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Precinct1313 Recommends: Mera – Queen Of Atlantis #1

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Welcome back to our Women’s History Month extravaganza, where we commemorate and celebrate the important contributions of Women throughout Human history… a special event set up by the scintillating and sensational scribe, and bombastic blogging buddy – Cupcakes and Machetes.

And, whilst you’re here, why don’t you join me in basking in the illuminatingly illustrious illustrations of the nuanced and non-comparable Nicola Scott! Nicola truly is an absolutely astonishing artist and is one of my personal favourite illustrators in comics today, her recent work on the Wonder Woman Rebirth series, alongside fellow artist Liam Sharp, was seriously breathtaking… as is her cover for Mera: Queen Of Atlantis #1, a new six issue mini-series from DC Comics.

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Unfortunately Nicola’s involvement in the comic itself stops at the cover… fortunately, interior artist – Lans Medina is a rather wonderful penciller in his own right, so the visuals throughout are great.

Writer Dan Abnett has been absolutely killing it with his fantastic run on DC’s Aquaman recently, which makes him the obvious choice as lead on Mera’s first ever solo series. Aquaman has beautifully blended both political intrigue and action, which now sees the once King of Atlantis removed from his throne and leading a resistance force against the tyrannical and despotic new leader. Mera because of the coup finds herself cut off from her Atlantean people, ostensibly a Queen in exile, and to add insult to injury, due to magical intervention, she also finds her powers weakened and has seemingly lost her innate ability to survive underwater.

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As the  brutal Atlantean civil war rages on, Mera finds herself thrust into the position of keeping the peace between the surface world and Atlantis as the newly anointed Queen in exile. But when Aquaman’s brother Orm, a.k.a The Ocean Master, learns of the fate that besets his homeland, he will let nothing deter him from returning to Atlantis as it’s King and saviour.

Dan Abnett and Lans Medina present a tense and action packed first issue, with some lovely art, great pacing and an intriguing protagonist. Mera is long overdue her time in the limelight. So with this six issue mini-series and her recent small but momentous role in last years Justice League movie (with the Atlantis Queen ably portrayed by actress Amber Heard) plus the fact that we’ll be seeing a lot more of Amber’s take on the Atlantean with a significantly larger part in December with DC’s Aquaman movie hitting the big screen, you could say the tide has finally turned for Mera, she’s really started making waves… (sorry!)

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Mera is copyright: DC Comics

New Comics Spotlight: Aquaman #39

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(DC Comics, 2015)

Welcome friends to another new comics Wednesday, and today’s spotlight falls on the man from Atlantis himself… Aquaman, in honour of the unveiling of Jason Momoa as everyone’s favourite sea bound Superhero this week. I don’t normally buy Aquaman on a regular basis, I love the character don’t get me wrong, but my regular comic buying is already on overload and there are only so many hours in a day, or money in my wallet. But when the aforementioned picture of Jason Momoa was tweeted to the world earlier this week by director Zack Snyder, I felt the need to immerse myself (pun most definitely intended!) in the sunken world of Atlantis once more.

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And what a fantastic issue to buy on impulse, as our titular hero finds that his long lost Mother Atlanna, once Queen of Atlantis is alive and well, and alongside his wife Mera he tracks her down only to be attacked by her assembled forces. A surprisingly poignant issue, well handled by writer Jeff Parker with some absolutely stunning interior art by Paul Pelletier and Sean Parsons. This issue forms an important chapter in Aquaman’s New 52 reboot, in fact the comic was so absorbing visually and verbally that I found myself perusing back issues from this new run, and will probably end up buying the series on a more regular basis. I was even more pleased to be able to get hold of the variant cover by the always amazing Amanda Conner, the alternate cover is part of this month’s Harley Quinn variant month.

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Aquaman #39 is available right now at your local comic-book emporium with cover and interior art by Paul Pelletier and Sean Parsons. Alternate Harley Quinn cover by Amanda Conner. Written by Jeff Parker.

Precinct1313 Rating: 4 Long Lost Queens Of Atlantis Out Of 5.

The King Of Atlantis Revealed…

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(Aquaman – DC Comics, 1941-2015)

Zack Snyder revealed through Twitter earlier, the first image of Jason Momoa as the King of Atlantis – Aquaman, and damn does he look awesome! Momoa is probably best remembered as the Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo from popular HBO series Game of Thrones. His casting by Snyder was a sublime choice, riding off the back of his very popular role in the George R.R. Martin adaptation, Momoa was born to play a Superhero of some kind, a physically imposing actor with fantastic dramatic range and skill.

Aquaman (real name Arthur Curry) was created in 1941 by Mort Weisinger and Paul Norris, his first appearance was in More Fun Comics #73. Arthur is the King of the mythical sunken city of Atlantis where he rules the Atlanteans alongside his wife Mera. The more I see of the upcoming characters of DC’s cinematic take on it’s iconic universe, the more excited I am becoming, and this reveal by Snyder today has ramped that up to stratospheric proportions! … 2016 cannot come soon enough for this particular DC fan.

Aquaman: Futures End #1

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Aquaman Futures End #1, is another of DC’s one-shot special edition motion cover tie ins to the year long Futures End saga. As with the other Futures End one-off issues, this takes place five years after the Multiversity war and Atlantis stands on the verge of collapse. The Atlanteans are starving and turn their anger towards Aquaman, Aquaman’s wife, Mera has claimed the throne and sentenced Aquaman to death, and on top of all these problems, Atlantean Vulko prepares to resurrect former Atlantis ruler – King Atlan, plus Aquaman gets a very cool new costume design.

Another fantastic Futures End tie in, with the amazing motion cover drawn by Yvel Guichet, interior art by Alvaro Martinez and Raul Fernandez, and written by the great Dan Jurgens.

Precinct1313 Rating: 4 sunken mythical cities out of 5