Mera
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.

Mera Details

TitleMera
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 11th, 2018
PublisherDC Comics
ISBN-139781401285302
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Dc Comics, Fiction

Mera Review

  • kristen bolash
    January 1, 1970
    i read this series issue by issue!as everyone knows, mera and aquaman are my absolute favorite heroes ever and all the way back in december 2017 when this was announced i was in tears! it felt like a long time coming for mera and considering some of the things i was going through around that time, this even being announced brought light to me. mera is a strong woman but this shows the loss of her powers. although she is weak physically, mentally she is as strong as ever. again, something i reall i read this series issue by issue!as everyone knows, mera and aquaman are my absolute favorite heroes ever and all the way back in december 2017 when this was announced i was in tears! it felt like a long time coming for mera and considering some of the things i was going through around that time, this even being announced brought light to me. mera is a strong woman but this shows the loss of her powers. although she is weak physically, mentally she is as strong as ever. again, something i really needed at the time as i was still recovering from back surgery in october ‘17.starting from issue 1 it goes right into the story. it does tie in with the aquaman ongoing rebirth series but i don’t think you’d have to read that to understand this. the characterization of orm, from the moment he appeared, is the best i’ve read in a long time. i especially liked the fact it shows his wife and child, it made him feel a little more relatable. there are some cool fight scenes in the early issues of him and mera as well. and tula is such a sweetheart i LOVE her 💙him and mera go on a venture to xebel — where mera is from. if you don’t know, she was a trained assassin to kill aquaman. going home is hard to her but something they both had to do. but i can’t say much more of what happens due to some major spoilers... especially considering the title of this book definitely comes into play.the storyline itself is flawless and i love the writing style of 3rd person. sometimes i wished we had mera or orm’s pov but for the most part it really gave the feel of watching a movie and those flowing sequences. the art really has a classic aquaman feel from new 52 and early rebirth issues, it could be the same artist but i don’t really keep up with that stuff.all in all, this was a comic that kept me entertained for 6 months, just counting the days for the next issue. mera will touch everyone’s hearts in this series and live up to full potential. even though i would love to see arthur in this, i surprisingly didn’t feel like this would be better with him. mera is essential to aquaman storylines after new 52 and i’m almost glad this didn’t feature aquaman as they’ve been together nearly every issue since new 52 #1 and i would think it would run a little drier than this has.i’ll be rereading this often and i hope to even buy the tpb 💓💖💗💘
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  • Wing Kee
    January 1, 1970
    Pretty much the same issues I had with Abnett’s Aquaman series.World: The art is okay, it’s solid, it’s not gorgeous but it’s definitely not ugly, it’s just okay. The world building here is solid, it’s the continuation of Mera’s story from the current Abnett Aquaman run (which is good, the stuff before Arthur lost his crown was terrible). The story plays out from Mera’s point of view and the pieces of the world we see are all about her so I like that about this arc. Story: The story is okay. I w Pretty much the same issues I had with Abnett’s Aquaman series.World: The art is okay, it’s solid, it’s not gorgeous but it’s definitely not ugly, it’s just okay. The world building here is solid, it’s the continuation of Mera’s story from the current Abnett Aquaman run (which is good, the stuff before Arthur lost his crown was terrible). The story plays out from Mera’s point of view and the pieces of the world we see are all about her so I like that about this arc. Story: The story is okay. I was expecting a lot more character driven plot points and also a strong female lead and message being the current world we live in but that’s not really what we get. I’ll talk about the character stuff below but the main plot with Xebel and Orm and the surface and sea is rather mediocre and has been done again and again. I was hoping that this story would make Mera stand alone as a character but in the end it’s the same old story that Arthur was going through with a different coat of paint. The pacing was okay and the tension and plot not very creative and expected. It’s pretty much what you expect from Abnett’s Aquaman run. It doesn’t stand out.Characters: Mera is a wonderful character and a strong female character that needs to stand out of the shadow of Arthur. I was hoping this book was book would do that, give Mera a voice all her own, a mission all her own and a story all her own. Nope, we get her pining over Arthur for issues on end and we get her doing things for her man. Yes she loves Arthur and their relationship is one of the strongest in DC but it doesn’t need to be the only thing to define her and it still does. Orm is written rather poorly, yes he’s stubborn but that’s about it, he can’t bend even though we are expected to believe he did before the events of this book and then he reverts back, it’s lazy plot driven character work and the story and readers deserve better. The stuff with Xebel is okay also but stays in the realm of expected characters to make the transparent plot work.I wanted this to be more for Mera but it’s not, it’s still the same for her and she still needs a book to make her stand on her own, cause she’s awesome.Onward to the next book!*read individual issues*
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsI love Mera.And as excited as I was to see her get her very own title, I was honestly hoping to love this more than I did. <--that's NOT to say it wasn't good! It was.It's a solid first outing for this character. Not mindblowing, but solid.The gist is that Mera (who has been named Queen in Exile) has to spend some time recovering on land, due to getting hit by some wonky magic that jacked up her ability to breathe & control water.Also, while it is temporary, it has made her a tad 3.5 starsI love Mera.And as excited as I was to see her get her very own title, I was honestly hoping to love this more than I did. <--that's NOT to say it wasn't good! It was.It's a solid first outing for this character. Not mindblowing, but solid.The gist is that Mera (who has been named Queen in Exile) has to spend some time recovering on land, due to getting hit by some wonky magic that jacked up her ability to breathe & control water.Also, while it is temporary, it has made her a tad vulnerable.Enter Orm in full-on Ocean Master garb, ready to defend Atlantis and take up the mantle as king again. Kinda? He's spent his exile falling in love with a single mom and her son.So, there's the potential that he might just want to help Mera and Arthur out and then go back to his life on the land.Riiiight. So, Mera & Orm decide to go Xebel and see if those guys will help Arthur fight off Rath and his nasty magic - because once he's done with Atlantis, he's eventually going to come for Xebel.And this is where shit goes sideways...I think this title will get better with time, but Abnett gave it a good start. I'm looking forward to more stories from the Little Badass Mermaid.
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  • James DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    Mera is def one of my fave DC heroes. She's not ONLY a badass warrior who is now queen, she's sexy too! If you haven't been keeping up with Aquaman, shit is not going well for the king. He was forced out of being the king and now is building an army to rise against the tyrant. Mera is being titled queen but first she must visit her people to get their approval. Orm returns, but he's a bit different than before. He met a woman and her kid and became a family. However, it's not as simple as that. Mera is def one of my fave DC heroes. She's not ONLY a badass warrior who is now queen, she's sexy too! If you haven't been keeping up with Aquaman, shit is not going well for the king. He was forced out of being the king and now is building an army to rise against the tyrant. Mera is being titled queen but first she must visit her people to get their approval. Orm returns, but he's a bit different than before. He met a woman and her kid and became a family. However, it's not as simple as that. He has a duty to his Kingdom and so him and Mera return together as a team but what awaits them? Good: Mera is pretty badass. This is a cool way to show her off, see her internal thoughts, and also display her powers in a cool way. I also thought the art was solid enough and the fights were pretty exciting. Bad: The plotting was typical, even down to the "one on one to prove who is who" thing. I also thought the Orm twist could have been better, and more interesting to go the other direction. This was a fun mini-series. You don't need to read aquaman to enjoy this. It won't blow you away but it's a enjoyable read with a great main lead. A 3 out of 5.
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  • Jessica (HighFantasyFanatic)
    January 1, 1970
    If I never see Orm again in an Aquaman comic it will be a good day! The art style was solid and the narrative was really gripping.
  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    [Read as single issues]With her powers compromised and her ability to breathe underwater failing, not to mention her partner trapped in a city that no longer tolerates him, the last thing Mera wants is to be confined to land. But a Queen in absentia is still a Queen, and she isn’t about to let Atlantis fall just because she can’t rule it, and she’s prepared to seek aid for her stolen city from the most unlikely of people, such as the warrior king of Xebel, and her future brother-in-law, Ocean Ma [Read as single issues]With her powers compromised and her ability to breathe underwater failing, not to mention her partner trapped in a city that no longer tolerates him, the last thing Mera wants is to be confined to land. But a Queen in absentia is still a Queen, and she isn’t about to let Atlantis fall just because she can’t rule it, and she’s prepared to seek aid for her stolen city from the most unlikely of people, such as the warrior king of Xebel, and her future brother-in-law, Ocean Master!You’ve got to hand it to DC – there aren’t many characters who have a supporting character so good that their B plot justifies an entire mini-series just for them. And yet here’s Mera: Queen Of Atlantis, which is essentially what Mera is up to while Aquaman’s dealing with Rath in the Underworld and The Crown Comes Down arcs of his own series. With a premise like that, you might expect this to be one of those mini-series that has enough plot for four issues and gets dragged out to six, but it’s actually pretty well done.Mera is a great protagonist, and oftentimes more interesting than Aquaman himself in their own book, so getting to stretch her legs here is a nice change, as is getting her own internal monologue and how she views not just her current situation but the broader landscape of Atlantis’s political climate and the lengths she’s willing to go to be a good Queen even though she never had any ambition to do so. The plot itself isn’t exactly Game Of Thrones level, but the twists and turns with Nereus and Xebel, as well as the struggles that Ocean Master goes through as he fights between his obligations to Atlantis and his new land-born relationships (a good bit of pre-Rebirth continuity I’m glad Abnett kept) keeps things interesting, and the ending, while obvious if you’ve read Aquaman at this point, is a realisation of everything that Abnett has set up for Mera and her compatriots across the six issues. Lan Medina is the artist for all six issues here, and he’s very similar to the early Aquaman artists like Scot Eaton and Phil Briones. It’s nice to get one consistent creative team across a six issue mini-series; it sounds like something you’d expect as standard, but it’s rarer than you’d think these days.Mera’s solo adventure is both a good companion piece to Dan Abnett’s current Aquaman run and a solid story in its own right that explores not just Mera but Ocean Master in ways that we likely wouldn’t have gotten the chance to if she had remained as a co-lead of the main title. While Mera is never overshadowed by her partner, it’s great to see her step out into the sun and lead a series of her own – if this is an experiment for DC, testing the waters as to how well a Mera series would go, I’d say they’ve got a pretty sure win on their hands.
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  • Alan
    January 1, 1970
    I've always found Mera a bit of a boring character. A lot of that can likely be blamed on the fact that the majority of comic book writers are men, and men have little idea of 1) how to write married/committed couples and 2) women.Its not that Abnett does a good job with Mera's characterization. She's pretty one-dimensional and on point (queen in exile, determined to retake throne to save Atlantis, etc.) Orm arguably come off at least as two dimensional, until the point where I would say Abnett I've always found Mera a bit of a boring character. A lot of that can likely be blamed on the fact that the majority of comic book writers are men, and men have little idea of 1) how to write married/committed couples and 2) women.Its not that Abnett does a good job with Mera's characterization. She's pretty one-dimensional and on point (queen in exile, determined to retake throne to save Atlantis, etc.) Orm arguably come off at least as two dimensional, until the point where I would say Abnett gets lazy and just has Orm revert to form.Because Orm has been living a calm, quiet life on the surface, That Orm was more interesting than the usual Ocean Master villain piece his story line ends up drowning in.I've not been reading the Aquaman title, but there are enough exposition dumps for me to figure out how this short fits into there. At least by the end of the series, I wasn't in my usual get her off the screen mode (now I guess I save that for Susan Storm Richards?)
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  • José
    January 1, 1970
    70/100.Me ha gustado bastante. Esto explica qué ha estado haciendo Mera durante los números de Aquaman en los que no ha estado presente. Bastante correcto en todos los sentidos. Me gusta mucho lo que Dan Abnett ha hecho con todo Aquaman desde que lo cogió.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent. Seriously, Dan Abnett's storytelling and his command of both Aquman and his world continue to impress me. It's truly remarkable. This volume focuses on Mera, as Queen in Exile, as she works to both heal from magical injury and to build up an army of her own to help Aquaman bring down the the tyrant king Rath. The answer? Team-up with a possibly reformed Ocean Master and return to Xebel (as a traitor princess, so no pressure, right?) to implore them to join forces to overthrow Rath, be Excellent. Seriously, Dan Abnett's storytelling and his command of both Aquman and his world continue to impress me. It's truly remarkable. This volume focuses on Mera, as Queen in Exile, as she works to both heal from magical injury and to build up an army of her own to help Aquaman bring down the the tyrant king Rath. The answer? Team-up with a possibly reformed Ocean Master and return to Xebel (as a traitor princess, so no pressure, right?) to implore them to join forces to overthrow Rath, because if they don't, all of Atlantis (and all of the world, probably) will be destroyed by Rath's tyranny and his careless use of ancient magic. Can we talk about high stakes?!?! Can we talk about action?!?! Can we talk about political manipulation?!?! Can we talk about the most complex story in comic books currently?!?!? (Or, at least, of all the current comic books I've read.) I can go on and on about this, but what I really enjoyed out of this graphic was Ocean Master. I really wanted him to be truly reformed. I love redemption stories. In the end, though, his ambition and his own twisted sense of duty stopped him from having the love and family he truly needed. A rather tragic ending for a character who, prior to this volume, I didn't really care about. I also liked how what he could have had--and should have had--paralleled what Mera truly wants with Arthur. The irony in the fact that he's willing to give up love for the throne--and that she wishes she cold give up the throne for love--really adds to, not only both of their characters' development, but also to the over all theme: that the best people to be in power are the ones who don't really want it. A poignant theme alongside a poignant plot populated by poignant characters. There's not much else you could want from a comic--or any story, for that matter. There's really only one problem with this graphic novel... the resolution of this Atlantean Civil War (Aquaman, Vol. 6) doesn't come out until tomorrow! Gah!
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  • tbemapo
    January 1, 1970
    Esta miniserie de Mera parece más centrada en Orm que en ella misma lo cual es decepcionante. Es decir, tenemos en total 6 números de los cuanles 5/6 se basaron en Mera actuando como la voz exterior a las conciencia de Orm, tratando de recordarle que tiene una vida con una hermosa familia. Además los únicos momentos que tuve de ella fueron cuando recordaba a Arthur, extrañándolo. Tuve que esperar hasta el último número para tener a Mera el 100% del número, lo cual es exasperante porque de supone Esta miniserie de Mera parece más centrada en Orm que en ella misma lo cual es decepcionante. Es decir, tenemos en total 6 números de los cuanles 5/6 se basaron en Mera actuando como la voz exterior a las conciencia de Orm, tratando de recordarle que tiene una vida con una hermosa familia. Además los únicos momentos que tuve de ella fueron cuando recordaba a Arthur, extrañándolo. Tuve que esperar hasta el último número para tener a Mera el 100% del número, lo cual es exasperante porque de supone que la miniserie es de Mera.
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  • William Meister
    January 1, 1970
    Top notch. One of the funnest things I've read in a while. I like to see Mera more involved in the DC universe. Orm also plays a significant role in this series, struggling between his love of family and his desire to be king again. Great writing and art all around.
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  • ellis
    January 1, 1970
    bad: weird third person narration and a squicky forced-marriage plot point. otherwise good! mera kickin' a and taking names. art was decent, and consistent, without wonky proportions or anything.
  • Tim
    January 1, 1970
    Nowhere near as good as I was hoping. Too much Game of Thrones for my taste.
  • Denise Morse
    January 1, 1970
    Another great one! Book club is going to be amazing in January
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