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Posts tagged mera

Sep 7 '13

Mera - Aquaman’s Wife in the New 52, Until She Wasn’t!

Many folks including myself have questioned why characters such as Buddy and Ellen Baker and Aquaman and Mera are married in the new 52 when other characters such as Kate Kane and Maggie Sawyer in this week’s Marriagegate aren’t.

Today, just coincidentally, it was clarified at Baltimore Comic Con that Aquaman and Mera ARE NOT married in the new 52. Not just clarified, but apparently according to Bleeding Cool, confirmed by DC.

Which is interesting. Because it begs a few questions. One, how Mera is Arthur’s Queen if they are just shacking up?

And secondly, why Geoff Johns was fine with her being referred to as Arthur’s wife in the new 52 launch? Like here in Maxim.

You made Aquaman’s wife, Mera, a much more prominent character – how come?
For me, her background is really interesting. She felt very strong to me, her hydroconnect powers are very interesting - controlling the water is visually beautiful and I felt the character was very appealing. That’s why we introduced her in Blackest Night and had her stand on her own before we brought Aquaman in. You know, I think people respond to the character because she is such a strong, confident kickass superhero.

And third why the DC web site refers to her as his wife?

A princess of the underwater kingdom of Xebel who possesses enhanced strength, durability and the ability to bend water to her will, Mera trained since birth for her ultimate mission: to kill the current King of Atlantis in retaliation for her people’s exile. Mera knew that to do this, she’d have to gain Aquaman’s trust. It was the only way she could get close enough to kill him. But as she got to know Aquaman, something unexpected occurred—she fell in love. And thus began the fiery redhead’s constantly conflicted sense of being. To stand beside her husband is to betray her family and her people, but to give them what they want, to fulfill her mission, is something her heart would never allow her to do. 

Although a hero in her own right, Mera often finds herself struggling between two worlds—whether it’s between her own people and her husband or between those of the surface and those of the sea. Her aggressive nature especially puts her at odds with the surface world, a world so much bigger and more complex than she was ever taught and with whom she finds it impossible to relate to and understand. It’s for her love of Aquaman that she even attempts to understand this world of man, and why she continues to try to be a part of both worlds while terrified of belonging to none. 

Update: Here’s a fourth! The official Amazon verbiage from first collection of new 52 Aquaman:

A #1 New York Times Best Seller!

The King of the Seven Seas Aquaman returns to his very own ongoing series for the first time in years at the hands of DC Entertainment Chief Creative Office Geoff Johns, who reteams with GREEN LANTERN collaborator artist Ivan Reis! Between proving himself to a world that sees him as a joke, Aquaman and his bride Mera face off against a long buried terror from the depths of the ocean!

I mean they certainly acted like a married couple.

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Oh well, it’s not like DC hasn’t rewritten their history before …

Jan 24 '13

DC Favorite Couples Tournament: Canon Round 1 Match 5 

The winners of yesterday’s matches were Scandal/Knockout/Liana, Dick and Kory and Huntress and Peej.

Just one canon match (don’t worry non-canon is back Friday).

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Aquaman and Mera!

vs.

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Wally West and Artemis Crock

VOTE HERE

Mar 27 '11
If you haven’t heard, Geoff Johns has announced a new book starring Aquaman. And I have some questions about the title. Portrait by Ivan Reis.

If you haven’t heard, Geoff Johns has announced a new book starring Aquaman. And I have some questions about the title. Portrait by Ivan Reis.

Oct 5 '10

A lovely Mera by Ramona Fradon

This is by Ramona Fradon who was one of the few females artists working in comics during the Silver and Bronze Age. In addition to working on Aquaman she co-created Metamorpho. She later drew the Brenda Starr comic strip and a variety of other DC books including Super Friends. If you would like to learn more about this pioneering female creator this is a good interview.

Oct 5 '10

October Madness: round five is open for voting

It’s a battle of the redheads, Batwoman vs. Mera. Voting closes at 8pm EST.

http://micropoll.com/t/KEcOAZBOPV

Oct 4 '10

October Madness: contestants for match-up #5 to decide the most kick-ass DC woman

Get your red lantern rings ready! Remember voting opens at 8am EST tomorrow morning and closes at 8pm EST. Vote your favorite to the next round.

In this corner a woman who lives to serve, who wears the Bat with true pride, and who has had a very close relationship with GCPD,

Kate Kane/Batwoman

And in this corner a Silver age favorite revitalized in Blackest Night, a woman who calls the sea her home and who is a favorite of Geoff Johns,

Mera

Oct 4 '10

Brightest Day # 11 preview, oh goodie the Black Laterns are back

The whole preview is up at the Source - here’s a double page spread from the issue. And I ask the same question, “Where’s Mera?”

Sep 28 '10

Mera

A lovely portrait of Mera by with pencils by snareser and colors by spidermanfan2099. What’s that you’re saying Mera? Oh “it’s as big as two fingers,” is it? It’s okay, Mera. Remember it’s not the size of the ship, it’s the motion in the ocean.


Aug 26 '10
I’ll admit it. When Mera showed up in Blackest Night I didn’t like her. She was clearly a new favorite of Geoff Johns and was being positioned as an equal to Wonder Woman. That’s a belief that is, well, all wet. But since then I’ve grown to admire the character. She’s strong, fierce and from little I’ve seen of Brightest Day appears to be a partner to Arthur. I am not reading Brightest Day, but hope that Mera ends up in another title soon. She’s definitely one kick ass woman. At least I have Batman: The Brave and the Bold’s Mera in the meantime. I must have watched Aquaman’s vacation episode at least ten times.
Also as a reminder the fantastic Ramona Fradon will be at the Baltimore Comic Con this weekend. If you are lucky enough to attend, take a moment and stop by and see a great artist and a pioneer for women creators.
(via rainydayrecess)

I’ll admit it. When Mera showed up in Blackest Night I didn’t like her. She was clearly a new favorite of Geoff Johns and was being positioned as an equal to Wonder Woman. That’s a belief that is, well, all wet. But since then I’ve grown to admire the character. She’s strong, fierce and from little I’ve seen of Brightest Day appears to be a partner to Arthur. I am not reading Brightest Day, but hope that Mera ends up in another title soon. She’s definitely one kick ass woman. At least I have Batman: The Brave and the Bold’s Mera in the meantime. I must have watched Aquaman’s vacation episode at least ten times.

Also as a reminder the fantastic Ramona Fradon will be at the Baltimore Comic Con this weekend. If you are lucky enough to attend, take a moment and stop by and see a great artist and a pioneer for women creators.

(via rainydayrecess)

Aug 2 '10
The Black Cat does the Aquafamily. Outstanding! My favorite version of the Aquafamily is “Batman: Brave and the Bold” but this is very cute.

The Black Cat does the Aquafamily. Outstanding! My favorite version of the Aquafamily is “Batman: Brave and the Bold” but this is very cute.

Jun 14 '10
M is for Mera, Aquaman’s kick ass wife and the Queen of Atlantis. Mera made her debut in 1963 and was recently thrust to prominence in Blackest Night. After escaping Black Lantern Aquaman, Mera is first deputized into the JLA and then by the Red Lanterns. As a Red Lantern, Mera both fought and bonded with Wonder Woman. At the end of Blackest Night, Aquaman returned to life and he and Mera are trying to learn the secrets of Brightest Day. And the new Aqualad? Totally Mera and Black Manta’s kid. Calling it.

M is for Mera, Aquaman’s kick ass wife and the Queen of Atlantis. Mera made her debut in 1963 and was recently thrust to prominence in Blackest Night. After escaping Black Lantern Aquaman, Mera is first deputized into the JLA and then by the Red Lanterns. As a Red Lantern, Mera both fought and bonded with Wonder Woman. At the end of Blackest Night, Aquaman returned to life and he and Mera are trying to learn the secrets of Brightest Day. And the new Aqualad? Totally Mera and Black Manta’s kid. Calling it.