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‘Mera: Queen of Atlantis #4’ (review)

Written by Dan Abnett
Illustrated by Lan Medina
Published by DC Comics


I haven’t been keeping up on this series so I decided to read the first three issues leading up to this.

And why not? Abnett is a capable writer and Lan Medina is an excellent artist. How bad can it be?

Well, it’s not exactly good or bad.

For me?

It’s just kind of there.

I think the biggest problem I had in the book is that Abnett doesn’t really know how to make Mera interesting. In the first few issues leading up to this, Mera didn’t really drive the action. Other characters did. This issue is the one where she actually does something.

Mera is fighting for the soul of Atlantis. She needs allies. So, she goes to her ex-husband, Nereus, who is also the King of Xebel! This scene has a little bit more of spark to it than the rest of the book. Nereus has a saucy personality so it makes it interesting.

He also may not be trustworthy. But honestly, that’s about as interesting as the book gets.

Abnett does an okay job on the story here but it doesn’t exactly thrill like one would hope.

The art by Lan Medina is lush and beautiful to behold. Medina’s last work on the Deadman series was gorgeous. While this is a different style than that, it is still beautiful to look at nonetheless.

I just wish it had more behind it story-wise because right now it’s pretty empty.



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