By: Joey Weiser
Publisher: Oni Press
Format: Hardcover, 6 x 9, 152 pages, Full Color, $19.99
Review by: Diamond BookShelf
Mermin is a merman from the kingdom of Mer. He is also the titular character of this graphic novel, an action-packed and humorous book from Joey Weiser, a comic creator who's worked on several all ages comics.
The tale begins with Mermin awaking on a beach, having emerged from the sea. Meeting a group of human children, Mermin is overjoyed to be on dry land, and quickly befriends the kids. But even at the beginning, the question of where he came from and why he's here looms large. Mermin is taken home by one of the kids, and attempts to join the school, dealing with not only being the new kid (and friend to one of the less popular students), but one who happens to be green. While this happening, the search party seeking to bring Mermin back to Mer – which he ran away from – shows up, and are willing to do whatever's necessary to bring him back.
Mermin is a fun "fish out of water" tale aimed at kids. Weiser deftly blends the humor of Mermin's unbridled excitement and occasional misunderstanding of human customs with rollicking adventure, particularly when the mercenaries sent to retrieve Mermin show up.
The art is appropriately bold and cartoony, but also vibrant and easy to follow, and the coloring is very bright and eye catching.
By leaving the reader with a bevy of unanswered questions (literally asked at the end of the story), Weiser sets up a sequel for Mermin, with the promise of more entertaining reading.
With only minor cartoon fighting toward the end raising possible objections, Mermin is an enjoyable read for all ages.