If you watched HBO’s smash-hit Lovecraft Country you more than likely remember the striking comic illustrations that were featured by Eisner award-winning comic creator Afua Richardson. She’s once again making waves with the release of her long-awaited crowdfunded series Aquarius: The Book of Mer, being published through Image Comics.

To get a better sense of the project, watch Richardson’s original Kickstarter launch video for the project.

Check out the main Aquarius: The Book of Mer #1 cover by Richardson as well as the alternate cover by David Mack and a preview of Richardson’s interior art below. Look for Aquarius: The Book of Mer #1  to arrive in comic shops on Wednesday, May 19.

Aquarius: The Book of Mer

Eisner Award winning talent Afua Richardson (Black Panther: World of Wakanda, HBO’s Lovecraft County) will take a deep dive into mythology with the forthcoming series, Aquarius: The Book of Mer. This all-new, quarterly series from Image Comics is set to make waves in 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?

Aquarius: The Book of Mer will also feature an alternate cover by David Mack (Kabuki) and be accompanied by music for an unique storytelling experience.

“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,” said Richardson in an exclusive scoop at ComicBook.com. “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.”

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

Aquarius: The Book of Mer #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.


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