Mera: Tidebreaker

Mera: Tidebreaker

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401283391
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 56,760
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Danielle Paige is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die series, and the Stealing Snow series (Bloomsbury, 2016). In addition to writing young adult books, she works in the television industry, where she's received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominated for several Daytime Emmys. She is a graduate of Columbia University and currently lives in New York City.

Stephen Byrne was born in Dublin, Ireland, where he studied animation at the Irish School of Animation. He has worked in Ireland and the United States in the fields of animation, TV advertising, satirical newspaper cartoons, and video games. He now lives in London, where he works on his true passion, comics.

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Mera: Tidebreaker (YA/INK) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Stacy_Renee 4 days ago
With her world and people at risk, sixteen-year-old Princess Mera, is willing to do whatever it takes, even if that means killing the heir to the enemy. But Mera soon finds that Arthur Curry is not whom she thought. I really loved the illustrations in this, especially all the underwater scenes with the sea creatures! I did think the colors and tones were too muted, almost like someone added a pale filter, and wished the blues were brighter. I'll admit that I didn't know Mera existed before I saw Aquaman. I love art and illustration but I've always preferred a good chapter book over comics, to be honest, but the movies are good fun. I've gotten more into graphic novels as an adult though and after reading this, I'm looking forward to more of from DC Ink.
JillJemmett 8 months ago
I am so excited to review this graphic novel! It was a lot of fun. I liked that this was one complete story about a superhero. So many superhero comics are spread out over multiple books. This is also Mera’s origin story. She begins the story as a girl who is rebelling against her father, but then she realizes she has to work for what she wants in life. She meets Arthur Curry (who will later turn into Aquaman) and her life changes. I loved the art in this graphic novel. Most of the colours were in green tones, just like the cover. However, Mera’s and her parents’s hair had that vibrant red colour, which contrasted with the rest of the images and made them stand out. With that bright red hair, she reminded me of the Little Mermaid. This is a great graphic novel! It’s a lot of fun for kids or adults! I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
JBronder 9 months ago
Mera wants to be a warrior like her mother. She hates the Atlantian rule of the Xebel and wants to be free of them like many of the Xebel. But her father the king has another path for her in mind. When she over hears a plot to kill Arthur Curry she decides that she will kill Arthur herself and will rule alone instead of by the side of her childhood friend turned king. The Xebel don’t believe in killing an innocent so Mera decides to see who Arthur is while she gets used to being on land. She soon learns that Arthur is not the monster that she has been lead to believe. As she learns more about him she starts to fall in love with him and doesn’t want to kill him. But her life in the ocean is about to collide with Arthur’s life on land. Before I start this review I will be honest. The amount of history I have of Aquaman is limited to the movie that was just released and some old cartoons from when I was a kid. Mera is a rebellious teen and opposing an arranged marriage and came across as spoiled. Arthur is a good guy but seems to fall for Mera was too fast. This was a good read and kept me entertained. When I think back to the story there are some things that just don’t feel right. The ending was a glaring example. I think there could have been a little more put into the story to flesh it out. I received a complimentary copy of this graphic novel. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
Suzanne Costner 9 months ago
Fans of Aquaman and the other characters from his story will be happy to see more of Mera. In this title featuring her first meeting with Arthur Curry and her first visit to dry land. Fed up with her father's refusal to let her lead their people in the fight against Atlantis for Xebellian freedom, Mera decides to take matter into her own hands and assassinate the heir to the Atlantean throne. But is she cut out to be a villain and murderess? Mera finds that many things are not what she expected - about life on land and about Arthur. As she struggles through various situations she learns more about life outside Xebel and about the young man she has come to kill. Readers get to hear her thoughts and doubts, her conversations with trusted friends back home, and to see her interactions with Arthur. The pent-up frustrations of a young princess sidelined by her father and the forces ruling their colony mesh with typical young adult angst and the drive to DO something, even if it might be the wrong thing. And her final choices set up the story to continue into the future of Atlantis and Aquaman. The illustrations capture the fierce determination and vulnerability of Mera as she transitions from sea to land. They also show the complicated push & pull between the princess and Arthur. There are the beautiful details of Xebel in contrast to the rather seedy look of the waterfront town where the Curry family lives. The difference between Mera's relationship with her father and Arthur's relationship with his own dad come through visually and verbally. A great read for anyone interested in the DC Universe, particularly the Justice League and Aquaman. But also fun for anyone who enjoys strong female characters and coming of age stories. (recommended for ages 13+)
Horsebranchjess 9 months ago
I was so excited to read Meara: Tidebreaker I may have bounced up and down just a little when I was chosen for a review copy.. I love everything I have ever read by Danielle Paige and this graphic novel was no different. Plus I really enjoy Aquaman and Meara in the Aquaman comics. The beginning of Meara and Arthur Curry aka Aquaman's love story comes to life in beautiful shades of blues and greens and Meara's striking read hair. A teenage Meara, princess and warrior in training, resents Atlanteans rule over Xebel. She is also angry at her father's plan to give ruling of Xebel to her unwanted fiance Larken in return for the Atlantean prince's head on a platter. Determined not to marry Larken and to rule Xebel herself, Meara strikes out to bring Arthur Curry's head home to her people. Her heart has other plans as Arthur is too good for her not to fall in love with. A sweet love story with a strong female lead, Meara: Tidebreaker is sure to be a favorite and worthy to be read over and over again. My voluntary, unbiased review is based upon a review copy from Netgalley.
thegeekishbrunette 9 months ago
Digital copy provided by publisher (DC Entertainment/DC Ink) through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. I was really looking forward to starting this graphic novel as I am a fan of superheroes but it just didn’t live up to what I was expecting. The characters felt pretty one dimensional and when their part of the plot was done they weren’t really mentioned until the very end, minus a couple characters. The instalove between characters was another thing I didn’t like. I am just not a fan of it and it just didn’t work in this graphic novel. The plot felt pretty rushed and maybe that is another reason for lack of character development. I would have loved to see it spanned out more. It would have made for a better flow of things. Although the characters and plot fell short, I did enjoy the artwork and the colors they decided to use for the illustrations. The vibrant orange was beautiful against the teal blue. Overall, it lacked too much for me to give it a higher rating. I am sure others will find it to be a great read especially if they are a fan of superheroes and instalove doesn’t bother them!
KristyJewel 9 months ago
I received an email with the ARC information for this book a few days after I finished watching Aquaman, naturally, I had to jump at the chance to read this. This graphic novel has some awesome graphics and the plot line was fun to see through Mera’s eyes. Unfortunately, the beginning of the graphic novel was difficult to follow and once you got over that hump, it was way too predictable. I wish that there was something that would set this book apart but I just wasn’t impressed.
Bballbreexo 9 months ago
A graphic novel that gives us a new origin story for Mera and Aquaman. Mera: Tidebreaker follows Mera as she struggles to prove that she is more than a princess. She is a warrior and she is the future of Xebel, despite those who do not believe she can be queen. After overhearing her father's plan to send another to kill the heir of Atlantis and if he succeeds he will be the heir of Xebel, Mera decides that she won't let anyone steal her birthright. She leaves home to find Arthur Curry. But she soon realizes that there is more Arthur Curry than she believed. He is innocent and has no idea what his birthright is. And soon she is falling hard. It was fun to read but I will say I wish there was more to it. I received an ARC for an honest review.