Review: Mera: Queen of Atlantis #2

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

Writer: Dan Abnett

Artists: Lan Medina, Norm Rapmund & Veronica Gandini

 

Summary

Ocean Master confronts Mera about what’s going on in Atlantis.

 

Positives

I love the cover by Nicola Scott and Romulo Fajardo Jr. The two compliment each other very well. Fajardo Jr.’s colors have a unique style that always look great. Scott’s pencils are equally as strong.

The interior art features pencils by Lan Medina, inks by Norm Rapmund and colors by Veronica Gandini. Their work is very good. It’s colorful and vibrant. The characters are nicely detailed. And the action looks fantastic.

I like that Ocean Master has not completely redeemed himself. Just because he found a family doesn’t automatically mean he’s a good person. The elements of his personality and worldview that made him a villain are still very much present. People are complex; no one is 100% good or evil. I like that Dan Abnett has added this element of a family. Orm seems like a decent husband and father. But he is still a blood thirsty tyrant even with that family.

I love how compassionate Mera tries to be with Orm. She doesn’t start the fight; he does. Mera tries to reason with him and talk him down. I like, and prefer, when heroes do that as opposed to immediately punching everything in sight.

 

Negatives

There are no negatives worth mentioning in this issue.

 

Verdict

This is a great issue. The art is really strong both in moments of dialogue and action. The action itself is a lot of fun. Even in her weakened state, Mera is still a force which is cool. And Abnett provides a lot of really strong character moments for both Mera and Ocean Master. I recommend checking this one out.

 

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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.