Mera: Tidebreaker

Mera: Tidebreaker

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 oppressi...

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Title:Mera: Tidebreaker
Author:Danielle Paige
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Mera: Tidebreaker Reviews

  • MissBecka

    What a fantastic start in a new origin storyline!

    I'm looking forward to the next issue.

  • Anne

    Having said that, this is geared toward the 9-19

    audience, so don't pick this up and expect it to be another

    .

    is part of

    -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

    Having said that, this is geared toward the 9-19

    audience, so don't pick this up and expect it to be another

    .

    is part of

    -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

    and their

    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

    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.

    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.

    There were a few times that I felt that the story was a bit too 'youthful' for me, but I also understand that

    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.

  • 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?

  • 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

    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

    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

    but if you’re just looking for a good time with some action and a cool oceanic setting, she’s your girl.

  • 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.

  • Scott

    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

    it seems like a good idea.

    The

    -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

    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

    it seems like a good idea.

    The

    -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.

  • Julia Sapphire

    this was a really fun graphic novel. the overall premise was pretty interesting as well.

    this is predictable but the romance I really liked. Overall it was good but not anything new or too memorable for me personally.

  • 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.

  • Alexandra Elend Wolf

    What can I say about this? Well, it was disappointing. Which is saying something since I had no expectations for it to begin with.

    It starts out interestingly enough. I

    liked the beginning, getting to see Xebel and understand what was happening was fun. Maybe done more so because I really didn't know anything about

    world.

    Sadly soon enough it lost me. It becomes a repetition of another million books I

    What can I say about this? Well, it was disappointing. Which is saying something since I had no expectations for it to begin with.

    It starts out interestingly enough. I

    liked the beginning, getting to see Xebel and understand what was happening was fun. Maybe done more so because I really didn't know anything about

    world.

    Sadly soon enough it lost me. It becomes a repetition of another million books I've already read and not a particularly engrossing one.

    The, if not quite insta-love, way too fast romance had me internally screaming. I mean, obviously, it was gonna happen, I'm not that oblivious to

    but still, it could have been more played.

    The conflict was resolved in 0.3 seconds flat and was a real mood killer. I was expecting something way more drawn out considering all that it was hyped to be and yet it was like I was watching a

    that doesn't know quite where to stand and how to really utilize its characters.

    And Arthur? He was just too good to feel more than just a character in a graphic novel.

    Even though for the most part I didn't like the plot one of the salvageable things in it for me was the girl power in it.

    The art was... ok, I guess. I really liked the way everything was mostly colored in muted blue-ish colors except for the reds. It was very fitting and really draw the eye. And there were some drawings that I found incredibly pretty but most of it wasn't my kind of art. I didn't particularly like that Arthur looked 25 or something like that and was supposed to be 16 but aside for that the art style was fine.

    As I said it just wasn't my style. And I suppose that's true for this whole thing. I've outgrown it, maybe if I had read it years ago I would have loved it, who knows? for I know for sure it is no longer for me.

    This is what I get for reading something I never truly had any faith in.

    ________________________

    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?

  • 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.

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