- Posted by Johanna on February 26, 2012 at 3:01 pm
- Category: Superhero Reviews
- CREDITS: written by Geoff Johns; breakdowns by Ivan Reis; art by Joe Prado
- PUBLISHER: DC Comics; $2.99 US
This one-issue focus on Mera, Aquaman’s wife, gets at the core of why superheroes were invented. They’re revenge fantasies, an appeal to the idea that if only we were more powerful, we could right wrongs and bring evildoers to justice.
At the local grocery, there’s a slob of a manager who hits on the stockgirl, can’t keep his hands to himself, and doesn’t understand what “no” means when a woman says it. He’s exactly the kind of character you’re rooting to see learn a painful lesson, so when Mera breaks his arm because he won’t stop touching her, you’ll be glad to see it.
The way Aquawoman copes with the police officers who then want to arrest her, not him, is clever, as is her use of her abilities to demonstrate just how powerful she is, even on dry land. I’m not so fond of the history of Mera as pawn, rejected by her father because she won’t be used as a weapon, but at least this issue has a kind of happy ending in a new friendship.
I haven’t checked out what male reviewers have said about this issue, but I wonder if they reacted the same way. I suspect many readers may not realize how realistic a type the manager is, an average guy who thinks of himself as much more special than he is and believes the rules don’t apply to him, especially when it comes to not having to listen to what any woman says.
Sometimes, I just want to see a superhero giving the wrong types what for. That’s what I got in this issue, and it was satisfying.