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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Mera: Tidebreaker

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    This was really good for what it was. Having said that, this is geared toward the 9-19 ish audience, so don't pick this up and expect it to be another Mera: Queen of Atlantis. Tidebreaker is part of DC Ink -which is their new label of young adult graphic novels. And I personally think that's a FANTASTIC idea. I mean, weren't comics originally for kids? Speaking as a parent, it has been somewhat difficult to find anything age appropriate for mine, especially when they were younger. And I'll let t This was really good for what it was. Having said that, this is geared toward the 9-19 ish audience, so don't pick this up and expect it to be another Mera: Queen of Atlantis. Tidebreaker is part of DC Ink -which is their new label of young adult graphic novels. And I personally think that's a FANTASTIC idea. I mean, weren't comics originally for kids? Speaking as a parent, it has been somewhat difficult to find anything age appropriate for mine, especially when they were younger. And I'll let them read ANYTHING. But the stories were all about old people and their old people issues. 11 year old kids don't give a shit that Green Lantern is dealing with some existential crisis or that Iron Man drinks too much booze. They need something a little less depressing and a little more relatable to their current situation. You know, getting grounded by (super unfair!) parents who just can't possibly understand how difficult it is to be a tween or teen. Or...maybe even that awkward first experience with love? Ok, Mera and Arthur have been one of those fan-favorite couples at DC for as long as I can remember. And especially in recent years, they've sort of exuded that gold standard of love that's hard to beat. They work through their problems, back each other up, and avoid the petty trust issues that plague the rest of the couples around them. Tidebreaker tells (a version of) how they met. As an adult reader, I thought this had some weird and abrupt endings to certain scenes and conversations that took away a bit of the enjoyment for me. It probably won't bother a kid as much that two countries were at war, and then they simply decided not to...because these two kids had a hissy fit and held hands. *rolls eyes - giggles* There were a few times that I felt that the story was a bit too 'youthful' for me, but I also understand that I'm not the target audience for this thing and sometimes simplifying the plot is the better part of wisdom in this genre. The gist is that Mera is an angry young princess who wants to make a difference for her country and break away from an arranged marriage with a childhood friend. So, when she sees an opportunity to prove herself to her father by sneaking off and killing the heir to the Atlantian throne by herself, she decides to go for it. And we all know how that ended up working out... I think DC is going in the right direction with this stuff, and on the whole, it was really good. Recommended!

  2. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    I should preface this review by saying, at the time of writing this review (January 2019), I've yet to see the new Aquaman film and I have no familiarity with these characters and storyline. I don’t know if that made me more or less likely to enjoy this standing on its own, but I thought it was a pretty fun story regardless. Mera is a fairly stereotypical, run-of-the-mill superhero/princess type, and there’s really nothing about this story or these characters that stands out as original, unique, I should preface this review by saying, at the time of writing this review (January 2019), I've yet to see the new Aquaman film and I have no familiarity with these characters and storyline. I don’t know if that made me more or less likely to enjoy this standing on its own, but I thought it was a pretty fun story regardless. Mera is a fairly stereotypical, run-of-the-mill superhero/princess type, and there’s really nothing about this story or these characters that stands out as original, unique, or creative, but despite all of that, it’s a likeable (if predictable) plotline with really stunning artwork. If you’re looking for something to blow you away, I doubt it’ll be Mera: Tidebreaker, but if you’re just looking for a good time with some action and a cool oceanic setting, she’s your girl. Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This was not my jam. I've never really been a huge fan of super hero comics, but I wanted to give this one a shot because I thought that reading a YA super hero story might work better for me, but.. it clearly didn't, lol. If you like super hero stories, you might enjoy this more than I did, but I personally will not be carrying on with the series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    kristen b ♡

    wow... i am amazed at how disappointed i am in this. mera is my favorite dc hero along with arthur and this is really embarrassing. i cant believe i’ve waited since february 2018 for THIS. — SPOILERS!! — listen, i’m kinda bad at bad reviews and explaining WHY it is bad, but because i love these characters so much just trust me... it’s BAD. this book makes absolutely no sense, yes the origin is semi correct but mera and arthur has zero chemistry. they go from strangers to her sleeping in his room wow... i am amazed at how disappointed i am in this. mera is my favorite dc hero along with arthur and this is really embarrassing. i cant believe i’ve waited since february 2018 for THIS. — SPOILERS!! — listen, i’m kinda bad at bad reviews and explaining WHY it is bad, but because i love these characters so much just trust me... it’s BAD. this book makes absolutely no sense, yes the origin is semi correct but mera and arthur has zero chemistry. they go from strangers to her sleeping in his room in one page. mera is a lot smarter than that and although arthur is a good guy... he’s literally her enemy at this point and she’s already sleeping in his house. two days later they’re confessing their love for each other?? what is that trying to portray? but then mera’s future husband comes and gets into an argument with her because he wants to kill arthur instead of having her do it. arthur finds out he is atlantean and he and mera get into a huge argument. he even drags his dad into their argument. but one page later they all make up and his dad gives mera atlanna’s trident just because she decided to not kill arthur. mera and arthur also like each other again at this point. sometimes i don’t mind a fast pace love story but this is completely random, especially considering the chemistry arthur and mera have in the actual comic books. there is literally no characterization or character development in this. yeah i read it in an hour and how much can there be in a comic that fast?? a lot more than this! the only time mera and arthur even have a heart to heart talk is when he asks if she is running from her dad because he abuses her, she tells him no and he tells her she can be both a warrior and a princess. there is nothing in this that would make them fall in love with each other, friends at the end maybe. this story was also super cliche in the ‘i’m a warrior for my country, i’m a princess and i don’t like who my dad is making me marry’ tropes. PLEASE end them! it was supposed to be empowering to hear mera say she doesn’t want to marry this guy but truthfully it was like the nineteenth time i’ve read a character like this. comic mera would’ve just killed the guy back in her xebel days. also it is really supposed to be a big deal mera is in love with an atlantean, instead atlanna and ryus just decide ‘oh well’ out of literally nowhere??? uM a xebellian is not supposed to even associate with an atlantean! there was a fight scene supposed to happen when xebel’s army comes to amnesty but that’s when atlanna and ryus shrug everything off. also, mera puts herself out there as a warrior and in this entire book there are ZERO scenes of her doing anything of the sort. absolutely NONE. like... when her friend tells her she won’t kill someone it’s not that hard to believe because mera literally does nothing in this that would make her a warrior other than one panel of her training with her mom and carrying around a knife when she first meets arthur. if mera was a cold assassin she would have killed arthur if she truly wanted to. mera isn’t wishy-washy. the only thing i liked was the little story of mera’s mom. i liked that they included her mom and had her as mera’s role model. her relationship with her dad was also pretty accurate. even the artwork was just okay. just wish mera and arthur weren’t done so dirty in this. if you want some good mera check out queen of atlantis. if danielle page wanted to have mera as a warrior but include arthur maybe she could’ve made this into her working for atlantis alongside arthur.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Scott S.

    3.5 stars The scant bit I've heard / read is that DC's newest and latest format is a young adult novel crossed with a comic book - a true 'graphic novel.' Based on their Mera: Tidebreaker it seems like a good idea. The Romeo & Juliet-esque storyline - teenagers Mera and Arthur (later to be known as Aquaman) are from opposing undersea kingdoms, and the ruling families have long been at odds with each other - may not be the most original, but that's fine because new and fresh life can usually be 3.5 stars The scant bit I've heard / read is that DC's newest and latest format is a young adult novel crossed with a comic book - a true 'graphic novel.' Based on their Mera: Tidebreaker it seems like a good idea. The Romeo & Juliet-esque storyline - teenagers Mera and Arthur (later to be known as Aquaman) are from opposing undersea kingdoms, and the ruling families have long been at odds with each other - may not be the most original, but that's fine because new and fresh life can usually be injected into a familiar plot. The two main characters fall into that 'not exactly kids, but not quite full-fledged adults' category as they try to live and succeed in life on their own terms, but also while pleasing their parents. (Mara is also a good lead character - resilient, open-minded and occasionally shrewd.) Much drama, a little action, and some romance - I think tweens and teens will enjoy this story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    This is part of DC's initiative to have YA authors write graphic novels aspart of the DC Ink imprint. This is very much a YA approach to Mera's origin. The basics are all there. Mera is still from Xebel and can control water. She's been sent to kill Arthur. Now there's something of a love triangle and some angst with her father built in. But in a very YA way, she falls in love with Arthur over the course of 2 days. Personally I think they could have just left that part out and just have her real This is part of DC's initiative to have YA authors write graphic novels aspart of the DC Ink imprint. This is very much a YA approach to Mera's origin. The basics are all there. Mera is still from Xebel and can control water. She's been sent to kill Arthur. Now there's something of a love triangle and some angst with her father built in. But in a very YA way, she falls in love with Arthur over the course of 2 days. Personally I think they could have just left that part out and just have her realize he's a good person and decide not to murder him without bringing in the romantic angle, saving that for a future book. The star here is really the art. I love Stephen Byrne's crisp clean lines and muted sea foam coloring. It's absolutely gorgeous with the only pop of color being Mera's hair. My only complaint would be why did they change Arthur's hair color. Aquaman has always been blond except for Jason Mamoa and the Arthur depicted here looks nothing like Mamoa. If the whole goal is to get new generations interested in comics, wouldn't you want to make your characters as familiar as possible?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Calista

    I enjoy the Characters of Mera a lot so it's nice to have a title about her here. It's different than other origins I've seen of her. She is a typical smart, self-assured teenager. I didn't care much for the washed out artwork. I missed all the colors. It wasn't bad, but it all looked faded to me. The story was good though. This is from the young adult imprint at DC so it's for a little younger and softer audience. Mera is a Xebel princess and Xebelians hate Atlantians. They found out that Arthur I enjoy the Characters of Mera a lot so it's nice to have a title about her here. It's different than other origins I've seen of her. She is a typical smart, self-assured teenager. I didn't care much for the washed out artwork. I missed all the colors. It wasn't bad, but it all looked faded to me. The story was good though. This is from the young adult imprint at DC so it's for a little younger and softer audience. Mera is a Xebel princess and Xebelians hate Atlantians. They found out that Arthur is the heir to the throne and Mera sets out to kill him. Only one problem, she falls for him and can't assassinate him. It's an interesting story an it would be more interesting if there was a series of this book and character. Just be sure an use more color in it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Elend Wolf

    I wasn't planning on reading an Aquaman comic, even though this is about Mera and not exactly Aquaman, but I got intrigued by the cover and the art and, well, here you have me. I don't know what to think about it and I certainly don't have any expectations or hopes for it aside of just enjoying my time reading it and distracting myself from my more heavy reading. Let's see how I like this, shall we?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)

    ~*Follow all my reviews over on my blog, The Bent Bookworm!*~ Confession: this was the reviewer version of a cover-buy. I know absolutely nothing about Mera, or Aquaman, or the DC version of Atlantis. I requested a review copy because I saw it on NetGalley and went, "Ooooh a red-haired girl with a trident!" Then I read it, and it said Atlantis, and I still thought maybe it had something to do with Greek gods because of the trident. So sue me. I STILL ENJOYED IT! So I am living, breathing proof t ~*Follow all my reviews over on my blog, The Bent Bookworm!*~ Confession: this was the reviewer version of a cover-buy. I know absolutely nothing about Mera, or Aquaman, or the DC version of Atlantis. I requested a review copy because I saw it on NetGalley and went, "Ooooh a red-haired girl with a trident!" Then I read it, and it said Atlantis, and I still thought maybe it had something to do with Greek gods because of the trident. So sue me. I STILL ENJOYED IT! So I am living, breathing proof that you don't have to have back story to enjoy this graphic novel. Mera: Tidebreaker is an origin story for Mera, but even without knowing her future (I didn't, I only looked it up after I finished this book) I thoroughly enjoyed the story, mainly for the stunning artwork. It has a brighter look and feel to it than a lot of the graphic novels I've picked up and it made it much easier to read and very engaging. Mera is such an intriguing character - immature, headstrong, but with ability and heart - and a TON of potential. Then there is the ongoing battle between Atlantis and Xebel, with SO MUCH there that wasn't explained - I'm guessing because it is explained in the actual comics. And Arthur - I'm very interested in his back story, like how did his parents ever meet and why did he grow up as he did? My one complaint with this story was the instalove. SO MUCH INSTALOVE. Why?!? I feel like even a teenage girl of Mera's character and inclinations wouldn't just suddenly -poof- fall in love with a boy just because he was nice to her. It seemed so off for her, so strange and jarring...maybe there is something there that I'm missing due to my lack of knowledge about the rest of their story, but I just really felt like that didn't belong. Why does she have to end up paired up right now? Why not just assume that happens later, but that they MEET right now? Regardless of that, 4/5 stars for beautiful artwork and engaging story. Blog | Twitter | Bloglovin | Instagram |

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sophie (Blame Chocolate)

    Disclaimer: I'm not familiar with the DC character or her story so this review will be solely about Paige's work. 3.5 stars I don't know what I expecting exactly but I was excited about this one. I kept hearing about how Mera was such a cool counterpart to Aquaman and a solid love interest but I wanted to see how she would fare as the heroine of her own story, and that I believe was Paige's intention as well, taking from her foreword. Mera: Tidebreaker was a fast read. A bit too rushed in parts, an Disclaimer: I'm not familiar with the DC character or her story so this review will be solely about Paige's work. 3.5 stars I don't know what I expecting exactly but I was excited about this one. I kept hearing about how Mera was such a cool counterpart to Aquaman and a solid love interest but I wanted to see how she would fare as the heroine of her own story, and that I believe was Paige's intention as well, taking from her foreword. Mera: Tidebreaker was a fast read. A bit too rushed in parts, and not as developed as I would have liked but I think it worked well enough for its target audience, which is pre-teens. For an older audience (like me) it feels a bit too green. A bit too overdone. A bit too tame. But I don't know if that was done on purpose or if the author really is still learning how to navigate the waters (no pun intented) as this is my first book of hers. The writing itself was decent; nothing extraordinary but nothing obscene either. Again, it felt tweeny and that's okay. In terms of world building and complexity it didn't hit the right notes with me, which again is fine because I'm not its target audience. Nevertheless, it made me feel incredibly cosy, and made me care about the characters in a very short period of time. Mera came across as a force to be reckoned with, though still incredibly human and not without her faults. Her values were so contradictory, which made it easy to emphatise with her and her struggle to find her place in the world while at the same time try to appease her father's (and the realm's) wishes and keep true to herself. As you can probably guess, it was not easy or even doable. And in the end, she had to make a choice. Arthur was fine. He was very likeable, a bit too much at times, and Mera herself commented on it frequently. It was unnerving how much of a good person he could be, but I started to warm up to him soon enough. I think the real problem was there was not enough time spent exploring his own inner conflict; the focus remained almost exclusively on Mera, and while that makes sense considering the story IS about her, it would have been nice to give Arthur a bit more of a personality and layers. He felt a bit too unidimensional at times. Everyone else was all right. Again, I didn't get enough time with them to get to know them, but I didn't feel anything negative towards them in the end. There were, for the most part, great supporting characters. The art was lovely - the first thing that made me want to pick this up, really. Bryne was careful to shape the characters to look like teenagers, but added a bit of maturity to them that set them apart from real people. In short, made them feel like superheroes, or at least like what we're used to seeing in comic books. Which I liked. I'm a bit sick of heroes and heroines being drawn too curvaceously or with unrealistic proportions, which in this graphic novel didn't happen. Not only because it would make teenagers too sexy for anyone's comfort, but because it is aimed at a younger crowd so it makes sense. Either way, it felt refreshing. The colouring was amazing and looked wonderful in the underwater settings. As a whole, I found Mera: Tidebreaker a real breeze to read. It was entertaining and kept my attention throughout, even if I felt like I'd read similar stories before. It's one of those tales you never really mind revisiting. Sure, "misunderstood princess trying to prove her worth to her father and getting into mischief along the way while also learning many important lessons" may sound a bit cliché at this point, but I didn't much mind it. I really liked the ending as it wasn't predictable and fit the characters and situation at hand perfectly. It's sort of an open one, which I oftentimes despise, but here didn't bother me in the least. This graphic novel really helped with my reading slump as well, which I suspected it would, and that to me is what I'm most happy about. I'm curious about trying out the other DC Ink books, especially Raven. Not because of Kami Garcia (whose writing I find nothing special) but because of Gabriel Picolo's fabulous artwork. 3.5 stars

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    Mera: Tidebreaker is a YA graphic novel that offers up the origin stories of DC characters Mera and Aquaman. Xebel princess Mera is tired of living under Atlantean rule and under the watchful eye of her father.  The King wants nothing more than to protect his daughter and see her marry her childhood friend Larken who can rule Xebel and protect Mera. The King gives Larken orders to find the lost Atlantean prince Arthur and bring back his head.  When Mera overhears this, she decides she's going to f Mera: Tidebreaker is a YA graphic novel that offers up the origin stories of DC characters Mera and Aquaman. Xebel princess Mera is tired of living under Atlantean rule and under the watchful eye of her father.  The King wants nothing more than to protect his daughter and see her marry her childhood friend Larken who can rule Xebel and protect Mera. The King gives Larken orders to find the lost Atlantean prince Arthur and bring back his head.  When Mera overhears this, she decides she's going to find the prince herself and earn her right to the throne. When Mera reaches land she makes immediate contact with Arthur. She's too weak from surfacing on land to kill him but he's kind enough to bring her back to his home to recover, no questions asked. Once she regains her strength, Mera puts off killing Arthur because he's so... well, nice. It's obvious he has no idea that he is heir to the throne of an underwater kingdom.  The war between Xebel and Atlantis has nothing to do with Arthur. Mera struggles with her determination to rule Xebel and overthrow Atlantis and laments the fate of the innocent Arthur. If Arthur learns who he truly is, can the two change the fate of their kingdoms? This read more like a middle grade graphic novel than YA for me. If this is meant to be an introduction for young readers to the characters Mera and Aquaman, I think it should've given some back story on why the kingdoms of Xebel and Atlantis are at war. Also, it is not explained beforehand that the prince of Atlantis is in hiding and doesn't even know who he truly is.  It seemed like Mera left the ocean and chose the first Arthur she happened to meet. Annnnnd... the instalove.  I know this is YA and because it's a graphic novel the plot is more brief but I'm so tired of characters falling in love after two days and the love becoming the main focus. Although there are plot holes or what feel like plots holes because of vague or missing explanations, the story still started strong:  Mera wants to rule her kingdom and be a strong warrior like her mother was and she isn't going to stand by and let other people decide her future. When she takes her future into her own hands, she immediately falls in love and all those fierce beliefs take a back seat to Arthur, causing the story to suffer and the ending to be anticlimactic. Overall, this was a decent graphic novel that targets middle grade/YA readers to introduce the characters Mera and Arthur (who will later become Aquaman).  I would've appreciated more of the story and a much stronger conclusion but this will appeal to young readers interested in the DC Universe. Thanks to DC Ink and NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for my honest review.  Mera: Tidebreaker was released April 2, 2019.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    For a YA book, it’s fairly meh. For a comic book, it’s fairly meh. World: The art is solid, the characters are very emotive and the style is very appealing for the eyes. However there is a lack of detail and sense of motion in the book and that does make the art start to feel dull by the end when all the stakes are high. I also don’t like that Arthur is not blonde, I don’t understand that design choice, it makes no sense. The world building here is okay, it does follow the comic book with the rel For a YA book, it’s fairly meh. For a comic book, it’s fairly meh. World: The art is solid, the characters are very emotive and the style is very appealing for the eyes. However there is a lack of detail and sense of motion in the book and that does make the art start to feel dull by the end when all the stakes are high. I also don’t like that Arthur is not blonde, I don’t understand that design choice, it makes no sense. The world building here is okay, it does follow the comic book with the relationships between Atlantis and Xebel the way they are and also the relationship between Arthur and the surface world, the pieces are there and the ideas are basic. However, the new pieces created here feel a bit out of place with the Trench and how they are not creatures, it feels tacked on and they could have used any other of the other 7 kingdoms for this but they chose to Trench. Story: The story is very YA, the writing is very fractured and the dialog is very surface and stunted. I read YA so I can say that this is not a good YA melodrama, it’s janky and choppy and the scene transitions are clearly written by someone who has not written a comic book script before cause the art and the words feels independent with each other with little communication. I love melodrama but here the melodrama is over the top, basic and the emotions are unearned. This feels like a middle grade school level book more than a YA book. The relationships I’ll get to down below but the story, the political mechanics of it, the drive of the story and the backbone of it barely make any sense and there is little to know world building context to give readers a sense of weight to the story, the story is distant, fractured and floaty. Characters: Mera and Arthur are not fully fleshed out and mere archetypes of what a YA couple should be, they even have an other girlfriend that Arthur is with and when he dumbs her conveniently it makes this pair more unrelatable and also problematic. The dialog is really heavy handed and the relationships feels forced and unwarranted. Actually all the relationships feel unwarranted but the Trench prince is at the same time better written but also inconsistent. The politics and the relationships don’t really work also with very little time between characters and depths that the book hints at that are unearned. I really wanted to like this book, but I’ve read enough YA romances and comics books to know when it’s not written all that well, the art and the script feels separate, the pacing is janky and the plot choppy. Disappointed. Onward to the next book!

  13. 4 out of 5

    B.A. Wilson

    I absolutely love graphic novels, but ultimately, this one was disappointing. It has an uncomfortable or confusing start that is hard to settle into, followed by a storyline that is at first convoluted, and then so simplistic that it is boring and completely predictable. For a medium that should be perfect for showing, there is so much telling in this story. I got tired of looking at flat scenes, while reading endlessly long bubbles explaining the story and backstory and how everyone was feeling I absolutely love graphic novels, but ultimately, this one was disappointing. It has an uncomfortable or confusing start that is hard to settle into, followed by a storyline that is at first convoluted, and then so simplistic that it is boring and completely predictable. For a medium that should be perfect for showing, there is so much telling in this story. I got tired of looking at flat scenes, while reading endlessly long bubbles explaining the story and backstory and how everyone was feeling. For goodness sake, just show me something worth caring about. Anytime there was an action scene, which was rare, it was rarely clear what exactly was going on in the scene, based on the artwork, which I also found frustrating. Don’t expect to get attached to any exciting side characters, as they are all undeveloped and feel one dimensional. They just seem to be there as tools for the main characters to talk at. At first, I thought the artwork had a dramatic and moody feel about it, which was great. Then I realized that the orange hair and lipstick for the MC was necessary because the artwork is so inconsistent from panel to panel. None of her features remain set throughout the novel. In one moment she has a bulbous nose. Then it is pointy. Then it is upturned. Then it is downturned. None of her basic features are drawn consistently, especially not the shape of her face, which varies widely throughout panels. I thought the hair and lipstick was there to make her stand out, but it turns out it was a necessary tool to identify her, since she continually looks like a different person. As for the instalove, which I’m totally good with when it is done well, or is followed up by emotions that feel real, this was absolutely unconvincing and boring to boot. It almost became preachy, and I had to force myself through some of the scenes which were tedious and repetitive and just wouldn’t end. Then there is the actual ending of this meandering story, which is completely anticlimactic and full of blah, so don’t expect to feel satisfied when you close the novel. I do thank Netgalley for allowing me to read this novel in advance, but overall, I think graphic novel and superhero fans should pass on this one, as there are far better options. Book 25 read in 2019 Pages: 192

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rian *fire and books*

    I feel like if you like superhero stories, this is for you. As a casual movie watcher? Who walked away from Aquaman thinking it was just okay? Yeah. This book is meh. I can’t really say what it was that bored me. I was just bored. I do think there’s a story there but it’s one I didn’t connect to. I do like the art style and mostly monochromatic coloring. So, it’s a 2.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lost in Book Land

    I recently finished Mera: Tidebreaker which was given to me as an ebook ARC which is a graphic novel about Mera and Aquaman’s start. SPOILERS AHEAD In this graphic novel, we follow Mera a Xebellian girl who is the daughter of the Xebellian king and set to marry the other future leader. However, Mera has a mind of her own. She wants to be the one to save her people, not her future husband and to so she will have to go on a secret mission on land and kill Aruther. Mera begins this journey with a roc I recently finished Mera: Tidebreaker which was given to me as an ebook ARC which is a graphic novel about Mera and Aquaman’s start. SPOILERS AHEAD In this graphic novel, we follow Mera a Xebellian girl who is the daughter of the Xebellian king and set to marry the other future leader. However, Mera has a mind of her own. She wants to be the one to save her people, not her future husband and to so she will have to go on a secret mission on land and kill Aruther. Mera begins this journey with a rocky start (having to be rescued and needing to spend days waiting for her powers to come back to her). In this time she starts to have feelings for Arthur and she realizes he doesn’t know who he really is. During this time Mera’s betrothed shows up and gives her an ultimatum, she now only has a small amount of time to kill Arthur or he will. However, Mera does not think she can do it but that could start a war or cause more problems for her people? Can Mera do it? Overall, I enjoyed the story however, it was not as fulfilling as I wanted it to be. I wanted more from this story and maybe more is coming in another issue and I am just not being patient enough. This was my first encounter with both Mera and Aquaman so I was fresh to their world and I think that was an advantage. The other thing about this graphic novel that I really loved was the art style was amazing and the colors always made me want to keep looking at certain panels. I gave this three stars on Goodreads.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Diz

    This graphic novel for young adult readers focuses on Mera as a young woman who has to make some tough decisions. It's about opening your heart up to new possibilities rather than adopting the prejudices of those around you. There's a strong focus on the romance between Mera and Arthur. The art is crisp and clean and in most cases it is very pleasing to look at. There are two or three times when the art lets the story down though. For example, at the beginning of the story, Mera decides to secre This graphic novel for young adult readers focuses on Mera as a young woman who has to make some tough decisions. It's about opening your heart up to new possibilities rather than adopting the prejudices of those around you. There's a strong focus on the romance between Mera and Arthur. The art is crisp and clean and in most cases it is very pleasing to look at. There are two or three times when the art lets the story down though. For example, at the beginning of the story, Mera decides to secretly do some graffiti on the side of the Atlantean embassy. However, the art shows her doing this in plain view of a crowd of protesters. On top of that, there are Atlantean guards standing just 15 feet around the corner from where she is doing it, so there seems to be a mismatch between what the writer intended and what the artist drew. This only happens a few times though. Other than that, the art is pretty good.

  17. 5 out of 5

    ...okay

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (HighFantasyFanatic)

    The art in this is beautiful but this story doesn't fit into any of the recent canon (e.g. New 52, Rebirth Aquaman and the Aquaman movie). I was a little thrown off as it felt like the author kind of just grabbed random bits of Mera lore and twisted them to make the story they wanted. 2 star story + 4 star art.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Hewitt

    This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction A couple of disclaimers before I start: I went into this graphic novel with absolutely no background knowledge about Mera (or Aquaman, who I wouldn't have even known was involved if I hadn't read it in the synopsis). Instead, I read this as a Little Mermaid retelling and nothing more. Also, I always have a hard time reviewing graphic novels because you get so much less detail in them than you do a standard novel. I ten This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction A couple of disclaimers before I start: I went into this graphic novel with absolutely no background knowledge about Mera (or Aquaman, who I wouldn't have even known was involved if I hadn't read it in the synopsis). Instead, I read this as a Little Mermaid retelling and nothing more. Also, I always have a hard time reviewing graphic novels because you get so much less detail in them than you do a standard novel. I tend to just go in with the expectation that the story will be sparse and just try to enjoy the artwork and the characterization. So, my reviews of graphic novels really just come down to how much I enjoy them. Since this is targeted at a MG/young YA audience (ages 12-14), I think that’s what most readers will be doing anyway, so I don’t feel too bad about that. I thought the artwork was great (though Mera and her mother did look a lot alike, which could sometimes throw me for a moment). I liked the muted green color palette. The story involves instalove, but as a Little Mermaid retelling, I wasn’t particularly surprised by that. I liked Arthur and Mera together, and I thought it was intriguing that Arthur didn’t know his background but he always felt the pull of the sea. The story was interesting, and I was curious about the background history between Xebel and Atlantis. Some of that is explored in this story, but it’s glossed over a bit–we get enough to make me understand Mera’s frustration and her desire to free her people from a tyrannical rule, though. Overall, I thought this was a good read, and I enjoyed the art. I would definitely read future installments. ***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jaye Berry

    "You've got to be sharking me." Oh wow. I expected this to be bad from all the negative reviews and the low average rating but I didn't expect it to be this bad. The writing in this book was awful and so juvenile. Lots of weird silly phrases to stand in for cursing and just all around immature dialogue and situations. The entire point of this book is Mera's mission to kill Arthur but it turns out super insta-love between them of course. Plus no one else had found this lost heir and... Mera found "You've got to be sharking me." Oh wow. I expected this to be bad from all the negative reviews and the low average rating but I didn't expect it to be this bad. The writing in this book was awful and so juvenile. Lots of weird silly phrases to stand in for cursing and just all around immature dialogue and situations. The entire point of this book is Mera's mission to kill Arthur but it turns out super insta-love between them of course. Plus no one else had found this lost heir and... Mera found him instantly? The book is short and I get it wanted to get there already but you don't have to rush literally everything. Funny how Mera's entire motive was how she wanted to rule all by herself and prove to her father she could. And yet she instantly falls in love with the first boy who is nice to her and suddenly they can't stand being apart (despite how they met like, three days ago.) As for the art, I can't even say I liked that because I didn't. A thing I really liked about the Aquaman movie (don't @ me, I don't read comics often and that was my biggest dose of Aquaman lore) was how weird it was under the sea- with mermaid people and undersea creatures and different clothes, buildings- all of that. The clothing choices of the people underwater in here were so awful and super basic. Plus their normal looking buildings down there were weird and out of place. They are underwater and a completely different kingdom, what is this normal human stuff? Not to tie back to the Aquaman movie again but the colors in that were crazy colorful and gorgeous. This cover even has bright colors but there is none of that in the actual book. All of the colors were super washed-out, dim, and even foggy looking at some points (except maybe Mera's orange hair) and it was so ugly to me. Shark this.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    This review can also be found on my blog: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2019/04/0... DC Ink is trying to capture the teen crowd by having established YA authors give some of their heroes new origin stories. In this outing, Danielle Paige reimages a teen-aged Mera meeting Arthur Curry for the first time. The timing is good, as the Jason Mamoa Aquaman movie is still fresh in people’s minds, plus I myself read two Aquaman graphic novels recently. Mera is introduced as a rebel warrior princess of the un This review can also be found on my blog: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2019/04/0... DC Ink is trying to capture the teen crowd by having established YA authors give some of their heroes new origin stories. In this outing, Danielle Paige reimages a teen-aged Mera meeting Arthur Curry for the first time. The timing is good, as the Jason Mamoa Aquaman movie is still fresh in people’s minds, plus I myself read two Aquaman graphic novels recently. Mera is introduced as a rebel warrior princess of the underwater kingdom Xebel. Xebel is currently under the domain of the stronger Atlantis, and the inhabitants are chafing under their rule. Mera and a friend are caught defacing property, but a palace guard diverts attention from the Atlantanians so Mera can escape. The king later establishes that he wishes Mera to marry a prince in a neighboring kingdom, and later gives him a directive to find and kill Atlantian heir Arthur, as to establish Xebel dominance. Mera decides to do this herself and leaves to go on shore to find Arthur on her own. She quickly finds him, but things keep on happening to prevent her from carrying out her mission. Will she be able to kill Arthur when she has a chance, even after discovering he is kind and unaware of his heritage? The art by Stephen Bryne establishes Mera as the center of attention by keeping the entire color palate in muted green and blue ocean colors, except for Mera’s distinctive red hair. Bryne creates an appealing underwater world with varied sea creatures but also renders realistic portrayals of people below the ocean and then later in Amnesty Bay. I appreciate that he did not draw Mera as a bombshell, instead he drew a lovely but not too developed teen-age girl. She even wore flats to a dance! But…why in the world was Arthur given dark hair? In all DC comics he is a blonde, so I wondered if this is a nod to the Momoa version on screen? It truly felt wrong to me. The story had some huge holes you could drive a truck through. Plus it had insta-love which is a plot device that I hate. However, I believe it will be liked by the audience it is shooting for- teens. It was a solid origin story for a brand new audience that won’t get hung up on it not matching past established canon. I was able to read this story before it was published as I received an online copy through NetGalley. However, they put an embargo on reviews until it’s publication date on April 2nd, making me think they were not confident that it would be reviewed well. Another blogger clued me in this is standard with DC online books, but still. Nonetheless, as a marker of how I feel a teen audience will like it, I already have placed an order for it for my work library for the YA collection. (Actual rating 3.5/5)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Adam M

    -Read for 2019 YA Reading Challenge- (Sorry, I've been away for spring break with the kid and cleaning up reviews I didn't finish.) I received an ARC from DC Ink at c2e2 this year thanks to the ALA Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table. Publishers were kind to us librarians and I was excited to see this because I've been seeing a lot of buzz around the new DC imprint. As a parent and librarian I'm always glad for new entry points for interested readers, especially when they are trying to do so -Read for 2019 YA Reading Challenge- (Sorry, I've been away for spring break with the kid and cleaning up reviews I didn't finish.) I received an ARC from DC Ink at c2e2 this year thanks to the ALA Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table. Publishers were kind to us librarians and I was excited to see this because I've been seeing a lot of buzz around the new DC imprint. As a parent and librarian I'm always glad for new entry points for interested readers, especially when they are trying to do something a little different. This was a pretty solid introduction to Mera as a character and it certainly feels well suited for middle grade or YA readers. The art by Stephen Bryne was the star of this show. The color pallet was rather muted sea foam colors with the exception of Mera's red hair. There was something really nice about the layout and approach for this book. The content was a completely serviceable introduction to the character and her backstory. My hang up is she meets Arthur and (view spoiler)[falls in love with him in like 2 days. I'm fine with "destined lovers", but the Disney approach of love this fast is disappointing considering the audience and it's 2019. (hide spoiler)] This isn't an overly sexualized character either in design or story telling, and that's appreciated. I'll be recommending this for younger readers looking for something a little different stylistically or any young women trying to find something for them after Captain Marvel brought them into the fold.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    A YA version of Mera's backstory. It's a bit on the instalove side, but that's kind of a feature of her origin anyways. It does exactly what it sets out to do, and I think this could be a hit with the target audience.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I really am rounding up the rating for the artwork which I thought was wonderful. The contrast between the splashes of color (Mera's red hair especially) and the blues/black and whites of the majority of the other illustrations was beautiful. The story was very average though, with the whole enemies-to-lovers trope taken next level. They definitely have some insta-love happening, which was disappointing. I would have been happier with just a friendship between Arthur and Mera, especially since t I really am rounding up the rating for the artwork which I thought was wonderful. The contrast between the splashes of color (Mera's red hair especially) and the blues/black and whites of the majority of the other illustrations was beautiful. The story was very average though, with the whole enemies-to-lovers trope taken next level. They definitely have some insta-love happening, which was disappointing. I would have been happier with just a friendship between Arthur and Mera, especially since they're only teenagers in this book. Overall, I enjoyed it well enough but I won't be rereading it. I'd recommend it for a tween aged audience, kids new to the DC universe and Aquaman's story.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gigi H

    Thank you DC Ink for my ARC While I felt like this was more for a younger audience and unlike the typical DC Comics I'm used to, I still enjoyed getting to know a young Mera and Arthur Curry.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Divine Anas

    I've read only a sampler of this graphic novel as an introduction to it. While Mera might be one of those snarky and proactive heroines against injustice, she wasn't exactly laid out to my liking here. The monologues were completely bland and seem to fail at giving her the intended depth. Her indignance was almost viewed as petty. However, I did love the art style used here and the monochromatic color palette which is only accented by Mera's flaming hair. It's actually a nice tactic for letting I've read only a sampler of this graphic novel as an introduction to it. While Mera might be one of those snarky and proactive heroines against injustice, she wasn't exactly laid out to my liking here. The monologues were completely bland and seem to fail at giving her the intended depth. Her indignance was almost viewed as petty. However, I did love the art style used here and the monochromatic color palette which is only accented by Mera's flaming hair. It's actually a nice tactic for letting Mera stand out in the overall graphic novel.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Meaghan

    First off I'd like to thank Netgalley as well as the publishers for giving me an advanced copy of this comic to read and review! All thoughts and opinions are still my own. After seeing the not so positive reactions on Goodreads to this, I wasn't going in with all that high expectations. And even with that, I was still let down. Let me start off by complimenting the art. For the most part, it was quite gorgeous, and I loved the colors used. Even here though, there were moments when faces looked we First off I'd like to thank Netgalley as well as the publishers for giving me an advanced copy of this comic to read and review! All thoughts and opinions are still my own. After seeing the not so positive reactions on Goodreads to this, I wasn't going in with all that high expectations. And even with that, I was still let down. Let me start off by complimenting the art. For the most part, it was quite gorgeous, and I loved the colors used. Even here though, there were moments when faces looked weird, and I feel like the artist could have done a lot more with some of the clothes. Generally though, I did quite like the style. The story was what really let me down. It felt very weak and shallow, and while Mera is supposed to be a warrior first and wife/lover second, she still seems to quickly be defined by love and romance later on, which was unfortunate. However, the book still ended with (view spoiler)[ the pair separating, but not after a long ballad of not wanting to ever leave each other's side... oof. (hide spoiler)] It was also insane insta-love, and I get that this comic is coming from source material that already existed, and it wasn't an authorial choice, I feel like more depth and intensity could have been given to the characters before this great love. Instead, the instant love was only amplified in speed by the format and length of the comic it appears in, and overall I just wasn't into it at all. I'll be giving the rest of the DC Ink line a chance for sure, as I love the characters it seems to be focusing on, but I'm not impressed so far.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Becca ☾☁︎⋆ (PrettyLittleMemoirs.com)

    review to come on 15/04 as part of the DC INK Blog Tour! **update** If you're familiar with Aquaman, you might know of Mera. I sadly didn't know who she was until around a year ago when they brought her to the big screen with the DC Franchise. I'm all about Girl Power™, so getting to see Mera shine in her own light and not underneath the shadow of Aquaman (although this is a sort of origin of them both) in her own Graphic Novel was amazing. Mera is a teenager (around sixteen I believe) and already review to come on 15/04 as part of the DC INK Blog Tour! **update** If you're familiar with Aquaman, you might know of Mera. I sadly didn't know who she was until around a year ago when they brought her to the big screen with the DC Franchise. I'm all about Girl Power™, so getting to see Mera shine in her own light and not underneath the shadow of Aquaman (although this is a sort of origin of them both) in her own Graphic Novel was amazing. Mera is a teenager (around sixteen I believe) and already royalty, an heir to the throne of Xebel, a colony underwater. But her destiny isn't so straight forward under the sea, and now on land. Mera is thrown when the people of Xebel want her to wreck havoc in the homeland of Atlantis (I've always associated this with The Little Mermaid, somehow) and kill the heir to the throne, one Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman as we'll come to know him. But between the colonies, a different kind of feeling brews: love. Mera and Arthur fall head over heels for each other, quite quickly inside the pages. But the question of whether he'll come to demise under her demands to have him killed, or rule alongside him, begs the ultimate finale of under-the-sea war, love and stripping free. Overall, I'm surprised at how much I utterly loved Mera. Whether it was her strikingly red hair that vividly gathered my eye-line every page, the fast-paced action-meets-backstory or underlying love aspect, it blew me away with every turn of the page. The colours and palettes of Mera are cool, blues, greens and reds, unique in every way. Although I did feel that the plot moved very quickly, sometimes too quickly, I know this is the way that comic books tend to reel on as they're differently written and planned out to regular novels. Despite this, I was still blown away with how much I completely loved Mera. Danielle Paige has outdone herself with the captivating story and brilliance behind Mera's and Arthur's backstory. Four amazing stars!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    Picking up this graphic novel was a split decision pick when I was scrolling through my library's ebook app. I had saw this book mentioned quite a few times in the past few days, and the art and premise of a superhero story looked intriguing. At least one of the two items worked out? The art really good. I mean, it was so so good. I loved the way that everything booked and Mera was just so insanely pretty. It was honestly the only thing that kept me reading. Even though it was a muted color palet Picking up this graphic novel was a split decision pick when I was scrolling through my library's ebook app. I had saw this book mentioned quite a few times in the past few days, and the art and premise of a superhero story looked intriguing. At least one of the two items worked out? The art really good. I mean, it was so so good. I loved the way that everything booked and Mera was just so insanely pretty. It was honestly the only thing that kept me reading. Even though it was a muted color palette, it was still so good. The plot and the characters were not super pleasing. I felt like I missed a lot of backstory and explanation for the world, and then Mera kind of jumped around with a lot of logic leaps. The characters really didn't provide me with any investment, and I couldn't even finish it despite only with a few pages at the end. It was just no vibes or connections at all. 2 crowns and a Cinderella rating!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Wiktoria

    2.5 I don't really have many thoughts about this book and while I enjoyed it, I could stop thinking about how I've already read a story like this before. Princess is in an arranged marriage she doesn't want, she goes out to prove herself so she can rule by herself and while on said quest she finally falls in love and is called a hero. Just me? didn't think so. I was able to predict everything that was going to happen from the 40th page, and that really isn't a good sign. So very disappointing, espe 2.5 I don't really have many thoughts about this book and while I enjoyed it, I could stop thinking about how I've already read a story like this before. Princess is in an arranged marriage she doesn't want, she goes out to prove herself so she can rule by herself and while on said quest she finally falls in love and is called a hero. Just me? didn't think so. I was able to predict everything that was going to happen from the 40th page, and that really isn't a good sign. So very disappointing, especially since I love Mera and I really wanted to love this.

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