Early Book Review: Mermin Volume 2: The Big Catch by Joey Weiser

Mermin Volume 2: The Big Catch by Joey Weiser is a children's graphic novel scheduled for release on November 6 2013. You can see my thoughts on the first volume  Mermin, Book One: Out of Water here.This installment of the tale surrounding an Atlantian prince with fish like features living with humans, takes place shortly after the first volume. Mermin and the watchful Benni stick out despite the efforts of Pete and their friends. A bully, an inquisitive girl, and some amateur paranormal investigators are all on their tale and eager to get some answers. Benni seems more than happy to share some answers with the right people, and it becomes clear that Mermin's home life is much more complicated than he wants to admit.

Mermin Volume 2: The Big Catch had the same fun feel and look as the first, and some goofy villains to foil, however I felt like it was not as much of a story as the first volume had been. The conflict with the bully was good, the goofy investigators trying to capture Mermin and Benni were good, and Penny trying to find out exactly what Mermin is was good. However, the larger story arc about who Mermin happens to be in the royal family and the particulars of the fishy telepathy seemed to take a back burner here. They were mentioned, but did not get the coverage that I was hoping for. This felt almost like a side story or placeholder to keep us interested but not doing much to further the story arc.

I would recommend Mermin Volume 2: The Big Catch to those that really loved  Mermin, Book One: Out of Water and have big hopes for the story as a whole. I will keep reading, since I did enjoy both volumes so far despite my disappointment with the lack of plot development.
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