Arthur and Mera are superheroes, members of the Justice League, Atlantean royalty…and very soon, parents. Or rather, we hope they’ll soon be parents. If you recall, two months ago in Aquaman #55, Mera assisted Arthur in his all-or-nothing battle with Black Manta and his giant “Mecha Manta.” (You kinda need to say that in a monster truck voice to gain full appreciation of it—MMMMECHA MANTA!!!! See? So much better.) Anyhow, Arthur and Mera were successful—it helped that they had a giant kaiju monster on their side—but the battle took quite a lot out of the Queen of Atlantis, who is, shall we say, battling for two.
Yes, she’s pregnant! Mera and Arthur are welcoming a new member of their family. But, as they’ve discussed, they live pretty dangerous lives. Is it safe for them to welcome a new child into their lives? Certainly, our exclusive first look at next week’s Aquaman #57 doesn’t inspire much confidence. Exhausted after the battle with Manta, Mera collapses in front of Arthur and Vulko. While no one would doubt Mera’s capabilities and fierceness, battling Black Manta takes everything you’ve got even when you’re at your physical peak. And when you’re due to have a baby very soon, you’re really not at your peak. At least when it comes to going toe-to-toe with super-villains.
Will Mera be okay? That remains to be seen, but you can get your first hint in this preview of the pivotal upcoming issue.
Aquaman #57 by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques and Romulo Fajardo Jr. is in stores Wednesday, February 19.