Mera: Tidebreaker ~DNF~

Princess Mera is teenage royalty and heir to the throne of Xebel, a penal colony ruled by the other no-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?
An astonishing graphic novel that explores duty, love, heroism, and freedom, all through the eyes of readers’ favorite undersea royalty.
From New York Times best-selling author Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die) and artist Stephen Byrne comes a Mera and Aquaman origin story that explores Mera’s first steps on land, and her first steps as a hero or villain, forcing her to choose to follow her heart or her mission to kill.

I requested it because I love a good rebellion story, but I had to DNF because it’s a story I’ve seen over and over and over. Plus, Aquaman, how cool is Aquaman.

Instead of me ranting and raving about DC comics and Jason Momoa’s amazing buffness, let me come at this like someone who is unfamiliar with DC Universe, as I imagine many of the audience members will be.

We have seen the white princess saves the day. This is probably more an issue with the art than anything to do with the story at large, but we have enough Ally stories where the white (usually female) protagonist uses her privilege to help save the day. We open with Mera spraying rebellious symbols and messages on buildings and move quickly to a party, which so many YA pieces do anymore.

She’s a rebel! But she looks good in a dress.

Then she trains to fight and remembers that her mother is dead.

Then I wasn’t invested anymore.

It just didn’t feel new enough to keep my attention.

I do feel that what I made it through, fit with Mera’s character in DC Universe, however. So if you’re into it, pick it up. If not, I don’t think that it’ll hook you.

Published by J. M. Tuckerman

J M Tuckerman is a New Jersey-based writer, blogger, and podcast talent. Tuckerman holds a BA in Writing Arts, an MA in Writing, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She is a proud dog mom, cat mom, archer, wife, and passionate book wyrm.

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