciate the fresh take on old DC characters and, as many of you probably guessed, Arthur Curry shows up in this one too but he felt like a fresh new character updated for the times and I almost forgot I knew pretty much everything there is to know about this guy (which is a good thing).

The art was pretty good and fairly consistent throughout and had a crisp animation style feel to it. This makes complete sense when you get to the back of the book and learn that the artist, Stephen Byrne, studied at the Irish School of Animation.

Overall this is a good first outing for a new DC label and after my disappointment with DC’s first offering from their Black Label imprint (Batman Dammed), I’m looking forward to seeing what DC Ink will have to offer in future books. Give this one a try as it’s certifiably fresh!

VaughanPLAlison Jul 29, 2019

An enjoyable read and always great to see a character like Mera get some face time. My main complaints are that the dialogue came across as really awkward and the ending seemed overly rushed. Overall though, worth a read.

Jun 24, 2019

A great comic! The heroine is spunky bad ass and feminine! Perfect combination in my opinion. Cute spin on the little mermaid story, definitely needs a sequel!

OPL_KrisC Apr 27, 2019

An action-packed story about warrior princess, Mera.

Apr 08, 2019

Paige’s story should expand Mera’s fandom among teens.


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Apr 22, 2019

After seeing Mera in the recently released movie from this ocean world, this graphic novel enhanced my appreciation of the bravery and initiative of this DC character, who previously knew very little about. This storyline is different from the movie, but this will not surprise those who are familiar with the difference of stories in print and movie adaptations. . Mera’s attempts to fit into human society was hilarious and mellowed out the instances when she was thinking about her darkish plan to gain the marine throne. I liked the inclusion of supportive female friends from her ocean life as well as the contrast between Arthur, future Aquaman, and her manipulative suitor, Larken. Not surprising, Byrne’s marine scenes were my favorite with their delightful colors, contrast, and featured animals. I also loved the contrast of Mera’s well-known red hair against the mostly muted colors of each panel. Paige’s story should expand Mera’s fandom among teens.

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Nov 28, 2019

"I don't want to be apart from you. Wherever you go, I want to go." - A Clingy Arthur Curry


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