Aquaman: Was Mera Sent Here to KILL Him?

In Abandoned an’ Forsaked, we examine comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent).

When Mera debuted in Aquaman #11 (by Jack Miller and Nick Cardy), she explained that she was a queen of a sea people from another dimension and that she had to go on the run when a bad guy committed a coup upon her kingdom.

Aquaman helped Mera fight off the usurper and they even succeeded in winning Mera her kingdom back. After a little bit of time, however, she ended up returning to Aquaman’s dimension, determined to give up her kingdom for the chance to spend more time with the man that she had grown to love. They ultimately married and doon had a baby. The baby, Arthur Jr., was tragically murdered by Black Manta years later.

Mera’s history went over a few revamps over the year, but the most significant one occurred in the maxiseries, Brightest Day, where Mera and Aquaman reunited following Aquaman’s resurrection in Blackest Night. In Brightest Day #6 (by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis), Mera reveals the truth of where she came from and what she was originally doing when she first met Aquaman…

That is one heck of a dramatic change! However, she DID decide not to go through with it, so Aquaman was ultimately okay with it and the two continued their relationship.

This new set-up was mostly adapted into the New 52.

Okay, that’s it for this installment of Abandoned an’ Forsaked! If anyone else has a suggestion for a notable comic book retcon that they’d like to see featured, drop me a line at [email protected]!

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