In the story arc Throne of Atlantis, a United States aircraft carrier is undergoing tests and fires a practice shot but their missiles veer off course under the water. Soon after the ship itself disappears completely. Cyborg and Batman attempt to find an answer, but Batman is called in the middle of a pursuit of Scarecrow. This is stopped abruptly by Aquaman, who has come to Gotham City to ask for Batman’s help. Once on shore they are joined by Mera. They have sensed some abnormal underwater activity which could signal some danger. Meanwhile in Metropolis Superman and Wonder Woman are on a date as civilians when they hear a disturbance. Both Metropolis, Gotham City and Boston have been hit by tidal waves, which Arthur reveals is the war plans which he wrote for Atlantis. In Metropolis Lois Lane is pulled from the sea by Vulko who informs Superman and Wonder Woman that he must find Aquaman. In Gotham Mera works to control the leftover water and Batman and Aquaman depart together. They are soon shot down but then teleported to the satellite. They all agree that Aquaman can go to confront his brother alone, but they intervene nonetheless. This causes Aquaman to attack Batman. Meanwhile elsewhere the denizens of the Trench are freed.
As with any character that has existed in the medium for such a long time, Mera has had her origin told many times and this creates some confusion to the exact origin of the character. In the silver age , she was the resident of a watery dimension known as Xebel , and she fled from there to Earth from the villain Leron . After arriving on Earth she met Aquaman and the two formed a crimefighting partnership before eventually marrying. A modified origin indicates that Xebel was actually a banished coloney of Atlanteans which had been sealed within the Bermuda Triangle . Mera and her sister Hila were princesses of Xebel and sent to destroy Aquaman. Instead Mera fell in love with him and abandoned her people to become the Queen of Atlantis .
Mera’s first appearance was in Aquaman #11 in 1963. Created by artist Nick Cardy.
Mera’s publication history is a lot longer than most contemporary characters, having spanned almost fifty years. As with many characters of the silver age (and especially female characters) her depiction was generally two dimensional, but after the decision that one of her sons died in infancy, she began to be displayed as more independent, both in love with Aquaman, but also unable to face their past. In the new 52 reboot, they seem to be at peace with one another, though it is not yet revealed hos this relates to the continuity before the reboot.
Major Story Arcs
The majority of the character’s silver appearances did not result in any notable story arcs. This is mostly as a result of the general depiction of comic book characters at the time (in that most did not have story arcs) instead focusing more on self-contained adventures within individual issues, or occasionally in two or three. The first major development which occurred to Mera was the death of their child Arthur Curry Jr, who was murdered by Black Manta. Mera began to resent that the father was not by the son when he died (as the son died a short time later while they tried to save his life.) The two eventually came to a violent confrontation in which Aquaman assumed that Mera had died, but it was later revealed that Thantos had brainwashed her. She was held in a hellish dimension known as the Netherworld. She was eventually freed by her husband. The two remained estranged and she even ruled as Queen during his exile. Arthur had also begun a relationship with Dolphin for a time, but her would eventually reunite with Mera.
Atlantis was sent back in time by Tempest during the Imperiex War. It was later restored with the help of the Justice League of America. She later showed up
shortly before Aquaman’s death in One Year Later . After these events she regained her full abilities and formed a rebel army with the new Aquaman with the goal of rebuilding Atlantis after its destruction at the hands of the Spectre .During Blackest Night, a group of Atlanteans including Mera attempt to retrieve the body of Aquaman to return it to the royal tomb. She is shocked to discover he has been returned to life as a Black Lantern, and was later joined by Dolphin and Tula (Aquagirl.) In the end the remainder of the Atlanteans are killed and Garth is brought back as a Black Lantern as well. Black Lantern Aquaman tempts her with their deceased child but she flees and joins forces with the Atom and the Flash. She is eventually deputized as a Red Lantern, which increased her power substantially. When the Arthur was subsequently revived, her red ring separated itself from her, leaving her in cardiac arrest, but Saint Walker and Carol Ferris were able to save her.
During the events of Brightest Day the two of them rekindle their love and the two began to work together, notably saving a group of children from abduction, but they are confused as Aquaman can summon zombie version of marine wildlife. Soon after she is forced to reveal to Aquaman her true history, that she was originally sent to kill him.
Mera is still struggling to adjust to life on the surface. She fought The Trench at Aquaman's side. She hates how humans show niether Arthur nor her any respect even after how much they've helped them. Now, with Arthur fighting to find Black Manta with The Others, she is forced to stay back with shin.
Powers and Abilities
Mera's physiology allows her to live and survive under water for an indefinite period of time. Mera also possesses super strength and the invulnerability caused by her ocean physiology. Mera most famously has the ability to manipulate water by creating "Hard Water" constructs. She has been shown to use her water manipulating ability to create concussive blasts of water and weapons as well as lift and move water around her. Mera also has some limited telepathy. During her short tenure as a Red Lantern, she wielded a Red Power Ring, granted her the full range of abilities which the ring grants, though of course also the same limitations (she was overcome with rage.) She also a trained soldier and expert in combat due to her training from the King of Xebel. She has shown the ability to leap long distances vertically out of the water (at least 1000 feet) as she combines her fast swimming ability with hard water constructs to propel herself.
The events of Flashpoint created an in continuity world which had been modified to be quite different. In this storyline Wonder Woman and Aquaman were to be married as a political union, but a well-planned assassination stopped this course of action. The Amazons and the Atlanteans were subsequently at war. Mera eventually faces Wonder Woman and is decapitated, with Wonder Woman taking her distinctive helmet as a trophy. As depicted in the new 52, things are seemingly back to normal for the pair, as the events of Flashpoint were undone
The Nail (Elseworlds)
Mera has an small involvement in the alternate universe of The Nail, a world where the Kents never found Kal-El, and as consequence there is no Superman
JLA: Created Equal
In this elseworld, all men, with the exception of Superman and Lex Luthor, leaving the women behind. Wonder Woman, leading an all female Justice League, struggles to bring order and repopulate the world. Mera and Dolphin are shown as Atlantis survivors.
In Alex Ross´ Justice, Mera is once again the wife of Aquaman and mother of Arthur Jr. She asks for Justice League help after Aquaman dissapeared.
Mera makes a few cameos in Tiny Titans from Johnny Dc line. Her face is never shown.
Justice League of Atlantis
This was one of the many Justice League teams formed after Hector Hammond made the world forget that the Justice League existed. Aquaman's group were generally underwater based heroes. Mera is part of the team along with Tempest, Power Girl, Arion, Lori Lemaris and Devilfish
Aquaman: The Animated Series
Mera appeared in several episodes of this show. She was voiced by Diana Maddox.
Justice League Unlimited
Mera appeared in the episodes The Enemy Below Part 1 and Part 2, The Terror Beyond Part 1 and Part 2. She was voiced by Kristen Bauer. Theres is no statement on whatever she is atlantean or not, and she does not display any powers. She first appears in the two part episodes story "The Enemy Below" as Aquaman wife and mother of their son. When Aqumana is put under arrest by Orm, she helped the Justice League by freeing them. She returns in "The Enemy Below" confronting de Justice League´s acusation against Aquaman. She also made a cameo in "Hereafter", attending Superman´s Funeral). In the serie she is given a more royal look.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Mera made her first appearence as a cameo in the episode "Evil Undersea" next to Aquaman throne. She made a full appearece, voice by Sirena Irwin, in "Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure!" where her family takes center stage, there she is urges Aquaman to take some time off his super hero duties to make a family trip. In this episode she fights Penguin´s henchmen.
Soon after their marriage, Arthur and Mera discovered that Slade Wilson was building prisons for super-heroes following the passing of the Vigilante Registration Act and destroyed one of them. Clark Kent went to confront Arthur about this, but Mera, deeming him a threat, knocked him aside with her hydrokinesis. As Clark and Arthur went off to investigate Slade's operation further (resulting in Arthur being kidnapped), Mera was confronted by Lois Lane, who was trying to help Clark. At first, Mera deemed Lois a lesser being compared to herself, Arthur, Oliver Queen and Clark, until Lois managed to help them save Arthur with information on the prisons. Mera managed to rescue Oliver and Arthur. Later, before leaving town with Arthur, Mera apologized to Lois and admitted that she is a worthy partner of equal standing for someone like Clark. She is portrayed by Elena Satine.
Mera made an appearance on the show's episode "Downtime". In the episode after a mission gone awry, Aqualad decides to return to Atlantis where he hopes to rekindle things with Tula. However he comes to learn that Tula and Garth are now an item, and to make matters worst Poseidonis is attacked by Black Manta and his men, who sought after a beast frozen in ice. While Aquaman is away Mera, Garth, Tula , and Kaldur'ahm protect whats left of the city. Defeated, Black Manta resorts to drastic measures and decides to destroy the frozen beast, then flee the scene. As the episode comes to a close Aquaman entrust Aqualad with what's left of the beast, to take it to the surface world so that they may study whats left. Before Aqualad heads on back to the surface world he gives his blessings to Garth and Tula, she is also revealed to be pregnant. She is mentioned in the Season 1 finale where is stated that she helped create de cure to negate the effects of Starro-tech (The Light used this tech to asume control over the Justice League members). This is the first animated version of the character to display hydrokinesis, she is show to be very powerful as an instructor of the Conservatory of Sorcery. She has a more edgy look that her previous incarnations.
DC Universe Online
Mera appears in the MMORPG game DC Universe Online. In the beginning it´s believe that atlanteans are behind the arrack on Metropolis, with it forces commanded by Queen Mera. It´s revealed that this was in fact Circe in disguise who has seized control over the royal family. After Circes´s grip on Aquaman is broken, He and Mera go back to Atlantis.
- Mera is part of the Series 2 of Brightest Day line.
- Mera, as a Red Lantern, is part of the Blackest Night serie 7. She is accompanied by Dex-Starr.
- Mera has three variatins in the Heroclix game: One with her classic look, as a red lantern and a better made one based on the New 52 serie
- A 16" barbie like doll base of her was released as part of DC Star Tonner Dolls.
- Mera is the 108th character released as part of he DC Comics Super Hero Collection
- Mera was released as a part of Ame-Comi Girls, and all female DC collection.
- Mera was part of Women of DC bust line.