Issue by Issue – Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld #1

Writer – Dan Mishkin, Gary Cohn
Artist – Ernie Colon
Colours – Tom Ziuko
Letters – John Costanza

With an introductory story called The Birthright which one has to assume will involve someone coming into their own, it features just that as Dan Mishkin, Gary Cohn and Ernie Colon introduce a young Amy Winston, all of thirteen on her birthday. Unbeknownst to Amy, she is going to be whisked away to a strange and fabulous world thanks to the gemstone she receives as a gift, an amethyst pendant that calls forth an ogre who kidnaps her for his master, Lord Opal. On the trip, something extraordinary happens as Amy seems to both grow larger and become older, something that bewilders her entirely. That aside, she now finds herself in incredible danger and just when it looks as if things are going to be a living hell, she is rescued by a creature called Granch and taken to a woman called Citrina of the House of Amethyst. What follows is a bit of action, Amy being told she is the Princess Amethyst, heir to the throne and that her parents are not her real parents, that she was in fact born on Gemworld and all of it adds up to be just too much for the young woman with the mind of a girl. All she wants is to go home and yet before that can happen, they find themselves under attack by Sardonyx and the forces of Lord Opal. Opal realizes that they need to capture the Princess before she can come into her power and yet, untrained or not, Amy manages to fend off those that gather outside their walls when Citrina falls. Mishkin and Cohn weave a very interesting origin tale, one that moves exceedingly fast as their heroine is essentially thrown into the middle of it all. Their decision to have her be a thirteen year old in one reality and a much older girl in the other is definitely intriguing and promises to have all sorts of room for character exploration and growth should they choose to explore that aspect of the story. The book manages to introduce all the main players as well, both good and bad and one cannot help but feel bad for both of her families as they must learn to share her with the other as time moves on. As for Amy herself, she has a lot to learn and a lot to think about and being strong is all she has room for. With some fantastic artwork from Colon and colourist Tom Ziuko bringing it all to life, the book is off to a very strong start.

4 out of 5

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