Mera carries a lot on her shoulders as the Princess of Xebel, some pressure comes from her father and the legacy of the office, and some comes from within, the expectations she has upon herself. In a origin tale of sorts, the meeting between Arthur Curry, Aquaman, and Mera, we see a young person who is positioned between her prescribed role and what she wants for herself. I loved the design style and the initial premise of plot and character development, yet found the whole story arc lacking.
Mera’s kingdom of Xebel is the heel of Atlantis, and the people are none too happy about it. Instead of asking her daughter’s permission, the king directs her betrothed to go to the surface to hunt down and kill the long-lost prince of Atlantis. Hearing this, Mera takes it upon herself to go in his stead. To challenge herself. When she meets her prey, she finds the unexpected, a person she could easily like.
Character designs, backgrounds, and the whole aesthetic is awesome. Futuristic, yet retro and mod. But I found the dialogue tedious at times, a lot of back and forth between Mera and Arthur that may have been reduced. And some of the reveals turned into info dumps because there wasn’t as much context built in at the beginning of the novel.
Overall, a book that has all the parts of a good story, but the pacing and character development could use some work.
3 out of 5 stars.
Thank you to NetGalley, DC Comics, Danielle Page, and Stephen Byrne for an advanced copy for review.
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