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Mera: Tidebreaker
2019
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Mera is teenage royalty, heir to the throne of Xebel, the other not-so-lost colony under the sea. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown, that of Atlantis. When the inhabitants of Xebel plot to overthrow their homeland of Atlantis, Mera is sent to kill the heir to the throne, Arthur Curry. As the unrest between their colonies grows, Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love...will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera's side in Atlantis, or will he die under her blade?<br> <br> Mera by Danielle Paige is an astonishing story that explores themes of duty, love, heroism and freedom, all through the eyes of readers' favorite undersea royalty.
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  School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-This latest DC Universe reboot reintroduces fans to Mera. The daughter of the dethroned Xebel king, she's a princess without a people. Atlantis has ruled the Xebellians for as long as Mera can remember. Though those around her focus mostly on her beauty and marital prospects, Mera's no damsel awaiting a prince-she spends her days training to be a great warrior and ruler like her deceased mother. So when Mera overhears her father say that whoever kills the long-lost Atlantean king will one day be the Xebel ruler, she decides to claim the honor, and the throne, for herself. Her target is Arthur Curry, a mild-mannered teen living with his father in a lighthouse in Amnesty Bay, ME. He doesn't know about the existence of underwater kingdoms, let alone his own birthright. But the two begin to fall for each other, making Mera's mission nearly impossible. What could have been a bland "When Aquaman Met Mera" love story is a powerful tale about the fruitlessness of war. Byrne's dynamic art uses murky blues and greens to evoke the Atlantic Ocean and coastal setting, Mera's red hair standing out. Paige devotes a bit too much of the narrative to the romance, and mermaid enthusiasts may be a little frustrated with how much time is spent on land, but hopefully later volumes will bring Mera back to the sea, where she belongs. VERDICT An exciting and romantic look at a lesser-known superhero, for DC comics followers and newcomers alike.-Anna -Murphy, Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Booklist Review

Mera is the princess and successor to the throne of Xebel, a nation under the rule of Atlantis. Mera's mother was a warrior killed in battle, and her father tries to protect her from the same fate. Eager to prove herself, she secretly takes on the task of killing Arthur Curry, unknowing heir of Atlantis, until she realizes she loves him more than she hates his lineage. Mera is a compelling, easy-to-admire character. She readily proves her worthiness as a warrior, and readers will see in her plenty of parallels to Wonder Woman. The forbidden love theme plays out in the contention between the Xebellians and Atlanteans (and, more specifically, Arthur and Mera), which bears more than a passing resemblance to that of the Montagues and Capulets. Mera's and her family members' red hair is the focus of the illustrations, since it is the brightest thing in each of Byrne's muted, bluish-gray panels. What with Aquaman's introduction in last year's Justice League movie and his own feature to pique extra interest, this graphic novel is likely to be a hit.--Suzanne Temple Copyright 2019 Booklist
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