Mera: Tidebreaker follows the epic superhero Mera in her early days as a young princess eager to make a name for herself. She’s surrounded by people who treat her like she’s fragile and unable to become the warrior she’s meant to be. It’s a powerful origin story, showing how a young woman fueled by hatred against the enemy can instead learn compassion and compromise on behalf of her people. With fierce artwork and a compelling story, Mera: Tidebreaker entertains and expands the story of this essential DC character.
Story by Danielle Paige
Art by Stephen Byrne
Mera is a completely different person by the end of the graphic novel. At the beginning, she thwarts authority at every turn, never afraid to break the rules, even if it means danger for those she loves. She’s reckless at times, and doesn’t understand what the world requires from its rulers. A rash decision leads her to the surface and she quickly learns that the world holds a lot more than the constantly brewing conflict between her people and Atlantis.
While her meeting with the future Aquaman begins their storied romance, the graphic novel is so much more than the start of a love story. We see two future rulers who are still new to the greater world, yet have more foresight than their ruling parents. They learn from each other in unexpected ways and become stronger for it. It becomes a story about becoming the person you were meant to be with the help of others. Going it alone creates a one-sided approach to life. Mera learns compassion from Arthur, while Arthur discovers his own strength thanks to Mera’s guidance. It’s a fascinating approach to an origin story.
On a quick note, the artwork is flawless. I loved every panel and it makes the graphic novel fly by. I was transported into the story and couldn’t put it down.
Overall, Mera: Tidebreaker is a deeply entertaining read, complete with a powerful narrative on personal growth and compelling artwork that’s nothing short of mesmerizing.
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.