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Mera: Tidebreaker

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  3,200 ratings  ·  750 reviews
Princess Mera is teenage royalty and heir to the throne of Xebel, a penal colony ruled by the other not-so-lost land under the sea, Atlantis. Her father, his court 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 oppress
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by DC Ink
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Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was really good for what it was.


Having said that, this is geared toward the 9-19 ish audience, so don't pick this up and expect it to be another Mera: Queen of Atlantis.
Tidebreaker is part of DC Ink -which is their new label of young adult graphic novels. And I personally think that's a FANTASTIC idea. I mean, weren't comics originally for kids? Speaking as a parent, it has been somewhat difficult to find anything age appropriate for mine, especially when they were younger. And I'll let
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I should preface this review by saying, at the time of writing this review (January 2019), I've yet to see the new Aquaman film and I have no familiarity with these characters and storyline. I don’t know if that made me more or less likely to enjoy this standing on its own, but I thought it was a pretty fun story regardless. Mera is a fairly stereotypical, run-of-the-mill superhero/princess type, and there’s really nothing about this story or these characters that stands out as original, unique, ...more
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was not my jam. I've never really been a huge fan of super hero comics, but I wanted to give this one a shot because I thought that reading a YA super hero story might work better for me, but.. it clearly didn't, lol. If you like super hero stories, you might enjoy this more than I did, but I personally will not be carrying on with the series. ...more
kristen ♡
Mar 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics, 2019
wow... i am amazed at how disappointed i am in this. mera is my favorite dc hero along with arthur and this is really embarrassing. i cant believe i’ve waited since february 2018 for THIS.

listen, i’m kinda bad at bad reviews and explaining WHY it is bad, but because i love these characters so much just trust me... it’s BAD.

this book makes absolutely no sense, yes the origin is semi correct but mera and arthur has zero chemistry. they go from strangers to her sleeping in his room
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley-2019
This is part of DC's initiative to have YA authors write graphic novels as part of the DC Ink imprint. This is very much a YA approach to Mera's origin. The basics are all there. Mera is still from Xebel and can control water. She's been sent to kill Arthur. Now there's something of a love triangle and some angst with her father built in. But in a very YA way, she falls in love with Arthur over the course of 2 days. Personally I think they could have just left that part out and just have her rea ...more
I enjoy the Characters of Mera a lot so it's nice to have a title about her here. It's different than other origins I've seen of her. She is a typical smart, self-assured teenager.

I didn't care much for the washed out artwork. I missed all the colors. It wasn't bad, but it all looked faded to me. The story was good though. This is from the young adult imprint at DC so it's for a little younger and softer audience.

Mera is a Xebel princess and Xebelians hate Atlantians. They found out that Arthur
Dave Schaafsma
So Danielle Paige is yet another writer who is writing YA (after years of working in tv) who has been asked to write comics about girl superheroes. Some do it pretty well. This one I feel fell a little flat (ooh! alliteration!) (ugh!). Paige says she wants to have her be more than just Aquaman's great love, in this teen/middle grades retelling of The Little Mermaid (or Romeo and Juliet); she wants her to be a fighter, so in the opening she is drawing resistance graft, but that's really about it ...more
— nova
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
um... i liked the art?
MissBecka Gee
What a fantastic start in a new origin storyline!
I'm looking forward to the next issue.
May 18, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

The scant bit I've heard / read is that DC's newest and latest format is a young adult novel crossed with a comic book - a true 'graphic novel.' Based on their Mera: Tidebreaker it seems like a good idea.

The Romeo & Juliet-esque storyline - teenagers Mera and Arthur (later to be known as Aquaman) are from opposing undersea kingdoms, and the ruling families have long been at odds with each other - may not be the most original, but that's fine because new and fresh life can usually be inj
Alexandra Elend Wolf
"...When we come out of the shadows, does the darkness stay with us?"

What can I say about this? Well, it was disappointing. Which is saying something since I had no expectations for it to begin with.

It starts out interestingly enough. I actually liked the beginning, getting to see Xebel and understand what was happening was fun. Maybe done more so because I really didn't know anything about Aquaman's world.

Sadly soon enough it lost me. It becomes a repetition of another million books I
Julia Sapphire
this was a really fun graphic novel. the overall premise was pretty interesting as well.
this is predictable but the romance I really liked. Overall it was good but not anything new or too memorable for me personally.
Sophie (BlameChocolate) *on hiatus*
Disclaimer: I'm not familiar with the DC character or her story so this review will be solely about Paige's work.

3.5 stars

I don't know what I expecting exactly but I was excited about this one. I kept hearing about how Mera was such a cool counterpart to Aquaman and a solid love interest but I wanted to see how she would fare as the heroine of her own story, and that I believe was Paige's intention as well, taking from her foreword.

Mera: Tidebreaker was a fast read. A bit too rushed in parts, an
Wing Kee
May 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
For a YA book, it’s fairly meh. For a comic book, it’s fairly meh.

World: The art is solid, the characters are very emotive and the style is very appealing for the eyes. However there is a lack of detail and sense of motion in the book and that does make the art start to feel dull by the end when all the stakes are high. I also don’t like that Arthur is not blonde, I don’t understand that design choice, it makes no sense. The world building here is okay, it does follow the comic book with the rel
Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
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Confession: this was the reviewer version of a cover-buy. I know absolutely nothing about Mera, or Aquaman, or the DC version of Atlantis. I requested a review copy because I saw it on NetGalley and went, "Ooooh a red-haired girl with a trident!" Then I read it, and it said Atlantis, and I still thought maybe it had something to do with Greek gods because of the trident. So sue me. I STILL ENJOYED IT! So I am living, breathing proof t
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This graphic novel for young adult readers focuses on Mera as a young woman who has to make some tough decisions. It's about opening your heart up to new possibilities rather than adopting the prejudices of those around you. There's a strong focus on the romance between Mera and Arthur.

The art is crisp and clean and in most cases it is very pleasing to look at. There are two or three times when the art lets the story down though. For example, at the beginning of the story, Mera decides to secre
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Mera: Tidebreaker is a YA graphic novel that offers up the origin stories of DC characters Mera and Aquaman.

Xebel princess Mera is tired of living under Atlantean rule and under the watchful eye of her father.  The King wants nothing more than to protect his daughter and see her marry her childhood friend Larken who can rule Xebel and protect Mera.

The King gives Larken orders to find the lost Atlantean prince Arthur and bring back his head.  When Mera overhears this, she decides she's going to f
B.A. Wilson
I absolutely love graphic novels, but ultimately, this one was disappointing. It has an uncomfortable or confusing start that is hard to settle into, followed by a storyline that is at first convoluted, and then so simplistic that it is boring and completely predictable.

For a medium that should be perfect for showing, there is so much telling in this story. I got tired of looking at flat scenes, while reading endlessly long bubbles explaining the story and backstory and how everyone was feeling
Rod Brown
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
In this dumb retelling of Disney's The Little Mermaid, teenage Mera/Ariel can't believe how her father doesn't understand her and goes off on her own to find a prince on land. Oh, but she wants to kill him, not kiss him. At least not at first...

Somewhere in the middle, Aquaman hijacks the story and Mera is basically relegated to a secondary role.

It seems like it is all building toward a big confrontation for the climax, but everything just fizzles as the characters seemed to lose interest in the
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review can also be found on my blog:

DC Ink is trying to capture the teen crowd by having established YA authors give some of their heroes new origin stories. In this outing, Danielle Paige reimages a teen-aged Mera meeting Arthur Curry for the first time. The timing is good, as the Jason Mamoa Aquaman movie is still fresh in people’s minds, plus I myself read two Aquaman graphic novels recently.

Mera is introduced as a rebel warrior princess of the un
Lost in Book Land
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
I recently finished Mera: Tidebreaker which was given to me as an ebook ARC which is a graphic novel about Mera and Aquaman’s start.


In this graphic novel, we follow Mera a Xebellian girl who is the daughter of the Xebellian king and set to marry the other future leader. However, Mera has a mind of her own. She wants to be the one to save her people, not her future husband and to so she will have to go on a secret mission on land and kill Aruther. Mera begins this journey with a roc
Shreya Karnati
This one started off really slow but it got better later on. (view spoiler) ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Rian *fire and books*
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
I feel like if you like superhero stories, this is for you.

As a casual movie watcher? Who walked away from Aquaman thinking it was just okay? Yeah. This book is meh.

I can’t really say what it was that bored me. I was just bored. I do think there’s a story there but it’s one I didn’t connect to. I do like the art style and mostly monochromatic coloring.

So, it’s a 2.
Apr 27, 2019 rated it liked it
The art in this is beautiful but this story doesn't fit into any of the recent canon (e.g. New 52, Rebirth Aquaman and the Aquaman movie). I was a little thrown off as it felt like the author kind of just grabbed random bits of Mera lore and twisted them to make the story they wanted.

2 star story + 4 star art.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A YA version of Mera's backstory. It's a bit on the instalove side, but that's kind of a feature of her origin anyways. It does exactly what it sets out to do, and I think this could be a hit with the target audience. ...more
Jaye Berry
May 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019, comics
"You've got to be sharking me."

Oh wow. I expected this to be bad from all the negative reviews and the low average rating but I didn't expect it to be this bad. The writing in this book was awful and so juvenile. Lots of weird silly phrases to stand in for cursing and just all around immature dialogue and situations. The entire point of this book is Mera's mission to kill Arthur but it turns out super insta-love between them of course. Plus no one else had found this lost heir and... Mera found
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books-tbr
real rating: 3.5/5 stars

Mera was a firecracker. She thought of herself too highly because her mother was a warrior so she believed she had every right/skill to jump out of the water and kill the future prince of Atlantis. But when she goes on land, she meets Arthur and realizes he's a good person and falls in love with him. The romance was cute with the right amount of angst but the overall reason why this book wasn't perfect for me was because it built up and up and up the tension between the
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Hmm it’s been quite a long time since the last time I’ve read a graphic novel and I liked it, but it wasn’t anything memorable or something that I’d say moved me.
Adam M
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
-Read for 2019 YA Reading Challenge- (Sorry, I've been away for spring break with the kid and cleaning up reviews I didn't finish.)

I received an ARC from DC Ink at c2e2 this year thanks to the ALA Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table. Publishers were kind to us librarians and I was excited to see this because I've been seeing a lot of buzz around the new DC imprint. As a parent and librarian I'm always glad for new entry points for interested readers, especially when they are trying to do someth
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