Afua Richardson Dives Into Mermaid Mythology With ‘Aquarius: The Book of Mer’

by Olly MacNamee

Afua Richardson (Black Panther: World of Wakanda, HBO’s Lovecraft Country) brings his new seafaring fantasy series to Image Comics with the announcement of Aquarius: The Book of Mer. A book that will take a deep dive into mythology with and published quarterly from May.

“A visionary new comic, Aquarius: The Book of Mer is a modern retelling of mermaid myths and legends from all over the world. In 1983 Harlem, something surfaces from the haunted lake of Astara’s dreams. She’s plagued by visions of Ancestors, monsters, and Merfolk. What will she sacrifice to finally have peace?”

It will also be accompanied by music for an unique storytelling experience. But why mermaids? Here’s what Richardson told ComicBook.com:

“I like to look into the origins of things and find what is knowable of our history philosophy, and metaphors that may represent natural phenomena. When looking into the origins of mermaids there seemed to be such a vast culture stretching everywhere I looked. Each land having a flood myth with common themes of half human half aquatic beings that pulled on the strings of nature and the emotions of humans. Where did it come from? What were their names and characteristics? It’s so easy to find what separates us these days. Leave it up to legend to reveal the rivers of our mythologies share a common source of inspiration.”

Look out for Aquarius: The Book of Mer #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, May 19th.

Cover by David Mack

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