Mera: Queen of Atlantis #1

Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Lan Medina Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 28, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 17
7.6Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

From the pages of AQUAMAN comes a brand-new adventure starring Mera, in her own title for the first time ever! As the brutal Atlantean Civil War rages, Mera must keep the peace between the surface world and Atlantis as its newly anointed queen in exile. But when Aquaman's brother Orm, a.k.a. Ocean Master, learns of his homeland's fate, he'll stop at nothing to return to Atlantis as its king and savior!

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Feb 28, 2018

    While technically being a companion piece to the overall run on Aquaman, this series already stands on it's own legs without relying heavily on previous knowledge being absolutely necessary. Mera: Queen of Atlantis #1 kicks off what promises to be a great long overdue love letter to the titular character.   Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - Kristel Yeager Feb 28, 2018

    Mera is capturered perfectly. The story is so unexpected, yet moved in the perfected direction. The surprised possible alie is just...WOW!! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 28, 2018

    This is another newer DC series with a lot of promise. Its nice to see Mera get her time in the spotlight, but this is set up in a manner that it doesnt just have to be wrapped up in six issues. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Feb 28, 2018

    Dan Abnett has been killing it on Aquaman lately so I’m confident that this miniseries will be really good. He has been writing Mera, who is one of my favorite female characters, really well and she definitely adds to the series. Although the issue is mostly recap and set up, the art is beautiful and the story seems to just be beginning. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Black Nerd Problems - Khadjiah Johnson Mar 2, 2018

    To be honest, I can't wait to see the development of Mera over the course of this series. I am even more excited for the water puns, because you can't have an Atlantis comic without water puns. It's blasphemy. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Brett Feb 28, 2018

    If you haven't been reading Aquaman, you're missing out and you might not appreciate this mini-series. What's great though is to see Mera get the spotlight and it not being some blow off mini-series. Instead it's a comic series that's as important as the main one it spun out of and seems like it'll be a must for those reading Aquaman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Mar 3, 2018

    This is a solid first issue. Mera is an engaging character that can easily lead a story. I like that Mera is being compared and contrasted with Ocean Master; that's a neat and interesting touch. The art is gorgeous which really is what makes the issue worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Mar 1, 2018

    This is a solid first issue. There is a lot to get through though and it took me a couple of reads to take everything in. I think if you're more familiar with Atlantean DC Lore you would pick this up easily but as someone who knows their way around it less it was a bit of a tough read in places. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Mar 28, 2018

    I like Mera a lot and am confident that Dan Abnett has her best interests, but the series is a bit formulaic and does not take enough chances with a character who could easily escape the shadow of Aquaman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Feb 28, 2018

    An enjoyable opening chapter then, and I honestly hope this series does as well as it clearly deserves to, leading to a fully fledged Mera solo series, because to be perfectly honest, shes one of the most interesting DC characters not to already have one. Well worth a look if you've ever been curious about the character, and an absolutely essential purchase if you're already following the main Aquaman series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Spokhette Ballard Feb 28, 2018

    I would definitely recommend this issue to anyone wanting to learn more about Mera, or someone who is interested in the universe of Aquaman, or just wants to read another comic with a female lead. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Andrew Bistak Mar 3, 2018

    Mera also meets with the Madam Secretary as the Queen attempts to keep peace between the United States and Atlantis, however if the war in the ocean spills into this territory, the US will be forced to act. The issue ends with Orm pondering the devastating events on Atlantis and whether he should reclaim the mantle of Ocean Master again. Writer Dan Abnett created a compelling issue with a very interesting Mera that we can all relate too. Lan Medina also draws the perfect rendition of this Queen and although some panels feel a little rushed, the majority of the comic is quite stunning. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Outright Geekery - Brian A. Madrid Mar 3, 2018

    This first issue does shed some light to her past and a glimpse of a possible future with Arthur C. Being this a six part comic book series, I can only speculate this might be a prequel to DC's Aquaman film, coming the 21st of December. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 28, 2018

    The pacing is a little slow in some areas, but the overall story is worth reading for some great character development and art. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Feb 28, 2018

    Mera: Queen of Atlantis #1 is a flawed comic, but what it does right ends up far outshining its pitfalls. Mera is still a compelling character, even if she is presented as a little lovesick. Ocean Master is at an interesting crossroads. The art is good, and the narrative promises to be interesting. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Blair Marnell Mar 1, 2018

    It feels like a B-story for a character who belongs on the A-list. Even great artwork can't change that. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Feb 28, 2018

    Dan Abnett clearly knows and loves the character, he just needs to give her more to do. Anyone who knows Mera knows she lovesandneeds a good fight. HopefullyMera: Queen of Atlantisgives her one. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 28, 2018

    Mera: Queen of Atlantis, a title spinning out of Abnett's Aquaman run is odd, in that its biggest strength is also its biggest weakness " it's got some intriguing subplots going back years to explore, but unfortunately its leading lady may just be the least interesting thing going on in the issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Feb 28, 2018

    With Mera riding the tide of huge popularity, the time to strike out on her own book is definitely now. It will be interesting to see how this mini series ebb and flows and hopefully doesn't leave one of DC's iconic female characters floundering. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Rowan Grover Mar 2, 2018

    Held back by some dated plot devices and narration, "Mera: Queen Of Atlantis" #1 still manages to launch a well-paced solo series for the character with beautiful art direction. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Feb 28, 2018

    Mera: Queen of Atlantis (2018-) #1 will certainly have readers and reviewers split; there will be those that like it and sing its praise, and then there will be those that are disappointed. I, unfortunately, fall into the second group and am disappointed by the book. It's well-written and well-illustrated but doesn't do the Queen of Atlantis justice... Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geekery Magazine - Lucas Fashina Feb 28, 2018

    The Crown Atlantis/ Crown Comes Down series as a whole was great, and collated with Mera Queen of Atlantis #1 is even better. The one-two punch possibilities of the Aquaman and the Mera comic definitely has me intrigued. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Matthew Mueller Feb 28, 2018

    There's a solid foundation here going forward, but it seems this adventure won't really kick off until issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Feb 28, 2018

    I couldn't help shake the feeling that this was some leftover stories bits from when the Aquaman book went monthly.  Besides a big return of a fan favorite character, there is nothing new here for Aquaman fans and the narration makes it all feel very distant to the reader.  I did like the art and hope for something more exciting down the line, but this first issue was not what I was hoping for. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Comicsverse - Nicole Herviou Mar 1, 2018

    This book may be named for Mera, but this clearly isn't her story. A great amount of her identity has to do with her relationship to men, specifically Aquaman. She quite simply isn't her own person. The plot is mediocre, though there's room to improve in the coming issues. The art, thought, is pretty superb. It's one of the few things that will keep readers from dropping the series completely. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Feb 28, 2018

    With any luck, Mera: Queen of Atlantis will gain some urgency and manage to weave Orm into Mera's storyline without accidentally making him more central to the narrative than she is. It's just a shame that Mera's first-ever solo sets something of a low bar. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nihilist Feb 28, 2018

    Definitely a strong start to a run that I wasn't really expecting too much from. I was positively surprised to see the quality of its art and story, both portraying Mera as a properly fleshed out, complex character. There's some action, there's definitely solid foudation for the future, and finally, there's additional point of view, which I won't spoil anything about - but expect to smile at the end of the issue.

  • 9.0
    Comix4fever Mar 2, 2018

    Mera’s miniseries starts really strong.

  • 7.5
    Supes' soups Mar 3, 2018

    Mera finally gets her long deserved solo title even if it is just for six issues. That being said, this first issue was a little weak for me. You have to know what's going on currently with Aquaman to get the full gist of everything but either way, you know Mera is not her usual self and Arthur is currently leading a rebellion against Rath. Orm is throwing me off. All of sudden he's happy and settled as a land-dweller? I don't buy it, especially given his distaste for his brother being half human and sitting on the throne previously. Issue 2 will need to answer a few questions for this story to make sense and be compelling. Another thing is that this issue had inconsistent art, a few panels were truly standout and then you get Supes and Won more

  • 7.0
    JordanT4021 Mar 3, 2018

    It's strange to me that they'd have Mera be considerably de-powered in her very first solo title. The story feels like a side story to the Aquaman comics that easily could have been squeezed in. For fans not familiar with the character, this isn't a great starting point.

    The series does show promise though. The art is vibrant and consistent throughout. The cover and its variant are especially special. I think it will be a lot more enjoyable once she's fully powered and can show what a ruthless warrior she actually is.

  • 4.5
    SloboSOY Mar 1, 2018

    I did like the Orm part of the story. Less the Mera part. Why would they need to diminish her capacity when she as her own title.
    It's a really bad move ... A little Machist too. Because Batman, Aquaman or Superman never begin a ongoing with the fact their power diminish ... And she is with Wonder Woman a strong woman & a exemple. So I'm piss off about that.
    Even if in some way that prove all her capacity to fight.
    And the fact Orm take more importance in this story ... Like if Aquaman isn't important in his story & another character take the spot !.

    Cover - I tante the variant ... I like it but like the regular that didn't give anything of the story. 1/2
    Writing - Dan you disappointed me on that one. I don't more

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