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Exclusive Preview: Mera: Queen of Atlantis #2

Mera: Queen of Atlantis #2

Story: Dan Abnett Art: Lan Medina
Ink: Norm Rapmund Color: Veronica Gandini Letterer: Simon Bowland
Cover: Nicola Scott, Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Group Editor: Brian Cunningham Editor: Alex Antone
Associate Editor: Brittany Holzherr Assistant Editor: Andrea Shea
U.S. Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: March 28, 2018

As the reluctant Queen Mera continues to work toward a peace between the surface and the sea, her rule is challenged by the former king of Atlantis, Orm the Ocean Master! But Orm is torn between his duty to Atlantis and his love for his new surface family—and both he and Mera will clash over the futures they choose to fight for!

Preview: Batwoman #13

Batwoman #13

Story: Marguerite Bennett Art: Fernando Blanco
Color: John Rauch Letterer: Deron Bennett
Cover Art: Dan Panosian
Variant Cover: Lee Bermejo
Group Editor: Jamie S. Rich Editor: Brittany Holzherr
In Shops: Mar 21, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“The Fall of the House of Kane” part one! After her deadly trip around the world hunting the infamous Many Arms of Death, Batwoman returns to her childhood home in Brussels, the site of her most brutal losses and memories. As the clock begins to tick on a new cycle of violence, Kate must overcome her haunted past to prevent an attack more terrible than any before!

Preview: Batman #43

Batman #43

Story: Tom King Art: Mikel Janin, Hugo Petrus
Color: June Chung Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover: Mikel Janin
Variant Cover: Olivier Coipel, Dave Stewart
Editor: Jamie S. Rich Associate Editor: Brittany Holzherr
In Shops: Mar 21, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“Everyone Loves Ivy” part three! The quest to end Ivy’s domination heads toward a close, but can Batman offer Ivy redemption on the other side of this crime? It’s an epic showdown between the Caped Crusader and one of his most popular foes, brought to you by the creative team behind “The War of Jokes and Riddles.”

Preview: Mister Miracle #7 (of 12)

Mister Miracle #7

Story: Tom King Art: Mitch Gerads Cover: Nick Derington Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Editor: Jamie S. Rich Associate Editor: Brittany Holzherr
In Shops: Mar 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Mister Miracle and Big Barda are in a panic. The war with Apokolips isn’t going well. And it’s Barda’s turn to have her past come crashing back into her present as the Female Furies appear on the scene with blood on their minds. Continuing the acclaimed miniseries that Entertainment Weekly called “by far the best comic on the stands right now.”

Preview: Batman #42

Batman #42

Story: Tom King Art: Mikel Janin
Color: June Chung Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Editor: Jamie S. Rich Associate Editor: Brittany Holzherr
In Shops: Mar 07, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“Everyone Loves Ivy” part two! Poison Ivy has taken control of every man, woman and child on the planet, and only Batman and Catwoman have escaped her influence. But will the pair of them be enough to nip this in the bud?

Preview: Batgirl #20

Batgirl #20

Story: Hope Larson Art: Sami Basri Cover: Dan Mora
Color: Jessica Kholinne Letterer: Deron Bennett
Group Editor: Jamie S. Rich Editor: Brittany Holzherr
In Shops: Feb 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

As the temperature drops even lower, Batgirl feels the pressure to find the maniac behind the worst blizzard that Gotham has seen in years! All signs point to the city’s latest villain turned hero: the Penguin. Could his efforts to help be a front for a greater crime in the making? What does his brilliant yet corrupt son, Black Sun, have to do with it? Find out in the thrilling conclusion to our wintry tale!

Preview: Teen Titans #17

Teen Titans #17

Story: Benjamin Percy Art: Scot Eaton Cover: Dan Mora
Ink: Wayne Faucher Color: Jim Charalampiois Letterer: Corey Breen
Group Editor: Brian Cunningham Editor: Alex Antone Associate Editor: Brittany Holzherr
In Shops: Feb 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“The Following” part one! In the aftermath of “Super Sons of Tomorrow” the Teen Titans are left without a place to call home. But a Titan’s work is never finished, and when a series of strange murders crop up in San Francisco, it’s up to the team to crack the case and prevent further bloodshed. Are the killings the work of a single serial killer…or is there a greater conspiracy at work?

Review: Mera: Queen of Atlantis #1

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!

If you haven’t been reading Aquaman, you’ve been missing out one of the best comics DC is publishing. The series has mixed action with political maneuvering. Currently there’s been a change in leadership with Aquaman no leading a resistance against the despotic ruler and Mera is cut off from her people and now anointed queen.

In Mera: Queen of Atlantis #1 she’s recovering from some injuries as well as trying to figure out what to do next. That not only includes defending herself from an assassination attempt but also doing a little politicking. With his run on Aquaman, writer Dan Abnett consistently delivers comics that mix entertainment with politics and we see that continue here. Mera recovers, fights, and has to deal with the United States’ State Department in hopes of preventing the nation from intervening in the affairs of Atlantis. It’s a mix of the fantastical and the grounded and it’s never boring. Abnett also delivers a comic that’s easily picked up by a new reader. What they need to know is explained and laid out in a way that moves the story along as well. The flow of the comic is great.

The art by Lan Medina, ink by Richard Friend, and color by Veronica Gandini is fantastic with a style that’s fantastic to look at. But, most importantly the comic never makes Mera look like a sex object. She looks great, regal, strong, and vulnerable. The comic looks fantastic and doesn’t attempt to mimic the very distinct style currently running in Aquaman. The issue has to balance action and the more mundane scenes and it does that and then some. And being able to help deliver those shifts in emotion is the lettering by Simon Bowland which helps set the tone.

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.

Story: Dan Abnett Art: Lan Medina Cover: Nicola Scott and Romulo Fajardo
Ink: Richard Friend Color: Veronica Gandini Lettering: Simon Bowland
Group Editor: Brian Cunningham: Editor: Alex Anton
Associate Editor: Brittany Holzherr Assistant Editor: Andrea Shea
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Mera: Queen of Atlantis #1

Mera: Queen of Atlantis #1

Story: Dan Abnett Art: Lan Medina Cover: Nicola Scott and Romulo Fajardo
Ink: Richard Friend Color: Veronica Gandini Lettering: Simon Bowland
Group Editor: Brian Cunningham: Editor: Alex Anton
Associate Editor: Brittany Holzherr Assistant Editor: Andrea Shea
In Shops: Feb 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

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!

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