Review: Mera: Queen of Atlantis #4

[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writer: Dan Abnett

Artists: Lan Medina, Norm Rapmund & Veronica Gandini

 

Summary

Desperate for a new ally in the fight for the soul of Atlantis, Mera turns to her ex-husband Nereus, the king of Xebel! But even after winning his favor in a deadly clash, can someone like Nereus ever be trusted? And what of Ocean Master’s promise to return to the surface? Is there anyone Mera can trust?

 

Positives

The cover by Nicola Scott and Romulo Fajardo Jr. is great. I love the purple background as well as the general aesthetic of the cover. The characters look great; I adore Scott’s pencils and she works well with Fajardo Jr.’s colors.

The interior art features pencils by Lan Medina, inks by Norm Rapmund and colors by Veronica Gandini. The team does good work. The characters are expressive and nicely detailed. The colors are bright and engaging; the book looks great.

I like the idea of Mera finally having to confront her past. Both Mera and Orm are trying to move forward and change. They meet resistance from those who cannot move past grudges, events and traditions.

 

Negatives

There are no negatives worth mentioning in this issue.

 

Verdict

This is a great issue. There is a wonderful action scene in which Mera and Orm face an octodon. The art is solid both in the action as well as dialogue scenes. Mostly, I like where this mini series is taking Mera and Orm. Abnett is genuinely moving the world of Aquaman forward to new and interesting places.

 

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Sean Blumenshine

I am currently a senior at Wichita State University studying communications. I started reading comics in 2013 because of how much I loved Man of Steel and season one of Arrow. My favorite hero is the Green Arrow and my favorite villain is the Joker.