On February 28th, DC released a new trailer for their new graphic novel Mera: Tidebreaker coming out April 2nd. This graphic novel will be the launching point for DC Ink, DC’s new YA publishing line.
The graphic novel will be written by Danielle Paige, who is no stranger to reimagining characters in her Dorothy must Die and Stealing Snow series, and turns the future queen of Atlantis back to a teenager for an empowering tale for youth. Danielle had this to say about the upcoming title:
“I am so excited for everyone who doesn’t know Mera to get to know her! “Mera has her own epic saga which begins long before she meets Aquaman. In Mera: Tidebreaker, we follow Mera from her warrior princess beginnings to her not-so-cute meet with Arthur Curry a.k.a. Aquaman. Mera is poised to kill Arthur, only to find that her mission is complicated by the feelings she begins to develop for the future king. Drawn by the incredible artist Stephen Byrne and beautifully colored by David Calderon, Mera has to choose between duty or love…and possibly stop a war.”
The artist on the graphic novel is Stephanie Byrne, an artist beloved for many titles, but most recently her work on Wonder Twins from her and Mark Russell under the Wonder Comics imprint by Brian Michael Bendis. Byrne had this to say:
“I am so honored to be a part of the DC Ink line, among a group of insanely talented creators. I hope this line exposes a whole new audience to the magic of comic books. Danielle is an incredible collaborator with a unique vision for this character, and she has created a version of Mera and Arthur that I think younger audiences will love. I also want to say a special thanks to colorist David Calderon for his beautiful color palettes, which really bring this book to life and make it feel unlike anything else out there on the shelves.”
The book has already garnered a lot of praise for its themes of empowerment, social justice, self-discovery, and female equality. For more information, watch the trailer and read the synopsis below:
Princess Mera is teenage royalty and heir to the throne of Xebel, a penal colony ruled by Atlantis. Her father 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 of 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? Mera is forced to choose between following her heart and her mission to kill.
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