I might have mentioned that I’m a bit of a fan of the traditional story of the Little Mermaid and a few of the other renditions that have come my way over the years. This one is no exception. Even though it shares a title, the story is quite different. Here’s the back cover info:
Zenescope’s modernized re-imagining of the age-old tale has arrived! You know the mermaid who dreamed of being human, but what happened after? After escaping the clutches of the Sea Witch, Erica finds herself captive to a far worse entity. Even if she embraces the dark power the Sea Witch bestowed upon her, it still may not be enough to grant her freedom. She needs both her parents to help her escape. But with the city of Atlantis at stake, the sacrifice might be too great.
When they say “modernized re-imagining”, they are not kidding. It is a drastically different story, more like a sequel. As the back cover implies, the story takes place after the events of the original story, but they’ve changed this up a bit too. They gender-bent the original story and then leapt forward twenty years to this new crisis in their lives. All of that did confuse me for the first bit, mostly because I didn’t read the back cover before starting it and had gotten the impression from the front cover that this was a straightforward telling of the original in comic form. But I corrected my expectations and thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the story. Thoroughly.
Then there’s the art. It’s beautiful, but it’s also clearly not for kids. I’m not entirely against nudity or comic art being sexy, but I would have liked having to be able to recommend this story to a wider audience.
If you enjoy fairy tale retellings or reimaginings as much as I do, definitely pick this up!