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Mera: Tidebreaker

(DC Ink)

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  1,052 ratings  ·  356 reviews
From Danielle Paige, the New York Times best-selling author of Stealing Snow, comes a Mera and Aquaman origin story that explores Mera's first steps on land as well as her first steps as a hero or a villain, forcing her to choose to follow her heart or her mission to kill.

Mera is teenage royalty, heir to the throne of Xebel, the other not-so-lost colony under the sea. But
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 t
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.
kristen b ♡
Mar 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019, comics, owned
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, 2019-netgalley
This is part of DC's initiative to have YA authors write graphic novels aspart 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 real ...more
Scott S.
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
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
Alexandra Elend Wolf
May 15, 2019 is currently reading it
I wasn't planning on reading an Aquaman comic, even though this is about Mera and not exactly Aquaman, but I got intrigued by the cover and the art and, well, here you have me.

I don't know what to think about it and I certainly don't have any expectations or hopes for it aside of just enjoying my time reading it and distracting myself from my more heavy reading.

Let's see how I like this, shall we?
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
Sophie (Blame Chocolate)
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Apr 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Jessica (HighFantasyFanatic)
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.
Nicole Hewitt
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

A couple of disclaimers before I start: I went into this graphic novel with absolutely no background knowledge about Mera (or Aquaman, who I wouldn't have even known was involved if I hadn't read it in the synopsis). Instead, I read this as a Little Mermaid retelling and nothing more. Also, I always have a hard time reviewing graphic novels because you get so much less detail in them than you do a standard novel. I ten
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
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 so
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.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I really am rounding up the rating for the artwork which I thought was wonderful. The contrast between the splashes of color (Mera's red hair especially) and the blues/black and whites of the majority of the other illustrations was beautiful. The story was very average though, with the whole enemies-to-lovers trope taken next level. They definitely have some insta-love happening, which was disappointing. I would have been happier with just a friendship between Arthur and Mera, especially since t ...more
Gigi H
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you DC Ink for my ARC

While I felt like this was more for a younger audience and unlike the typical DC Comics I'm used to, I still enjoyed getting to know a young Mera and Arthur Curry.
Divine Anas
I've read only a sampler of this graphic novel as an introduction to it. While Mera might be one of those snarky and proactive heroines against injustice, she wasn't exactly laid out to my liking here. The monologues were completely bland and seem to fail at giving her the intended depth. Her indignance was almost viewed as petty. However, I did love the art style used here and the monochromatic color palette which is only accented by Mera's flaming hair. It's actually a nice tactic for letting ...more
May 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
First off I'd like to thank Netgalley as well as the publishers for giving me an advanced copy of this comic to read and review! All thoughts and opinions are still my own.

After seeing the not so positive reactions on Goodreads to this, I wasn't going in with all that high expectations. And even with that, I was still let down.

Let me start off by complimenting the art. For the most part, it was quite gorgeous, and I loved the colors used. Even here though, there were moments when faces looked we
Becca  ☾☁︎⋆ (
review to come on 15/04 as part of the DC INK Blog Tour!


If you're familiar with Aquaman, you might know of Mera. I sadly didn't know who she was until around a year ago when they brought her to the big screen with the DC Franchise. I'm all about Girl Power™, so getting to see Mera shine in her own light and not underneath the shadow of Aquaman (although this is a sort of origin of them both) in her own Graphic Novel was amazing.
Mera is a teenager (around sixteen I believe) and already
Picking up this graphic novel was a split decision pick when I was scrolling through my library's ebook app. I had saw this book mentioned quite a few times in the past few days, and the art and premise of a superhero story looked intriguing. At least one of the two items worked out?

The art really good. I mean, it was so so good. I loved the way that everything booked and Mera was just so insanely pretty. It was honestly the only thing that kept me reading. Even though it was a muted color palet
May 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
I don't really have many thoughts about this book and while I enjoyed it, I could stop thinking about how I've already read a story like this before.
Princess is in an arranged marriage she doesn't want, she goes out to prove herself so she can rule by herself and while on said quest she finally falls in love and is called a hero.
Just me? didn't think so.
I was able to predict everything that was going to happen from the 40th page, and that really isn't a good sign.
So very disappointing, espe
Ann (annreads)
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
*I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thanks DC Comics for sending me a copy!*

Well, that was so much fun!
Even though I didn’t have previous knowledge of Princess Mera‘s origin story, I didn’t have any trouble following what was happening and I actually really enjoyed it! This book gave us a first glimpse of Mera and her life in Xebel, and then the plot moved forward pretty quickly after she got set on her mission. Her interactions with Arthur were super interesting and I loved t
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Danielle lives in NY. Before turning to YA, she worked in television & was nominated for several Daytime Emmy's. Dorothy Must Die is her first novel.

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