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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

The Week In Geek… With Precinct1313

Welcome fellow agents of Precinct1313 to “The Week In Geek,” where we list our favourite comic book, video-game and cult movie news for your perusal and pleasure.

Suicide Squad – Second Trailer Is Mind-Blowingly Amazing…

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Sometimes it’s good to be bad!

So who amongst us have seen the astonishing new Suicide Squad movie trailer and not been blown away by its majestically manic and mirthful brilliance. David Ayer’s adaptation of DC Comics’ team of Supervillain badasses is looking utterly fantastic, and its dark tone and gritty violence are countered masterfully by an effervescent and mischievous sense of humour that just oozes from the trailer. This is movie marketing done right, I for one cannot wait for the (too far away) August 2016 release, and (shock/horror!) after watching the trailer for what must be the 100th time, I am almost more excited to see this than the upcoming “Batman v Superman” movie (almost.)

Oh, and Jared Leto’s Joker… will be the definitive version… calling it now.

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One Joker to rule them all…

 

Amber Heard To Be Crowned “Queen of Atlantis”…

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Amber Heard will make a huge splash as the Atlantis sovereign.

Though unconfirmed by Warner Bros, it seems that actress Amber Heard is in talks to take on the role of Mera, Aquaman’s love interest and eventual Queen of Atlantis. Amber will star opposite Jason Momoa’s Aquaman in the James Wan directed debut of one of DC’s biggest Superheroes. This is yet more sublime casting on behalf of Warner Bros, following hot on the heels of Danish actress Connie Nielsen being cast as Queen Hippolyta in the 2017 Wonder Woman movie. Amber’s Aphrodite like beauty mixed with real acting chops make her the perfect choice for the legendary Atlantis monarch. 

 

Resident Evil Zero – Remastered…

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“We may not be ‘masters of unlocking,’ but we certainly are masters of looking cool whilst posing!”

Following on from last year’s HD remaster of the original Resident Evil, comes the bygone Gamecube classic Resident Evil 0, now in glorious high definition. The “Resi” prequel was the last of the hardcore survival horror entries before Resident Evil 4 brought on a significant change in the much loved series. This version retained the complex puzzles, resource management and fixed camera angles of its forebears that were slowly eroded by the newer games in the franchise (ultimately culminating in the awfulness that is Resident Evil 6!)

Resident Evil 0 is set one day before the famous Arklay mansion incident, as we tag alongside S.T.A.R.S team medic Rebecca Chambers and fugitive Billy Coen as they explore a (zombie infested) runaway train, creepy mansion and an abandoned Umbrella Corporation training facility. An awesome conversion of an absolutely classic game, well worth investing your time and money in.

Why not join us again next time friends, for more “Week In Geek.”

New Comics Spotlight: Aquaman #39

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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.

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