Title: Mera: Queen of Atlantis (2018-) #1
Publisher: DC
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Lan Medina
Inker: Richard Friend
Colorist: Vero Gandini
Published: February 28th, 2018

Publisher’s Summary: From the pages of AQUAMAN comes a brand-new adventure starring Mera, in her own title for the first time ever! As the brutal Atlantean Civil War rages, Mera must keep the peace between the surface world and Atlantis as its newly anointed queen in exile. But when Aquaman’s brother Orm, a.k.a. Ocean Master, learns of his homeland’s fate, he’ll stop at nothing to return to Atlantis as its king and savior!

Review:

Upon learning that Mera, who first appeared as the Queen of Atlantis in Aquaman #11 (1963), was finally getting her own series after existing in the DC Universe for more than fifty years, I, as well as many long-time readers, I am sure, was excited to see another one of DC’s strongest women stepping out of the shadows of their leading men and into the limelight. Yes, Mera: Queen of Atlantis is a six-issue mini-series, but it’s a step in the right direction, right? Well, I thought so, and then I read the comic…

Before I go any further, I want to point out that Mera: Queen of Atlantis (2018-) #1 is, as one would expect a comic that comes out of the DC house, well-written and well-illustrated, and overall, it works well enough to be deemed a success. The creative team behind this book did a fine job in producing an entertaining work that is worth reading. Despite this, Mera: Queen of Atlantis (2018-) #1 didn’t meet my expectations.

I have two main issues with this book: first, it’s far from accessible, and second, it doesn’t do much by way of promoting or featuring Mera, which, is odd considering it’s her series. In the first issue of her mini-series, only some of the focus is placed on Mera, in fact, the book opens (and ends) by featuring Aquaman’s brother Ocean Master, and members of the Justice League swing by for a bit and steal the spotlight. Plus, if you haven’t been keeping up on the current Aquaman run, I’m not too sure if this book would make much sense.

Again, the quality of this book is top-notch, but the direction, and perhaps its purpose, is misguided. Mera: Queen of Atlantis (2018-) #1 doesn’t stand on its own and it certainly isn’t the book that the Mera deserves…

The Bottom Line:

Mera: Queen of Atlantis (2018-) #1 will certainly have readers and reviewers split; there will be those that like it and sing its praise, and then there will be those that are disappointed. I, unfortunately, fall into the second group and am disappointed by the book. It’s well-written and well-illustrated but doesn’t do the Queen of Atlantis justice…