Review: Mera: Queen of Atlantis #3

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

Writer: Dan Abnett

Artists: Lan Medina, Norm Rapmund & Veronica Gandini

 

Summary

After a brutal clash between Mera and Ocean Master almost costs Mera her life, Tula suggests that the three of them work together to save Atlantis—and recruiting an army will require a united front. Can Mera and Orm be united by a common enemy? Or will their hatred of each other be their undoing?

 

Positives

The cover by Nicola Scott and Romulo Fajardo Jr. is great. I love the coloring and how the water reflects the skin. Both characters look amazing as well.

The interior art features pencils by Lan Medina, inks by Norm Rapmund and colors by Veronica Gandini. The book looks great. There is very little action so the art has to be engaging even though it is mostly conversations. The characters are expressive and the colors are vibrant so it ends up paying off.

The parallels between Mera and Ocean Master are interesting. It’s not something I ever thought about but they’re very similar. They both feel a responsibility to their respective people and were indoctrinated with the idea of duty. When the two are at odds, it’s because Mera was able to move on from that feeling while Ocean Master was not. Now that he has found a life and purpose outside of the throne, they are more on the same page.

Negatives

There are no negatives worth mentioning in this issue.

 

Verdict

This is a great issue. It’s simple but effective. The character dynamic between Orm and Mera ends up being a lot more interesting than I thought it would be. The art is strong as well. It is a good character driven issue that I liked a lot.

 

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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.