From Danielle Paige, the New York Times best-selling author of Stealing Snow, comes a Mera and Aquaman origin story that explores Mera's first steps on land as well as her first steps as a hero or a villain, 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?
Mera by Danielle Paige is an astonishing story that explores themes of duty, love, heroism and freedom, all through the eyes of readers' favorite undersea royalty.
I picked up a copy of this at the midwinter meeting of ALA and I wanted to dive right in to see what DC was putting out comic wise when using the writing styles of YA authors.
I have to say the artwork in this was very beautiful, the color palette really made you feel as if you were in the water with Mera. The story that Danielle Paige first presented really worked for me. It seemed Mera had something to prove and she was willing to go anywhere she had to in order to make that happen. I felt sorry for the situation she was in and I wanted more for her.
Ultimately, the first half of this graphic novel was pretty great. I felt that it got lost a little along the way. Mera meets people on land that really change the direction the story went in. I also jus did not care for the way Mera acted when she was on land. There were a few scenes that are even a little confusing near the end that I didn’t really understand.
Overall, this was fun but not something I would reach for again or continue reading. I did love the art though!