Graphic Novel Review: Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige

38452566Release Date: April 2, 2019
Read Date: March 9, 2019
3stars

***Trigger warning for genre typical violence***

Thank you to DC Ink for sending me an eARC of this book. My review is 100% unbiased and honest.

While I am not a huge fan of graphic novels, I am a big fan of superheroes, so seeing a graphic novel focusing on a female superhero, while making Aquaman a secondary character? My feminist ass was IN!

I super enjoyed the premise of this graphic novel, even if it’s not super original. Warrior girl has to go kill enemy boy she doesn’t know but his death is the key to her future, girl meets boy and realizes he isn’t an enemy, girl has moral crisis and develops feelings for boy. I’m still trash for this trope, especially when you throw in the fact that Mera is doing this to take down an oppressive government regime.

My main issue with graphic novels in general is that they tend to sacrifice relationship and character development, and unfortunately Mera: Tidebreaker fell to that weakness. While it’s not as bad as some other graphic novels I’ve read, it definitely suffers from insta-love and unfounded character “development.” On top of that, the big confrontation ends up being kind of Breaking Dawn-esque where everyone puffs up for a fight, then has a half-assed conversation and goes home. I get that it’s setting up future issues, but it felt super anticlimactic.

If someone is a fan of graphic novels, I would actually highly recommend Mera to them. The art is stunning, I love the color palette and Paige does the best she can with condensing what ostensibly could be a complete novel into a 180 page comic. But, if they – like me – find that the graphic novel format can sometimes be a deterrent to the story itself, I may suggest they either skip it or check it out from the library.

Who’s your favorite female superhero?

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